Tales of the Cocktail names new board membersBy Melita Kiely
The Tales of the Cocktail Foundation (TOTCF) has added four members to its board of directors.
The new board members are: John Gakuru, Tess Posthumus, Perry Sholes and Claire Warner.
Gakuru has two decades of experience in the drinks trade, and most recently founded Navaisha Coffee.
Posthumus is a bartender, bar owner and freelance hospitality professional. Her bars include Flying Dutchmen Cocktails and Dutch Courage in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Sholes is president of Progressive HR Strategies, a New Orleans-based consulting firm.
Warner brings more than 20 years’ experience in the drinks industry to the board, and co-founded non-alcoholic aperitif brand Aercorn.
They join existing board members co-chair Gary Solomon Jr, co-chair Neal Bodenheimer, treasurer Gary Solomon Sr, and CEO Eileen Wayner.
Solomon Jr said: “Each of these individuals brings a dynamic and impressive perspective to the board and their collective experience will be indispensable in helping us further the foundation’s mission to education, advance and support our global cocktail community.”
The board of directors is responsible for overseeing the foundation’s operational activities, including strategy development and execution, policy, and serving as a fiduciary.
Wayner added: “Our goal at Tales of the Cocktail Foundation is to ensure that all external and internal aspects of the foundation are reflective of the wonderfully diverse and experienced community we support.
“We are thrilled to welcome this incredible group of new board members to our board of directors, and we look forward to continued progress as a team.”
This year’s Tales of the Cocktail theme is ‘progress’. The annual festival is scheduled to take place from 25-29 July.