Alumni Profile: Alease Leinwand
Alease Leinwand hails from Richmond, VA where she “grew up in the restaurant business.” Alease always knew she wanted to pursue a career in the field, and graduated in 2009 with an associate’s degree in hotel and restaurant management. She is currently employed at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse in downtown Wilmington, and was recently promoted to Sales and Catering Manager.
Alease says that CFCC really helped prepare her for her career because she received significant hands-on experience. She also credits her instructors, all of whom had distinguished backgrounds in hotel and restaurant management. “I have had many classes with the same teachers, allowing me to have a special bond with them. All of them have given great guidance, even now.”
With her newest position at Ruth’s Chris, Alease constantly stays busy. She works on sales promotions, oversees all banquets, handles off-sight catering, and works on special hotel referral programs. She is also an active member of the Cape Fear Wedding Association and the Wilmington Area Hospitality Association. Alease also says that she tries to connect with the community as much as possible through a variety of volunteer opportunities.