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 
Director
San Francisco

Bobby Dagostino

Bobby Dagostino
Director & 
Treasurer
Cleveland


Kim Haasarud

Kim Haasarud
Director
Phoenix



Paul Johnsen

Paul Johnsen
Director &
Secretary
Orlando

Kyle McHugh

Kyle McHugh
Director & President
Chicago

David Nepove

David Nepove
Director
San Francisco

Jonathan Pogash

Jonathan Pogash 
Director
Plymouth

Ingrid Rodriguez

Ingrid Rodriguez
Director & 
Vice President
Tampa Bay

Jessica Taylor

Jessica Taylor
Director
Indianapolis

Meet the Staff

Aaron G. Smith

Aaron G. Smith
Executive Director
San Francisco

Jodi Jordan

Jodi Jordan
Director of Finance & Administration
Sacramento

Jarrette Moore

Jarrette Moore
Director of Marketing & Communication Dallas

Sheila Rosario

Sheila Rosario
Director of Sponsorship Sales
Orlando FL