“Bumby” as he’s more commonly known around the beverage industry, is one of the leading experts in the business. From his beginnings more than 30 years ago as a bartender, his talents stood out as so much more than being able to make a great drink. Bumby was lured into management by one of his customers at a bar, and this was his first taste of operational leadership and drink craftsmanship.
Bumby’s engaging personality and incredibly strong work ethic led him from bartending in national accounts to training those accounts as part of the elite ShowTenders team. He spent 10 years with ShowTenders building his career and the company where as VP of Operations, Bumby set the tone for what we now see as the industry-standard both in service and creativity. He toured the country training bartenders and hosting flair and mixology competitions. His legacy and reputation at ShowTenders eventually led him back into operational management as the Director of Beverage for E-Brands Restaurants. He spent four years developing all aspects of the beverage program for seven different concepts under his portfolio.
In 2009, Bumby stepped out on his own creating Straight Up Solutions where he would have the ability to work with all adult beverage brands and lending his expertise and guidance to all levels of the hospitality industry in creating leading and innovative beverage programming. Bumby doesn’t sit back and watch, however. He is known for rolling up his sleeves and taking on new projects and ideas every day. For his partners in the industry, he handles drink development, photography, bar design, beverage training videos, program implementation, conference seminars and marketing.