Brand Ambassador – Ardbeg & Glenmorangie
Travis Tidwell has had an interesting journey into the spirits industry; he grew up in a very small town outside of Yosemite National Park, named Coarsegold. Travis found his passion for flavors and ingredients in that small town. He started out as a dish washer at the local pizzeria were he learned the ins and outs of the business. His hard work and dedication lead him to oversee all staffing and management of the back and front of the house at the age of 18. After a few years, it was time for him to spread his creative wings and move to Southern California to attend the Art Institute of Southern California for Culinary school, where he would go on to graduate at the top of his class in 2008. While he was attending college Travis started working behind a fast paced bar as their bar back. He graduated the ranks and eventually went on to work for an import company focusing on single malt scotch, rum, cognac and craft spirits out of Italy, and running the portfolio for all of Southern California. Travis is also a certified spirits specialist an education accreditation through the Society of Wine Educators.
As of October 2015 he proudly joins the Glenmorangie and Ardbeg team as the Brand Ambassador for the Western Region of the United States. Based in Southern California, Travis will work to highlight the broad range of Single Malt Scotch Whisky offerings for both brands in key markets including California, Washington, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and Alaska.