Our Founder- James King

James King’s journey to award-winning restaurateur began at the age of 14, working as a dishwasher and busboy for a family friend who owned several popular restaurants in Washington, DC. King worked his way through the ranks over the following ten years performing virtually every job in the industry, eventually ascending to General Manager at Georgetown’s popular waterfront destination Tony & Joe’s Seafood Place. Thriving in the daily challenges of the fast-paced industry, King followed his pursuit to Anne Arundel County where he is now the CEO and Owner of Titan Hospitality Group with six restaurants: the original concept establishments of The Blackwall Barn & Lodge (Gambrills, MD & Columbia, MD) and Blackwall Hitch (Annapolis, MD & Alexandria, VA), Smashing Grapes Columbia, The Farmhouse Gambrills, and The Lodge Annapolis. King is a four time Restaurateur of the Year Nominee from the Restaurant Association of Maryland, has been featured in multiple publications including the Washington Post, Baltimore Sun, What’s Up Annapolis, and The Franchise Times and has been interviewed by multiple radio and television outlets as an expert in his field.

King’s work in building and opening restaurants led him to run for Maryland House of Delegates in 2006, where he served one term with a clear platform: to be a voice for small business. Today, as an economy driver with over 800 employees, King continues his work in the community through his restaurants- contributing to a myriad of charitable causes from homelessness prevention to local little league organizations- and through his participation as a board member for the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

“If you want to be successful in your chosen profession, you must give back to the very same community that generates your revenue. We strive daily to ensure that our community understands their importance in our business model and that we understand our role and responsibilities in their community.” – James King

Our Team

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James King


Rob Puzio

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Tina Appel


Jason Kaufman

Culinary Director
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Jessica Nelson

Human Resources Director & Executive Assistant to the CEO
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Carlos Oseguera

Director of Operations

Jackie Carlton

Director of Recruitment, Training & Events
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Mazen Deifallah

Area Director, Blackwall Hitch Brands

Samantha Bostic

Executive Assistant
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Neil Byers

Beverage Director

Neal Langermann

Corporate Chef, BWH & Grapes Brands
Manny Stoltzfus

Manny Stoltzfus

Corporate Chef, Barn & The Lodge Brands

Jason Polk

Corporate Service Specialist
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Mark Fischer

New Store Openings
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Mike Regeon

Administrative Assistant

Scott Selman

Head of Marketing

Devin Schepleng

Director of Marketing

Our principles

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