Director of Dining Operations
Diane Bobak is an island girl who has brought the spirit of “mahalo”, meaning thanks and gratitude, to the world of hospitality. Raised in Hawaii, Diane got her first taste of the business working as a counter server in a restaurant on her native island. She knew immediately that she’d found her passion and so started her career she’s been immersed in for more than three decades.
Diane headed to the mainland where she first took on with the Lincroft Inn along the Jersey shore. She learned the ropes of the catering business while beginning to establish her strength with customer relations. From there she was offered a position with the Smithville Inn properties which began a relationship among the Executive Staff that saw Diane ascend to the esteemed position of General Manager.
A dream was realized when she was given the opportunity to come on board the Knowles family of restaurants. During her 18 year tenure she made sure customer satisfaction was of the utmost importance. Reflective of her teams efforts, the Rams head Inn was recognized as a DiRoNA Award Winning Restaurant for its excellence in fine dining.
With Executive Chef John Griffo Diane went on to purchase her own catering and equipment company.
The Madison has had the good fortune of having Diane’s versatility and dining touch for the last decade. Her philosophy is making work fun and easy going and it never feels like a job, which is evident in her excellent reputation with the Madison’s dining faithful. In fact, Diane had the inspiration to create the “Mobile Madison”, a unique food delivery service that allows catering and other delivery services to guests so they may enjoy a Madison meal off site.
Richard Wilson is The Madison’s Head Chef. He attended ACC (Atlantic Cape Community College) out of high school for culinary arts, where he was classically trained. Everything that he learned during his years of school, he has been able to apply to his career here at The Madison! He started with us in 2008 and has had over ten years of experience in all of our kitchens. Richie is the definition of a hard worker. He started in The Towne Tavern and worked his way up to Sous Chef in our Cafe. He knows the ins and outs of the restaurant and does everything like a true professional. When you enjoy his food, you can taste the passion and time he puts into each and every dish he prepares. With his knowledge and experience, he has also assisted in creating our menus. Flavor is always a top priority for Richie, whilst never sacrificing quality. Everything you eat will be fresh! You (along with your belly & taste-buds) will be in wonderful hands with Richie leading in the kitchen for any dining or special event.
In his off time, Richie likes to fish and go to the gym (mainly so he can enjoy his lavish creations in the kitchen!)
Director of Sales & Event Coordinating
Jessica Crespo is the Director of Sales and Event Coordinating for The Madison. Jessica began her food service career while attending Shawnee High School in Medford NJ. Her first job with the PJW Group was as a hostess for their restaurant in Medford. She excelled in her responsibilities and was given the opportunity to waitress and manage the Medford establishment. Her work ethic and enthusiasm for working with the guests also led to her bartending for not only the Medford establishment, but also for some of the other PJW Group of restaurants; The Pour House, Treno and The Chop House.
While attending Rutgers University as well as after graduating, Jessica worked as an Event Planner for Brulee Catering, Philadelphia’s premiere catering company. While at Brulee, Jessica’s leadership, creativity, integrity and inspiration continued to enhance her knowledge and passion for event planning.
Jessica then went on to work for Infinium Spirits, a sister company of Young’s Market Company, a California-based supplier of premium wine and spirits as a Territory Sales Manager in the South Jersey area. Jessica’s dedication to her craft, her ability to develop and foster client relationships while focusing on sales initiatives, helped her to excel in meeting and exceeding her sales quotas while at Infinium.
As Sales Director, her creative ideas are always brewing, giving new energy to every event she plans while maintaining a focus on her clients’ wishes and a critical eye on the details to make every occasion unique and special. While maintaining an upbeat, can-do attitude, Jessica is quick at responding to changing circumstances and values her relationships with guests and clients alike. She is always quick to lend a helping hand to staff and can step in to help get the job done. Her desire is to make sure all guests know that once a client of The Madison, you are always considered part of The Madison Family.
When Jessica is not busy planning fabulous events at The Madison, she can be found spending quality time with family and friends and, of course, playing and cuddling with her Yorkie, Bella.