Bio

"It started as a joke, really.

    I was working my first bartending gig ever at Henry’s Harborside Bar in Palm Coast. It was Spring of 2005 and MySpace was only a baby. Twitter had yet to be born.  Facebook.com was not even an active domain yet. AOL instant messenger was the hottest way to communicate, and Flickr was the top way to share photos with your friends and family.

    I was known as “Mark the Singing Bartender” because I had a habit of taking the karaoke hosts’ wireless microphone to tables and behind the bar with me.

One Saturday afternoon, an exchange between co-workers started me on a fun ride that has yet to come to a finish. I was working the poolside Tiki Hut that weekend and was really enjoying it. So much that one of the other bartenders commented on how much I seemed to enjoy it. I told him he should call me 'King Of The Tiki Bar.'

He replied with 'How about TikiTender?'"

  

From www.flaglerbeachradio.com:

    

     The story of Mark "TikiTender" Woods' journey from Juvenile Corrections Officer to being named Florida's Favorite Bartender 5 times running could have been plucked out of a Jimmy Buffett song.   While working at a juvenile detention center in his home state of Missouri, Mark decided a few weeks in the sun would do him some good.  According to legend, he came to Flagler Beach (near Daytona Beach, FL) on vacation and never went back.   When asked about this story, Mark just grins and says “Something like that.”  Truth or legend, Tiki found his home in the little town next to the Atlantic.  

    Since landing here in February of 1996 Mark has worked at golf resorts, a golf vacation company, and bars.  He claims to feel like he has been on vacation for 16 years. Anyone who has encountered his fun-loving personality and easy charm would agree.   It was while working in a poolside tiki bar that Mark received his nickname.  TikiTender has since become known nationwide.  He has appeared in several local newspaper articles, regional entertainment magazines, and local radio shows.  Most notably, he was featured in a Daytona News-Journal article about twitter alongside Oprah Winfrey and President Obama.  In the past few years, Tiki's reach has been extended well outside of Flagler County.  He has appeared in columns in the Omaha World Herald and is a regular guest on the Island Time Radio Show based out of Berea, OH.   Island Time Radio is a trop-rock music program that streams worldwide via the internet.   Tiki makes regular contributions via phone from the deck of the Golden Lion Cafe (his bartending home since 2005) in Flagler Beach.   In his segments Tiki talks music, cocktails, and Flagler Beach news.   If you meet Tiki in person you will likely have the time of your life.  Besides that, you will probably be envious of his really cool tropical shirts. Of the many benefits of his online presence, by far one of his favorites is having a clothing sponsor.  That's right, a bartender with a clothing deal.  Tiki is the official bartender of Mad Gringo Clothing, based in Omaha, Nebraska.

    Recently, Mark took his game to a new level by launching his event-based bartending and training

​company called Fun Coast Bartending.  Business is good to the point that he can't handle all the work by himself and is employing local bartenders & servers to assist with the task.

It all started with a stranger walking up to his bar and saying “Aren't you that TikiTender guy from Myspace?” 

(2012)

Besides tasty cocktails and a ready smile, Mark is also known for coloring his goatee to match the holiday and for giving "Free High Fives" until his hands are sore. 

Resume

Work History

Managing Partner Humidor Cigar Bar & Lounge July 2013 - present

  • Managing day to day operations of the lounge (purchasing, staff scheduling, events, social media)

  • Launched Flagler Cigar Company cigars in July 2014

​Owner  Fun Coast Bartending May 2012 - present

  • ​Event Bartending Service from backyard parties to gala events

  • Responsible Vendor Training

  • Menu consultations

Special Events Bartender Europa Lounge 2012

  • Worked with ownership on them night events such as "Exotica Night" and "Studio 54 Night".  

