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Thursday, July 21 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Heartbreak Hotels: Navigating Unions, Highballs and Lowbars

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Hotels were not only the birthplace of bartending, they once held the highest esteem of drinkers. Fast-forward to now and those days are long gone -- many hotels chains have eviscerated their beverage programs and are commonly filled with sub-par products and un-skilled bartenders -- as hotel consultants, your work is cut out for you. Yet, some bar owners, bartenders, consultants and even the hotels themselves are changing the way hotels do business, heralding the good old days again (or at least taking baby steps). At this professionally-geared seminar, learn how to approach consulting with some of the industry’s best: Bridget Albert (Southern Wine & Spirits), Dänny Ronen (Kathy Casey Liquid Kitchen), Derek Brown (Drink Company) and Jason Nuell (Marriott LifeStyle Brands).

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Derek Brown

Founder, Positive Damage, Inc.
Derek Brown is an author, NASM-certified wellness coach, and founder of Positive Damage, Inc. Previously, Brown owned Spirited Awards 2017 “Best American Cocktail Bar” Columbia Room in Washington, D.C., and was one of the nation’s top bartenders.Brown published his first book... Read More →

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Bridget Albert

National Director of Education Beam Suntory, Southern Wine & Spirits
Bridget is an advocate for upbeat education that makes an impact. She has designed beverage programs for top National Accounts and is a James Beard Honoree.   Bridget is the co-author of “Market Fresh Mixology”.  She has won numerous awards and honorable mentions for her work... Read More →
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Jason Nuell

Vice President, Brand Operations Design and Development, Marriott International
Jason Nuell is Marriott International’s brand expert within the Global Brand Management (GBM) organization and is the key interface between the GBM and the Center for Specialized Services (CSS) teams within Global Operations Services. He leads complex, organization-wide projects... Read More →
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Danny Ronen

Founder / Director of Education, DC Spirits / Liquid Kitchen
Danny Ronen is involved in beverage development and concept ideation, product innovation and activation, staff training and education, as well as new bar set up and openings. Under his tutelage via DC Spirits and Kathy Casey's Liquid Kitchen, national and international properties such as the Fairmont and Raffles Hotels have honed their beverage programs to incorporate workplace efficiencies, including recycling, composting and energy use, which produce both cost savings and better environmental practices. Many of the... Read More →

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Collectif 1806

A division of Rémy Cointreau.

Thursday July 21, 2016 10:30am - 12:00pm CDT
Acadia Suite at the Royal Sonesta Hotel