ABOUT

The Staff and Board of Directors at the USBG National Charity Foundation is made up of a diverse group of beverage, hospitality, and nonprofit professionals.
Staff
Aaron Smith
Acting Executive Director

Aaron Smith started in the hospitality industry at 18, began managing restaurants at 21, and opened his first bar and restaurant at 28. Before becoming taken by the familial atmosphere of restaurants, his first professional passion was non-profit work. Aaron has been serving as the Executive Director of the United States Bartenders' Guild and as the acting Executive Director of the USBG Foundation since 2013.  Aaron believes that the hospitality industry needs and deserves great leadership, and through the Guild and Foundation, focuses on creating development opportunities for hospitality professionals across the country. He lives in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood with his husband, Valter, and their rescue dog, Charlie.

Genevieve Porter
Sr. Program Manager

Genevieve Porter has over ten years of experience in the nonprofit development sector.  She has has held Development Manager and Officer positions at several award winning international nonprofit organizations. She specializes in organizational management, raising funds from major individual and institutional donors, as well as managing corporate partnerships. Genevieve has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Board Of Directors
Frank Martucci
President & Director
Frank Martucci
President & Director

Frank Martucci is currently the Director of Beverage & Nightlife for Twin River Management Group casino properties. Frank started Project Broken Wheel Foundation in Rhode Island which has given back over 1,000 refurbished bicycles to underprivileged children. Frank has been honored by Rhode Island Hospitality in 2013 as “Volunteer of the Year” & 2017 “Tourism Employee of the Year”.  In 2011, Frank co-founded and became President of the USBG's Rhode Island chapter and received the Barsmarts Advanced certification. Frank also serves as a Director and National Treasurer of the USBG.

Kim Haasarud
Director

Kim Haasarud currently serves on the USBG Board of Directors as the Southwest Regional VP.  She’s authored eight cocktail books and owns Liquid Architecture, a beverage consultancy that works with national restaurant and hotel chains, world-wide.  She’s also the Business Director for Arizona Cocktail Week and Rattle & Rum, a craft cocktail event catering company.  She was also honored by the James Beard Foundation, is a member of Les Dames D’Escoffier, and is a frequent contributor to various media outlets including the Arizona Republic.  She lives in Phoenix with her husband and two children.

Chris Patino
Director

Chris Patino is currently the VP of Client Services & Creative Lead for Simple Serve. He is a spirits professional with a wealth of industry knowledge looking to build brands, strengthen relationships, and change perceptions, all by challenging the status quo, helping others to think differently and developing the platforms necessary to build an emotional connection with both trade and consumers alike. He has held the position of Director of Brand Education at Pernod Ricard USA, and prides himself on being a forward thinking industry expert with an emphasis on brand education, drinks strategy, trends research/analysis and building trade affinity through experiential, social and good old fashion interpersonal communication. Chris has a B.A. in Communications from University of California, Santa Barbara.

Aaron Smith
Secretary & Director

Aaron Smith started in the hospitality industry at 18, began managing restaurants at 21, and opened his first bar and restaurant at 28. Before becoming taken by the familial atmosphere of restaurants, his first professional passion was non-profit work. Aaron has been serving as the Executive Director of the United States Bartenders' Guild and as the acting Executive Director of the USBG Foundation since 2013.  Aaron believes that the hospitality industry needs and deserves great leadership, and through the Guild and Foundation, focuses on creating development opportunities for hospitality professionals across the country. He lives in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood with his husband, Valter, and their rescue dog, Charlie.

Bridget Albert
Past President of the Board, Advisor

Bridget Albert currently holds the position as Regional Director of Mixology at Southern Wine and Spirits of IL, MN, & KY. Bridget is the Founder of the Academy of Spirits and Fine Service IL & MN a program for bartenders that covers the history of all spirits and pre-prohibition cocktails, and the Advanced Mixology Culinary Academy.  Bridget designs cocktails for top National Accounts., and she is the co-author of “Market Fresh Mixology”.    She has had the pleasure of hosting charity cocktail clinics for a variety of companies, including the Bellagio, Locks of Love ,Sky Blue, Cocktail for a Cure, Make a Wish Foundation, Hadassah, and Taste of the Nation.

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