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Rumologist Finals

A few of our personal friends and drinking buddies have been chosen as finalists in the Tommy Bahama Rumologist search.  Be sure to show them your support.
When Tommy Bahama speaks, people listen.  The well known casual clothing line and restaurant chain put out a call for applications for a staff rum expert position and received hundreds of video resumes.  The list has been narrowed to 20 finalists and 4 very good friends of Rum Connection made the cut.  Be sure to vote for our friends Adam Kanter, Matt Robold, Luis Ayala and Carl Grooms.  
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Since Tommy Bahama’s announcement of the first-ever Tommy Bahama Rumologist Search, the Tommy Bahama Rumologist application page has been flooded with thousands of fans and would-be Rumologists seeking to learn more about the contest, with many hoping to someday hold this coveted title! Today, Tommy Bahama is excited to announce the Top 20 contestants from across the country, each of whom is now one step closer to becoming the First Ever Tommy Bahama Rumologist!

The Top 20 Tommy Bahama Rumologist Contestants are as follows (in no particular order).
1.    Matthew Robold
Orange, CA
2.    Carlton Grooms
Osprey, FL
3.    Luis Ayala
Round Rock, TX
4.    Adam Kanter
Sicklerville, NJ
5.    Phil Thompson
Los Angeles, CA
6.    Robert Rimavicus
Pompano Beach, FL
7.    Scott Siegel
Ormond Beach, FL
8.    Kathy Casey
Seattle, WA
9.    J.R. Starkus
Las Vegas, NV
10.  Jack Terry
Key West, FL
11.  Gene Thompson
Albuquerque, NM
12.  Jeremy Votava
Chico, CA
13.  David Johnson
Tempe, AZ
14.  Nicholas Pilavakis
Colonia, NJ
15.  Brice Ginardi
Kailua Kona, HI
16.  Adam Stone
Sparks, NV
17.  David Phillips
Tempe, AZ
18.  Doug Smith
Chuluota, FL
19.  Joshua Hein
Corona Del Mar, CA
20.  Jessica Fesler
Las Vegas, NV
Links to the submission videos can be found at the Tommy Bahama Facebook page.

Although the contestants’ styles range from island cool to professorial to master mixologist, every contestant has proven that they deserve a spot on this prestigious Top 20 list!   From August 30, 2011 through September 8, 2011, the public will have an opportunity to help in choosing the first Tommy Bahama Rumologist by voting for their favorite Rumologist contestant online. After tabulating the votes and the combined scores from the judging panel, the Top 10Finalists will be announced on or around September 12, 2011.  Each of the contestants will then be invited to participate in the next round, which will involve submitting both a new video and a new personal statement.  The judging panel will narrow the field to the Top 5 and the public will once again vote for their favorite Rumologist with the winner being announced on or around October 6, 2011.

“We are so excited by all of the applications and enthusiasm …they are original and distinctive, and the applicants are all extremely talented,” explains Rob Goldberg, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Restaurants for Tommy Bahama.  “This search has proved that there are many people who share our passion for rum and the island lifestyle.  We are excited now to share these submissions with the public and engage in the social media component of the search.”