Albert Frederick Tromp
Radisson Aruba Beach Resort, Aruba, NA.
Always fascinated with the mixing of alcoholic concoctions, Albert has been involved in professional bartending for over 37 years. Albert started his career as a barback in 1970, at the Aruba Caribbean, and then worked for the Manchebo Beach Hotel, the Sheraton, and the Americana, where he served as Assistant Head Bartender for six years. Albert also ran his own restaurant for 2 1/2 years, but decided to return to the bartending life.
In 1982, while working at the Bushiri Beach Hotel, he also started serving as a bartender/practical instructor with the Aruba Hotel School, the official education program for bartenders in Aruba, to help and guide the future bartenders of the Island. In addition to serving actively in bartending activities around the world, he has always participated and/or helps coordinate the prestigious Aruban National Bartenders competition, after winning the title of Bartender of the Year award in 1982.
In 1986, he accepted the position of Head Bartender at the Golden Tulip Hotel, where he worked until 1992.
Albert joined the Radisson Aruba Resort & Casino in 1992, as Beverage Manager. Since starting at Radisson he has developed many unique lectures, presentations, wine-tasting and bartender's competitions. His work has been recognized with the manager of Quarter Award given by the Management of Radisson Hotel.
In 1994, Albert was approached by the government adult teaching institution "Ensejanza pa Empleo" to develop material for bartending courses. He also participated as an instructor in these courses.
Albert was elected as President of the Aruba Bartenders Association in 1995, where he presided until 1999. He also served as President of the Latin American Bartenders Association from 1999 to 2001.
Throughout his entire career and professional achievements he always put his family first. He was blessed with a great family starting with his wife of over 28 years (working for the largest Labour Union Organization on the Island, his daughter (studying Micro Biology and Optometry a the UCF, Orlando, FL), his ten year old son, his godson (with a bachelor degree in Computer Science at ERAU, Daytona, FL) and his goddaughter (studying psychology in the Netherlands).
Albert was inducted into the Bartender Hall of Fame™ in the Fall
2007 Issue of BARTENDER Magazine.