Global Brand Ambassador for the Stoli Group, Simone Bodini, is here on St. Maarten. He is here to introduce the local palets to the smooth taste of Elit by Stoli. While here he will be doing a full masterclass tour, starting with radio interviews, then a private masterclass on the island and in St. Barths. Simone will also be guest bartending at ROXXY Beach.

Simone was born and raised in Italy. Since he was a child, he proved to be a very curious kid. Growing up in the Italian metropole he developed an open-minded way of thinking and a cosmopolitan way of living. After a short period in Dallas, he has returned home: the most exciting city: Rome.

In the middle of sociology studies at the university he casually ended up behind a bar. He fell in love with this new profession and attended many Bartending trainings in one of the most prestigious institution in Italy: Planet One ‐‐‐American Bartending School.

Seduced by Flair Bartending, he dedicated hours and hours to practice his new passion to finally compete worldwide in great cities such as London (Road House World Finals), Las Vegas (Legends of Bartending) and many more. He was crowned three times as an Italian champion (BMGP) and once world champion in 2006 (BMGP).

As a bartender and trainer in the top Italian Bartending Schools (Flair Project, Rebirth of Liquid Art by Supper Club, Mixology Academy, Bottlebunker) Simone got himself involved in the development of the bar couture in Italy from the late nineties till the present time. Introducing new trends, seeking for talent as a Judge in competitions and sharing his passion and knowledge by teaching hundreds of young bartenders.

As a bartender he worked his way to the top by gaining his experience working in top clubs like the Supper Club Rome and Phi Beach in Costa Smeralda, many top restaurants and 5‐star luxury hotels. Thanks to all these stimulating experiences he achieved knowledge for premium spirits and their best usability in cocktails. Addicted to Martini and the ritual behind the preparation of the cocktail best with elit Vodka and some great Italian green olives!

Apart from his dedication and passion for bartending, his personal passion is to travel and  discovering different fascinating cultures. His secret, hidden talent is playing his electric guitar. During his current position of Global BA with Stoli Group, he travelled around 30 countries worldwide producing more than 100 Masterclasses with more than 2,000 attendants, training and inspiring on Stoli brands. Producing specific trainings for key accounts (Hard Rock Hotel Tenerife and Ibiza, Ushuaia club Ibiza). Interacting with press and media.

Participating in festivals and special events (Paris Rum festival, Madrid Rum festival, Hellfest, UK Rum Festivals, Barometer Show ’17‐‘18, Velier live 17, FIBAR ’17, BCB ’18, 50Best awards (LATAM, Global, Asia), 50 Best bars 10th year anniversary in New York, Design week Milano ’18, Velier live 18,etc…. ….). With a 100% satisfied feedback from all the markets. Achieved a remarkable nomination from Tales of cocktails in the category “Best international brand ambassador 2017”.

Visited more than 500 international key accounts, participated in the EAOM17 and EAOM18 program organization and finals where he was chief of the prestigious jury panel. In Stoli Group he is in charge of advocacy of all the brands (Stoli, elit, Bayou rum, Cenote Tequila and Se Busca Mezcal), drink strategies for global, markets or events.