From a sweaty dish-pit in Rhode Island to the apex of the restaurant scene in South Beach, Rich has lived an F&B fairy tale. His humble beginnings scrubbing stinkpots and chopping vegetables instilled a bulldog work ethic that has served as a ballast for Rich as he has traveled the world honing his craft.
He enrolled in Johnson & Wales University to pursue an education in business. It did not take long for Rich to realize that the best way to learn business is to roll up his sleeves and build one. During a reboot to San Diego, Rich found himself behind the bar at some of Southern California’s busiest watering holes. A plan began to form. Travel & experience were necessary ingredients and Club Med provided the ultimate melting pot to bring these elements to a boil.
As a manager with Club Med for 5 years, Rich coordinated both Hotel & Leisure services on an international level. Life in paradise was never dull. Rich wore a number of hats daily – bartender, performer, host, event planning, team management, and emcee duties were all in a days work. He approached each task with the same pugilist determination he applied in that Rhode Island dish-pit. His plan evolved. Success revealed itself in the form of travel. Rich resided in Turks & Caicos, Punta Cana D.R., South Florida, The Bahamas and most important – Ixtapa, Mexico; where he met his beautiful wife, Annelu (who is sooo far out of his league).
The newlyweds landed in Miami Beach, their home for the past 3 years. In that time, Rich has consulted for 50 Eggs Inc and The Fountaine Bleau. Most recently, he has applied his management proficiency to the bar team with The Myles Restaurant Group, which operates Prime Fish & Prime 112.
Rich determined that his experience in many areas of Food & Beverage could translate into success in the evolving Craft Cocktail movement. On a sunny day in March 2015, Rich met Bobby & Sean on a South Florida beach and shared his plan. Craft Cartel was born…