Whiskey House of Kentucky Announces Management Team


April 17, 2024

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Whiskey House of Kentucky (Whiskey House) announced it has completed the hiring of its senior management team. With less than three months until the start of operations, the distillery is on track to begin production and warehousing on Monday, July 1, 2024.

With 18 people leading what Whiskey House calls “the best team in American Whiskey,” the company continues to attract some of the most talented individuals in distilling and state-of-the-art manufacturing.

“We could not be more excited by the level of expertise we’re attracting,” co-founder and CEO David Mandell said in a news release. “It takes a best-in-class team to operate the most advanced distillery in the United States, while providing unparalleled service to the customers in our Custom Whiskey Program.”

Most recently, Robert Helmer, Jr., the new chief financial officer of Whiskey House, was recruited from Trefethen Family Vineyards, based in Napa Valley, California, where he was the CFO & treasurer. Daniel Linde, the current CFO and co-founder of Whiskey House, transitioned into the role of chief strategy officer, where he is responsible for developing and guiding strategic partnerships for the company.

In addition, Ryan Poe, former director of distillery operations at Barrel Craft Spirits in Louisville, Kentucky, joined the company as distillery manager, where he will lead day-to-day operations of the distillery.

“We’re almost ready to begin producing the highest quality whiskey for our customers,” co-founder, President & COO John Hargrove said. “Whiskey House will set a new bar for custom whiskey distillation and will lead the industry in quality of production, efficiency of operations, technical capabilities, and customer service.”

Additional key hires include LeeAnn Bagby, vice president of human resources; Jim Hunger, director, operations; Quentin Snider, senior manager, maintenance; Jerry Hall, maintenance & controls manager; JT Thomas, warehouse senior manager; Justin Dixon, senior manager, food safety quality assurance; Joshua Marquis, environmental health and safety manager; Patrick Mannion, digital solutions architect; and Georgine MacLeod, compliance & administrative manager.

Over the next month, Whiskey House will hire 21 distillery supervisors and operators, along with 17 warehouse, maintenance, and quality team members.

For more information, visit https://whiskeyhouse.com/.