June27th2011

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Distillers’ Association, which promotes and protects the state’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry, today announced that Brittany Dowell has joined the group as Executive Assistant to the President.

Dowell has worked the last two years as Finance Director for the Republican Party of Kentucky. She previously served as part of the Legislative Research Commission’s Senate Leadership Office Staff and as an administrative assistant for state Rep. Dwight Butler.

Dowell attended Bellarmine University and the University of Kentucky, where she graduated cum laude in 2008 with a degree in political science. She is a native of Louisville, where she currently resides.

“Brittany’s diverse experience, enthusiasm and impressive list of accomplishments won over our selection team,” said KDA President Eric Gregory. “She expressed a strong commitment to promoting local business, and you can’t get more Kentucky than Bourbon.”

“She will be a key player in our increasing efforts to promote our signature industry worldwide, and we proudly welcome to her to the team.”

As Executive Assistant, Dowell will oversee daily operations at the KDA office in Frankfort and support the association’s work in governmental affairs, research, public relations and marketing, including the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour of member distilleries.

“It is a privilege to be joining an industry that contributes so much to Kentucky’s culture, history and economy,” Dowell said.

Dowell can be reached at brittany@kybourbon.com.

The KDA, a non-profit group founded in 1880, is the state’s leading voice on spirits issues, from taxes to tourism, technical matters and more. Members include Beam Global Spirits & Wine (Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark), Brown-Forman Corp., Diageo North America, Four Roses, Heaven Hill and Wild Turkey. Visit online at www.kybourbon.com and www.kybourbontrail.com.