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Willy Shine Consulting “Bars, Cocktails, Events & Education”


Our Team is made up of a crew of incredible & passionate people nationwide who wholeheartedly are dedicated to the Hospitality & Service Industry. Please meet the people that make it happen day in and day out and help elevate and push our fine industry forward. We are like minded people with a common goal of setting standards, educating and producing the best our industry has to offer. Give us the opportunity to make your cocktails Shine!


Borys Saciuk – Contributing Contractor & Partner of The Batch Mayhem Crew

A Leader of Men! An extremely talented, very wise & respected industry professional based in San Francisco.

6Borys is a hospitality professional who has thrived in the drinks business for over 20 years.   Initially a certified sommelier, his experience now runs the gamut from dive bars to 2 Michelin Stars, and from shaking cocktails at Burning Man to the likes of 15 Romolo.

In addition to his dynamic and distinguished career in hospitality, Borys also enjoyed several years on the brand side of the beverage industry. In this role, he collaborated on the organization and execution of countless trade events across the United States and around the globe.

In 2014 Borys joined The Bon Vivants and returned to bartending as a part of the Trick Dog team. Currently, he is serving drinks at ABV in San Francisco with a smile.

Also recognized as a cocktail competition judge and presenter during spirits industry-related events, Borys is a beverage consultant specializing in the planning and execution of bar service for large-scale events.

When Borys isn’t working, he is hunting down old liquor bottles and hoarding antique cocktail recipe books, or daydreaming of golden karaoke microphones and listening to NPR.

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Willy Shine Consulting “Bars, Cocktails, Events & Education”


Our Team is made up of a crew of incredible & passionate people nationwide who wholeheartedly are dedicated to the Hospitality & Service Industry. Please meet the people that make it happen day in and day out and help elevate and push our fine industry forward. We are like minded people with a common goal of setting standards, educating and producing the best our industry has to offer. Give us the opportunity to make your cocktails Shine!


Leo DeGroff – Contributing Contractor & Lead Partner of The Batch Mayhem Crew

New York City based bartender and proprietor of beverage consultancy, Prince Cocktail.
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Degroff’s work experiences have ranged from bartending at regarded establishments like BED NY, Pegu Club, and Sweetwater Social to high profile events such as Beverage Alcohol Resource (BAR) Five Day, Ultimate Beverage Challenge, BarSmarts, Food and Wine Classic in Aspen, Telluride Wine Festival, The James Beard Awards, Tales of the Cocktail, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, Copa Jerez, Art Basel, South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Las Vegas Nightclub and Bar Show, New York Bar Show, and World Cocktail Week events for The Museum of the American Cocktail.  During his stint with Steve Olson and Andy Seymour for the consultancy aka Wine Geek, Degroff sharpened his skills for event coordinating and restaurant management, including training bartenders/barbacks, assisting in creating cocktail programs, and budget planning.  Utilizing his affinity for technology, Degroff has been able to translate and draft his ideas of efficient bar concepts for specific spaces using graphic design.  Taking his work on the road in 2014, Degroff was invited to consult on Jimmy’s Bodega Aspen, a restaurant attempting the fastest known opening in just sixteen days.  Along with the owner and long time friend Jimmy Yeager, they created a world-class bar program that was quickly recognized as one of the top twenty new bars in the west and southwest.  Degroff also serves as Production Coordinator for Ultimate Beverage Challenge with Paul Pacult and Assistant Coordinator for BAR Five Day with Andy Seymour, Dave Wondrich, Paul Pacult, Steve Olson, and Dale Degroff.  He is also part of the back of house team for Pernod Ricard USA’s BarSmarts

Education has been on the forefront of Degroff’s career and the desire to learn has taken him all over America and the world, including Oaxaca, Mexico; Cusco, Peru; Seville, Spain; the Philippines; Ireland; and Havana, Cuba for first hand experience of distillation in each country’s respective spirits, culture, and bar scenes.

Degroff is a graduate of BAR, an award-winning comprehensive training course in spirits and mixology, and currently resides in the Alphabet City neighborhood of Manhattan with his fat beagle.

