Tommy Bahama Announces Rumologist Top 20

 $50,000 GRAND PRIZE
Online Public Voting Goes Live 
at on August 30th
Applicants from across the U.S. vie for the title and are one step closer to becoming the first-ever
Tommy Bahama Rumologist.
Since Tommy Bahama’s announcement of the first-ever Tommy Bahama Rumologist™ Search, the Tommy Bahama Rumologist application page  ( has been flooded with thousands of fans and would-be Rumologists seeking to learn more about the contest, with many hoping to someday hold this coveted title! Today, Tommy Bahama is excited to announce the Top 20 contestants from across the country, each of whom is now one step closer to becoming the First Ever Tommy Bahama Rumologist!

The Top 20 Tommy Bahama Rumologist Contestants are as follows (in no particular order).

1.    Matthew Robold
Orange, CA
2.    Carlton Grooms
Osprey, FL
3.    Luis Ayala
Round Rock, TX
4.    Brice Ginardi
Kailua Kona, HI
5.    Phil Thompson
Los Angeles, CA
6.    Robert Rimavicus
Pompano Beach, FL
7.    Scott Siegel
Ormond Beach, FL
8.    Kathy Casey
Seattle, WA
9.    J.R. Starkus
Las Vegas, NV
10.  Jack Terry
Key West, FL
11.  Gene Thompson
Albuquerque, NM
12.  Jeremy Votava
Chico, CA
13.  David “Rum Numb Davey” Johnson
Tempe, AZ
14.  Nicholas Pilavakis
Colonia, NJ
15.  Adam Kanter
Sicklerville, NJ
16.  Adam Stone
Sparks, NV
17.  David Phillips
Tempe, AZ
18.  Doug Smith
Chuluota, FL
19.  Joshua Hein
Corona Del Mar, CA
20.  Jessica Fesler
Las Vegas, NV
Links to the submission videos can be found at:
Although the contestants’ styles range from island cool to professorial to master mixologist, every contestant has proven that they deserve a spot on this prestigious Top 20 list!   From August 30, 2011 through September 8, 2011, the public will have an opportunity to help in choosing the first Tommy Bahama Rumologist by voting for their favorite Rumologist contestant online at . After tabulating the votes and the combined scores from the judging panel, the Top 10 Finalists will be announced on or around September 12, 2011.  Each of the contestants will then be invited to participate in the next round, which will involve submitting both a new video and a new personal statement.  The judging panel will narrow the field to the Top 5 and the public will once again vote for their favorite Rumologist with the winner being announced on or around October 6, 2011.
“We are so excited by all of the applications and enthusiasm …they are original and distinctive, and the applicants are all extremely talented,” explains Rob Goldberg, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Restaurants for Tommy Bahama.  “This search has proved that there are many people who share our passion for rum and the island lifestyle.  We are excited now to share these submissions with the public and engage in the social media component of the search.”  
In addition to complete contest rules, updates and postings on Facebook, Tommy Bahama has created a MultiVu/Arc media center that will contain promotion updates, videos, press releases and applicant information.  To view the multimedia assets associated with this story, please click:
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Tommy Bahama Group, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Oxford Industries, Inc. (NYSE:OXM).  Established in August 1992, with corporate headquarters in Seattle, Tommy Bahama is a lifestyle company that defines elegant island living with men’s and women’s sportswear, denim, swimwear, accessories and a complete home furnishings collection.  Tommy Bahama is available at the country’s finest retailers, including Nordstrom, as well as high profile resort locations around the world. There are over eighty Tommy Bahama retail locations across the country, thirteen of which include a Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar. Additional stores will be opening this year. For more information, please visit
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NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT IMPROVE ONE’S CHANCES OF WINNING.  Contest starts on 7/28/11 at 12:00:01 AM ET and ends on 8/22/11 at 11:59:59 PM ET. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia, and who are, as of entry date, 21 years of age or older. Void where prohibited by law. For the complete Official Rules that govern this offer visit:   Sponsor: Tommy Bahama Group, Inc., 428 Westlake Avenue N, Suite 388, Seattle, Washington 98109.
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