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              Biography
 

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland and raised in the village of Blackness on the river Forth.  At the age of seventeen my mother dragged me along to the Royal Navy careers office (as it turned out, a good thing) and I embarked upon a twenty-three-year career, which took me all over the world.
 
My travels continue; to date I have visited thirty five countries, some a number of times. I have lived and worked in seven countries.
 
As well as my Naval career, I have been a certified mountain guide; made and installed kilns in Australia; An instructor in Saudi Arabia; Documentation Manager for a software company in  Taiwan; and in the USA I have been a salesman for Sears, a firefighter, an emergency medical technician, a jewelry store manager, and for the last nine years, the senior case manager for the National Expert Witness Network based in Paradise, California. http://www.newnexperts.com
 
Outside of work, I have hiked across Scotland from the Atlantic to the North sea through the mountains on my own to raise money for Children's Hospice Scotland.  I was the voluntary entertainments manager in Saudi Arabia, putting on two events a month for eighteen months for around one hundred people per event.  Since moving to California, I have volunteered as a firefighter with Paradise Fire Department, as an Ambassador for the Chamber of Commerce, as the President of Butte County Scottish Society and the Event Chair of "The Relay For Life" American Cancer Society. 
I am a Balvenie and Glenfiddich Associate Brand Ambassador for the William Grant & Sons Company, but also host for many other whisky companies.  I have been hosting whisky tastings, whisky/food pairing dinners, and whisky/cigar pairings in both California and Nevada for the last four years.  I have been reviewing whiskies (mainly scotch) since 2010 and write about them in a free whisky newsletter ("Slange") that goes out to readers in ten different countries and is featured on a number of websites, including this one.  
 
I also give talks/presentations on Scotland/whisky/highland dress/kilts etc, and have emceed many events all over the world, including the Las Vegas Celtic Games (twice).  I am also a reviewer for "Worldwide Delicacies" (food and drink) and for "Trip Advisor" (Hotels and Restaurants) where over thirty five thousand people have read my reviews.



Event photos


Robert Burns Dinner Paradise, California.  Master of Ceremonies.
                                     
 Burns Supper at Paradise, California


"Paul Bissett is an outstanding master of ceremonies.  With his quick wit, confidence and engaging character, he is entertaining as well as professional in his ability to keep events moving along as planned.  Paul has emceed our Burns Suppers as well as numerous other events, and we are always happy to have him back as a proven ingredient to the success of our events."

Allen Rice
President, Butte County Scottish Society




Celtic wedding, with Hand Fasting.   Wedding at River Highlands Ranch.  
Smartsville, California


"Thank you for your excellent officiating at my son's wedding! You were organized and humorous, and the family thank you SO MUCH for your service!"




Robert Burns Dinner Reno, Nevada.  Address to the Haggis.
Burns celebration at the Grand Sierra Resort &  Casino
 Reno, Nevada


"Your participation presenting the address to the Haggis played a major role in the success of our 2012 Robert Burns celebration.  If it were not for people such as you, we would not have the ability to present an event of this magnitude to the people of northern Nevada and California." 
 
Don Lindsay
Nevada Society of Scottish Clans




Introducing the Mayor of Las Vegas at the Celtic games.
Introducing the mayor of Las Vegas at the Celtic games





Whisky tasting on the Queen Mary, Long Beach, California.
Hosting a whisky tasting on the Queen Mary, Long Beach




Merryhill Elementary, Las Vegas, Nevada - Scotland A to Z
Merryhill Elementary, Las Vegas, Nevada 





Pouring Balvenie Whisky at WhiskyFest 2012
Presenting the Balvenie at WhiskyFest, San Francisco




Explaining the Whisky Flavor map, San Diego Scottish games.

Explaining the whisky Flavor map at the highland games in San Diego



Pairing Whisky with Chocolate, Los Angeles.
Pairing whisky and chocolate at whisky Live, Los Angeles




Celtic Nigh fundraiser Master of ceremonies.
Host of the Celtic night, Paradise, California


Pouring Macallan Whisky at the Sutter club Sacramento, California.
Presenting the MaCallan "fine oak series" at the Sutter club, Sacramento




Pairing Whisky & Cigars at the Grindstone cigar club in Redding California.

Whisky Cigar pairing at the Grindstone cigar club Redding, California




Pouring Whisky at Cafeteria 15L in Sacramento, California.
Pouring whiskies at Cafeteria 15L in Sacramento, California




Alexander Dawson School - Las Vegas, Nevada - Scotland A to Z (Kindergarten)
Alexander Dawson School - Las Vegas, Nevada 




Hosting a Whisky evening in Paradise, California.

Presenting whiskies at the Northern California Ballet fundraiser Paradise, California



Hosting a Whisky & food pairing in Walnut Creek, California.
Glenfiddich food pairing at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse Walnut Creek, California




Master of Ceremonies for a Robert Burns Dinner Paradise, California.

Master of ceremonies, Burn's night Dinner Paradise, California




Pouring Auchentoshan Whisky at Whisky Live Pleasanton, California
Presenting Auchentoshan at whisky Live Pleasanton, California




Pouring Balvenie Whisky at a Celtic night in Paradise, California
Pouring the Balvenie at Celtic night in Paradise, California




Pouring a variety of Whiskies at

Pouring whiskies at the Mix night club Sacramento, California



Hosting a Whisky & cigar pairing at the Gaia hotel in Anderson, California.
Whisky and Cigar pairing at the Gaia hotel in Anderson, California