 


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Willy Shine Consulting “Bars, Cocktails, Events & Education


Willy Shine

Appleton_Estate_Austin_Seminar-015Willy is a well-traveled, hardworking individual dedicated to hospitality, the craft of bartending & the industry as a whole. Willy has worn many hats over his 20 plus years in the game and continues to do so as becoming complacent or stagnant is not in this mans DNA. Being challenged and taking on challenges is what makes him tick in this industry.

Willy is a passionate spirits expert & educator and has had the opportunity to travel to the ends of the earth to see, touch, smell & taste some of the most well made spirits in the wold. Willy thrives off of conceptualizing, creating, building bar & restaurant beverage concepts and implementing, educating & paying forward the wisdom and knowledge that has been bestowed upon him.

Willy has become very well known in the industry and beyond for very large cocktail event production. Willy Shine Consulting is the company to profeesionally scale cocktails with efficiency & quality. He has created a team of individuals known as “The Batch Mayhem Crew” in order to fill a very necessary void in the cocktail event production and set the standard for large cocktail events and festival activations.

Willy Shine is an Entrepreneurial Business Man, Founder of Willy Shine Consulting, Husband & Father of Two, On Premise Trade Consultant, Beverage Consultant, Spirits & Cocktail Educator, Large Cocktail Event Producer, Keen Bartender to all Styles, Judge at Paul Pacult’s Ultimate Beverage Challenge, Liquor.com Advisory Board Member, Beverage Alcohol Resource Judge & Supervisor & BarSmarts Judge & Supervisor

 


Curriculum Vitae


 

SUMMARY

Willy Shine is an Entrepreneurial Business Man, Founder of Willy Shine Consulting, Husband & Father of Two, On Premise Trade Consultant, Beverage Consultant, Spirits & Cocktail Educator, Cocktail Event Producer, Keen Bartender to all Styles, Judge at Paul Pacult’s Ultimate Beverage Challenge, Liquor.com Advisory Board Member, Beverage Alcohol Resource Judge & Supervisor & BarSmarts Judge & Supervisor

 

EXPERIENCE
Owner-Willy Shine Consulting

NY, NY — 2010-Present

Since 2010 Willy has owned & operated one of the top beverage consultancies in the US. Under the Willy Shine Consulting Umbrella Willy has maintained the prestigious role of National Trade Consultant of Appleton Estate Rums of Jamaica for 5yrs and also through the Groupo Campari purchase of the brand from Kobrand in March 2013. Willy Shine Consulting created and successfully produced from start to finish Remixology one of the nations most sought after and successful cocktail competitions the liquor industry has ever seen to date. Willy Shine Consulting is the go to production agency for cocktail event production for multiple brands nationwide. Will Shine Consulting harnesses the best of the best in the industry and delivers live experiences that resonate with consumers. Willy Shine Consulting is known for it’s quality of work & its integrity.

Willy is a proud member of the Liquor.com Advisory Board along side some amazing individuals and mentors. Willy is also one of a few supervisors for the prestigious once a year class “BAR” Beverage Alcohol Resource and has been from it’s inception. Willy is a member of the judging team of Paul Pacult’s Ultimate Beverage Competition every year. Willy is a supervisor & judge for the BAR Smarts program from it’s inception which has reached & educated thousands of bartenders nationwide.

Willy Shine Consulting was hired to help strategize the relaunch and assist in the cocktail development & strategy of VEEV Acai Spirit’s 2014 launch of 2.0 at 70 proof. Willy Shine Consulting was brought on to staff, execute and manage the beverage aspect of the Hendricks Gin Enchanted Forest, The Voyage into the Unusual and the opening party at Tales of the Cocktail. Willy Shine Consulting partnered with the Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas in 2014 and formed a one of a kind team called “Team Batch Mayhem” along with Wirtz Beverage to produce 1.5 million dollars in cocktails over a 3 day period and serve 90,000 people. Willy Shine Consulting partnered with Liquor.com and John Varvatos to create a pop up bar in the old CBGB location in NYC for 12 Bowery Live events. Willy Shine Consulting created and produced Appleton Estate’s Bartender brunch for the past 2 years at Thirst, Boston & Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans. Willy Shine Consulting created, staffed, produced New York Food & Wine’s first ever cocktail/ mixology event called Astor Hours which saw 800 guests. Willy Shine Consulting partnered with Sydney Frank Importing to design and create cocktails/ infusions for their new tequila brand Casamigos.

