Allen was born in Rochester, New York, and raised in Southwest Florida. Allen did not always work in the Hospitality industry but had longing to be a part of the high speed and energy since a very young age. The slow and redundant lifestyle of retail in high school had Allen craving more. His first step in the door of the bar and nightclub industry was at the 2-story complex: Celsius Night Club, in the historic Downtown Fort Myers. High volume, fast paced, turn and burn atmosphere. It was the ultimate club he had dreamt to work at. When making in a night what he made in a week, Allen was hooked. With this new lifestyle, Allen wanted to learn more. After a year or so, Elite Bartending School and Event Staffing of Southwest Florida moved into the daytime vacancy of Celsius nightclub. Allen took the class to advance himself further in the scene. This led him to Land the country’s hottest gigs. Bartending at festivals and sporting events. From BottleRock in Napa Valley, to Middlelands in Houston, Tx… to Ultra Music Fest, and the 2019-2020 Super bowl in Miami, Florida, and everything in between. While traveling the country, sometimes multiple times a month, Allen picked up shifts at several other bars in his hometown casually. However, he stayed loyal to Celsius and continued to perfect his craft for the next 6 years. Allen is incredibly pleased to take on the next step of his career, introducing Elite Bartending School and Event Staffing to the beautiful and growing city of Nashville, Tennessee. Opening a franchise of his own, Allen is so excited to share, and share the knowledge and lessons from the bar and club industry he has learned over the years. Giving others the opportunities, he had himself.
Austin Gagnon started his bartending venture in Upstate New York in the spring of 2001. He was trained by a well-known bar owner in a local fast bar in Troy, New York. After completing two years of college and receiving an Associate Degree in Physical Education from HVCC, Austin decided to transfer and finish out his remaining years of college in beautiful Miami, Florida. While attending Barry University in Miami Shores, Austin put himself through college working in some of the most popular bars in South Florida including Bed, Club Deep, The Fifth, Revolution Live, The Social Lubricant in the Wynwood District in Miami, and the world famous Clevelander Hotel on Ocean Drive where he worked as a bartender for 7 years. Austin has also worked and is currently responsible for staffing many sporting events, concerts, and Venues such as bartender staffing for both the University of Miami and Miami Dolphins football teams, the Miami Marlins, the Miami Heat (2011, 2012,2013, 2014,2015) the world renowned Ultra Music Festival (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014,2015), South Beach Seafood Festival (2013,2014,2015) Miami Fine Chocolate and Food Show (2013,2014. 2015) Calle Ocho (2010,2011,2012), and NFL Tailgate parties for the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl. Austin graduated from Barry University in 2006, receiving a Bachelors of Science in Psychology. It was at this time that the idea of establishing an Elite Bartending School in a league of it’s own started to take shape. Austin wanted to share the knowledge, experiences, and skills that he learned in the bar business over the years with others. In 2009 Elite Bartending School’s first location opened in Miami Beach and fast became the #1 Bartending School in South Florida. Austin takes pride in providing his students with an exceptional education and learning experience to help them in their pursuit to become a successful bartender and excel in mixology and customer satisfaction.