We have been catering and providing excellent customer services for over 30 years and we do it very well! Our catering team has the finesse and drive to create memorable events – no matter the size – that you and your guests will love!
John Snedden, owner and founder, loved to barbeque whole pigs back in his college fraternity days and has been perfecting the craft ever since. Since 1990, Rocklands has been building relationships and clients everywhere in town – from the White House to national museums to Mom and Dad’s back yard. We have assembled a team that believes in going above and beyond to exceed your expectations, that loves to create the perfect experience for you and your guests, and that makes your life oh-so-much-easier when planning that special occasion!
The Rocklands team looks forward to catering your special event soon!
Wayland Shotwell, Catering Director
A “home grown-homer”, Wayland was born in Fairfax and raised in Mclean, VA. After graduating from East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a minor in Economics, Wayland caught the hospitality bug and has been with ROCKLANDS in various roles since 2000 (that’s 20 years!!) Outside of work, Wayland has a beautiful wife and 4 amazing kids and very much enjoys his fatherhood journey. He and his family have an interest in hobby farming and have two dogs a flock of chickens and a hog. A little known fact: Wayland’s favorite nickname around the office is “The Unicorn Whisperer”!
Cliff Williams, Office Manager & Accountant
Cliff is a native Virginian and has lived in the DC area for the past 12 years. He grew up with an Eastern North Carolina BBQ background, frequenting the likes of Ralph’s, Grady’s and King’s. Cliff went to the University of Alabama, where he grew familiar with Alabama white sauce and experienced the most amazing spare ribs in the world at Dreamland BBQ. When not at work, Cliff competes on the KCBS BBQ circuit and is a certified judge. You can generally find his team, Old Town Smokers, competing at most events in the DC and the surrounding area. A little known fact: The Old Town Smokers were Delaware State Champions in pork in 2016.
Carmen Williams, Marketing Assistant, Catering Operations
Carmen has lived in Alexandria for 30 years, and spent several years living in both North Carolina and beautiful Hawaii. With a degree in Elementary Education from Bennett College (and a minor in Special Education), Carmen has been working at ROCKLANDS since 2004, starting out in the kitchen. Outside of work, Carmen enjoys canning and going to the movies. A little known fact: Carmen loves going to the movies so much that she saw 65 movies in 2019 and canned close to 20 dozen jars of assorted jams in 2020!
Michael Arbec, Catering Operations
Grew up a military brat but has lived in Northern Virginia for a little over a year. Michael has a degree in Business Administration and originally started working for ROCKLANDS as a catering grillman. He has now taken to coordinating the events rather than grilling for them. A little known fact: Michael is an amateur photographer, and currently very interested in Lunar photography.
Beatriz Delcid, Catering Sales Associate
Beatriz was born in Washington, DC, raised in Maryland, and studied Hospitality Management. Both of her parents worked for ROCKLANDS, and Beatriz is carrying on the next generation and working in the catering office. A little known fact: She loves to bake and her specialty is the Oreo cheesecake brownie!
Cynthia Dinarte, Catering Sales Associate
Cynthia has lived in Virginia her entire life but currently has been residing in Alexandria for the past 10 years. Her mom has been in the catering industry for 20 years and now Cynthia has started her catering journey with Rocklands. Her favorite Rocklands menu items are the cookies and Potato Salad, and she enjoys long walks and painting nails in her spare time.
Hunter Webre, Catering Sales Associate
Hunter was born in New Orleans, LA and raised in Alexandria, VA. He began working for Rocklands at the age of 16 as a CSR at our Alexandria location, and has returned as an associate for the catering office. A little known fact: He enjoys programming and is pursuing a degree in Computer Science.