Meet the team

With decades of experience in the catering, beverage and hospitality industries, the Squeeze Team combines knowledge, skill and a knack for great cocktails.

Chris & Meghan timby


Long time Charleston residents, Chris & Meghan Timby, have been shaking things up in the Food and Beverage industry for over a decade. Together the Timbys own and operate not only Squeeze Cocktail & Beverage Catering, but also one of Charleston’s top Wedding & Event Catering companies, Rosemary & Rye Catering.

Good food and strong drinks are the backbone of any great celebration and their aim is to deliver both in a way that exceeds expectations and ensures the good times roll.

Jamie downs

Beverage Director

Jamie provides over 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry. He’s spent time fine-tuning his skill in the event industry in Philadelphia, New York, and Charleston.

While in New York Jamie managed both large and small, notably managing events for the NFL, Bloomberg, the City of New York, and the Miami Tennis Open. He then co-founded the Swizzle Social Club cocktailing service in NYC.

A College of Charleston Grad, Jamie has returned to Charleston to manage operations at Squeeze, as well as innovate our cocktailing program. Frozen and frothy egg white drinks are his forte.

Laurel samuelson

Marketing Manager

Laurel joins Squeeze from an Agency background, having previously served as a Digital Marketing Supervisor in Corporate Advertising. She specializes in Digital Reputation Management, SEO, and Digital Advertising. 

An Ohio-native (she’s used to the jokes!), Laurel graduated from Ohio University with a Degree in Graphic Design and Communications. Prior to her career in marketing, Laurel spent her youth working in various hospitality roles. She has enjoyed her return to the hospitality industry to apply her marketing expertise. 

Dimitri Zarate

Staffing Manager

Dimitri was born and raised in Orange County, CA and lived there until the past few years when he and his family relocated to Charleston. He and his wife have been happily married for 7 years and have 3 young children. Dimitri when to UC San Diego where he studied Biological Psychology and utilized that education to serve the Southern California community in Mental Health and Substance Abuse for over a decade. Even though he found the industry very rewarding, he decided to shift his focus to enjoying raising his family in Charleston and sharing his passion for helping others in the South.

He feels strongly that helping others comes in many different forms and he enjoys building a team that reflects a passion for community, empathy, and strong ethic – all while having a great time entertaining guests.

Outside of work, fatherhood keeps him busy! He loves sports, namely snowboarding and skateboarding.

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