Elizabeth Trendowski has been working in the liquor and hospitality industry for 25 years. She has been a restaurant manager, CEO of a wine and spirits wholesale operation, a liquor permittee (holder) of both state and federal licenses, and a leader in her field. Liz has personally trained more than 23,000 servers in responsible serving practices.
She was the Founder and President of SMART Programs, a national certification program for the responsible service of alcohol, and one of only three independent TIPS Master Trainers in the United States. She was the Executive Director of the Connecticut Licensed Beverage Association and served on the Board of Directors of the Connecticut Restaurant Association. She was the President of the Connecticut Hospitality Educational Foundation. She also founded SMART bartending schools (13 of them), which was a certification program teaching professional mixology.
Until recently, Liz was an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Haven’s School of Business teaching bar and beverage management. She has taught in private, academic, and military settings and was the restaurant and nightclub trainer for the U.S. Navy Moral, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department in the U.S. and abroad.