The Team of Butler's Courtyard in League City, Texas

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Amber Murphy:

Amber is the Daughter of Founder Nancy Richards and her husband Ronnie. In 2017 she purchased the business, along with her Sister Shawna, allowing her Mom and Janice Gunnin-Wilson to retire. Amber has worked at Butler's Courtyard since it was founded and has had the unique opportunity to perform every task and experience BC from pretty much every point of view. She has been a Server, Event Manager, Bartender, Salesperson, Wedding Coordinator, Office Manager, Bridesmaid, Maid of Honor and even a Butler's Courtyard Bride. She has the most experience as Office Manager where she served full time for about 5 years until the birth of her twins. When they were born Amber worked from home and came in as needed to help run the business.

Her favorite part of her job is the connections you get to make. Connecting with a Bride and her family to give them the best day possible is a huge honor and a fun challenge. She also enjoys the connection and her bond with her team and with the “Friendors” that have become an extension of her family.

She has spent most of her life in the area, is a graduate of Friendswood High School and Texas State University and loves League City. “It is so great to be in a community with such deep family roots for us. My Grandfather had a grocery store here and it is so great to meet people that shopped there and hear their stories. He and my Nannie set a high bar and are really the roots of my family's legacy as business owners in this town.” Amber feels blessed to be a steward of the vision, mission and the culture that has been carefully developed over the years by Founders Nancy and Janice and says “managing the Historic property, contributing to the beautification of League City and spending my days “working” with my Sister and Teammates, that are now like little sisters to me, truly is a DREAM come true!”
 
 
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Shawna Erminger:

Shawna is the youngest Daughter of Founder Nancy Richards and her husband Ronnie, and Co-Owner of Butler's Courtyard. She also has another Title: VP of Special Projects. Her strengths are in creative thinking and managing the unique projects and events we have going on. During and after college Shawna was the Director of Sales for BC before moving to Dallas when her Husband was relocated. There she started a family and now has 3 precious little ones. Since moving back she has reintegrated herself back into the business and it feels like she never left! Shawna is always available if the team or a Bride needs her. She participates in every Open House, Bridal Show and as mentioned above is heavily involved in any Special Project, such as the recent Bridal Suite renovation.

Her favorite thing about BC is getting to work so closely with her family, particularly her favorite Sister: Amber, and the team we have built that has become family.
 
 
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Sarah Craig

Sarah was raised in League City Texas and went on to graduate from Baylor University where she studied graphic design. After graduation, she took a job that she felt was unfulfilling but would help pay her student loans. After a year of this, she knew that something had to change and when she took a job at Butler's Courtyard things really began to change for her. Sarah started out working in the office, giving tours and setting up. Sarah quickly realized she loved helping couples have their perfect day. After nine months of setting up and training, she coordinated her first wedding. Sarah knew weddings were her passion and she wanted this to be her career. From touring new brides, planning the day, and celebrating with her couples, she has found her calling.

Sarah said her “goal is to always be the calm in the storm. When my brides are stressing out or family situations get tense I try to keep a cool head and find quick solutions. I really enjoy that challenge and the satisfaction I get from making sure things run smoothly for my Couples and they have their perfect day.”
 
 
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Jessica Shofner:

Jessica began her career in the bridal industry working at Robbins Brothers-The Engagement Ring Store and joined the Butler's Courtyard family as a Wedding and Event Coordinator. After marrying her best friend of eight years, Daniel, in January, she is now more than ever familiar with the ins and outs of wedding planning from both the Coordinator and Bride's perspective.

“I love helping my couples put a personal spin on their big day and being able to see everything come together is amazing! The feeling I get from seeing the look of pure joy, happiness, and love on everyone's faces is something I would never trade.”

Jessica was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and graduated from Texas Tech University (Wreck'em!) with a degree in Communication Studies specializing in Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, visiting museums, eating sushi, and cuddling with her miniature dachshund Doc. Her favorite quote really gives insight into her charming, quirky personality: “We are all a little weird and life's a little weird, and when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall in mutual weirdness and call it love.” – Dr. Seuss
 
 
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Laurel Rigling:

Laurel is from Katy, Texas and is finishing her degree in Recreation Event Management and Sales from Central Michigan University. She has been in the hospitality industry for a total of seven years having previously worked for another award winning venue. Laurel has always had a passion for weddings. “I love touring our guests and showing them what Butler's Courtyard has to offer, all while getting to know them and helping them envision and dream about their big day. Their smile gives me the best feeling and helping to make people happy is so fulfilling!”

Currently Laurel is serving as an intern under the guidance and instruction of co-founder Janice. Her time as an Intern at Butler's Courtyard allowed her to become more confident in herself and her abilities while expanding her knowledge of the sales process and wedding industry. When Laurel graduates she will stay on with the team and continue her roll with the new title Director of Sales.
 
 
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Ronnie Richards

Ronnie and wife Nancy founded Butler's Courtyard located in the Historic District of League City in 2002. It is widely recognized as one of the Houston areas premier wedding and reception venues. In addition to his current role at BC he loves serving his Community and his State. He is a Director and Past President of the League City Historical Society and has a passion for preserving history such as that found in the many buildings that make up Butler's Courtyard. Additionally, he was instrumental in forming the League City Downtown Association, a group that is working to create a vibrant, safe, walkable and popular business and residential area in the old downtown area.

Ronnie recently retired after a 45 year career in the factory built housing industry,last serving in the position of Vice President of Marketing for American Homestar Corporation; a League City, Texas based factory homebuilder with 700 employees, three manufacturing plants, retail dealerships, a mortgage company, and insurance operations generating annual revenues in excess of $100 million.

Ronnie is a graduate of Clear Creek High School and holds a B.B.A. from the University of Houston, has three married daughters (two of which now own Butler's Courtyard) and eight grandchildren. It is hard to pinpoint what he does for us here at BC because he does so much. Mainly he helps handle the finances and utilizes his decades of marketing experience to drive all the Marketing and Advertising.
 
 
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Janice Gunnin Wilson

Janice as one of the founders of Butler's Courtyard brought with her extensive experience in the catering industry. Her background includes eight years with Robinette and Company Caterers. She has been a dynamic force in developing, alongside cofounder Nancy Richards, the unique venue and style that Butler's Courtyard is celebrated for. In addition to her catering experience Janice has served in a leadership position with a variety of organizations including the Walk to Emmaus Spiritual Retreat, Christian Women's Club, various charity boards and as a founding member and board member of Bay Area Wedding Professionals one of the largest wedding industry network organizations in Houston. Her current role at Butler's Courtyard is as an Advisor, Mentor, and Wedding Coordinator trainer. The knowledge and experience she has is something we really wish we could just bottle up!