About the Van in Black

“The Coolest Ride in the Carolinas”

Van in Black

Van in Black is a North Carolina transportation company that services Western North Carolina (Asheville and Charlotte) as well as the Upstate of South Carolina (Greenville/Spartanburg).  All of our services are customized for each client on-demand to meet your schedule and preferences.  Maybe you need something simple like a drop-off at the airport for a large group that wants to fit in a single-vehicle (with all of your luggage) or something more involved like a North Carolina winery tour, pub crawl, wedding transportation, corporate event, or a guided scenic drive along the Blue Ridge ParkwayThe “Van in Black” is the best option available!  We are fully insured, bonded, locally owned, and we are the highest rated transportation company in the area. We even have WSET certified wine experts on our staff as guides that are available for our wine tours. We will make your next excursion the best it can be! Hire a professional driver so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride!

Our Team

An organization is only as good as its people.

We think we have an outstanding team to serve you.


Ryan Watts

Ryan Watts

WSET 2 | CMS 1

Founder/Co-Owner

Your humble owner/operator. Ryan also drives so you may end up with him as your driver.

Terri Watts

Terri Watts

WSET 2 | CMS 1

Guide/Co-Owner

The co-owner of the business that helps out with driving from time to time. Terri is very knowledgeable about wine and the local wineries.

Brianna

Brianna Duncan

Office Manager

Brianna helps keep everything running smoothly and is likely the person you will be working with after you book a date with us.

Doug Whiteside

Doug Whiteside

Driver/Guide

Also known as “Captain Whiteside” as Doug is a retired airline pilot. He now helps us out by driving folks around in our vans.

Sharon Eimers

Sharon Eimers

Driver/Guide

Super friendly and always happy to help and drive people to where they need to go.

Christine

Christine Vincent

WSET 2

Driver/Guide

Christine knows a lot about wine and the local winery scene. She is the perfect guide for a wine tour!

Frankie Creel

Frankie Creel

Driver/Guide

Frankie is an avid photographer, is very passionate about the area, and enjoys being able to take people around to see it.

Jeffrey

Jeffrey West

Driver/Guide

Jeffrey is always happy and eager to drive people around to the beautiful places we frequent. Knowledgeable about many of the local wineries.

Adam Lough

Adam Lough

Driver/Guide

Always happy to serve and show people the great destinations we have available to visit.

John DePaoli

John DePaoli

Driver/Guide

John has been with us from the beginning and loves driving people around to the beautiful locations we visit.

Anthony Riffice

Anthony Riffice

Driver/Guide

Tony is one of the friendliest people you will meet and is always happy to show people our beautiful area.

Sallie Cowan

Sallie Cowan

Driver/Guide

Sallie has a contagious happiness to her that will enhance every trip she guides.

Desmond Martin

Desmond Martin

Driver/Guide

A Detroit native who has called Western North Carolina his home for 20+ years. Super friendly, chill, and easy going. A great guide/driver!

Cindy McKinstrie

Cindy McKinstrie

Driver/Guide

A true professional with lots of experience driving folks around to the various Carolina destinations that we visit.

Kim Ruppe

Kim Ruppe

Driver/Guide

A retired school teacher who now enjoys driving folks around to see the beautiful sights and destinations in our area.

George Andersen

George Andersen

Driver/Guide

George is a details guy and is always very attentive to his groups.

Tonda Holland

Tonda Holland

Driver/Guide

An avid football fan. If Clemson, App State, or the Dallas Cowboys are playing, you probably won’t have Tonda as your driver.

Tina Crowder

Tina Crowder

Driver/Guide

An Asheville native that loves sharing the beauty of this area with others.