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Wednesday, July 20 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Going Back To Your Roots To Find Success

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The path to success is paved with interesting choices, passion, determination and knowledge but how can these be applied to broadening personal growth and securing a strong future in the industry and beyond? Many people find themselves in the bar industry as explorers from other professions looking for more excitement, ready cash and more often than not, fun. The tendency, once they have caught the bug of bartending, is to deny the past and focus on learning a new truth. Old text books and experiences are consigned to the high shelf and are replaced with recipes, distillation temperatures, obscure bar tools, techniques and service mantras. Little do most know that the road to sustainable success in the industry is often signposted more clearly by their initial calling than by their new vocation. By the same token bar owners often see themselves as architects of a vision - benign dictators who can do it all. They often overlook the dormant skills and talents that their staff bring to the table which could help their business reach new heights. In this seminar we will draw on the experiences and lessons from three of the best known bartender turned business people in the industry to find out how they have navigated their path to a diverse and opportunity filled portfolio of activity. Multi award winning Jim Meehan counts amongst his credits, journalism, furniture design, brand development, and bar ownership all as developments to his start in the industry as a door guy turned bartender in Madison Wisconsin. Ryan Chetiyawardana counts fashion, biology, philosophy, product design and art as influences that have taken him from Bartending to becoming his own multi-faceted, brand. Both have one thing in common, a varied and broad background and skill set which has allowed them to spot opportunities that others may have overlooked or not had the ability to see. Most beyond-the-bar seminars focus on how individuals can sustain their career based on the knowledge and skills they acquire working behind the bar. This seminar draws on their alter ego and encourages bar owners to see past the skills and knowledge to get the job done to see the dormant talents lurking in their staff which can transform their business

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Ian McLaren

Director Trade Advocacy & Training, Bacardi USA
A proud Scotsman, Ian started his career in the alcohol business straight from school working for an independent wine merchant in his home town of Edinburgh. From here his formative years in the On Premise were spent in the late night scene working in more sticky floored nightclubs... Read More →

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Ryan Chetiyawardana

Mr Lyan!, Mr Lyan
Ryan (A.K.A Mr Lyan) has been involved in several of the UK’s best bars for over a decade. He helped take the last four of these including Bramble, 69 Colebrooke Row and The Whistling Shop onto national titles and all featured in the Top 40 World’s Best Bars for Drinks International... Read More →
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Jim Meehan

Jim Meehan, author of the The PDT Cocktail Book, entered the hospitality business in 1995 while studying at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He worked his way through school as a bartender, then moved to New York City in 2002 to hone his palate and develop his craft in venues... Read More →

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Wednesday July 20, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm CDT
Fleur de Lis Suite at the Royal Sonesta Hotel