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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 September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.