In 2015 Willy Shine Consulting partnered with VEEV Spirits as a National Cocktail & Trade Specialist to help kick off “A Better Way to Drink” Bartender Competition and spread the gospel of drinking better.

Accomplishments
  • Created one of the most sought after beverage consultancies in the nation
  • Created, executed and produced one of the nations most sought after cocktail competitions to date called “REMIXOLOGY”
  • Have taught and or mentored thousands of bartenders over his career
  • Have mentored and or assisted multiple other beverage consultancies to get off the ground
  • Have mentored multiple bartenders to ultimately open their own bars and or businesses
  • Recognized as one of the top Beverage Industry Professionals
  • Created, staffed, produced, executed & assisted in sponsorship dollars for Astor Hours the NY Food & Wine Festival first ever cocktail & mixologist inspired party for 800 plus guests
  • John Varvatos Live Concert Series official bar consultant and producer 2012-13 NYC w/ Liquor.com
  • Chosen participant of the BNIC Cognac educational trip to France
  • Partnered w/ David Wondrich to create, produce and execute a punch and cocktail program on the roof of Sleep No More in NYC

 

Owner/ Partner, Contemporary Cocktails, Inc

NY, NY — 2006-2010

From 2006-2010 Willy Shine was a partner/ owner of the globally recognized Beverage Consultancy called Contemporary Cocktails Inc. Willy was the national brand ambassador of Depaz Rum Agricole of Martinique as well as the local NYC ambassador to Partida tequila. Both rolls were focused on bartender education of the category with a focus on the brand. This also came with alot of cocktail development as well as event production and execution. Willy under the umbrella of CC, Inc also created, managed & administered ambassadorship programs for brands nationwide including but not limited to Sonnema Vodka, Cabana Cachaca & Appleton Rum. Willy toured Spain as a proud member of AKA Wine Geek to educate the country’s bartenders on Tanqueray Gin and the Gin & Tonic for one month.

CC, Inc created, produce as well as executed nationwide cocktail programs for the Palms restaurants as well as was the nation mixologists for Todd English Ent.

CC, inc, created the beverage program for the relaunched Royalton Hotel and created the Cocktail Collective a group of top bartenders and mixologists for the Morgan’s Hotel Group under the Morgan’s Group global F&B Director Howard Wein. The Collective included Misty Kalkofen, Willy Shine, John Lermayer, Eric Alperin, Richard Boccatto & Simon Ford. CC, Inc created the beverage program for the Breslin as well as was their corporate mixologists and beverage arm in NYC. CC, Inc created and executed the initial cocktail program at Tao Beach in Las Vegas. CC, Inc created & executed the initial beverage program at BESO in Las Angeles. CC, Inc was behind the award winning NY mega club, restaurant & rooftop called BED.

CC, inc was the go to mixologist staffing, Cocktail development, cocktail event production and cocktail quality control agency for William Grant, Pernod Ricard, Kobrand, Brown Forman & Diageo as well as many one off brands like Yamazaki, Uluvka, Bulleit, Barsol Pisco, Stilletto vodka, Sagatiba Cachaca, Cape North vodka, Ciroc vodka, Tuaca, Aperol, Pallini, Canton, St Germain, Hennessy, DeLeon tequila, El Tessoro, funkin purees, Leblon cachaca, makers mark bourbon, Mekhong, My Gay Rum, Navan, Patron , Rhum Clement, Trago, VeeV,

Willy staffed, produced & executed the beverage portion of the Hennessy Black concert series around the nation. CC, Inc strategized, staffed, managed, executed, promoted and produced some of the nations largest Beverage industry events including and not limited to The Bartenders Breakfast at Tales of the Cocktail, Rum Renaissance Big Up Finally Party, The first ever Manhattan Cocktail Classic Gala,

