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Richmond Hill City Center taps new GM, culinary head
Kevin Nape
Kevin Nape is the new general manager of the Richmond Hill City Center. Photo provided.

The Richmond Hill City Center is under new leadership following the appointment of Kevin J. Nape as general manager.

Nape joined the City Center in 2017 as executive chef to oversee culinary operations for wedding, corporate and social event venues. Nape takes over from Beverly Cosmann, who held the position of general manager since 2014, and who is leaving to pursue new career opportunities.

“Kevin has been a vital part of our team and has worked closely with Beverly to build the City Center’s business and profile, while he oversaw our culinary operations,” said John Wilderman, founder of the Southeast-based Wilderman Group, which manages the Richmond Hill City Center. ”We know that Kevin will lead the City Center team very effectively into the future.”

Matt Rodriguez, who joined the City Center in 2018 and who has worked closely with Nape, will take on the day-to-day responsibilities on the culinary team reporting to the general manager.

Nape is an award-winning chef with 35 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, working his way up the ranks in a wide variety of landscapes from country clubs, hotels, fine dining establishments, convention centers and sporting events.

He has been director of food and beverage and an executive chef for over 20 years in establishments such as TCP of Deere Run, the Grand Harbor Resort, Swing of the Quad Cities, Iowa Events Center, Davenport Good Samaritan Center and Hotel Blackhawk.

Nape has successfully catered thousands of banquets and weddings, serving anywhere from two to 8,200 guests, including numerous celebrities and has successfully competed in various competitions over the years.

Nape has lived in Richmond Hill for five years and enjoys maintaining saltwater fish tanks, coaching volleyball at the Richmond Hill Recreation Center, sporting events (especially football) and cheering on his daughters at their sporting events.

“I love living and working in Bryan County and am excited to take this next step in my career with the support of my excellent team at the City Center and The Wilderman Group,” Nape said.

For more information about the City Center, visit at or call 912-445-0043.

Matt Rodriguez
Matt Rodriguez will take on the day-to-day responsibilities on the culinary team, reporting to the general manager. Photo provided.
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