Bartender McCharacter's Sports Bar May 2012 - December 2012

  • Performed standard bartender duties (Temporary Gig)

Lead Bartender  Golden Lion Cafe  April 2011 - April 2014

  • Performed standard bartending duties at two different bars in a high-volume open air restaurant

  • Developed drink menus & specials for both bars

  • Mentored new bartenders

  • Worked diligently to maintain a standard of excellence in the two bars

  • Instrumental in the restaurant being named Florida’s Best Waterside Beach Bar (2011) and a Top 10 Beach Bar (2012-2014) by floridabeachbar.com

  • Named Favorite Bartender by Backstage Pass Magazine (2012, 2013, 2014)

Floor Manager Golden Lion Cafe December 2009 - March 2011

  • Managed the front of house operations in a high-volume open air restaurant

  • Acted as the general manager in his absence

  • Responsible for all scheduling for front of the house (servers, bartenders, bussers, food runners, and hosts)

  • Developed drink menus & specials

  • Performed relief bartender duties as needed

  • Before taking my place back behind the bar, worked with ownership and the general manager on a massive construction project that included adding a Tiki Bar and more than doubling the size of our upper deck

Bartender Golden Lion Cafe June 2005 - December 2009

  • Performed bartending duties in a high-volume open air restaurant

  • Developed a following using internet marketing tools (tikitender.com) and word of mouth.  Results included being voted as 4 time Favorite Bartender by Backstage Pass Magazine, gaining a clothing sponsor, and features in newspapers, magazines, and radio shows. 

  • Created original, award winning cocktails that still anchor the Golden Lion Cafe menu​

Bartender Henry’s Harborside Bar September 2004 - July 2005

  • Performed bartending duties at the main & poolside bars at a busy 154 room resort hotel.  

Accolades & Media

  • named the area’s Favorite Bartender eight times (reader vote) by Backstage Pass Magazine

  • while at the Humidor Cigar Bar - Best Around Awards in 2014 & 2015 (Best Cigar Lounge / Shop)

  • Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Award 2016 for Fun Coast Bartending 

  • Best Of Thumbtack Award 2015 & 2016 for Fun Coast Bartending

  • named “Entrepreneur Of The Month” by the founders of entrepreneurnight.com (May 2012)

  • official spokesmodel for Mad Gringo, a tropical clothing line based in Omaha, NE

  • featured three times in the Daytona News-Journal (a Sunday feature about using social media in business, a local character profile, and an article about the Golden Lion)

  • two original cocktails (Tiki Kooler and Voodoo Koolaid)  featured in Code Red magazine (a dining supplement to the Daytona News-Journal)

  • Created the official Swankey Palooza Music Festival (Key West) punch, June 2011

  • Created an original cocktail, Pat’s Pirate Grog, for Treasures In The Quarter (St. Augustine), October 2010

  • three interviews on “Chamber Chat” (two about growing your business through social media)

  • regular contributor to Island Time Radio show based in Cleveland, Ohio and streamed worldwide

  • contributor to the “5 O’Clock Lifestyle” podcast show based in Omaha, Nebraska and streamed worldwide

  • contributing writer: Flagler County Chamber newsletter, The Voice

  • contributing writer: Lifestyle section of the Omaha World Herald in print and online

  • contributing writer: The Rum Barrel blog, official blog of the Rum Barrel in Key West

  • contributing writer: Daytona Tiki Finder

  • contributing writer: Florida Beach Bar

  • Daytona Beach Bartender Examiner on examiner.com


Community Involvement

  • Currently serving on the Flagler Beach Chamber Of Commerce Board Of Directors (2010-2012)

  • Planning Committee for A Taste Of Flagler 2013

  • Served on the Event Planning Committee for Flagler Beach Relay For Life (2009 - 2011)

  • Celebrity bartender appearances for American Cancer Society, Flagler County Education Association, and DSIL (Disability Solutions For Independent Living)


Certifications & Memberships

  • Certified Food Safety Manager (National Registry of Food Safety Professionals)

  • Certified Responsible Vendor Trainer  (TiPS)

  • Member:  United States Bartenders’ Guild & International Bartender’s Association