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Jacob Conn

Native of Baltimore, Maryland, Jacob joined United States Marine Corps in 2007 upon graduating from high school in South Carolina. His military service along with two tours in Afghanistan provided valuable experience dealing with wide variety of cultures and handling delicate and stressful situations.

Upon honorable discharge from United States Marine Corps, Jacob moved to Orlando, the tourist mecca state and began working in hospitality industry. Jacob combined his real-life experiences while working at the Hilton Bonnet Creek with academic knowledge by attending Rosen College of Hospitality Management pursuing a degree in Restaurant Management. Pursing a degree in the food and beverage industry and working at La Luce attracted Jacob to wine and art of wine making and led to successful completion of Introductory Sommelier exam in 2014. During his junior year in college, Jacob raised the bar in challenging himself by combining demanding graduate year academic work with a full-time leadership role at Hilton Bonnet Creek, overseeing 500 seat pool deck, 8 cabanas, and a 95 seat restaurant while leading a team of 28 employees.

Upon graduating from Rosen College of Hospitality Management and receiving his Bachelor’s of Art Degree, Jacob moved to Las Vegas, Nevada after being accepted to the highly sought-after Management Associate Program with MGM Resorts International. This program has led Jacob to a rewarding learning path at the world-famous Bellagio Resort where he rotated through every Food and Beverage venue, gaining knowledge of each operation while working with the wine team at Bellagio. Following his passion for wine, Jacob passed his Certified Sommelier Exam in December of 2016. After completion of the Management Associate Program, Jacob accepted his current role as a sommelier in Bellagio where he floats between some of the top chefs’ restaurants which include Prime Steakhouse by John George, Mina by Michael Mina, Lago by Julian Serrano, Spago by Wolfgang Puck, Harvest by Roy Ellamar and Jasmine. Jacob continues his wine education and sat for the Advance Sommelier Course in 2018 and plans on taking the Advance Sommelier Test in 2019 if he obtains acceptance.

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Miklos Katona

Advanced Sommelier and Director of Wine, Encore Boston Harbor, MA