Tommy Bahama Announces the 5 Finalists


From a nationwide search to a Top 20 then Top 10 – now the Final 5 Tommy Bahama Rumologist™ hopefuls have been announced and their journey continues with final public voting to begin on October 3rd. After reviewing the Top 10 applicants’ new videos and essays, the judging panel had a difficult choice based on the amazing array of talent, personality and creativity to choose from. However, a decision has been made, and the Top 5 who hail from Osprey, FL to Orange, CA to Seattle, WA to Key West, FL to Los Angeles, CA., will now vie for the $50,000 and the title of Tommy Bahama Rumologist™.

The Finalists will be posted on the Tab within the Tommy Bahama Facebook Page ( for public voting beginning on 10/3/11 through 10/10/11 (“Final Round Voting Period”). There will be a limit of one vote per person per day. The Finalist who receives the highest number of votes in the Final Round will be determined as the Grand Prize Winner.

The Top 5 Tommy Bahama Rumologist Contestants are as follows (in no particular order).

Carlton Grooms
Osprey, FL
Matthew Robold
Orange, CA
Kathy Casey
Seattle, WA
Jack Terry
Key West, FL
Phil Thompson
Los Angeles, CA

Since launching the Rumologist search, over 12,000 new people are now following Tommy Bahama on Facebook. “The search has been a great way for Tommy Bahama to connect to our fans and friends and we have been amazed at the response,” notes Rob Goldberg, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Restaurants for Tommy Bahama. “We believe that any one of these five remaining applicants would make a terrific Tommy Bahama Rumologist winner, and we are excited to see who the public chooses. Once selected, the Rumologist winner will not only receive $50,000, they will become an important part of our team. We look forward to continuing our quest of being the foremost experts on rum, as well as the purveyors of amazing rum cocktails.”

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Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bars can be found at the following locations: Laguna Beach, CA, Newport Beach, CA, Palm Desert, CA, Las Vegas, NV, Mauna Lani, HI, Wailea, HI, Myrtle Beach, SC, Sarasota, FL, Sandestin, FL, Orlando, FL, Naples, FL, The Woodlands, TX, and Scottsdale, AZ.


Tommy Bahama is owned by Tommy Bahama Group, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Oxford Industries, Inc. (NYSE:OXM). Established in August 1992, with corporate headquarters in Seattle, Tommy Bahama is a lifestyle company that defines relaxed, sophisticated style in men’s and women’s sportswear, denim, swimwear, accessories and a complete home furnishings collection. Tommy Bahama is available at the country’s finest retailers, including Nordstrom, as well as high profile resort locations around the world. There are 94 Tommy Bahama retail locations across the country, 13 of which include a Tommy Bahama restaurant & bar. Additional stores will be opening this year.

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