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January 2023 New Member Spotlight

By Amira Ansari posted 10 days ago

  


We're excited to welcome new members to the Guild this year inside our New Member Spotlight segment! We asked them to share a little bit about themselves, including what they enjoy most about working inside the hospitality industry.


@Lauren Brett  |  USBG CLEVELAND


Where do you work? The Basement Sports Bar & Grill - Twinsburg

What is your favorite local bar or restaurant? The Greenville Inn - Chagrin Falls, OH - "The Dive Bar That Rocks"

What hobby do you enjoy so much that it makes you lose track of time? Anything involving organization and/or creating and implementing systems - whether it be in my personal or professional life. Efficiency and being set up for success are at the core of the way my mind operates. There is always a more efficient way to streamline operations, and I can lose hours at a time dedicated to figuring out exactly what that way is. The gratification and pay off are unmatched, though - the hours lost then are countless hours gained in the future.

What do you enjoy most about being in the hospitality industry? I know it sounds cliché, but I am truly one of those crazy people that loves it all - the good, the bad, and the ugly. No two days are exactly the same, so the fear of the job becoming monotonous are nil. I'm an extremely extroverted person so the vast abundance of human interaction we get to experience is food for my soul. I absolutely love the fast paced hustle - I'm the type to never sit still, always thinking about the next 5 steps ahead, so the physical demand of the industry is perfect. If I had to pick one absolute favorite, I'd say it's the eccentric camaraderie of it all - it's this completely different lifestyle, schedule, understanding of verbiage, shared trials and triumphs, and plethora of stressors that only the 'in' know - that brings the most vastly different type of people all together as one, and I think that's pretty damn beautiful. I've formed lifelong friendships with some incredible people during my 19 years of doing this, and I can say with confidence that without the unifying elements of the industry, I wouldn't have those.



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@Joseph Bruner  |  USBG SAN DIEGO

Where do you work? The University Club Atop Symphony Towers

What is your favorite local bar or restaurant? King Fisher

What hobby do you enjoy so much that it makes you lose track of time? I enjoy golfing and trying to stay in shape. However, the thing that makes me lose track of time the most would be any/all streaming services. I really get lost in TV. I have watched Seinfeld start to finish ten times already since it has been on Netflix.

What do you enjoy most about being in the hospitality industry? I enjoy creating memories with people and creating a welcoming environment. It is a great sense of validation especially when the bar is full. Additionally, when you have a regular who is there to see you is another sense of accomplishment. One of the other attractive parts of being in the industry is creating gorgeous cocktails. Having a strong overproof spirit and then turning it in to a wonderful, sexy, pink drink with an edible flowery garnish is one of my favorite past times. The camaraderie with your work family is a great feeling as well. It is unmatched from any other job I have experienced.



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@Cristin Castro  "Moxy Castro" |  USBG AUSTIN

Where do you work? Aplós NA Spirits

What is your favorite local bar or restaurant? Small Victories

What hobby do you enjoy so much that it makes you lose track of time? Playing music.

What do you enjoy most about being in the hospitality industry? The creativity and hustle attitude.


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@Jules Comtois  |  USBG AUSTIN


Where do you work? The Wayback Cafe and Cottages

What is your favorite local bar or restaurant? Longplay

What hobby do you enjoy so much that it makes you lose track of time? Hiking with my dogs.

What do you enjoy most about being in the hospitality industry? What I enjoy most about being in the hospitality industry is creating cocktails/mocktails that put a smile on my guest's faces and bring them joy. I like to create a dining/bar experience for every person that walks into our door that will make them feel comfortable, welcome and never forget. I love giving people of all ages an experience that will have them telling their friends and family and keep them coming back over and over.


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@Merideth Gray  |  USBG DALLAS

Where do you work? Pernod-Ricard

What is your favorite local bar or restaurant? Bowen House

What hobby do you enjoy so much that it makes you lose track of time? Cooking.

What do you enjoy most about being in the hospitality industry? Being a part of the food & beverage scene of the city I live in. If it weren't my job it would still be my main hobby!


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@David Grunner  |  USBG NEW YORK

Where do you work? I'm currently the Director of Sales for the Hardshore Distilling Company, a small-production, gin-centric, artisanal distillery in Portland, Maine.

What is your favorite local bar or restaurant? The Players on Gramercy Park South

What hobby do you enjoy so much that it makes you lose track of time? A solid tie between losing a day in cooking or wandering a museum.

What do you enjoy most about being in the hospitality industry? Meeting folks with similar passions about wine and spirits from whom I often learn a lot.


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@Mikee Hardison | USBG NASHVILLE

Where do you work? American Barrel

What is your favorite local bar or restaurant? Your Mom's House.

What hobby do you enjoy so much that it makes you lose track of time? Painting and drumming.

What do you enjoy most about being in the hospitality industry? Everyone has a story to tell, and I'm intrigued by the verbal road they can take me down. Which is why my friends tell me I can't hang out with hobos anymore. But they can spin the best yarn.


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@Adria LeCrone  |  USBG HOUSTON

Where do you work? Poison Girl

What is your favorite local bar or restaurant? Rosewater

What hobby do you enjoy so much that it makes you lose track of time? Playing guitar!

What do you enjoy most about being in the hospitality industry? Being able to satisfy a guests needs and wants.


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@Jerica Massey  |  USBG NASHVILLE

Where do you work? Hopsmith Tavern & Broadway Brewhouse Midtown

What is your favorite local bar or restaurant? Broadway Brewhouse Midtown

What hobby do you enjoy so much that it makes you lose track of time? Cooking for my husband and three dogs! I call it "meal prepping," but it's rarely the expected healthy meals. 

What do you enjoy most about being in the hospitality industry? Cooking for my husband and three dogs! I call it "meal prepping," but it's rarely the expected healthy meals.


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@Aiden Mitchell  |  USBG LAS VEGAS

Where do you work? Aria Resort & Casino

What is your favorite local bar or restaurant? Black Mountain Grill

What hobby do you enjoy so much that it makes you lose track of time? Finding new artists at concerts around town.

What do you enjoy most about being in the hospitality industry? The reaction of a guest when they've tried a cocktail they've given me the freedom to experiment with a little.


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Where do you work? Drink

What is your favorite local bar or restaurant? Uni

What hobby do you enjoy so much that it makes you lose track of time? I love listening to great music while chilling in the sun. Always makes me lose track of the moment.

What do you enjoy most about being in the hospitality industry? Meeting new people and trying fun new products.

 

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