Meet The Team
Larry & Karen Cress – Owners
While traveling through Italy, France, Australia, New Zealand and other exotic lands, Larry and Karen began to dream about beautiful vineyards and perhaps even making wine. That dream became a reality in 2009 when Wild Stallion Vineyards was born!
Come and visit WSV and capture the vision that we have cast. It is our hope that you will want to gather around friends–both old and new–and family and make a lifetime of unforgettable memories with us.
Lisa is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in Food Science and Technology, which included courses in Food Bacteriology, Food Toxicology and Safety, Food Plant Engineering, and Human Nutrition to name just a few. She worked in the business world for a few years until 1993 when her husband opened up a private veterinary practice where she worked as office manager before starting a family and taking time off to raise their kids.
In 2014 she came to Wild Stallion Vineyards to work on a part-time basis for her brother and sister-in-law, Larry and Karen Cress. That job quickly moved into the role of event manager. Her years of “on the job training” as office manager, team mom, room mom, Church leadership positions, etc. have given her a keen eye for organization. She has a love for working with people to create the best event possible and to keep people wanting to come back to Wild Stallion Vineyards not only for the great wine and food but also for the excellent service provided.
Elyssa Niebel – Marketing Coordinator
Elyssa graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing and Management. She interned here at Wild Stallion Vineyards during college where she learned the ins and outs of event coordinating. During her internship she decided she wanted to pursue a career in the events field. So of course she was thrilled to be given the opportunity to work at Wild Stallion Vineyards after graduation. She has made it her mission to tell everyone that, “Yes, there is a vineyard in the Woodlands!”
Scott Holtzhouser – Executive Chef
Chef Scott cooks with flavor. A native of St. Louis and landing in Houston via New York, Little Rock and New Orleans. He is a 25 year veteran in the restaurant industry and formally trained at The Culinary Institute of America. Scott has owned 5 restaurants, cooked for 5 presidents of the United States and responsible for ground up development of 23 restaurants. He shares his approachable cooking style with humor and enjoys teaching “food”.
His first restaurant after graduation was nominated for an Ivy Award. The “Restaurants and Institutions” magazine award for top restaurants in America. When he’s not cooking commercially Scott enjoys cooking for his wife and daughter at home, high performance driving and golf.
Wild Stallion Vineyard is a diamond in the rough. Its owners and management are committed to serving Northwest Houston. WSV is a great venue for corporate events, weddings, concerts and more. I’m excited to be part of a team that brings a smile to folks.
When you come by take a moment to come say hello. I love meeting people with a love of food, drink and music.