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Presenters

Sven Kirsten

Sven Kirsten is the author of the Book of Tiki, widely acknowledged as the bible of the style.  He followed it with his books Tiki Modern (2007), which further explores Tiki style’s relation to mid-century modernism, Tiki Pop, (2014), the complete chronicles of the America’s obsession with Polynesia, and his most recent, The Art of Tiki (2017).

In 2010 he published his first music compilation, The Sound of Tiki, a CD album with a 50-page booklet putting the songs into context with Tiki culture, to be enjoyed in conjunction with his books. In the summer of 2014, Kirsten curated the largest comprehensive museum exhibition on Tiki pop culture, at the Musee du Quai Branly in Paris. The show resulted in the massive compendium TIKI POP, Sven’s most exhaustive effort in his Tiki trilogy.

Tim “Swanky” Glazner

Mid-century enthusiast, Tiki author, gardener. Donn Beach historian. He has appeared in several documentaries and television shows about Tiki culture. He has written for Tiki Magazine. He is an expert in Tiki drinks and the creator of the Grogalizer.

Ed Hamilton

In the world of fine rums, Ed Hamilton needs no introduction. He is the man behind the Ministry of Rum – a line of hand-selected, pot still rums from St. Lucia and Jamaica – as well as importer of the famed Lemon Hart 151 and Rhum Agricoles such as Neisson and La Favorite.

David “Dr. Skipper” Marley

Etsy: DrSkipper

A former Disneyland Jungle Cruise Skipper and history teacher. He is the author of the popular Skipper Stories book series – the first oral histories of a Disneyland attraction. His most recent book is The Jungle Cruise: The Crazy History of Walt’s Wildest Ride. Marley regularly presents his comedy filled talks at Disney and Tiki conventions across the country. He is the creator and producer of the popular Jungle Cruise based stand up comedy show The Skipper Show which has performed all across California.

Tom Duncan

Tom Duncan is a child of the mid-20th century who grew up with Florida’s vintage restaurants on the Space Coast and spent more than 30 years working at the Kennedy Space Center. In his spare time, he’s done extensive research on the history of the Yankee Clipper.

Jim “Hurricane” Hayward

A professional journalist and Florida resident for more than 30 years, Jim “Hurricane” Hayward shares his obsession with Polynesian Pop and other retro styles on his blog, The Atomic Grog. Jim’s roots in mid-century and retro culture go back to his childhood in the 1960s, when he tagged along with his parents to Tiki restaurants and his father’s custom car shows.

"Typhoon" Tommy Allsmiller

Typhoon Tommy is a Multi ThEA award winning scenic artist from the theme park industry. During his 13 year career he has worked on projects for all Orlando theme parks and various museums and restaurants across the country. He is now turned his talents full time to creating magical Escapes in the world of Tiki – he is the designer and fabricator of the Suffering Bastard, Tahiti Gil’s Mananui Air BnB, and creative director and designer for the Mai-Kai renovation.

Spike Marble

Spike Marble launched “Spike’s Breezeway Cocktail Hour” in March of 2020. This YouTube series, set in his home tiki bar, celebrates vintage tiki culture by showing off the art of making cocktails in the glassware that it was originally served in.

Spike’s show has amassed an enthusiastic crowd of over 21,000 subscribers, thanks to his passion for tiki and curiosity with vintage cocktails. He’s become a name in the tiki scene, presenting ‘live’ shows at events like the Hukilau and the Inferno Room. “Spike’s Breezeway Cocktail Hour” isn’t just about drinks; it’s about keeping the spirit of tiki alive, sharing its fascinating history with characters in the scene, and with everyone who tunes in.

Tim Harnett

After launching several craft cocktail programs in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, Tim Harnett settled down at Tiki Underground in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where he now leads the drink program and other creative initiatives. He also teaches several spirit-based curriculums spanning far beyond rum and tiki. His first cocktail book No Beard or Bowtie Required now includes the sequel No Pants Required, both of which are available at tikiunderground.com.

"Harpoon" Richie Allsmiller

A retired Skunk Works Engineer, Rich is a versatile talent with expertise in artistry and model making. He’s contributed to Disney projects like the Nautilus, Monorail, Jungle Cruise Boat, and Toad Car models for Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary. Notably, he created the iconic 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea helmet at Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto with his son Typhoon Tommy. Rich’s personal highlight is restoring the original 11.5′ Nautilus from the 1954 film, now touring with Disney. With a wealth of captivating experiences, he has numerous fascinating stories to tell. 

Mike Skinner

Mike Skinner is a professional engineer, but his passion is researching and sharing Polynesian Pop culture stories. Mike maintains the Crusoe Society facebook page and his personal Tiki bar, “The Wreck of the Kona Luanii”.

Jon Bortles

Jon Bortles was raised in Clearwater Florida, not far from the fabled Tiki Gardens, the long lost roadside attraction. Raised on a steady diet of 1950s Scandinavian furniture, thrift stores and garage sales, he is an avid collector of tikis, kitsch, and has a particular affinity for vintage barkcloth Hawaiian shirts. He is the son of a mid-century modern architect most notably known for his work on the Tahitian Motor Lodge and many Pinellas county restaurants. A professional Digital Asset Manager and artist, Jon currently lives in Orlando.  

