Your instructors are some of today’s most influential  bartenders and bar owners.

Meet Your Creators

Claire Sprouse​

Sustainability Advocate​

...has worked vigorously to address the industry’s influence on climate change, with a focus on educating and consulting on sustainable practices...

Jim Meehan

Cocktail Philosopher

...passion for service, quest for further knowledge, belief in the transformative power of hospitality, and commitment to mentor the industry’s next generation...

Steve Schneider​

Global Bar Operator​

...worked tirelessly on the front lines of the cocktail renaissance to achieve a level of success seldom seen..


Heidi Hinkle Vargas

Vice President, Sales

...oversees the national strategy and execution for all things hospitality which includes national accounts, field sales, brand ambassadors, and trade marketing programs across North America...

Adrian Biggs

Director of Advocacy

...manages the Bacardi Team of Portfolio Ambassadors in their efforts to help elevate and educate bar owners, managers, bartenders, and service staff...

Jaymee Mandeville

National Education Director a demonstrated trainer and awarded mixologist. Jaymee has been a featured presenter and panelist and comes with a wealth of industry insights...

Recruitment & Certification

Colin Appiah

Director Culture & Lifestyle responsible for fostering brand advocacy for the Bacardi USA Brand Portfolio, building brand loyalty, and elevating the bartending community through brand focused educational programming, events, & seminars...

Leeanne Grunow

Project Coordinator an awarded scholar with her bachelor’s and master’s from FIU's Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Upon graduation she parlayed her acquired experience into landing a new role with TEAM Enterprises...

Brian Connors

Director, Bacardi Center

...passion for beverage education is proven with the development of awarding winning beverage programs and innovative educational platforms. Brian works directly with industry and academia creating innovative solutions...

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