Eddie Alexander was born in North Alabama, the Grandson of a Moonshiner (both sides) One from the hills of Bankhead Forrest, Lawrence County Alabama, the other on the Tennessee River near Ford City, Colbert County Alabama. Graduated College at University Of North Alabama in Commercial Music. Eddie has been around alcohol all his life. His first job was tending bar at: Papa Joe's Rocking Emporium and The Screendoor Factory in Tuscaloosa Alabama. "I Loved It." Then Syd's in Sheffield. He then moved to Hendersonville, Tn. and began tending bar at Major Wallaby's in Rivergate , then held court for 17 years at Pargo's in Rivergate. His last stop on the 30+ year bartending tour was Texas Roadhouse in Hendersonville. He became a Certified Alcohol Awareness Trainer with TIPS in 2008, and decided to switch to the "Aim To Serve" program in 2009 and has never looked back. With Aim To Serve, he now have a job he loves and is passionate about. Eddie enjoys teaching people the skills and knowledge they need to go out and prosper, and finds that with every class he teaches, students bring something new to the table. Eddie teaches every Monday at the Black Eyed Pea in Hendersonville at 4:30PM and Wednesdays at Texas Roadhouse Hendersonville at 9:45AM and every Friday at Bailey's Rivergate at 9:45AM.
Nadia Avila is a Spanish and English ABC instructor. Born in Mexico City, raised in the beautiful city of Nashville, TN. I attended Tennessee State University and studied Chemistry. Shortly, was accepted at Remington College and studied Dental Hygiene for two years. While attending college, worked as bilingual dental assistant for many years and also worked at different multicultural events as server and bartender. Now, I run my own banquet service. A former Spirits Program instructor before AIM. Overall, I love teaching and working with people and taking on new challenges. I have earned a solid reputation among the Spanish language interpreter profession and community. I do my best to make the class a fun learning experience with the usage of games and visual aids.
Amanda Bledsoe was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana but has spent the majority of her life in the beautiful city of Memphis, TN. She is a mother of two, a full time student and a server at one of the city's best country clubs, where she's been working for almost eight years. She has continually worked in the restaurant business for almost 16 years and has held positions ranging from cook to bartender. She is currently a nursing student, seeking her Bachelors of Science in Nursing, from the University Of Memphis Lowenberg School Of Nursing. She also works as a Certified Nursing Assistant in her spare time. Amanda has a strong desire to teach, and that is the main reason why she is now a part of the Aim to Serve team. Amanda is very knowledgeable about the food and beverage industry and has an inclination to always be a part of the industry, even after she receives her nursing degree in December 2015. She also knows the importance of alcohol awareness and is delighted to have the opportunity to inform and empower future responsible servers of alcohol. Amanda teaches at Mellow Mushroom @ 10AM and Boneheads every Thursday @ 3:45PM.
Diana Brimer comes to Aim To Serve with over 15 year of service in the restaurant business and has worked every front and back of the house position in full service dining. She found her niche bartending for the Cheesecake Factory when they opened store number 16 in Baltimore, Maryland. She quickly moved into the bar training role and went on to open several Cheesecake Factory's nationwide. A highlight of the experience was being an opening training team member of the more upscale concept of Grand Lux Cafe' in the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas, NV. She says "It is great to live and see the life of a fast paced Vega bartender. The experience was unique because Grand Lux Cafe' is open 24 hours, and well, it's Vegas Baby!" She then moved on to work for Houston's restaurants, and the P. F. Chang's China Bistro as a Front of House Manager. Her specialties in the training arena include bartender speed and accuracy training and safe alcohol service and management. Originally from the Washington D.C. and Maryland area she spent 10 years in Atlanta, Georgia and now calls Chattanooga, Tennessee home. She is the proud mom of a 10 year old girl that keeps her thinking and a one year old boy that keeps her moving! An avid reader, she loves true crime, biographies, and history. Diana teaches every friday at O'Charley's Cleveland, TN and Kanpai Tokyo at Hamilton Place.
