BS, Millsaps College; MS, Ph.D., University of Mississippi. CHE, CSW.
Expertise & Research Interests
- Restaurant Development
- Fermentation, Brewing and Distillation of Alcoholic Beverages
- Food & Beverage Operations Management and Controls
Founder and director of the Wine & Spirits Management Institute (W&SMI); active researcher in responsible service of alcoholic beverages on premise; along with his brother, Michael, co-founded and operated the Cordúa Family of Restaurants—Churrascos, Americas and Amazon Grill—for 12 years; rejoined UH in 2000, where he once was part of the psychology faculty, to develop a program in commercial beverage management at Hilton College; in partnership with the Rydman family of Spec’s Wines, Spirits & Finer Foods, and the Glazer’s Family of Companies, raised the funds needed to create W&SMI, which began operation in fall 2002; wine & spirits certifications include the Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) from the Society of Wine Educators, the Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Wine & Spirits from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET-Advanced), and accreditation from the Conseil Interprofessionel de Vins de Bordeaux as a Bordeaux Wine Educator; is in process of becoming certified as a Certified Specialist of Spirits and Certified Wine Educator through the Society of Wine Educators.