Meet the Team

Troy Roberts - Master Distiller, Founder & CEO

Troy is the entrepreneur and life long rum lover who founded Siesta Key Rum. As the Master Distiller he is the guy who created our line of rums and the methods for making them. As CEO and majority owner he is in charge of the business end of things also. He still finds the time to introduce the tours and is the guy you are usually talking to on our Facebook page.

Troy founded Drum Circle Distilling in January of 2007. By 2010 he was ready for some help. Every entrepreneur needs a good team and in 2010 Troy started to put his in place. He split a minority share of the company between two old friends, Tom Clarke and Ryan Adams. Today, Tom helps Troy run the distillery while Ryan pretty much just has samples sent to him for "quality assurance testing".

Before expanding from rum drinker to rum maker Troy founded several sports car enthusiast websites with Ryan where business meetings usually involved automobile racing of one sort or another. Prior to that, Troy spent a decade in the corporate world where he was a Director of Product Management for Compuware Corporation. He spent the first part of his life being a beach bum in Sarasota, a ski bum in Denver, a sail bum in Santa Cruz, and a frozen yogurt store owner in Portland, Oregon. Eventually Troy decided to return to his Sarasota roots, sell the websites, and buy a still. 

Hot Rods and Sweets Grogs
Herald Tribune

The Man Behind Siesta Key's Signature Rum
Siesta Sand

Rum Runners
Bay Magazine

Bang the Rum
Gulf Coast Business Review

Liquid Assets
Edible Sarasota Magazine

 

Tom Clarke - COO

Tom became a partner in Drum Circle Distilling at the beginning of 2010 and serves as COO. Tom is responsible for the mechanics of administering the business on a day to day basis. He does what he calls "the boring stuff". That "boring stuff", however, is critical to keeping our company running smoothly. 

A graduate of the University of Florida, Tom's career was focused on computers. Prior to joining Drum Circle, Tom ran the databases for a Paul Allen startup in Seattle. He spent his free time over the years skiing the Colorado Rockies, kayaking Puget Sound, and mountain biking. He eventually decided that he would rather be back sitting on the beaches of Sarasota. He ended up in the distillery helping his old friend Troy make rum at least as often as he sat on the beach! After helping out during part of 2009 he decided he may as well buy a piece of the company!

 

Ryan Adams - "Quality Assurance"

Ryan became a partner in Drum Circle Distilling in 2010. As far as we can tell he joined the team for the free rum! Ryan was a co-founder of several sportscar websites with Troy Roberts in the late 90's. His participation is currently limited to occassional product "quality checks". 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jim Roberts - Chief Engineer

Jim is Troy's dad. He is the guy who can fix things when nobody else can. He can also build most anything including our barrel racks and tasting room. Jim is a retired 747 captain. He has been an avid cruiser in both sail and motor boats. He was a champion formula car racer in his younger years.  

 

 

 

 

Nanci Roberts - Tasting Room Manager

​Nanci will greet you with a smile and a sample of rum when you visit our tasting room. When she is not in the tasting room she can be found creating art, walking the beach, cooking, and raising several sons with Troy.

 

 

 

 

 

Wyatt Roberts - Production Distiller 

Wyatt is one of the many Roberts boys. He has been helping out around the distillery since before he could ride a bike. He is shaping up to be an excellent distiller. He works at the distillery during breaks from school and plans on becoming a full-time distiller as soon as he graduates.

 

 

 

 

 
 

Ron Bryant - Production Distiller 

​Ron is like the Energizer Bunny. He has more enthusiasm and energy than a grade schooler! He first worked at Siesta Key rum on a temporary basis helping out on packaging days. He quickly stood out and started taking on more responsibilities. Now he works as a production distiller. 

 

 

 

 

 

Ernie Dow - Production Distiller

Ernie came to us without any prior distilling experience. His enthusiasm for Siesta Key rum and our products led us to hire him anyway. Not only has Ernie been a great addition to our team, but his wife Ashley makes delicious rum cakes, molasses cookies, and other goodies!

 

 

 

 

Ron Bryant - Production Distiller 

​Ron is like the Energizer Bunny. He has more enthusiasm and energy than a grade schooler! He first worked at Siesta Key rum on a temporary basis helping out on packaging days. He quickly stood out and started taking on more responsibilities. Now he works as a production distiller.