Maureen's love of the food and beverage industry began with a series of art projects and has turned into an obsession of organization and google docs. She has been working all over the place for a few years but loves being able to call Boston her home. She currently spends most of her time working as Project Manager (and event Special Ops) for Lush Life Productions. Her most recent projects include; Camp Runamok; a bartender summer camp in Kentucky, Portland Cocktail Week; a cocktail week for bartenders, by bartenders and Wines of France Across America, a cross country promotional tour for Wines of France. You may have also seen her behind the scenes of Wine Riot and if you go back even further, behind the stick at Savant Project. She loves Boston's beverage community and can't wait for people to come together and get nerdy about beer, wine, cocktails, spirits and coffee!
Brandy Rand has spent her career drinking (and thinking about drinking) for Allied Domecq Spirits & Wine, William Grant & Sons and Bacardi USA. She now works with a variety of clients in the beverage industry on brand strategy, marketing and communications. You’ll also find her writing about drink as the Libations Editor for Boston Common Magazine and as a regular contributor to Northshore Magazine, Beverage Media, Nightclub & Bar, and Where to Eat & Drink. She is the Writer and Editor of the Cheers On-Premise BARometer Handbook for the Beverage Information Group, a data and trend bible for beer, wine and spirits. You can hear her talk about her favorite bars, drinks and eats on CBS Radio affiliate WBZ’s “Connoisseur’s Corner.” She often speaks at industry conferences and teaches classes on spirits, including her favorite subject: Women and Whiskey. Brandy has received BarSmarts Wired and TIPS certification, and is a member of the USBG Boston, Bourbon Women’s Association, and Les Dames d’Escoffier.
Andrew Deitz has been obsessed with the wine and spirits trade since he was legally allowed to drink (and possibly before). After spending 3 years in the restaurant industry Andrew went on to become the general manager of BRIX Wine Shop overseeing the beverage programs throughout both locations. Andrew then went on to work 4 years in sales for M.S. Walker, Inc. aligning the state's elite beverage professionals with the wines and spirits that benefit their programs before moving to their management team in 2012. He currently spends his days (and late nights) as the Massachusetts State On Premise Consultant for M.S. Walker . Aside from that, Andrew's time is occupied velcroed to a bar seat, working with the USBG events team, or perpetuating the Boston/Martha's Vineyard born tradition of the Daiquiri Time Out.
TJ Connelly has built a career on music, cocktails, and technology.
Working by day in software, security, and internet engineering, TJ spent his nights working as a DJ and getting to know Boston's nightlife community. His interest in cocktails was born during a year-long stint working the door at Cambridge's B-Side Lounge, immediately followed by four years of production and live theater at Improv Asylum in Boston's North End.
In 2005 he joined the Boston Red Sox as backup ballpark DJ, and in 2008 became the full-time Music Director, programming game and event music for more than three million visitors to Fenway Park each year. Currently TJ is a co-founder of onthebar, a mobile app designed designed to help the savvy consumer plan an evening out by knowing which bartenders are making what drinks at which bars.
He is available for weddings, Bar Mitzvahs, and advice on where to find the best ramen noodles in most large US cities.