 

Accomplishments
  • Created a globally recognized Bevergae Consultacy from the ground up
  • Recognized as one of the top Beverage Industry Professionals
  • Member & Supervisor of “BAR” Beverage Alcohol Resource from its inception
  • Member & Supervisor of BarSmarts from its inception
  • Member of the AKA Wine Geek Team
  • Original member & Supervisor of DrinkWell by Diageo & BAR
  • Founding member of The Cocktail Collective

 

EDUCATION

Wentworth Institute of Technology

1991-1993

Architecture

Beverage Alcohol Resource

2005-2014

Spirit Education & Cocktail History

BarSmarts

2008-14

Spirit Education & Cocktail History

 

EDUCATIONAL TRIPS & STUDIES

Oaxaca Mexico to study Mezcal

Mexico to study Tequila

Peru to study Pisco

Spain to study Sherry & the Gin & Tonic

France to study Cognac

Brazil to study Cachaca

Sweden to study Vodka production

England to study Gin production

Jamaica to study Rum production

 

SKILLS
  • Team Leadership skills
  • High volume cocktail production skills
  • Keen to all styles of bartending
  • Speaks well in front of large audiences
  • Extensive cocktail knowledge and history
  • Extensive spirits knowledge & history
  • Big picture thinker
  • Social Media management
  • Microsoft Office efficient
  • Word Press

 

 

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Our Team @ Willy Shine Consulting “Bars, Cocktails, Education & Events”

Our Team is made up of a crew of incredible & passionate people nationwide who wholeheartedly are dedicated to the Hospitality & Service Industry. Please meet the people that make it happen day in and day out and help elevate and push our fine industry forward. We are like minded people with a common goal of setting standards, educating and producing the best our industry has to offer. Give us the opportunity to make your cocktails Shine!


Willy ShineOwner & Director of Willy Shine Consulting

Willy is a well-traveled Willy Shine Head Shothardworking, individual dedicated to the craft and integrity of bartending & our industry as a whole. He has been in the industry for over twenty years and believes and teaches in use the of freshest of ingredients, the finest of spirits and practicing bar techniques passed on to him by his mentors & predecessors. Willy lives by the blueprint of paying forward and educating the next generation on the craft that was bestowed upon him. He applies the use of well-made spirits, the use of classic cocktails as building blocks and the use of proper technique and methodology. He is a devoted educator and humble student of his craft.

Willy Shine will satisfy all of your beverage needs & guarantees to Help You Drink Better”

Willy Shine is an Entrepreneurial Business Man, Founder of Willy Shine Consulting, Husband & Father of Two, On Premise Trade Consultant, Beverage Consultant, Spirits & Cocktail Educator, Cocktail Event Producer, Keen Bartender to all Styles, Judge at Paul Pacult’s Ultimate Beverage Challenge, Liquor.com Advisory Board Member, Beverage Alcohol Resource Judge & Supervisor & BarSmarts Supervisor & Judge


Justin Noel – Contributing Contractor

President/Owner of Closing Time Cocktails Inc. A Beverage and Hospitality Consulting Firm

Justin Noel Photo 1-30-15With over ten years behind the stick, on 4 continents, in over 10 countries, Justin Noel is the epitome of a traveling bartender if there ever was one. Justin started his bar career learning the flair game in the nightclub scene in New York and Europe, before moving on to learning the hospitality side of the industry at the Ritz-Carlton Reynolds Plantation in Georgia. He later move to some of South Beach’s more established venues such as Skybar at the Shoreclub Hotel, Tantra, and was part of the opening staff of the RitzCarlton South Beach, after graduating from college in 2003. From South Beach, Justin went abroad from 2005 to 2008 running cocktail lounges in New Zealand, Australia, South East Asia and Greece, he also worked with several liquor brands as a consultant mixologist and events coordinator. In 2008 he returned back to the states and consulted on several projects in Georgia and Florida upon finally settling back in New York to work with Contemporary Cocktails Inc in opening Pranna.