How Bowers

Interactive designer by day, and co-host @retrowdw podcast, tiki & cocktail fan by night. Creator of “LiquidLuau” 5-minute YouTube tutorials on making great Disney & tiki drinks at home.

Tiki Tom Tom

Join author and photographer Tiki Tom-Tom on an immersive road trip as he visits 75 home Tiki bars, sharing tales of the slightly obsessed and always fun Polynesiacs who have been inspired to create their own tropical escapes.

Rocket Betty

Margo “Rocket Betty” Scott

Margo designs and creates beautifully handcrafted hair flowers and aloha wear that capture the mid-century vibe while remaining fresh and modern. Her work can be seen around the globe at many tiki bars, tiki events and celebrations. With a degree in costume design, a tropical soul, and 30 years of professional experience, she has found her passion and loves sharing it with others.   

Marie King

Marie King

Marie King is an internationally-recognized rum and tropical cocktail specialist with 30+ years in hospitality. She joined 23 Restaurant Services where she’s creating the cocktail program for the new Don The Beachcomber locations. Most recently Marie was the Beverage Director for Tonga Hut, and before that she established the first new Don the Beachcomber cocktail program in decades at the former Huntington Beach location.  

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"Tiki John" Atkins

Tiki John has been an amateur mixologist for a number of years, developing his interest in rum since the early 2000s. Many rums needed for classic post prohibition recipes no longer exist. This challenge to find blends and modern rums with similar profiles led him to reading, tasting, networking and finding rums to craft his cocktails. He is a member of the Richmond Rum Society, the Florida Rum Society, and a founding member of the Rum Consumers Alliance. He enjoys conducting tastings and speaking to groups about sprits sharing his knowledge of rum.
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Cathy Salustri

Cathy Salustri’s portfolio includes USA Today, Visit Florida, regional, and local press. She wrote Backroads of Paradise, a travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours, which was featured in The New York Times. Her next book, is tentatively titled The Florida Spectacular. Cathy writes about Florida travel for a myriad of publications. She’s also a Walt Disney World tour guide and is the former arts + entertainment editor of Creative Loafing Tampa.

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Gregorio Pantoja

Gregorio Pantoja is a Professor of History,  Co-Author of Fassionola, Proprietor of The Kon-Tigo Tiki Bar (pending non-profit), Proprietor of Passionola Legacy Syrup, Consulted – Appeared in documentaries, and most Proudly a Life Long Philanthropist.

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Doc Parks

Insta: Doc Parks

Doc Parks is a Renowned Mixologist has established some of the world’s top tiki Bars such as Pagan Idol, Zombie Village, and Wilfred’s, and is the in house Mixologist for the Passionola Legacy Syrup based on the original 1930’s recipe.
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Sergio Figuera

Sergio Figuera is an Emmy winning South Florida filmmaker. His soon to be released documentary “Land of Mermaids” explores the cultural and financial impact that mermaids have had on the State of Florida.

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Travis Miller

Travis Miller is an ambassador of the Florida Rum Society, founder of a prominent ad agency, Gravitational Marketing, and co-creator of the acclaimed home bar, The Accidental Jibe. An avid rum collector, Travis is passionate about combining distinctive culinary components with classic cocktails. He is the author of multiple books on marketing, sales, and leadership. When he’s not behind his own bar, he’s probably sitting at someone else’s. Otherwise, you’ll find him sailing in the Caribbean.

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Marcelo Del Valle

Writer of the first book in Spanish on tiki culture, called tiki mythology. He has won awards for being the first book of tiki in a second language. Chelo travels the world bringing history of tiki culture to new places.

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Stewart Marshall

Stewart has always been fascinated with themes of adventure and exotic world cultures. With the creation of Disney’s fictional Society of Explorers and Adventurers, Stewart was hooked and soon created his own character of “Charles Thatcher, Adventurer Extraordinaire”. He began dressing as the character for themed outings and post pictures online, along with captions of historical fiction tales of adventure. This led to Tiki Tony contacting him to lead the East Coast Adventureland Day events, which he still does today.

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“Right Guard” Ian A. Janosko

Born in Merriweather Pleasure’s beloved Pittsburgh, PA, Ian heard the call of adventure at an early age. After graduating from college, he traveled to the wilds of Adventureland to join the Jungle Navigation Co.’s Jungle Cruise where he was dubbed “Right Guard Ian” during his Skipper Training. Ian is also a card carrying member of Pleasure’s Adventurers Club and the Society of Explorers and Adventurers (S.E.A.) for “Anything less, would be uncivilized”! Kungaloosh!

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Kern Mattei

Kern Mattei was born into The Mai-Kai family and has worked there since his youth, from barback and bartender to the past three decades as manager. His father was the GM before him, and his mother performed in the stage show. His unique position makes him intimately familiar with the restaurant’s famous cocktails, their history and the secret recipes. During the current refurbishment, he oversees the day-to-day operations during the massive project in addition to periodically mixing up classics like the Barrel O’ Rum and Black Magic for take-out and special events.

April 4-6, 2025 in Orlando, FL