Dan Thiessen

Dan Thiessen

Managing Partner

A native of eastern Washington, Managing Partner Dan Thiessen was raised on a cattle ranch in Asotin, 2 hours east of Walla Walla. As a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, his 25 year career has included kitchens in Switzerland, Aspen, Coeur d’ Alene, Seattle and Walla Walla.  In 2018, Dan partnered with Paul Mackay and Philip Christofides to open Walla Walla Steak Co. and Crossbuck Brewing in the historic Walla Walla train depot, and recently announced plans for a new location set to open in Woodinville in 2022.  Dan and a team of partners purchased Basel Cellars Estate in 2020 and will continue to operate the iconic property as an exceptional wine country lodging and event location, while developing plans for further expansion.  Dan and his wife Melissa are the proud parents of three sons and are active in the Walla Walla community, as well as operating the Asotin cattle ranch and their own farm and vineyard in Walla Walla.

Jim Kiefer

Operations Manager

Jim has built his career in the hospitality industry with a focus on creating a culture where people feel welcome and can come in and celebrate. That guest-focused perspective is what brought him to Walla Walla Steak Co. at the very beginning and is how he has contributed to its success. Prior to joining the company, Jim owned and operated a steak and seafood restaurant in Steamboat Springs, CO and then moved to Bend, OR where he served as general manager of the Bos Taurus steakhouse. Jim and his wife, Emily and their daughter Zoe enjoy time in the mountains fly fishing, skiing, and biking.

Erik Agnew

General Manager

As general manager of Walla Walla Steak Co. Woodinville, Erik Agnew brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his team and guests. Prior to his most recent position as food and beverage director at Sahalee Country Club, he worked with renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongrichten at his J&G Steakhouse in Scottsdale, AZ. Within his first year as wine director, the restaurant earned a “Best Of” designation from Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards. He looks forward to bringing a unique spin on the classic steakhouse concept to the Woodinville area and upholding the high standards set by the team to make this new location a true destination restaurant.

Erik grew up in Northern California and loves spending his time with his family including his wife and best friend, Nicole and his three children, Brennan, Caden and Nola. He is a self-described basketball junkie, especially the NBA, and he likes to spend time working out at the gym. While Erik enjoys the steakhouse classics at Steak Co., his other favorite is a Burrito Supreme from Taco Bell, which pairs perfectly with a juicy Crossbuck IPA.

Adam Reece

Executive Chef

Executive chef Adam Reece lives his life and leads his kitchens according to what he describes as the “Triple P: Pride, Passion, and Professionalism.” Prior to joining the opening team at Walla Walla Steak Co. Woodinville, Adam served as Chef de Cuisine at Luxury Lotte Hotel Seattle including the conceptualizing of Charlotte Restaurant & Lounge and Executive Chef at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak Seattle – opening both during the hard-hit pandemic years. He was not looking to leave his previous position but was inspired by the genuine and heart of hospitality-driven team at Steak Co. and excited about working again with general manager, Erik Agnew. Adam says that his favorite food is anything cooked with smoke or live fire, so the Steak Co. kitchen seems the perfect place for him to be.

Born in Belfair, WA at the southern end of Hood Canal, Adam’s family grew to 11 children thanks to his parents’ dedication as foster parents. He enjoys spending time with his large family, his girlfriend Whitney and their two dogs, Stella and Murphy. Adam is an avid outdoorsman and spends his time snowboarding, skiing, rock climbing, mountaineering, and boating. He also recently earned his PADI Scuba certification allowing him to tap into to the underwater world in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Amber Myers

Event Director

With almost 20 years of hospitality experience, Amber spent the last 10 years with Heavy Restaurant Group as an events coordinator, catering manager, and most recently a general manager at PabloyPablo and Purple Café Woodinville. Amber grew up in the small town of Hockinson outside of Vancouver, WA. She moved to the big city to attend the University of Washington and has been in the Seattle area ever since. She brings a strong work ethic and small-town pride into her love of creating memorable experiences for our guests. She enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, camping, and taking small road trips to the small towns around Seattle.