Founder & Executive Creative Director
Je’ Wesley was born the youngest of eleven kids (8 boys and 3 girls), but the only child to the union of his mother (Barbara A. Quinn) and late dad (John Wesley Day) on the West Side of Chicago. He was born on September 13, 1977, at Illinois Masonic Hospital and was referred to as “the miracle baby.” Born into the world lifeless, doctors had given up in reviving him. As Je’ lay on the table unattended and without a pulse, to the bewilderment of the doctors, he was blessed by God with the gift of life. From that point on, he was destined to succeed.
Je‘ Wesley Day, a Chicago native and current Atlanta resident, has quickly become one of the world’s top social influencer’s within the beverage arena. He empowers consumers around the world on their beverage choices (both alcohol and non-alcohol) by informing them of the unwritten rules of drinking, confirming or dispelling myths, and providing knowledge of etiquette and decorum. This is done through daily articles, weekly video blogs, and monthly live discussions at his online multi-digital media publication of Cocktail Chronicles. Cocktail Chronicles provides consumers with awareness of how beverages impact their bodies and lives, how to make their drink orders confidently, the language to engage in dialogue with peers who are wine/beer/spirits connoisseurs, and perhaps the initiative to try a cocktail out of the ordinary for their palate.
Je’ Wesley has over 15 years of experience working in the bar and restaurant industry. He started working at restaurants on the West Side of Chicago at 13 years old, moonlighted in nightclubs of New York City and Houston, TX while maintaining a corporate management position, then opened his own restaurant/bar (OrganiX) in Atlanta, Georgia from 2011 thru 2013. While attempting to rebound from losing his dream of OrganiX that left him homeless, he decided that he would pursue his passion and work in a corporate capacity within the spirits industry. After receiving hundreds of letters of decline from liquor manufacturers and distributors, Je’ Wesley decided to combine his three passions – beverages , journalism, and marketing – to create Cocktail Chronicles which launched on September 10, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia. Cocktail Chronicles’ mission is to inform and educate consumers on wine, spirits, beers, and non-alcoholic beverages while providing knowledge to assist consumers in being confident, smart, aware, and responsible for their beverage selections. As an entrepreneur, he is committed to snatching success by force.
Je’ Wesley has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Northern Illinois University, an MBA in Marketing from Keller Graduate School of Management, a second Masters in Human Resources Management also from Keller and is currently a Doctor of Education student at Argosy University with a focus in Business Organizational Leadership. He is an Adjunct Professor at ITT Technical Institute teaching Business, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, and Communications. He has also done guest lectures on “Discovering Your Passion” and “The Art of Interviewing” at Kennesaw State University, Clark Atlanta University, Leadership Preparatory Academy, and many others.
Je’ Wesley is no stranger to leadership as he has presided over local organizations such as Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated (both undergraduate and graduate levels), NAACP, Young Democrats of Illinois, and as the former Community Relations Chairman for the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists (AABJ),former Treasurer of the Digital Journalists Task Force of NABJ and Assistant District Director of Illinois for Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. He is currently a member of the AABJ, National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), United States Bartenders Guild, the Georgia Restaurant Association, and the National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA).
To enhance his academic and leadership credentials Je’ Wesley has earned the following certifications:
· Wine Certification
· Mixology Certification
· Georgia’s SafeServ Alcohol Certification
Turn to the expert, Je’ Wesley and Cocktail Chronicles, for your knowledge of beverages. Then, read reviews on handcrafted drinks, learn the best places to go for a great cocktail in your major cities, retrieve crafty drink recipes to try at home and much more at www.cocktailchron.com.