Shelby Goelz; USBG Tampa; 15 years in the industry
Professional Stats & Vitals: Single, Employed, Alive.
First job: Preparing mass mail outs for my moms real estate company.
Childhood ambition: To be the best singer my shower had ever seen!
Best part of job: Introducing people to things that they never thought they would like or have never heard of.
Stress relievers: Kayaking, Drawing, Bourbon
Favorite quote: "Nothing grows under the shade of great trees." -Constantin Brancusi
If you won the lottery tomorrow: I would open my own boutique wine and spirits shop that also offered small cafe bites.
Pet peeve: When a guest asks if 'he' (the person that created MY cocktail list) is here.
Advice you could offer to others: Know your shit or be incredibly confident as you deliver the bullshit.
Best compliment anyone could give you: "That's delicious. That's beautiful" Both of these in reference to a perfect cocktail.
Riskiest thing you've ever done: Moving to Chicago when I was 20, knowing not a single person there. I lasted a decade!
Personal heroes: My mom is pretty freaking great.
Is there something about you that would surprise people?
I am incredibly shy.
How do you turn around a lousy day?
With a dance break.
Most interesting place traveled & why: The Darien Gap in Panama. It took driving through multiple military checkpoints and then down 'non-roads' to find where we were staying and on our first trip to the market we bought a machete. It currently hangs over our mantle.
What's the simplest thing you've never mastered?
An Old Fashioned
Favorite part of usbg.org?
The challenge of participating in contests. Even if I don't submit, I try to come up with a meaningful cocktail for the theme.
Sports team: Cubs and Juventus
Joke: A guest walks into a bar: 'What kind of flavored vodka do you have?' Me: 'Juniper. We have Juniper flavored vodka.' And then I convince them to drink gin.
If you could change jobs with anyone for a day, who would it be?
Someone that works with tigers, sloths or otters.