Gary Carr is a native of Chattanooga TN. and has worked in the food industry for over 20 years , with an additional 10 years as a restaurant owner. Gary played football at UT-Knoxville and UT-Chattanooga while earning his degree in marketing he went on to earn an MBA from McKenzie Business College. Gary's expertise in food sales and marketing, as well as his experience owning and operating restaurants, adds depth and relevance to the services provided by Aim to Serve in West Tennessee, and hopes to improve the quality and availabiity of alcohol awareness instruction throughout the region. Gary is an easy-going guy who loves to meet new people. In addition to his passion for football he is devoted to his family and enjoys travel, music, and movies. Gary teaches at various locations including: Outback Steakhouse (Midtown) every Tuesday @ 10AM, Brookhaven Pub & Grille (East Memphis) every Wednesday @ 10AM, Olive Garden (Wolfchase) every Tuesday @ 3:45PM, McAlisters (Wolfchase) every Sunday @ 3PM, Applebees (Bartlett) every Friday @10AM, and Panera Bread (East Memphis) @ 3:45PM.
Jamie Chandler was born and raised in the small town of Brighton, TN about thirty miles outside of Memphis, TN. She now resides in Covington, TN with her husband and their two rotten dogs and extremely spoiled cat. She is a student at University of Memphis seeking a degree in child psychology. Jamie has been in the restaurant business for 15 years. She is currently working at Chili's as a bartender and server. She has done everything from hosting to being a key manager and opening up new restaurants. Jamie has a passion for teaching and making sure that her students get the most out of her classes. Her kind heart and patience makes her the best kind of teacher to have. If you are looking for an interesting and fun class her class is the one to attend. Her goal is to make sure that when you leave her class you are completely confident with serving alcohol in your establishment. Jamie teaches at Cheddar's in Jackson every Monday at 3:45 PM and every Wednesday at 10:00 AM.
Pam Charles was born and raised in East Tennessee. She has worked in different areas of the restaurant business since she was 16 yrs. old. She now owns a very successful restaurant in Rogersville, Tennessee ( Tennessee Jack's on the river). Pam loves to meet new people, have fun and enjoy life. After taking the Aim to Serve class herself, she decided to become a teacher as a way to meet people, have fun, and educate them. Pam is sure to make your class fun, enjoyable, and interesting. She teaches at Poor Richards Campus Saturdays @10:00 a.m.
Davy Crockett is a 7th generation direct descendant of the real Davy Crockett. He has been in the restaurant business 24 years and has been playing billiards on a professional level all his adult life. His passion for the restaurant business grew while working for the Chop House. Their work ethic inspired him to set out to open his own billiards club. He was an owner/operator in a Billiards club for 16 years in Chattanooga. Davy is one of the few instructors that have lived every aspect of this program. Taking his class will give you an owner’s perspective, from dealing with the Tennessee Dept. Of Revenue or going through a $1.5 Million dollar Liquor Liability law suite which his establishment won. Taking his class will help you with dealing with many trouble shooting problems in the restaurant business dealing with alcohol, and how serious it is to pay attention to the service of alcohol. Davy teaches every Sunday at The Terminal Brewhouse in Chattanooga 4pm.
Tony Crutchfield is a native Tennessean, who has over 15 years of restaurant experience. He has been employed by The Old Spaghetti Factory in downtown Nashville for over 10 years. As a manager, he was awarded "2014 company wide MVP" and "2013 store of the year" for increase guest counts, check average, and leadership. At The Spaghetti Factory, he led store wide Salesmanship Workshops and has oversaw the sale and service of a alcohol for years. He currently serves as the School Nutrition Manager for Walter Hill Elementary in Murfreesboro. Tony's passion for teaching led him to the Aim to Serve program. You will find his classes to be exciting, fun, and informative.
Kristina Kemp Ditinno
Kristina Kemp Ditinno was raised in the Smyrna and Murfreesboro area and started her career in the restaurant business my senior year of high school as a server and cocktail at O'Charley's. Since that time she has held positions in front of house from serving, bartending, hostessing including training others, bar-manager and FOH manager. Kristina has also been employed by major corporations such as O'Charley's, Bennigans, and Ruby Tuesday's. In addition, she has also worked for privately owned restaurants such as The Phyrst Bar & Grille in Tallahassee FL and Jake's in Birmingham AL. Her ability to adapt in any situation and quick wit, has allowed her to have a successful career in the restaurant business for over fifteen years, while pursuing an accounting degree and her own photography business. When the opportunity came along to become an ABC instructor, she jumped at the chance to share her success and failures and to pay it forward to others. Kristina enjoys her position as an instructor and has been teaching for three years in the Murfreesboro and Franklin areas. Kristina's classes are always interesting and interactive! Hope to see you there!