The Grounds Guys

Meet The Friendly Team at The Grounds Guys of Wilmington

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    Kelcy Swickard


    Kelcy grew up in a small town in Ohio and worked on the family farm with his father and older brother. He later decided that he wanted to become a chef and graduated from the Pittsburgh School of Culinary Arts. In 2006, he moved to Bluffton, South Carolina to be near his parents who retired there. In 2009, he met his wife, Dawn, who coincidentally moved to Bluffton, South Carolina from New Jersey in 2008, to be near her parents who retired there as well. A friend of both sets of parents set them up on a blind date and they were married in 2010. They traveled the country working at casinos, restaurants, and hotels until they moved to Wilmington, North Carolina to open up The Grounds Guys. Kelcy and Dawn have been foster parents to numerous children over the years, and are joined at home with their 2 dogs, Bella and Rocco.