Areina Thomas

AREINA THOMAS
Bacardi Trade Advocacy Team
Senior Portfolio Ambassador

With a deep-seated passion for all things food & drink, Areina Thomas, Bacardi’s Senior Portfolio Ambassador, has always felt at home when it came to the hospitality industry.
Growing up in South Lake Tahoe, California, Areina was truly born into the industry, growing up with a chef mother and a lifestyle...

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AREINA THOMAS
Bacardi Trade Advocacy Team
Senior Portfolio Ambassador

With a deep-seated passion for all things food & drink, Areina Thomas, Bacardi’s Senior Portfolio Ambassador, has always felt at home when it came to the hospitality industry.
Growing up in South Lake Tahoe, California, Areina was truly born into the industry, growing up with a chef mother and a lifestyle where cooking and frequenting restaurants was the norm, and flavor, balance, and seasonality were just ways of understanding the world.

Areina always kept food and drink close to her heart, working her way through years of school in restaurants and bars. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and figuring out what next steps to take in her career, Areina began bartending in San Francisco, a hot bed for cocktails. It was there, that bartending became more than an income, but a way of life that tapped in to her passions for flavor, creativity, the exchange of knowledge, and the understanding of the people in the community.

Pulling from her culinary and scholarly background, Areina invested in her technique and knowledge of cocktails and spirits, and started working at some of San Francisco’s best bars. While¬ she bartended at Maven, a San Francisco Chronicle Top 100 Restaurant, Areina started working as a St~Germain Brand Specialist, where her ambitious nature and aptitude to share knowledge helped open the eyes of many.

Areina quickly climbed the ladder, stepping out from her role behind the bar to take on San Francisco’s Portfolio Ambassador position with Bacardi. Through the pillars of education, engagement, and entertainment, Areina was able to use her advocacy of Bacardi spirits to create meaningful relationships with bartenders and significantly increase support of Bacardi brands throughout the city.

Areina now lives in Miami with her regional role as a Senior Portfolio Ambassador for the East Coast, and will continue to mentor, teach, and inspire those around her on behalf of the brand’s exceptional and award-wining portfolio.

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