About

ABOUT US

At our core, we are trivia lovers. We love useless knowledge, spending time with friends, and good ol' fashioned competition. Best of all, we love what we do.

THE PURSUIT OF A BAR TAB IS NEVER TRIVIAL

Last Call Trivia began in the fall of 2007 when founders Adam and Drew saw a niche for great Trivia Nights in the Cincinnati market. The 10 years that followed bootstrapped their love of Trivia into the seats of hundreds of bars across the country.
The best part of our epic journey has been the community we’ve been able to create and that community is a testament to the power of Trivia Nights. We believe that our role in this industry is not a zero-sum game, but rather an infinite game where we seek to help knowledge spread and lives change. Thank you for joining us on this journey and we hope that you’ll continue to be a part of our story.

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STORY BEHIND OUR LOGO

STORY BEHIND OUR LOGO

Taking inspiration from the craft-brewing industry, the owl is wise, nocturnal, and predatory.

The eye was designed as a quotation mark (rotate the owl-eye 90 degrees counter-clockwise and you'll see it) as well as a drinking glass (look straight into the eye).

CORE VALUES

CORE VALUES

1. Keep them guessing.
2. Avoid trivial pursuits.
3. Stay thirsty.

Questionable Leadership

Adam Johnston

CEO

Give me a bottle of bourbon and half a chicken, and I’ll conquer the world! I’ve got life in me, and it’s fueled each and every day by my inspiring Team. Drew and I started Last Call in the Fall of 2007 and the subsequent years have taught me more than I ever learned in business school.

Adam Johnston

CEO


Give me a bottle of bourbon and half a chicken, and I’ll conquer the world! I’ve got life in me, and it’s fueled each and every day by my inspiring Team. Drew and I started Last Call in the Fall of 2007 and the subsequent years have taught me more than I ever learned in business school. I believe in truth, beauty, freedom, and love. I believe that Tupac is still alive. I believe that we are genuinely making a difference in people’s lives. And I know that the best is yet to come.

My job is to make sure that everyone else does their job, which has to be the easiest job in the world considering the brilliant, hard-working people we have on our Team. I am motivated by the faith that everyone has in Last Call and the collaborative, dynamic work that permeates throughout our company. I preach communication and expectations on a daily basis because I believe they are essential to a flexible work environment. My ultimate goal is to run a company that people are proud to work for.

I’m an avid statesman, adventurer, Burner, Broadway aficionado, athlete, and I wear my Cole Haans as often as my cowboy boots. It’s a wonderful life.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the Earth all one’s lifetime.”
-Mark Twain

Drew Turner

Creative Director

When Adam and I started Last Call, my motivation was world domination (or at least trivia domination).  I’ve always had a knack for remembering useless information.  By combining my creativity and soon-to-be useful knowledge with Adam’s business background, Last Call was born!

Drew Turner

Creative Director


When Adam and I started Last Call Trivia, my motivation was world domination (or at least trivia domination). I’ve always had a knack for remembering useless information. By combining my creativity and soon-to-be useful knowledge with Adam’s business background, Last Call Trivia was born!

I come from a family of educators; both of my grandmothers and my father were teachers. I was bound to educate people somehow! Instead of the classroom, though, I found my niche in the barroom; and I wouldn’t have it any other way! I genuinely believe that Last Call Trivia has changed lives and I am grateful to be a part of such a fantastic Team.

I am the Creative Director for Last Call Trivia. Along with help from my awesome creative staff, my job entails writing trivia, producing and editing the shows, designing graphics, and devising my plans for world domination…whoops, I mean trivia domination.

Last Call Trivia is truly a passion for me and I am lucky to have some things I am personally passionate about as well. Cole and Poe, my two Black Labs, mean the world to me. When I’m not working, I’d rather be traveling. I’ve lived in 8 states and have visited all but 5 (Alaska is my favorite)! I just got into snowboarding, so I’m already looking forward to next Winter. I love classic cars and have my eye on a 1951 Ford truck.

Foodie.
Beer aficionado.
Burner.
Poet.

Badass Team

Aiden Williams

Host Coordinator/League Scores

I never dreamed of being in a sales role or management position. I wanted to change the world one student at a time as a History or Math teacher at a high school. All it took was a friend convincing me to come to “trivia night”, and the rest was history.

