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Celebrating Excellence: USBG Chapter Awards 2024

Michelle Turner
Michelle Turner
June 11, 2024
Chapter Awards

The inaugural 2024 USBG Bar Summit has been a resounding success, and the grand finale on Tuesday, June 4, was nothing short of spectacular. The evening was dedicated to honoring the chapters and individuals who have gone above and beyond in their commitment to the USBG and the hospitality industry. Here’s a recap of the prestigious Chapter Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements across eight categories!

The Winners Are...

Best Education Week 2023 Winner: Palm Beach

This year we had over 25 chapters participate in EdWeek with more than 120 hours of educational training produced for USBG members. Palm Beach has delivered an outstanding Education Week, providing top-notch learning opportunities and experiences for its members.

Best Community Outreach Winner: Richmond

This award recognizes Richmond for their excellent membership recruitment campaigns and their commitment to diversity, inclusion, and giving back to their communities.

Best Commitment to Health & Wellness Winner: Oregon

This award recognizes Oregon for demonstrating exceptional dedication to promoting and maintaining health and wellness within their community, actively working to inspire and support others in their journey toward better health.

Charitable Giving Award Winner: Phoenix

In 2023, there were a countless number of volunteer hours donated to charitable causes, with one specific chapter who went above and beyond in both giving back and raising funds in their community. Phoenix raised the most funds for the USBG Foundation and other local non-profits, demonstrating a strong commitment to charitable efforts.

Most Engaged Membership in a Chapter Winner: Pittsburgh

This award celebrates the chapter with the most active and involved members, fostering a vibrant and dynamic community. Pittsburgh pulls a dedicated group, and a large number of members, to each of their programs, meetings and events, all while keeping the members' needs top of mind.

Second Half

Rising Star Chapter of the Year Winner: Austin

This award is given to a chapter that is working together as hard as they can to be the very best. This year, Austin has accomplished amazing things despite their smaller size.

Chapter of the Year Winner: Louisville

The 'Chapter of the Year' award is a testament to the collective efforts, dedication, and hard work of an entire chapter. It celebrates a chapter that has gone above and beyond in fulfilling our mission and values, making a significant impact within their community and our organization as a whole.

Honoring Individual Achievements: Special Awards

In addition to the Chapter Awards, we also recognized several outstanding individuals for their exceptional contributions and lifelong commitment to the USBG. Here are the recipients of our special awards, celebrating personal achievements and dedication to the industry.

Member of the Year Recipient Nancy Hall

The 'Member of the Year' award is a special recognition that honors the incredible efforts and achievements of one person who has truly made a difference in our organization. Nancy Hall has exemplified excellence through her dedication, hard work, and positivity.

President's Award for Integrity in Leadership Recipient Darian Everding

This award honors Darian Everding for their steadfast commitment to doing what is right, even when it may not be popular, exemplifying one of the most important values we can recognize in our fellow bartenders.  

First Husband Award Recipient Valter Fabiano

This award recognizes Valter Fabiano for his invaluable time and commitment to the USBG, acknowledging his unwavering support and significant contributions to the USBG community and his husband, Executive Director Aaron Gregory Smith.

Lifetime Member Award Recipient Aaron Gregory Smith

This award honors Executive Director Aaron Gregory Smith for his exceptional commitment and service to the USBG over his 10-year tenure. As Executive Director, Aaron has been an outstanding leader, inspiring mentor, and dedicated guide.

Looking Ahead

We are incredibly proud of all our chapters and members who have demonstrated remarkable dedication and excellence. Your efforts make the USBG community stronger and more vibrant. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees, and thank you for your unwavering commitment to our mission.


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