2022 Regional Conferences are currently underway in Tucson, AZ, and attendees are sharing what they are enjoying most about the conference, telling us more about their journeys as USBG members and their #1 Takeaways!
USBG Dallas Chapter member, @Sam Gillespie:
How long have you been a member? I have been a member since 2013. I have been the USBG Dallas Chapter Vice President for the past two years.
How many Conferences have you been to?' I’ve been to four conferences: Oklahoma City, San Antonio, Houston, and now, Tucson. I have also attended one National Leadership Conference.
Next year is the USBG’s 75th Anniversary. Are you planning to attend the 75th Anniversary Conference? I’m there!
#1 take away from this year’s In-Person Conference? I have never been to Tucson, and it’s always great to visit new markets! The Dallas Chapter brought four members who have never been to a conference before, so it’s been fun showing them the ropes. It’s also cool to see people that I only get to see once a year!
Anything else you would like to share? If I could sum it up, I would say, “Today is the best day of my life… until tomorrow!”
USBG Houston Chapter member, @Jessica Householder:
How long have you been a member? Six Years. I am currently the Houston Chapter Vice President.
How many Conferences have you been to? I’ve been to five Regional Conferences!
Next year is the USBG’s 75th Anniversary. Are you planning to attend the 75th Anniversary Conference? YES!
#1 take away from this year’s In-Person Conference? Networking is everything! We are meeting the nation’s best bartenders, so attendees are encouraged to follow everyone on social media so they can keep in touch and eventually have friends to visit the country everywhere you go.
Anything else you would like to share? This is a huge meeting of the minds. I am listening and absorbing everything I hear to bring those great ideas back to my home bar and local chapter.
USBG Phoenix Chapter member, @Nick Guerrieri:
How long have you been a member? I just joined two months ago.
How long have you been a member? I’m a new member. I just signed up one week ago!
How many Conferences have you been to? This is my first conference.
Next year is the USBG’s 75th Anniversary. Are you planning to attend the 75th Anniversary Conference? Yes, I would love to!
#1 take away from this year’s In-Person Conference? Very interesting speakers with a variety of topics!
Anything else you would like to share? Food is immaculate!
The conference was filled with unique educational seminars covering topics on quality ingredients in cocktails, craft flair techniques, how to identify mental health challenges regarding substance abuse, the history of Latin American cocktails, tips on finances and the history of cocktails. Among them were: "Mental Health Aid for Service Workers," presented by Mara Bethel, "Craft Flair Techniques" & "Latin American Cocktails" presented by @Marco Montaguano
, "World Class Studio - Community Brew" presented by Adam Fournier, "How Money Works" presented by @Makeda Gebre
, "Happy Hour History" presented by @David Mayne
, and "Tequila Through the Coffee Lens" presented by @Egor Polonskiy
and @Taylor Giroux
USBG member attendees had a great time getting checked in, meeting our sponsors, and networking at our welcome reception.
USBG members and attendees had a day filled with awesome seminars.
The USBG National Charity Foundation Urban Hike was a success! Over the past few years, the USBG Foundation has seen growing interest in maintaining a healthy lifestyle while working in the hospitality industry. Some studies show that time spent in green spaces is good for mental and physical health. As we know, shift work, common in the hospitality industry, increases the difficulty in establishing a routine of outdoor activity and exercise. This program aims to connect our industry with the health benefits of green spaces.
Teatro Carmen, Tucson, AZ
Program with Seedlip
Special Thanks to our generous sponsors for helping make this conference a huge success. We appreciate you immensely!
Congrats to our 2022 World Class US Southwest Finalists!
A virtual toast!
THANK YOU to the USBG Tucson chapter for hosting this year's Southwest Regional Conference!
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Next Stop: Pittsburgh, PA for our Northeast Regional Conference, April 24-27. There's still time to register, HERE.
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