Aiden Williams

Host Coordinator/League Scores

aiden@lastcalltrivia.com
513-295-5699

I never dreamed of being in a sales role or management position. Salesmen are always portrayed as being slimy, money-obsessed, and heartless, while managers are always portrayed as being workaholics, family-neglecting, and life-hating. I wanted to change the world one student at a time as a History or Math teacher at a high school. I wanted to help people. I was young and idealistic.

All it took was a friend convincing me to come to “trivia night” in early 2008, and the rest was history. I fell in love with Last Call as a dedicated and competitive participant. I was ecstatic when I found out I could become a host, too! I enjoyed being on a microphone and back on stage, interacting with the crowd, and learning the stories of the teams and getting to know them better week after week. I thought, “Hey, this is a great part-time job while I work on my Masters. I might even want to continue this after I start teaching!” Life was good.

Opportunity arose to help as an Assistant Manager with Last Call, and after no time, I was learning the inner-workings of what made this great company so successful. When my mentor and boss, Jen, was promoted, I interviewed for her former job, and to my horror at the time, I was offered the position. This straight-laced, type A, has-her-whole-life-planned-out future teacher was offered a non-traditional job with this start-up, managing and selling for Last Call. After much deliberation and some very uncharacteristic impulsive decision making, I couldn’t refuse a full-time position with a company I had fallen in love with from day one.

The best part is, I still am in love with Last Call. I wake up to a job I am excited for each day. My bosses inspire me to bend over backward to help Last Call continue to find success. My co-workers inspire me to keep growing and challenging myself. My hosts inspire me to serve them and do what I can to make sure they love hosting as much as I still do. My career choices took me down a path I never imagined, but my goals have not changed. While I’m not doing so in a classroom, I am helping people do something fun every day and enjoying every minute of it. If you’re passionate about what you do, success is inevitable for you and all of those around you.

When I’m not working, you can usually find me rooting on my Kentucky Wildcats, reminiscing about being in the lower arena and watching the Final Four and NCAA Championship game live in New Orleans in 2012, and mourning the retirement of Peyton Manning. I also enjoy playing trivia, making a monthly visit to California to see my amazingly talented fiance, Ben, who works there, spoiling my 85-lb. dog child, Bruce, or traveling anywhere warm where I can SCUBA dive. Willing to give you trivia answers for a trip to St. Maarten. Only kidding…

Brooklynn Holtz

Director of Marketing

I’ve had just about every job there is. I need a challenge. I need excitement. And, sometimes, I just need change. Last Call Trivia does it all for me. 

Brooklynn Holtz

Director of Marketing

brooklynn@lastcalltrivia.com

I’ve had just about every job there is. I’ve run brain tests at Children’s Hospitals, ordered cadavers for Neurosurgeons at Cornell, dressed in velvet ball gowns at Disney World, roller skated through historical reenactments, been guilty of murder at a dinner theatre, recruited actors as a talent agent, earned pennies as a waitress at Planet Hollywood Times Square, taught English in a refugee camp, threw T-shirts as a Chevy girl, and offered to pour coffee in TV commercials…

I’ve got some crazy stories for you.

It probably comes as no surprise that I responded to a Craigslist ad calling for Trivia Night Hosts in Columbus, Ohio back in January 2012. I was #allin with Last Call Trivia and quickly moved on to Sales, then Management, and finally Marketing.

It really just boils down to the fact that I get bored easily. I know you’re not supposed to say that, but it’s true. I need a challenge. I need excitement. And, sometimes, I just need change.

Last Call Trivia does it all for me. This company is made up of people who are always looking forward, obsessed with being better, and never balking from change. I genuinely love this company.

Furthermore, and I feel this is important, Last Call Trivia is a family. I’ve shared some of my highest highs and lowest lows with these people and we’ve stuck together through all of it. I admire their work ethic, their honesty, and their unmistakable care for people.

Personally, I love to have dance parties in my living room, go on adventures and get lost, listen to funky jazz music all the way up, pin a bunch of DIY projects and never get around to them, play Bach cello suites because they’re all I can remember, drink scotch and sweet tea, and take boring videos of my kid right after he did something cute. Come say hi!

Twitter: @brooklynnholtz

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brooklynnholtz

Jen Klosterman

National Sales Manager

After being a stay at home mom for 10 years, I decided to enter the world of trivia.  Sales is my passion and after six years, I’m still at it.

