Founder of BACK BAR USAEmail Tim
Founder of BACK BAR USA
With 35-plus years of first-in-class professional experience spanning every aspect of the hospitality, tobacco, and beverage industries, the innovative entrepreneur and tastemaker Tim Haughinberry formed Back Bar USA. In developing the full-service consulting and marketing agency Back Bar USA, Tim brings to the table his unparalleled vision and expertise in brand strategy, growth, and innovation as CEO and head of consulting at the company.
Tim got his start in Las Vegas, Nevada, and has been active in all parts of the business life cycle. His education and management career began during his hospitality studies at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He then took on his first key role with Southern Wine & Spirits (now Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits), rising quickly as a young executive. Tim traded spirits for cigars in 2000 when he accepted a position as vice president of on-premises distribution with Consolidated Cigar Corporation (now Altadis USA). During his time at Altadis, Tim completely revolutionized the distribution channel for premium cigars internationally, leading to a historic increase in sales. Working closely with the well-known cigar brand Montecristo, ideas became reality and Tim left the company owning the brand’s trademark for alcohol licensing. Capitalizing on his experience and relationships, Tim developed the ultra-premium and internationally recognized Montecristo Rum. Montecristo received multiple awards, including a double gold medal at the 2003 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Most importantly, it gave Tim international sales experience from ideation to distribution and marketing. In 2008, Back Bar USA was born and grew to become a Top 5 company in beverage consulting and strategy, and continually evolves alone with the dynamic industry.
The mission of Back Bar USA is to offer services that further develop brand marketing and growth within the beverage and hospitality industries. As an LGBTQ-owned business, Back Bar USA continues Tim’s mission to put advocacy at the forefront by thoughtfully championing other diverse-owned brands, products, and services. Tim is himself a member of the LGBTQ community, serving as president of The Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Nevada (GLCCNV), which supports LGBTQ business owners by encouraging federal, state, and local implementation of pro-business, LGBTQ-inclusive policies. Tim has continued to support Nevada businesses by accepting a position on Nevada’s Commission on Tourism Recovery Committee, which aims to safely bring tourism back to the state. Tim and Back Bar USA are also involved locally with the UNLV Alumni Association and have supported the future business leaders of Las Vegas with the Back Bar USA Scholarship Program for students in the UNLV Hospitality Management Program.