Hailing from Canada, Nova Clark has had a long career in hospitality. She moved to Las Vegas in 2015, where she found the United States Bartenders’ Guild and discovered a lifelong love for classic cocktails and new creations. Nova can be found at Oak & Ivy, a whiskey-driven cocktail bar, and on a rare occasion at the Sand Dollar Lounge, with live music and a fantastic cocktail menu.
Sam Jimenez is a 27-year veteran of the food and beverage industry, a crafter of cocktails, and a connoisseur of Mexico's agave-based spirits, from mezcal and raicilla to tequila and bacanora. He currently represents small-batch craft distilleries (including Vago) that are working to keep Mexico’s unique liquid culture alive. He’s also the former brand ambassador and good friend of Gracias a Dios Mezcal, which also produces gins from agave using botanicals from every state in Mexico. Although Sam was born in Mexico City, he lived in New York for two decades before moving to Tulum. In addition to leading tastings and teaching culinary and mixology classes, Sam's a sought-after guest bartender at some of the best bars in the Riviera Maya.
Marshall Altier is a 24-year hospitality operations veteran, brand builder, and published author whose contributions have been featured in New York magazine and who has conceived and helmed bar programs as a consultant for the Mandarin Oriental, the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, the Four Seasons, and, most recently, as proprietor, Chicha, his own rum-focused cocktail bar in Brooklyn. Marshall served as vice president of the United States Bartenders’ Guild’s New York chapter as part of his service to the industry community.