Roberto Serrallés is a sixth-generation rum maker based in Ponce, Puerto Rico, where his family business, Destilería Serrallés has been operating since 1865. As one of America’s oldest family-owned and operated businesses, Destilería Serrallés has been producing exceptional rums for over 150 years. Its flagship brand Don Q is the leading premium rum brand on the island. Destilería Serralles is one of the largest employers on the south coast of Puerto Rico where the beverage manufacturing and distribution company employs close to 400 community members. Roberto began working at Destilería Serrallés in 2004 after completing a PhD in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon. His first project for the Distillery was to design and implement a state-of-the-art wastewater to energy treatment facility that has helped turn Destilería Serrallés into one of the greener distilleries in the Caribbean. Roberto was honored with the Master Distiller and Rum Pioneer awards at the 2013 Golden Barrel rum awards ceremony in London for his contribution to the Rum industry and he was named Rum Expert of the year at the 2014 Madrid Rum Congress.