Brad Kinder's journey into the wine industry took an interesting path. After he graduated from the School of Education at the University of South Florida, Brad realized that the college job of waiting tables had turned into a desire to continue in the hospitality industry. He spent several years working the seasonal route between Tampa and Nantucket. He spent a year in Detroit at the Rattlesnake Club. There he worked under Madeline Triffon, the first female Master Sommelier in the world. Under her guidance, Brad's interest in wine was sparked. He was introduced to a world that would eventually become both his passion and career.
Brad came back to Florida and became General Manager at Armadillo Café in Davie under Kevin McCarthy and Eve Montella. He later moved to Bang as General Manager and worked closely with Robbin Haas. He also worked with Allen Susser at Chef Allen's as the Sommelier.
In 1997 Brad accepted a
position at Premier Beverage Co. as a sales consultant and moved along the ranks to become Key Accounts Manager. He then joined World Wines (a division of Premier Beverage Co.) upon its inception in 2000. In June of 2002 Brad was promoted to State Brand Manager for Premier Beverage Co., working with suppliers and deals with wineries and their principals. In 2003, Brad accepted a position with Premier as the State Fine Wine Business manager. He is also a Certified Training Coordinator for Premier's Beverage Professional Training Program.
Brad is an advanced Sommelier, certified through the Court of Master Sommeliers. He is on the Board of American Institute Wine and Food (AIWF) and United States Sommelier Association (USSA). He conducts educational/entertaining events such as GenX wine tastings for AIWF. He is also an instructor for the USSA's Sommelier certification class at Johnson & Wales.