About

Founded in 2012, Back Bar Project is the exclusive U.S. importer of a collection of premium spirits brands that meet the U.S. and global spirits industry's demand for more specialized, high quality ingredients.

Our team is comprised of leading spirits industry professionals from around the country, dedicated to providing world-class spirits to the U.S. market.

Back Bar Project Team Member Matt Milner

Matt Milner

President + Co-Founder Seattle

Matt provides financial and strategic oversight, enjoys working closely with BBP's producer partners and is highly focused on maintaining the strong company culture that is a tremendous source of pride for the entire BBP team. Matt learned the ropes from his father and mentor who imports South African food and wine.

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Matt Milner

President + Co-Founder

Seattle

Back Bar Project Team Member Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson

Vice President + Co-Founder Seattle

Andrew joined BBP after nearly 20 years working in technology. Now he combines his business acumen with his passion for all things fermented and distilled, managing our Mexican spirits portfolio and providing operational support.

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Andrew Johnson

Vice President + Co-Founder

Seattle

Back Bar Project Team Member Kaj Hackinen

Kaj Hackinen

VP - Brand Innovation + Co-Founder Brooklyn

After co-founding BBP, Kaj moved from Seattle to New York to manage east coast operations in 2013. Today, he is responsible for leading the brand innovation strategy, creative direction, and cross-department integration within the existing BBP portfolio, as well as new brand opportunities.

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Kaj Hackinen

VP - Brand Innovation + Co-Founder

Brooklyn

Back Bar Project Team Member David Muñoz

David Muñoz

VP - Sales + Partner Los Angeles

His experience working for Coca-Cola, Infinium Spirits, and Brown Forman, makes David a perfect partner and national sales director. He is instrumental in growing our distribution network across the U.S.

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David Muñoz

VP - Sales + Partner

Los Angeles

Back Bar Project Team Member Matthew Riley

Matthew Riley

VP - Operations + Partner Seattle

Matt builds systems and processes to help streamline order forecasting and manage the importation and shipping network. Prior to joining Back Bar Project, he managed a large craft spirits portfolio at a major distributor.

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Matthew Riley

VP - Operations + Partner

Seattle

Back Bar Project Team Member Ann Borgerding

Ann Borgerding

Director of Marketing Brooklyn

Annie brings passion and knowledge about food, beverage, travel & lifestyle brands. As Director of Marketing, she is equipped with a varied skill set including media relations, writing, event planning, client management, strategic planning, business development, and budget management.

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Ann Borgerding

Director of Marketing

Brooklyn

Back Bar Project Team Member Matthew Johnson

Matthew Johnson

National Accounts Manager Phoenix

After spending years in finance management at Getty Images, Matt moved into the hospitality industry as a bartender, eventually opening his own award-winning bar. He has since run craft spirits teams for major and mid-level distributors, and came to work with Back Bar Project in 2021 to manage the National Accounts.

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Matthew Johnson

National Accounts Manager

Phoenix

Back Bar Project Team Member William Merritt

William Merritt

Sales Integration Manager Seattle

Prior to BBP, Will served as Director of On-Premise Sales for the Brown Forman division at Young's Market Company, Washington. Will brings expertise in managing large and complex distributor relationships. His trade advocacy experience includes spirits education, brand activation, and cocktail training. As Back Bar Project's Sales Integration Manager, Will builds and maintains sales and commercial management platforms to support a rapidly growing sales team.

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William Merritt

Sales Integration Manager

Seattle

Back Bar Project Team Member Robert Wagner

Robert Wagner

Systems & Control State Manager Washington D.C.

Bob spent more than 20 years in the hospitality industry. He worked positions from bus boy to Food and Beverage Director. As a founding member of the Tampa Bay Chapter, USBG, and later the Secretary of the NYC Chapter, Bob is a well-known industry veteran. He joined Back Bar Project in 2018 as our New England and Mid-Atlantic Regional Manager. In 2021 he transitioned to BBP's Systems & Control State Manager.

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Robert Wagner

Systems & Control State Manager

Washington D.C.

