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Mr. Bethel

Jack Bethel

Fratelli Branca Portfolio Manager Colorado, Infinium Spirits

Jack Bethel is the Fratelli Branca Portfolio Manager for Colorado with Infinium Spirits, a family-owned spirits company known for igniting brands and accelerating performance. Founded in 2005 and based in Aliso Viejo, California, Infinium Spirits specializes in the import, sales, and marketing of its distinctive portfolio of brands. In his role with Infinium Spirits, Mr. Bethel is responsible for staying in front of the market trends of the beverage industry, as well as the sales, marketing and events for the Fratelli Branca portfolio.

Prior to his time working in brand management, Mr. Bethel served as the Assistant Food and Beverage Operations Manager with the Hotel Teatro in Denver, CO. He has also managed various cocktail bars, fine dining establishments, and everything in between. He is considered an expert in amaro, and specializes in the cultural terroir of regional spirits. His custom cocktails have been served across the country at events including The James Beard House in New York City, Charleston Wine + Food, and Aspen Food & Wine Festival.

In addition to being called one of Denver's best bartenders by Thrillist in 2016, Mr. Bethel has received praises from Bon Appetit Magazine, 303 magazine, Westword magazine's 2016 Best Cocktail Program, as well as being invited to join the Chilled Magazine 100, their list of the most influential bartenders in the nation.

Mr. Bethel earned his B.A. from Cornell College, and is an avid outdoorsman, cyclist, and community advocate.  


Please visit http://www.infiniumspirits.com for more information.

Mr. Bethel can be contacted at 720-576-4016 or jackbethel@infiniumspirits.com

Coming up in January 2020...

Mobile Technology: Meeting Tech Expectations

What once seemed futuristic is now the norm, owing to the escalating developments in mobile technology, and hotels must continue to innovate in order to meet guest expectations. In a recent study from Mower, 65 percent of guests said they would gladly pay more for a hotel that provides the mobile technology they deem essential. The same study shows that 44 percent of travelers are more likely to book a smart hotel, and nearly 7 in 10 want to use smart devices provided by the hotel. And how do guests wish to use all this technology? A majority expressed a desire for mobile check-in and check-out, and mobile payment options. They also want to be able to stream content from their phone to the TV; to make service requests of the hotel staff; to control in-room lighting, temperature and sound; to order food and beverages; and to request a wake-up call - all from their mobile device. Guests also expressed preferences for robust wi-fi and convenient device charging ports throughout the hotel. They also appreciate the use of hotel branded apps which allow a guest to book a room, access loyalty programs, receive discounts and rewards, and even use the app to choose the room, floor and view they prefer. Some hotel apps also allow a customer to track their charges throughout their stay, rather than waiting to receive a bill at the end. Finally, mobile tech lounges are popping up more frequently in some hotels. These lounges offer guests the opportunity to perform tasks like airline check-ins or access to local info guides, but they also provide a place where guests can comfortably get some work done outside their room. The January Hotel Business Review will report on what some hotels are doing to meet their customers' expectations in the mobile technology space.