FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced today that John Rhea of Four Roses Distillery has been named Chairman of the historic group that promotes and protects the Commonwealth’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry, including the world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour.
Rhea, who is Chief Operating Officer at Four Roses in Lawrenceburg, will serve through December 2011. The KDA Board of Directors selected officers during its annual meeting recently in Louisville.
“Our industry, and our Association, is built on decades of tradition, collaboration and cooperation in achieving success,” Rhea said. “We look forward to strengthening those ties and bonds in the coming year, securing the integrity of our signature industry and expanding our resources to ensure the worldwide appreciation of Kentucky Bourbon.”
The Board also appointed Jeff Conder, Vice President of Americas Operations at Beam Global Spirits & Wine in Clermont, as Vice Chairman, and Tom Krekeler, Vice President of Product Supply Chain in North America for Campari Group, as Secretary-Treasurer.
Other Board members for 2011 include:
• Brown-Forman: Chris Morris, Master Distiller
• Diageo North America: Andrea Wilson, Director of Distillation and Maturing Spirit
• Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc.: David Hobbs, Vice President-Plant Manager
The KDA, founded in 1880, includes Beam Global Spirits & Wine (Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark); Brown-Forman; Diageo North America; Four Roses; Heaven Hill and Wild Turkey.
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour features six legendary distilleries, each offering a unique and educational experience on the art and craft of Bourbon-making: Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve.
For more information, contact KDA President Eric Gregory at (502) 875-9351 or visit online at:
The Kentucky Bourbon Trail® is a registered trademark of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association.