Silverbelly Whiskey CEO Named to Nashville 40 Under 40 List


July 5, 2023

Silverbelly Whiskey Goldsmith

Silverbelly Whiskey CEO Robbie Goldsmith, 35, was recently selected for Nashville Business Journal’s coveted 40 Under 40 list.

The Nashville-based brand, which was co-founded by country music star Alan Jackson, is distilled in Kentucky and was named after Jackson’s signature cowboy hat.

Here is a Q&A with Goldsmith:

What’s your favorite part of your job? I get to travel the U.S., sip whiskey and listen to Alan Jackson. I am pretty blessed.

What’s the one part of your job you would change if you could? SO many taxes and government regulations!

What’s your favorite piece of advice to share with young professionals? There is nothing wrong with saying “YES.”

What TV show/movie will you always stop to watch, and why? “Good Will Hunting” — lots of amazing life lessons in that classic!

Other than your own, what social media account should we all be following? @jayshetty

What should we have asked you, and how would you answer? Is there such a thing as overnight success? No.

What people think you do vs. what you actually do: They think I do everything or have no idea. I run and CEO three companies in Nashville: Silverbelly Whiskey, Hustle Media, Rocket Experiences.

Hard-earned lesson: Everything, business is a constant rollercoaster of lessons and blessings. Mostly that money doesn’t grow on trees and unless you are building a tech platform, finding and creating revenue/profitability is the most important thing in any business.

Three surprising things about you: 1. I played professional paintball for five years. 2. Our charity (Folds of Honor Tennessee) raised over $1.2 million a year. 3. I was slimed on Nickelodeon as a kid.

Nashville mayoral race should focus on: Infrastructure, public [transit] and greenways are going to be huge selling points on keeping our city thriving!

Airport habits: I arrive 1 hour before the flight takes off, and I sit in the Southwest exit row, seat with no seat in front of it (for the extra leg room as a 6 foot 2 person).

Personal anthem: Alan Jackson — “Drive (For Daddy Gene).”

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