Results Announced for the 2016 Barista Guild Executive Council Election


We are excited to announce that the votes for the 2016 BGA Executive Council election have been tallied and certified, and our new Executive Council Members are David Fasman, Gabe Smentek, and Mark Hundley! Congratulations to you all!

 Each of these new directors will begin their two-year term on the Executive Council at The SCAA Expo in later this month. Please be sure to congratulate and say hello if you see them in Atlanta - and make sure to swing by the BGA Membership Booth inside the US Coffee Championships Hall Thursday through Sunday!

David, Gabe, and Mark join the additional BGA Executive Council Members, who are all here to represent you! Reach out and contact any of the EC Members any time, via their contact information on the Executive Council page.

Thank you to all Barista Guild members who voted in this election, and thank you again especially to the Nominating Committee.

For more information about elections, see the BGA Bylaws, or contact us!

Elected Executive Council Member Profiles

MarkHundley copyMark Hundley | Seven Stars - Providence, RI

Mark Hundley is the Coffee Director for Seven Stars Bakery in Providence, Rhode Island. He trains baristas, fixes equipment, does QC, and shares his enthusiasm about coffee with the Seven Stars team across their 3 retail locations. In addition, he is an active part of the BGA Membership Committee and continues to share his enthusiasm for coffee with the local community as a member of The Providence Coffee Society. When it’s not coffee, he's probably nerding out over video games, comic books, and obsessing over his Boston Terrier, Ulysses.

GabeSmentek copyGabe Smentek | Onyx Coffee Lab - Springdale, AR

Gabe Smentek has been working in coffee since 2002, now at Onyx Coffee Lab. He attended his first Expo in 2010 and hasn't looked back since. A Barista Level 1 and Level 2 Certificate Holder, he also teaches the Barista Pathways classes at various Barista Camps and Expo. Gabe is currently on the Barista Pathways Committee and has been since 2014. He also enjoys judging the USBC and has been an active judge since 2011.


fasmanDavid Fasman | Kaldi’s Roasting Company - St. Louis, MO

David Fasman is the Regional Training Manager for Kaldi's Coffee and has been in the coffee industry for 13 years. David is very active in the Barista Guild of America and currently serves on the Membership Committee. He has written several blog posts for the BGA as well as articles/posts for the Daily Coffee News and his own blog, He is SCAA Lead Instructor Certified and a Barista Level 1 and Level 2 Certificate holder and has been involved at Barista Camp as a student and instructor for the past few years. David has also competed three years at the regional and national levels.