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  • Alexandre Gabriel

    Alexandre Gabriel was born and raised in France, on a farm in southern Burgundy, where his grandfather taught him how to make wine and distill...

  • Alexx Mouzouris

    Global ambassador

    Don Q

    Global ambassador for Don Q and Rum expert from London, Alexx Mouzouris, has been working in the Bar industry for over 10 years as a rum lover and...

  • Ana Zawacki

    Senior Director

    Lion & Lamb Communications

    Intrepid traveler, sommelier and culinary explorer, Ana Zawacki transitioned from talent booker and writing broadcast story content to pursue her...

  • Andrew Sinclair

    Director of Business Development

    González Byass

    Andrew Sinclair has been involved in  the international development of González Byass business for over a decade. Starting with the company in 2006...

  • Andrew Volk

    Briana and Andrew Volk are the married team behind the Portland Hunt + Alpine Club and Little Giant, both in Portland, Maine. Two years ago they...

  • Anna McLoughlin

    Anna McLoughlin brings a strong, spirited passion for the spirits industry and an extensive hospitality know-how to her role as Bacardi Portfolio...

  • Anne Louise Marquis

    National Portfolio Ambassador

    Campari America

    Anne Louise Marquis is the National Portfolio Ambassador for Campari America. Previously she was the National Brand Educator for Grand Marnier, and...

  • Arthur Shapiro


    AM Shapiro & Associates LLC

    Arthur Shapiro likes to describe himself as a part time marketing and business consultant with a full-time passion for telling stories. Whether it’s...

  • Ashtin Berry

    Beverage activist, sommelier, and beverage consultant

    Ashtin Berry is a food and beverage activist, sommelier, and beverage consultant committed to creating racially equitable spaces within the...

  • Brad Thomas Parsons


    Brad Thomas Parsons is the author of Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All (winner of the James Beard and IACP Cookbook Awards), Amaro:...

  • Brandy Rand


    IWSR’s U.S.

    Brandy D. Rand is the President of the IWSR’s U.S. business. She has over 18 years of marketing and management experience in the beverage alcohol...

  • Brian Stewart


    Brian Stewart, already part of the Moet Hennessy Mixology team and ranked top five mixologists in Los Angeles, has recently been appointed as...

  • Briana Volk

    Briana and Andrew Volk are the married team behind the Portland Hunt + Alpine Club and Little Giant, both in Portland, Maine. Two years ago they...

  • Céline Bossart


    Céline Bossart is a New York-based freelance spirits writer specializing in the social aspects of the beverage community. Her work has appeared in...

  • Conor Myers

    Conor Myers, originally from Ireland but now relocated to the US as the General Manager of Underdog in New York’s Financial District. Competing in...

  • Craig Bridger

    Head of Education

    The Dalmore

    Craig Bridger is veteran whisky ambassador and educator. He has visited distilleries all over the world and worked with some of the most famous...

  • Dale DeGroff

    Master Mixologist

    Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff developed his extraordinary techniques and talent tending bar at the legendary Rainbow Room, where in the 1980’s, he...

  • Danny Ronen

  • Dave Schmier

  • Dave Singh

  • David Wondrich

    North Gowanus Institute for Cranial Distempers (NGICD)

    David Wondrich is widely hailed as one of the world’s foremost authorities on the history of the cocktail and one of the founders of the modern craft...

  • Derek Sandhaus

    Ming River Sichuan Baijiu

    Derek Sandhaus is the educational director of Ming River Baijiu and editor of He is the author of several books about China,...

  • Dina Opici


    Opici Family Distributing

    Dina Opici is President of the Opici Family Distributing, a family-owned wine and spirits wholesale distribution company based in Glen Rock, NJ. ...

  • Douglas Graham- Leigh

  • Eamon Rockey

    Eamon Rockey is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (BPS ’06). He has worked in service, management, or partnership at some of NYC’s most...

  • Eamon Rockey

    Eamon Rockey is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America (BPS ’06). He has worked in service, management, or partnership at some of NYC’s most...

  • Earlecia Richelle

    Earlecia Richelle is a cultural curator whose work spans across a range of industries including food and beverage, fashion studies, and performance...

  • Elayne Duff

  • Emily Pennington

    Content Manager

    Park Street

    Emily Pennington is the Content Manager for Park Street, a provider of productivity-enhancing and cost-saving back-office solutions, advisory...

  • Erik Andersson

  • Erik Entrikin

    Master Sommelier & Spirits Brand Ambassador


    Eric Entrikin landed his first job working for a fine dining restaurant in Southern California at the age of 16. In a matter of years, he took on a...

  • Ewan Morgan

  • Fernet Brance

  • Francesca Nonino


    Francesca developed her passion for the family business from an early age in hopes to one day follow her mother’s (Cristina Nonino) footsteps. Her...

  • Gregg Glass

    Whyte & Mackay

    Gregg Glass began his whisky career at the age of 18, and has spent much of his life working in whisky. He has always had a keen passion for whisky,...

  • Gregory J. Buda

    Director of Education and Training Manager

    Dead Rabbit and BlackTail in New York City

    Gregory J. Buda is the Director of Education and Training Manager at both the Dead Rabbit and BlackTail in New York City.  When not tending bar in...

  • Harry Kohlmann, Ph.D


    Park Street

    Harry Kohlmann, PhD Dr. Kohlmann is the Founder and CEO of Park Street, a provider of productivity-enhancing and cost-saving back-office solutions,...

  • Heidi Dillon Otto

    Portfolio Director

    Distill Ventures

    Heidi has more than 20 years of expertise in the natural & organic beverage and food categories. As a seasoned brand marketer and innovation...

  • Jackie Summers

    Jackie Summers is an author, public speaker, and entrepreneur: founder of JackFromBrooklyn Inc. and the creator of the award-winning Sorel Liqueur. A...

  • Jackie Zykan

    Old Forester Master Taster

    Getting to know Jackie Zykan, Old Forester Master Taster, is a little like understanding what makes a really good cocktail – it’s all about the...

  • James Stevenson

    Beautiful Booze

    With a background in accounting and business, I was never much for sitting behind a desk, so I decided to find a different avenue through which I...

  • Jason Griffin

  • Jeff Grdinich

  • Jillian Vose

    Bar Manger/Beverage Director

    The Dead Rabbit

    Jillian Vose is Bar Manger/Beverage Director at The Dead Rabbit in Lower Manhattan. Named after a street gang of the era, The Dead Rabbit is the...

  • Joe Schofield


    Voted World’s Best Bartender 2018, Joe has worked in some of the world’s leading venues. He spent time working at a number of first-rate bars in...

  • Johnny Livanos

    Livanos Restaurant Group

    Johnny Livanos returns to his roots in the family business as general manager for Ousia, Livanos Restaurant Group’s Greek- focused Mediterranean...

  • Johnny Neill


    Whitley Neill Gin

    Johnny Neill is the founder of Whitley Neill Gin and has a family gin distilling background dating back 8 generations to 1762. Johnny founded the...

  • Jordan Bushell

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