Jen Klosterman

National Sales Manager

jenk@lastcalltrivia.com
(513) 403-3583

After being a stay at home mom for 10 years, I decided to enter the world of trivia. Sales is my passion and after nine years, I’m still at it. In my spare time, my husband and I can be found carting around and supporting our ridiculously active boys to some sort of sporting event. I love cooking, spending quality time with family and friends, and a good dirty martini (my husband makes the best, you know, the kind with the stuffed blue cheese olives, two please!).

I dream about traveling the world and am obsessed with Publisher’s Clearing House….because who doesn’t want to win $5,000 a week for life?

Dave Gottlieb

Creative Specialist

I grew up in a household that tuned into Jeopardy! every night of the week. I never realized that knowing, “A dressy term for hearts, spades, diamonds or clubs”, would help me out as an adult.

Dave Gottlieb

Creative Specialist

dave@lastcalltrivia.com
513-304-8067

I grew up in a household that tuned into Jeopardy! every night of the week. I never realized that knowing, “A dressy term for hearts, spades, diamonds or clubs”, would help me out as an adult. Living in the house for about 18 years, I used what I learned while sitting on that couch listening to Alex, and found a job that “suits” me. As you may have discerned, I also learned an array of horribly awesome “dad jokes”.

Technology is a topic that I enjoy in both work and my free time. Whether its figuring something out in Illustrator or Photoshop or cutting an audio file, I can never get enough. The best part of computer applications and other areas of technology is that the possibilities are endless. Once a particular area is mastered, something new comes out and creates a new path to more knowledge.

Outside of the “office”, there are numerous aspects of the world that pique my interest. Living in Cincinnati doesn’t really help someone who is a huge fan of snow skiing, but when the winter comes along each year, I make it a point to head for the slopes at least a few times. If I told you that I didn’t like much TV, I’d be lying. I am a big fan of many series, as well as the reality shows on stations like History and A&E.

A large amount of what I enjoy about working for Last Call is the social aspect and the connection between the teams, the hosts and the bars. Whether other employees or teams that play Trivia, I have been introduced to many people who I now call friends.

Adrian Deiss

Host Recruiter and Trainer


Growing up on the outskirts of Boring, Oregon, my parents figured out quickly that “lil’ Adrian” was a precocious, energetic being that needed every distraction to keep me occupied.

Adrian "Dice" Deiss

Host Recruiter and Trainer

adrian@lastcalltrivia.com

Growing up on the outskirts of Boring, Oregon, my parents figured out quickly that “lil’ Adrian” was a precocious, energetic being that needed every distraction to keep me occupied. From year-round swimming to biking myself to soccer and baseball practices, I grew up in the last golden-age of childhood when parents trusted kids to raise each other instead of helicoptering over every aspect of their children’s lives. My family also owned a video store, which, for frame of reference, was put out of business when Blockbuster opened, so I’ve seen just about every 80’s movie ever, which is great if we’re playing Trivial Pursuit Genus II, but doesn’t pack quite as much punch on a resume.

Speaking of resumes…In addition to hosting trivia all over Portland and recruiting new trivia hosts for Last Call nationwide, I have also achieved my dream of becoming one of those “most interesting 40-year-olds” Baz Luhrmann talks about in that “Sunscreen” song. I have worked in education as a teacher, reading specialist, and coach of just about every sport imaginable; in terrible jobs that we should train robots to do like garbage transfer station attendant and butcher; and in many service-industry professions like golf courses, and restaurants. My passions include trivia, golfing and other outdoor sports, the University of Oregon Ducks sports teams, and especially making my unique “mixtapes” for each trivia show I host!

If you’re ever in Portland, check out one of my shows! I go by “Dice” when I’m on the microphone, mostly because Rocky ruined the name “Adrian” for all of us. True story, we Adrians have clandestine conversations about the whole “Yo Adrian” thing. Good luck trivia teams!

Find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LastCallDice/

Tara Grimes

League Manager

It all started over some chicken wings and ice cold beer. Since my husband and I always looked forward to our weekly trivia night outing, it became part of the routine.  After a couple of months of attending Last Call shows, a light bulb went off.

Tara Grimes


It all started over some chicken wings and ice cold beer. Since my husband and I always looked forward to our weekly trivia night outing, it became part of the routine. After a couple of months of attending Last Call shows, a light bulb went off and I thought to myself, “Self, why don’t YOU host Trivia?” And the rest was history!

