Sales & Catering Team


Samantha Bauch, Director of Sales & Catering

​Simpsonville, South Carolina

I grew up in a small town in South Carolina and moved to South Florida for college where I graduated with a Bachelors in Marine Biology. My husband and I have been in Jackson since June 2019 and have enjoyed every second of it. I joined the Spring Creek family in February 2020 focusing on wedding coordinating, however I loved my work so much that I strived to become the Sales Manager and worked my way up to the Director position. I love being able to help couples celebrate their unforgettable day and help corporate groups experience everything that our town and National Parks have to offer! As a reward, I was nominated in 2022 for the Best Boss in Jackson Hole and the Ranch was nominated for the Best Wedding Venue in Jackson Hole. In 2022, I was also awarded the Industrial Leadership Award through the prestigious Smart Women Magazine. When I am not in the office, you can find me in the National Parks on sunny summer days, scrapbooking or woodworking on cloudy days, or skiing and snowshoeing in the winter months. Come experience Jackson Hole with Spring Creek Ranch – I promise you will not be disappointed!


Chef Jayson Lafferty, Executive Chef

San Francisco, CA

Growing up I moved around a lot between Oklahoma, Idaho, California, and finally settling in Wyoming where my career path lead. As a young child I would embellish Top Ramen and grew up on syrup sandwiches and sardines and saltines. I recall serving lunch in high school as my earliest culinary experience. I attended college at Oklahoma University and then started attending the Central Wyoming College Culinary outreach program through the Center for the Arts here in Jackson Wyoming. I gained a mentor through the program who gave me my first real culinary job offer as a Garde Manger at The Granary. I continued to work for him opening the Wild Grass and Teton Fresh, working as his Sous Chef at both restaurants, working for Peter Steigler as his right hand man and eventually as his Head Chef at The Copper Bar for many years. Later, I became the Executive Chef at Chef de Cuisine and the Pinsetter restaurant. After leaving there, I continued to gain more experience working as an Executive Sous Chef at many local restaurants under different Executive Chefs that would each provide me with more knowledge in different styles of cooking.
In summer of 2024, I was lucky enough to find a home here at Spring Creek Ranch.



Jack Payne, Banquet Supervisor

Birmingham, Michigan

Originally from Michigan, I moved to Jackson Hole to pursue my passion for event planning and management. I currently have three years of experience in the hospitality industry. I have worked in tandem with the banquet culinary leadership team to provide superior guest service in all facets of banquet operations including buffet, plated, reception, and other function styles. My goal as a Banquet Supervisor is to create an atmosphere of warmth and hospitality that makes guests feel welcome and comfortable. My attention to detail and ability to anticipate the needs of guests is unparalleled. I have a unique ability to create a seamless experience for guests, from the moment they arrive until the moment they leave. My passion for creating memorable experiences for guests is evident in every event I manage. In my free time I enjoy skiing in the winter, pottery making in the summer, and hosting karaoke night in Jackson. Come have a good time!



Miriam Hardy, Event Planner

Las Vegas, NV

While I am originally from the greater Las Vegas area, I have been coming out to work in Grand Teton National Park for many Summers. I absolutely fell in love with the community, and two years ago I decided to make Jackson Hole my permanent home. I became part of the Spring Creek Ranch team in November of 2019 and am very excited to be working with the sales and events department. I look forward to assisting our guests with any and all event planning and hope to show everyone how amazing both Spring Creek Ranch and the Jackson community are.

When I am not in the office, I love getting outside and enjoying the parks. You can usually find me hiking or paddle boarding in the summer and cross-country skiing during the winter.





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