Back Bar Project Team Member Sunita Martini

Sunita Martini

Senior Visual Designer Seattle

An accomplished visual designer, intrepid lifestyle photographer, and passionate foodie, Sunita puts her skills, and love for unique branding, to work, ensuring that Back Bar Project maintains a high level of visual identity across all channels.

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Sunita Martini

Senior Visual Designer

Seattle

Back Bar Project Team Member Kristina Calvert

Kristina Calvert

Regional Manager - RNDC West San Francisco

Kristina is a spirits educator with more than 12 years of distributor sales experience. Formerly the leading Craft Spirits Specialist for Young's Market, Kristina now manages Back Bar Project's business aligned to our RNDC States in the West: CA, WA, AZ, CO, HI, & AK.

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Kristina Calvert

Regional Manager - RNDC West

San Francisco

Back Bar Project Team Member Michele Willard

Michele Willard

Regional Manager - Breakthru Beverage Chicago

After years in the finance field, Michele was lured to spirits and hospitality. She became an industry leader in the Southern CA cocktail community. She joined BBP in 2018 to help manage southern CA. She then moved across the country to run the Southeast for BBP, and in her newest role, she is now running all BBG markets for BBP.

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Michele Willard

Regional Manager - Breakthru Beverage

Chicago

Back Bar Project Team Member Amanda de la Nuez

Amanda de la Nuez

Regional Manager - Northeast New York

With more than ten years of professional experience in NYC hospitality and founder of her own digital marketing company, Amanda manages BBP's brands and distributor relationships in the Northeast covering New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.

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Amanda de la Nuez

Regional Manager - Northeast

New York

Back Bar Project Team Member Andy Maurer

Andy Maurer

Regional Manager - South Houston

Andy is an avid spirits enthusiast and educator with over 15 years of industry experience spanning from beverage director, craft spirits specialist for a major distributor, and manager of artisanal portfolios from the Southern US to the West. Located in Texas, he joined BBP in 2021 as Regional Manager - South.

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Andy Maurer

Regional Manager - South

Houston

Back Bar Project Team Member Gianna LiVigni

Gianna LiVigni

North California Market Manager San Francisco

Gianna's wine and spirits journey began more than six years ago at Young's Market Company. She discovered and fell in love with the craft spirits world, especially for all things agave. Gianna joined the BBP team in 2021 as the Market Manager in Northern California.

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Gianna LiVigni

North California Market Manager

San Francisco

Back Bar Project Team Member Daniel McClary

Daniel McClary

South California Market ManagerLos Angeles

Dan McClary started in the culinary field only to quickly fall in love with all things hospitality. He opened and operated over 15 craft bars over the last 16 years. He joined the Back Bar Project team in 2018 as our Market Manager in Southern California.

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Daniel McClary

South California Market Manager

Los Angeles

Back Bar Project Team Member Daniel Guess

Daniel Guess

North Florida Market Manager Tampa

Daniel is a stalwart in the Florida bar community. For more than decade he ran some of Tampa's most progressive programs. His love for spirits and education led him to help develop programs with a high focus on training and education. He joins the BBP team as Market Manager in Northern Florida.

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Daniel Guess

North Florida Market Manager

Tampa

Back Bar Project Team Member Nicoletta Vetsch

Nicoletta Vetsch

South Florida Market Manager Miami

Nikki is a craft spirits professional with more than 6 years experience in Miami's hospitality industry. Bartender, Events Manager, Wine Educator, Nikki's passion for customer service and craft education has been a driving force. She joined BBP in 2021 as our new South Florida Market Manager.

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Nicoletta Vetsch

South Florida Market Manager

Miami

Back Bar Project Team Member Lauren Darnell

Lauren Darnell

Washington State Market Manager Seattle

Lauren climbed the ranks of the beverage industry as beverage director in some of Seattle's most prestigious cocktail bars. With 20 years service experience and a passion for the history and culture of spirits, she is excited to join the BBP team as the Market Manager for Washington state.

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Lauren Darnell

Washington State Market Manager

Seattle

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