Meet the Innkeepers
Katherine Lemay Brown
Katherine is a USAF Colonel retired and a 25-year career military officer with over 17 years experience in the protocol/hospitality service industry. She has served as the director of protocol for four four-star general officers, as a protocol officer to two other four-star general officers, and as a military aide to the Presidential Transition Team for President Clinton. Her duties included event planning and management, strategic political-military planning; lodging; menu selection; provision of entertainment; transportation; and, security. She has been responsible for conducting visits by the President and Vice-President of the United States, the Queen of England, senior military officers of all Services and Foreign Nations, to include the Chairman of NATO and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Senators, Congressmen and Governors to name just a few. She also has military experience in administration, budget and finance, intelligence and communications.
Highlights of her career include being a member of the Commission for Women in Combat, a senior fellow at the Library of Congress, and Commander of the Joint Force Element in the Defense Intelligence Agency. Katherine Brown holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Language Arts from Arkansas State University and a Masters’ Degree in Human Resource Management from Central Michigan University. She is a graduate of the Washington School of Protocol, and is a certified protocol/civility instructor. She trained with Chef Victor Matthews of the Paragon Culinary School. Katherine is on the Board of Advisors, Camden Military Academy. She also instructs the Executive Protocol Course for the Buckley School of Public Speaking.
Dr. Bruce Brown
Bruce is a retired Colonel, USAF. With an Air Force career that spanned 26 years, he served primarily as a B-52 instructor pilot, Air Staff officer, and Commander of the 15th Wing at Hickam AFB, HI. While on active duty he also served as a protocol officer, aid-de-camp, special assistant, and executive officer to three different four star general officers both in the Air Force and the Army. While in these positions he was responsible for official visitations, Congressional interaction, and budgetary issues. He has conducted visits/conferences that have included the President of the United States, the Queen of England, Secretary of Defense, Senators, and Congressmen. His expertise was further recognized when he was appointed to the United States negotiating team under President George H. W. Bush for the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I) with the former Soviet Union. His two years in Geneva, Switzerland were well spent with the culmination of the treaty while serving as the U.S. editor and point of contact with the Soviet Union’s representative.
Upon his retirement, Dr. Brown entered industry and served as the senior business developer for the western United States for MTC Technologies. The corporation grew from $70 million a year business to in excess of $400 million and during the journey made its initial public offering. He has served on the University of Phoenix staff as an instructor in their MBA and Doctoral programs for over eight years. Presently, he is co-owner of Bloomsbury Inn in Camden, SC. He and his wife were recognized for the second time by Bed and Breakfast.com as the Innkeepers of the Year for the United States.
Dr. Brown holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, an MBA from Louisiana Tech University, and a PhD from Walden University. Bruce is a member of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce Board, Vice President for Education.
Miss Kitty Stray
In December 2010, a beautiful and well kept, orange/white cat decided that the veranda of Bloomsbury Inn was a perfect new home. She came with no baggage and was very determined to stay. Believing she must belong to someone who was missing her, she was listed with the shelter, posted on Facebook and advised to vets.
December came and went; Miss Kitty Stray remained on the veranda. We were not feeding Miss Kitty Stray; she continued to make Bloomsbury her home. In January 2011, following a rare, severe freeze, Miss Kitty had nothing to eat and no natural water sources. The rest is history. Miss Kitty Stray, the Bloomsbury Inn Cat, is now a full member of the Bloomsbury Team — she doesn’t like the fact that she cannot come in the house. But, she loves greeting you upon arrival.