FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Louisville, Ky. (September 25, 2015) – Two dedicated employees of Brown-Forman and Woodford Reserve – Todd Roe, Woodford Reserve Distillery manager, and Dee Ford, Woodford Reserve Visitor Attraction manager – were named winners of the 2016 Icons of Whisky America Awards for Distillery Manager of the Year and Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year, respectively, during the Kentucky Bourbon Festival on Saturday, September 19.
The awards, presented by Whisky Magazine, are an annual celebration of the finest companies and individuals in the whisky industry. Producers, retailers, distributors and importers from the industry assisted the Whisky Magazine editorial panel to identify those individuals deserving of an Icon title. The editorial panel then had the task of making the final decision.
“We are proud to celebrate these deserving individuals who are great contributors to the success of the Woodford Reserve brand and distillery visitor experience,” said Mark Bacon, Woodford Reserve brand director. “These merited titles are an excellent way to showcase and honor the people behind our award-winning bourbon.”
Brown-Forman and Woodford Reserve are proud to recognize the following individuals:
Distillery Manager of the Year – Todd Roe – Woodford Reserve Distillery
Todd Roe, distillery manager at the Woodford Reserve Distillery, has worked in the spirits industry and for Brown-Forman for 25 years. Before the Woodford Reserve Distillery, Todd worked at the Brown-Forman Cooperage before moving on to the Louisville Production Operation, where he was Operations Manager for the processing and bottling of Jack Daniel’s County Cocktails. Years later he worked at the Brown-Forman Distillery where he managed the barrel maturation warehouses overseeing barrel filling, whisky maturation and the dumping of Early Times and Old Forester. Under Todd’s watchful eye, Woodford Reserve has introduced several unique products such as Double Oaked, Woodford Reserve Rye and the Distillery Series.
Visitor Attraction Manager of the Year – Dee Ford – Woodford Reserve Distillery
With a dedication to hospitality, brand-building, and culinary endeavors that span more than 20 years, Dee Ford delivers state-of-the art consumer experiences. Now in her 11th year with Brown-Forman Corporation, Dee currently serves as homeplace manager for the company’s Woodford Reserve Distillery, located in Versailles, Kentucky. In this role, Dee establishes and oversees the various elements of the Distillery’s entire visitor strategy, including multiple tour programs as well as the visitor center, gift shop, catering, community relations, marketing, and special events. The Woodford Reserve Distillery is a heritage distillery on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, hosting 120,000 visitors last year.
For additional information about the awards and to view the full page of results, please visit: http://www.iconsofwhisky.com/2016/america/.
Contact: Tracy Frederick
Woodford Reserve is a product of the Brown-Forman Corporation, a producer and marketer of fine quality beverage alcohol brands such as Jack Daniel’s, Southern Comfort, Finlandia, Korbel, Tequila Herradura, Sonoma-Cutrer, Chambord, and Tuaca. Please enjoy your bourbon responsibly. For more information on Woodford Reserve, visit www.woodfordreserve.com or visit Facebook atwww.facebook.com/woodfordreserve.
Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 45.2% Alc. by Vol., produced and bottled by the Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, KY ©2015