I have been working with Last Call Trivia since the Fall of 2011. Combining the need to be in a social setting as much as possible with a love for trivia and music, it was a match made in heaven. Since then, I’ve worn many hats: from helping to manage the Leagues and Tournaments to Sales, and more! What a fun company to be a part of. Last Call has a wonderful team of people working for them and being a part of it is a blessing!

Debbie Gillum

Content and Strategy Specialist


Coffee keeps me alive, dogs are my best friends and I enjoy riding horses, with my hair blowing, heading off into the sunset.

Debbie Gillum

Content and Strategy Manager

social@lastcalltrivia.com

Coffee keeps me alive, dogs are my best friends and I enjoy riding horses, with my hair blowing, heading off into the sunset. I live life on the edge by eating raw cookie dough and not rinsing and repeating when shampooing my hair. Usually, I can be found hiking, exploring Columbus, jogging, leaving positive Yelp reviews or in bars playing trivia. I also like writing stuff. #LastCallTrivia

Kevin Anneken

National Sales Manager

Growing up in a family of self-proclaimed nerds, I have never been able to get enough trivia. In fact, I first encountered Last Call Trivia attending a trivia show hosted by my older brother.

Kevin Anneken

National Sales Manager

kevin@lastcalltrivia.com
513-591-9515

Growing up in a family of self-proclaimed nerds, I have never been able to get enough trivia. In fact, I first encountered Last Call Trivia attending a trivia show hosted by my older brother. Before I knew it, I was hosting my own show once a week. In 2017, I began working with the amazing Last Call Team to get our show in bars all across the United States.

I have been described as “aggressively extroverted,” so I guess sales was a natural fit for someone with my personality. I am an enthusiastic and optimistic guy who loves to learn and meet new people. My hobbies include playing and watching as many sports as I can, learning a foreign language, and anything where I can get outside. I love craft beer and aged bourbon, but always will enjoy a cold Busch Light or a shot of Evan Williams!

Joey Partee

Head Video Marketing Strategist


George Carlin once said that “People who see life as anything more than pure entertainment are missing the point"

Joey Partee

Head of Video

joey@lastcalltrivia.com

George Carlin once said that “People who see life as anything more than pure entertainment are missing the point,” and while the cynicism is genuinely what once got me interest, I have learned to appreciate the value of being entertained and entertaining others more and more as I have aged. I sincerely believe that we spend most of our time doing things we don’t want to do and only end up enjoying short bursts of time with others on special occasions, for essential reasons, or because we were entertained. For obvious reasons, when I was younger I fell in love with the idea of being a rock star, I wanted to entertain, and despite my best intentions and pure desires to be the frontman of the “greatest band in rock n’ roll history!”…that dream was repeatedly shattered – but to my distinct advantage. I learned through letting go that I (& you too!) can be entertaining in your daily life, and applying that attitude to myself helped me switch some serious gears over the years.

After several years behind a desk, I decided I needed to make a change, this started with creating a YouTube channel out of my personal love affair with music and vinyl record collecting. Sharing with people all over the world and collectively moving into doing something I enjoyed (even when it felt like work) became a true passion; I soon left my job of seven years. That, however, was not before responding to a very non-descript ad on the Phoenix Craigslist for people who were brave enough to talk on a microphone and liked to play music.

Well, gee-golly, that was me! My time with Last Call began in June of 2016, and it has been exactly what I was looking for, it opened up a part of me I thought I had lost and it taught me more about myself that I realized I could learn by sharing random facts about everything else…for the first time I found something that provided catharsis and money! In my short time with the company, I have already worn many hats, but I have come to know a little bit about each of the aspects of this business that is much bigger than the average bear would realize. While my hosting days have come to a temporary halt I have found validation in creating videos for our Last Call Channel on YouTube, my project “The Spin” is only the beginning of something larger I know will blossom!

When I am not out digging record racks, I can be found most likely in a sushi bar or brewpub with my crazy wife (I call her Slinky) and our two daughters. We have two cats and three dogs, and fortunately a home big enough to share it with them. I am a movie buff and a music snob, but I like it that way…I love to have parties and entertain my friends, and I consider myself a decent chef. And when I can, I love traveling and going to music festivals. If your looking for more find me on Instagram @DailyVinyl or hit me up directly through any of the numerous Last Call Trivia social media outlets.