About the USBG

Our Mission: Uniting the hospitality community to advance professional bartending.

We believe tending & owning bars is an honorable career choice. Our goal is to empower bartenders to take charge of their careers. We accomplish this through working with our committed partners to enrich the career advancement of our members through peer-to-peer learning, expert instruction, service projects, and competition. Since knowledge is power, our chapters hold cocktail competitions, sponsor intimate seminars with internationally recognized brand representatives, and forge relationships between top bar talent in 50 cities and counting. We offer all our members opportunities to compete, travel around the world, and spread knowledge in the pursuit of elevating our craft.

Empowering bartenders to take charge of their careers
Inspired bartenders restoring the craft

Our History: Fostering collaboration between bartenders.

While the bar industry has exploded over the last 60 years, we've supported individual bartenders. After putting down California roots in 1948, we incorporated as a nonprofit (50 years strong!) and are now active in over 50 cities nationwide. USBG members don't follow trends-- we set them, and passionately advocate for bartenders nationwide to do the same.

Our Legacy: Connecting with the communities we serve.

Bars & restaurants are where communities come together. Through national & local charity initiatives, we connect with the neighborhoods that welcome our establishments and the people who we entertain each night. To us, a key part of growing professionally is supporting the communities where we serve.

Service · Integrity · Sharing Knowledge · Tradition · Camaraderie

Meet the Board

Summer-Jane Bell

Summer-Jane Bell, National Secretary, Oakland, CA

Bobby Dagostino

Bobby Dagostino,  Midwest Regional Vice President, Parma, OH

Reza Esmaili

Reza Esmaili, Western Regional Vice President, San Francisco, CA

Kim Haasarud

Kim Haasarud, Southwest Regional Vice President, Phoenix, AZ

Frank Martucci

Frank Martucci, National Treasurer, Bristol, RI

Kyle McHugh

Kyle McHugh, National  President, Chicago, IL

David Nepove

David Nepove, Advisor to the Board, San Franciso, CA

Jonathan Pogash

Jonathan Pogash, Northeast Regional Vice President, South Dartmouth, MA

Ingrid Rodriguez

Ingrid Rodriguez, Southern Regional Vice President, St. Petersburg, FL

Meet the Staff

Aaron G. Smith

Aaron G. Smith, Executive Director, San Francisco, CA

Jodi Jordan

Jodi Jordan, Director of Finance and Administration, Sacramento, CA

Jarrette Moore

Jarrette Moore, Director of Marketing and Communication, Dallas, TX

Sheila Rosario

Sheila Rosario, Director of Sponsorship Sales, Orlando, FL