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Matt Smith | Owner

Matt is the owner of Knoxville Bartending School. He has a passion for bartending that started at a young age, bartending as soon as he was old enough.


He graduated from the Professional Bartending School in Atlanta and spent the next ten years bartending clubs, restaurants and private parties in Georgia.


Matt’s expertise in Mixology, hospitality, and consulting has created many opportunities allowing him to develop and hone his passion. His love for the industry shows in his teaching and loves to help prospective bartenders reach their goals.


Rick Vance | Director

Rick has been an active member of the Hospitality Industry for over 30 years. He uses his extensive background as a professional musician to keep an engaging and upbeat classroom environment.


His experience in management, bartending and training covers a range of dynamics. These areas include restaurant, hotel, nightclub, riverboat,sports bar, brewery, convention and catering in both corporate and private establishments.


Rick has been a State of Tennessee Certified Alcohol Server Trainer for 15+ years.

"I remember starting out in this industry and the people who helped me elevate my skills, energize my passion and achieve success.
There is a wealth of opportunity in this industry and in the spirit of giving back, I have personally trained hundreds of bartenders and servers that have taken their place among the best and I will be honored to guide you on a path towards excellence.”
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