Lance Thomas: Founder and CEO of The Great British Trading

Join us for rum tasting and a brief history of rum, its acceptance and distribution by the Royal Navy, pirates, & American colonists. A glimpse into rum’s influence on commerce & politics over the past three centuries, and some familiar expressions derived therefrom. The Company owns the Black Bart Navy Rum brand, which launched in California in the fall of 2016. Lance grew up in a sailing family in San Diego and periodically crewed on all his father’s ships (including the square-rigged Brigantine Rendezvous). He also sailed his own small boat in the English Channel and the North Sea. A citizen of both the United States and the United Kingdom (Welsh ancestry), he is an executive with more than 40 years of international experience in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. Lance has been CEO of several banks in California, as well as British recruitment companies and European satellite music companies. He also served as Chairman of a U.K. Parliamentary constituency association and was an elected official in England.

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