The team behind Salute cut their teeth building the biggest mobile bar service in South Africa and have worked on every type of event – both locally and abroad – from small intimate gatherings to corporate product activations and full-scale festivals such as ULTRA South Africa.

Maria Steyn

The business is spearheaded by Maria Steyn, an internationally-renowned events director. Maria has nearly two decades’ experience in the industry. She has put on events for up to 60 000 people from South Africa to Nigeria, The DRC, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Dubai, and Abu Dhabi among others. Maria is passionate about having a hands-on approach all the way from concept ideation through to finish. Through surrounding herself with a strong and reliable team, she has a handle on everything from suppliers and logistics to hospitality and accreditation as well catering and security. She brings her cool demeanour and ability to pull the proverbial ‘rabbit out of a hat’ as well as her network as director and shareholder in ‘Fairways to Africa’ to the Salute fold.

Vlad Klaic

Vlad Klaic is the Director and Head Trainer of Salute Academy. Klaic is a mixologist and trainer with over 20-years’ extensive experience both locally and abroad. He hails from a competitive bartending background, qualifying for the Top 6 in World Class South Africa and winning the International Cocktail Experience in Cape Town but a few of his long list of accolades. Klaic is also a certified Bacardi and Tezon Ambassador, is well versed in Molecular Mixology and holds a distinction from the Wine Spirits Education Trust.

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