Mike Tetterton, CEO

Mike Tetterton


Michael Tetterton is the CEO and cofounder of Key Investment Solutions, Inc., where he oversees investment exploration, strategy design, and business development and execution, ensuring every Key Investment business lives up to its fullest potential. Mike has started or acquired over 25 different companies and most recently was CEO and co-founder of Creative Lodging Solutions (sold to FLEETCOR). Mike started CLS with 4 employees in 900 square feet of office space, making $80,000 in revenue its first year. By the time CLS sold, it had 260 employees grossing $170 million in revenue. Tetterton also founded Home-Towne Suites (built or acquired, then operated 14 hotels, then sold the company). Tetterton is currently a cofounder of Triad Transportation.

Marsha Couch

Marsha Couch

Marsha Couch is the president and cofounder of Key Investment Solutions, Inc., where she leads investment strategy, financing, and audit functions — playing a pivotal role in strategy and guiding companies to accelerated growth. Marsha was most recently CFO and cofounder of Creative Lodging Solutions (sold to FLEETCOR), overseeing a CAGR of 46% since 2002, and instrumental in Creative Lodging Solutions’ 7-year Inc. 5000 list of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies’ achievement. Couch is a proven business visionary with an emphasis in finance. Previously, Couch served as a controller at Hughes Aircraft Company and is an active co-founder of Triad Transportation.

Marsha was recently honored as the Stevie® Award’s Female Executive of the Year Gold Winner and awarded Excellence in Business Woman of the Year.

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Don Hardwick

Vice President of Operations

Don has a diverse 40 year career in beverage alcohol operations centered primarily on Bourbon Whiskey. His previous experience included 33 years with a major domestic and international spirit company, Beam Inc., in management leadership roles as VP Global Supply Chain, VP New Product Commercialization, and Sr. Director North America Procurement.

Don holds a master’s degree in Business Management from Bellarmine University Louisville, KY and undergraduate degree in Biological Science from Indiana University Bloomington, IN.

Joe Nageotte

Joe Nageotte

Joe Nageotte is the Chief Operating Officer of Key Investment Solutions, Inc. where he oversees the operations and growth of each business unit. Joe has served in leadership roles with Creative Lodging Solutions, Rise, CheapCaribbean.com, Starwood Hotels, Charles Schwab, and American Express, as well as starting and owning several businesses in financial services, information technology, contact centers, sales and operations.

Adam Mendoza

Adam Mendoza

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Barry Brinegar

Barry Brinegar

Executive Vice President & Co-Founder

Barry has been active in the local business community for the last 30+ years.  His career started in healthcare - first as a field medic in the 1st Marine Division, then as an RN - before evolving into medical and pharmaceutical device sales, and eventually digital marketing.

After enjoying bourbon at an early (legal) age, Barry's appreciation grew when he started spending time with local bourbon groups, including the Lexington Bourbon Society, for whom he served on the board of directors. Barry, working with other local business owners and fellow bourbon enthusiasts, quickly grew his love and appreciation for bourbon history and its production. He set out to surround himself with refined partners and industry consultants, providing insight on how bourbon continues to shape and support the local business community.

From day 1, Barry has felt a supernatural presence that he believes could be William Tarr, helping open doors and get the distillery back up and running after being shuttered for decades.

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Jackie Ellis

Jackie Ellis

HR Manager

Jackie Ellis leads all aspects of human resources for each of the Key Investment Solutions’ companies. Immediately before joining Key Investment Solutions, Jackie served as the Director of Human Resources and Administration for Kentucky Legally Aid. Additionally, Jackie’s career has included HR management and strategy positions in automotive manufacturing (Ford Motor Company), insurance (UnitedHealthcare), energy (Enron), travel management (Creative Lodging Solutions), and dining (Thomas & King, Inc). With more than 20 years of HR experience, she thrives when partnering with her colleagues to develop and implement HR solutions to business challenges. For Jackie, success happens when the company better achieves its goals, customer expectations are met, and employee loyalty is fostered as a result of HR action.

Veronica Horvath

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Over 30 years of accounting and financial experience, Veronica began working for Tetterton Holdings in 2006. She brings thirteen years of public accounting experience, ranging from tax preparation, audits, payroll processing and monthly-financial reporting. Veronica has worked with a broad range of industries, including retail stores, manufacturing, golf courses, legal, medical and insurance.

Carol Robinson

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Carol is an accounting professional with extensive experience in financial statement preparation, forecasting, budget development and analysis, project job costing and standard costing in a manufacturing environment. She is a proven leader acknowledged for sound decision making abilities, strong analytical skills, and outstanding performance developed from a solid background in both the public and private accounting sectors.

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Morgan Middleton

Marketing & Communications

From joint nutraceuticals and Big Ass Fans to higher education and real estate, and recreational volleyball and axe-throwing, Morgan has worked across a spectrum of industries throughout her career! The common thread is an affinity for marketing, business development, and making known the distinct offerings of the Bluegrass.

Morgan received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Kentucky and her Master's from Walden University, both in marketing. Developing an extensive network of colleagues and friends by way of ongoing service as a board member of the Makenna Foundation and participation in local Yelp events led her to meet Barry, and the rest is history!

The opportunity to help resurrect Wm. Tarr Distillery is a unique challenge and pleasure, and she can't wait to introduce the brand to Lexington!