Our Story

The Bacardi Center of Excellence through BACARDITEACH will provide student engagement, promote lifelong learning, provide pathways to entrepreneurship, and support the hospitality industry as well as the greater community.

Vision Statement

To inspire and educate the global hospitality community on fine spirits through creativity, scholarship, and leadership development.

“We are proud to strengthen the hospitality and tourism management work at FIU while connecting with the future talent of this industry”

Pete Carr, President of Bacardi North America

WHO WE ARE

BACARDITEACH is a collaborative-learning platform created by Bacardi North America and the Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at the Florida International University. This innovative partnership bridges academics and the spirits industry through learning.

WHAT WE DO

BACARDITEACH learning platform offers educational solutions for beverage professionals and aspiring learners. We offer Micro-Credentials that leads to badge certifying for specific areas of knowledge. For advanced learners and seasoned beverage professionals we offer live streaming with leading industry content experts that produce and or represent foremost international spirit brands.

Our Industry Experts

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Adrian Biggs

Director, Trade Advocacy and Education
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Mike Doyle

Portfolio Ambassador and Mixologist
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Chris Hopkins

Specialty Senior Portfolio Ambassador and Mixologist
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Courtney Lane

Brand Specialist
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Marie Piraino

Grey Goose Ambassador and Vodka Category Specialist
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Paul Ramirez

Creative Director
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Gabriel “Gabe” Fernando Urrutia

Single Malts Ambassador and Whiskey Specialist
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Ryan Wainwright

House of Bombay Ambassador and Gin Specialist

Our Faculty & Staff

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Brian Connors

Interim Director
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Cristina Moguel

Bacardi Program Coordinator
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Nathan Dodge

Instructor
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Dale Gomez

Instructor and Director of IT & Adaptive Learning