Bellying up to our bar, and your ears, are some of the best in the business. Get to know a few of the amazing people who help make their respective industries all that they can be. Every moment with them feels like happy hour, and you’re invited.

Paul Friedman :: Executive Director :: Safer Country

Paul Friedman :: Executive Director :: Safer Country

Paul Friedman is a man with a mission. And a tough mission, at that. He is focusing on one of our nation’s most controversial issues, gun control. For the last 2 years, he was the Exe Director of the VTV Family Outreach Foundation, a non-profit created by families of the victims and survivors of the April 16, 2007 Virginia Tech mass shooting tragedy.

And considering, as a nation, we still face many system-fails within our current background check systems, he has recently shifted his direction and established a new non-profit, Safer Country. His goals appear to be simple–get the names of prohibited persons into the gun background check system and prevent guns from falling into the wrong hands–but unfortunately, the task is not.

So, join us as we sit down with Paul and learn more about the current state-of-affairs and how we can all try to help prevent more senseless-acts of violence.

Designated Drinker :: Lynette Marrero

Lynnette Marrero :: Co-Founder :: Speed Rack



Co-Founder of “Speed Rack.”

Lynette is widely regarded as one of the foremost talented mixologists in the industry. From the beginning, she’s been breaking the the glass ceiling and making room for her fellow female bartenders to excel. In 2011, she co-founded "Speed Rack," a national cocktail competition for female bartenders that annually donates $100,000 to breast cancer charities. With a goal to promote female bartenders and distillers while supporting women's-based charities with a women-only cocktail competition, we are honored to support their efforts and offer a toast to their success.