Meet the Team

Troy Roberts - Founder, CEO, and Head Distiller

Troy is the entrepreneur and life long rum lover who founded Siesta Key Rum. He serves as the CEO and Head Distiller.

Troy founded Drum Circle Distilling in January of 2007. Before expanding from rum drinker to rum maker Troy founded several sports car enthusiast websites with his friend 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. 

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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 became a full time distiller after graduating high school in 2017.

 

 

 

 

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.  

 

 

 

Nicole Kaplan - Operations Manager

Nicole is a Sarasota, Fl native. After college, she spent some time traveling and working unique, seasonal jobs. She eventually came back to Sarasota and took a job as a Tour Guide for Siesta Key Rum. After working as a tour guide, Nicole took on more duties around the distillery and is now the Operations Manager. Nicole is an avid outdoors woman. On the weekends she will likely be out on the water, fishing, or riding horses.

 

 

Ron Bryant - Lead 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. It wasn't long before he became our lead production distiller. So much for retirement!

 

 

 

Jerrell Cummings - Assistant Distiller

We always say Jerrell is the hardest worker at Siesta Key Rum. Jerrell came to Siesta Key Rum as a temporary laborer in 2015. After displaying his work ethic, we knew we had to bring him on to our team full time! Jerrell, who was born and raised in South Florida, is now a full time Assistant Distiller. You will see Jerrell in the distillery, working hard, and always enjoying the day with his headphones in.

 

 

 

 

Dave Boland - Packaging Lead/Tour Guide

Dave was born and raised in Ohio. He enlisted into the United States Marine Corps in 1982 and retired in May 2012 after 30 years of service. While serving, Dave was able to travel the world and lived in North Carolina, California, New Mexico, Iowa and Louisiana. He moved to Florida in 2013 and was enjoying the retired life. In 2017, Dave came into Siesta Key Rum for a tour with some of his friends. During the tour, Dave wandered off back into the tasting room and started sharing drink ideas with the ladies. Soon after, we recruited him to come work for Siesta Key Rum. Dave is a wonderful tour guide and manages our bottling operations. When he is not working, Dave travels the country on his motorcycle and enjoys sports and outdoor activities.

 

Jenn Morano - Tasting Room

Jenn came into the distillery for a rum tour and thought this would be a wonderful and enjoyable place to work. After spending 14 years at home raising her two boys, she joined the bottling room team in 2016. After gaining a true appreciation for the product and lots of on the job training, she moved into the tasting room. Her knowledge and kindness is what you experience upon entering Siesta Key Rum. If she is not serving rum, you may find her crafting, baking, and fishing Sarasota Bay with her family.

 

 

 

 

 

Patrick - The Man Who Numbers the Bottles

If you have bought a bottle of Siesta Key Rum in the last couple of years, it is likely that Patrick hand wrote the batch number on your bottle. Over the years, Patrick has put in many hours in the bottling room and has written batch numbers on thousands and thousands of bottles. Patrick has remained a dependable and loyal employee who always offers warm and friendly conversation. When asked what he would like included in his bio, he simply said, "Lover of orchids, huge jazz fan.

 

 

 

Angie Volta - Tour Guide

Angie grew up in Michigan and raised her family in upstate New York. In New York she had the American Dream - great husband, great family & friends, and great careers but they were missing something - the sun. One thing Angie always told her kids (and they listened and are leading amazing lives) - work hard and you can do anything you set your mind to. So in 2017 taking some of her own advice her husband Mike and her chased the sun here to beautiful Florida. When not out enjoying the sun you can find her working with kids at school or having a party at home...Cooking and teaching others to cook was one of her careers and continues to be a passion - she loves to entertain.She will also tell you that she loves to talk, loves to have fun with people and loves Siesta Key Rum!

 

Audrey Thrift - Tasting Room

Audrey did not provide a bio! We are not sure about her mysterious and possibly sketchy background. We believe that she was born in Virginia, but who really knows? She supposedly moved to Florida then went back to Virginia for college. Audrey joined the Siesta Key Rum team at the beginning of 2018. She will greet you in the tasing room with her quirky sense of humor and a good sample of rum! Please let us know if you see her picture on the post office wall.

 

 

Ryan Adams - "Quality Assurance"

Ryan became a minority shareholder 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". 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tom Clarke - Retired

 

Tom was a minority shareholder in Drum Circle Distilling from 2010 to 2017. Tom was responsible for administration. 

A graduate of the University of Florida, Tom's career was focused on computers. Prior to joining Drum Circle, Tom was a database administrator. 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.