Our Team

Jill Bender (Area Director, Premium Seating)

In 2001, Jill began her journey with TCG as an intern at Mississippi State, where she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees as a student-athlete.  A year later, Jill opened our office at the University of Alabama where she served as the director for 12 years before assuming the role of Area Director, overseeing Alabama, Oklahoma, as well as consulting clients.  Jill is originally from Farmington, Missouri.

Virginia Birdsong (Project Coordinator

Virginia joined the home office in the fall of 2014 after graduating from The University of Alabama. She provides office services, assists with planning and executing hospitality villages, as well as management of activities in the executive office.

Keith Butler (Event Director)

Keith initially joined TCG in 1998 after graduating from University of Alabama and spent 5 years as an event director in the golf division. He left TCG in 2003 spending the past 6 years with Capstone Development serving as warranty manager. Keith rejoined TCG in January of 2012, and is currently the event director for the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

Lisa Donachie (Event Coordinator)

Lisa is a graduate of the University of Georgia; she first joined Colonnade Group in 2013 in the Georgia Athletic Hospitality office. She then moved to the home office as Event Coordinator in the fall of 2014. Lisa assists with day events at Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss, Big Ten Fan Fest, Playoff Fan Central, Big 12 Basketball and SEC Baseball.

Robyn Felton (Vice President, Premium Seating)

Robyn began with TCG as a Suites Director at Mississippi State in 2001 and moved to the home office in 2007. She continues to oversee premium seating management programs at Mississippi State and North Carolina, as well as consulting clients. Prior to joining TCG, Robyn interned at the Nokia Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. Robyn is a graduate of Samford University.

Bethany Hawkins (Area Director, Premium Seating)

Hired full-time in June of 2007, Bethany was an integral part of the opening year of the Tennessee Athletic Hospitality office.  In February of 2009, she moved to Athens, Georgia, and served as the director of Georgia Athletic Hospitality at the University of Georgia for five years.  Most recently, she joined the home office staff as an Area Director of Georgia, Tennessee, Jacksonville State and Georgia Tech. Bethany is a native of Gulf Shores, Alabama, and graduated from Mississippi State.

Anna Slive Harwood (Vice President, Operations & Development)

Anna joined TCG in May 2011 after almost five years with IMG College (formerly Host Communications). Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the Atlanta Local Organizing Committee for the 2007 NCAA Men’s Final Four. A job with the Georgia Tech Athletic Association brought her to Atlanta in 2004 after she finished her Masters in Sport Management at UMASS. Anna’s corporate experience includes marketing and advertising at both Arthur Andersen and Leo Burnett in Chicago. She is a graduate of Northwestern University.

Lizzie Hill (Area Director, Premium Seating)

A graduate of LSU, Lizzie first joined Colonnade in 2008 as an intern in the LSU Stadium Club office. She then relocated to Chapel Hill, NC to open and direct Colonnade’s Tar Heel Athletic Hospitality office in 2010. After a brief stint as the Coordinator of Premium Seating and Events for South Carolina Athletics, Lizzie returned to Colonnade in July of 2013 as an Area Director, overseeing South Carolina and Duke.

Jane Mitchum (Event Director)

Jane joined Colonnade Group in 1999. She has served in premium seating management as a Suite Director, and currently serves as the Event Director for SEC Football and Basketball FanFares. She is gifted in applying her expertise to various operational challenges at numerous event venues.

Rachel Pitman (Event Director)

Rachel joined TCG in the fall of 2011 after graduating from Auburn University. She gained experience through interning during college for a public relations firm in Los Angeles and a non-profit organization in Auburn. Rachel coordinates game day fan events at Alabama, Georgia and Ole Miss, while also serving as the Event Director for the Big Ten Fan Fest, Big 12 Basketball and Baseball Tournament.

Matt Reeves (Business Manager)

Matt joined TCG in 2007 and handles all day-to-day accounting, payroll, and insurance responsibilities in the home office. His business knowledge comes naturally from his experience serving as Property Manager for Reeves Properties, a family-run business. Matt is a native of Birmingham, Alabama and a graduate of Ole Miss.

Lori Robertson (Event Director, Secretary & Treasurer)

Lori returned to TCG in 2008 as the Event Director for corporate hospitality at the SEC Football Championship Weekend and Basketball Tournament. Lori has extensive knowledge in the area of corporate hospitality, having worked previously on university village accounts and with professional golf tournament hospitality. Lori is a graduate of Texas A&M.

Robbie Robertson (President & CEO)

As the founder of TCG, Robbie is the driving force behind the growth and success of the company. He is known for his innovative ideas, his passion for relationships and his ability to build effective management and production teams.

Betsy Simmons (Vice President/Premium Seating)

A member of TCG since its inception in 1991, Betsy has overseen all phases of company services. Most recently, her focus has been on intercollegiate activities and hospitality events, including SEC Corporate Hospitality and FanFare. She currently oversees premium seating management accounts at Alabama and LSU. Betsy is a graduate of the University of Alabama.

John Turner (Executive Vice President)

A graduate of Birmingham Southern College, John was hired in the fall of 2008, bringing experience in investment banking, commercial and retail banking and the food industry. John focuses primarily on growth and advancement for TCG, while also overseeing the NCAA and seating projects, university village accounts and other intercollegiate events.

JP Westfall (Project Engineer)

J.P. was hired full time in the winter of 2014 after being a temporary worker during the summer and fall months. He is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He designs and then builds structures for the company as well as assisting with the maintaining of equipment used for the NCAA Final Four. He has been involved in the designing and building of structures for the NCAA, ACM Awards, Keeneland Race Course and the CFP and SEC championships.