Justin has served as corporate mixologist or brand ambassador for Bacardi’s B-Live tour and Hennessy for the Hennessy Artistry concert series to name a few. He also has had the pleasure to serve as a consulting mixologist with Contemporary Cocktails Inc. and continues to work with the likes of Dale Degroff, Dave Wondrich, Willy Shine, Steve Olsen and Andy Seymour on local and national branded events.  From 2010 to 2013 Justin opened and owns the cocktail bar 1534, as well as serving as a local brand ambassador for Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum, and later as National Brand Specialist for Bacardi’s Prestige Portfolio. In 2013 he went on to work for Espolon Tequila as National Brand Advocate and created the advocacy program “COCKtail Fights”. In the same year he opened Bleecker Kitchen & Co and Sweetwater Social with good friend Tim Cooper. This venue has garnished local praise from the trade, received positive reviews from both local and national press, and has become an essential bar in the cocktail hierarchy in New York.


Leo DeGroff – Contributing Contractor & Partner of Team Batch Mayhem

New York City based bartender and proprietor of beverage consultancy, Prince Cocktail.

Degroff’s work experiences have ranged from bartending at regarded establishments like BED NY, Pegu Club, and Sweetwater Social to high profile events such as Beverage Alcohol Resource (BAR) Five Day, Ultimate Beverage Challenge, BarSmarts, Food and Wine Classic in Aspen, Telluride Wine Festival, The James Beard Awards, Tales of the Cocktail, the Manhattan Cocktail Classic, Copa Jerez, Art Basel, South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Las Vegas Nightclub and Bar Show, New York Bar Show, and World Cocktail Week events for The Museum of the American Cocktail.  During his stint with Steve Olson and Andy Seymour for the consultancy aka Wine Geek, Degroff sharpened his skills for event coordinating and restaurant management, including training bartenders/barbacks, assisting in creating cocktail programs, and budget planning.  Utilizing his affinity for technology, Degroff has been able to translate and draft his ideas of efficient bar concepts for specific spaces using graphic design.  Taking his work on the road in 2014, Degroff was invited to consult on Jimmy’s Bodega Aspen, a restaurant attempting the fastest known opening in just sixteen days.  Along with the owner and long time friend Jimmy Yeager, they created a world-class bar program that was quickly recognized as one of the top twenty new bars in the west and southwest.  Degroff also serves as Production Coordinator for Ultimate Beverage Challenge with Paul Pacult and Assistant Coordinator for BAR Five Day with Andy Seymour, Dave Wondrich, Paul Pacult, Steve Olson, and Dale Degroff.  He is also part of the back of house team for Pernod Ricard USA’s BarSmarts

Education has been on the forefront of Degroff’s career and the desire to learn has taken him all over America and the world, including Oaxaca, Mexico; Cusco, Peru; Seville, Spain; the Philippines; Ireland; and Havana, Cuba for first hand experience of distillation in each country’s respective spirits, culture, and bar scenes.

Degroff is a graduate of BAR, an award-winning comprehensive training course in spirits and mixology, and currently resides in the Alphabet City neighborhood of Manhattan with his fat beagle.


Borys Saciuk – Contributing Contractor & Partner of Team Batch Mayhem

A Leader of Men! An extremely talented, very wise & respected industry professional based in San Francisco.

6Borys is a hospitality professional who has thrived in the drinks business for over 20 years.   Initially a certified sommelier, his experience now runs the gamut from dive bars to 2 Michelin Stars, and from shaking cocktails at Burning Man to the likes of 15 Romolo.

In addition to his dynamic and distinguished career in hospitality, Borys also enjoyed several years on the brand side of the beverage industry. In this role, he collaborated on the organization and execution of countless trade events across the United States and around the globe.

In 2014 Borys joined The Bon Vivants and returned to bartending as a part of the Trick Dog team. Currently, he is serving drinks at ABV in San Francisco with a smile.

Also recognized as a cocktail competition judge and presenter during spirits industry-related events, Borys is a beverage consultant specializing in the planning and execution of bar service for large-scale events.

When Borys isn’t working, he is hunting down old liquor bottles and hoarding antique cocktail recipe books, or daydreaming of golden karaoke microphones and listening to NPR.


 

 

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