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Mike Tetterton

CEO

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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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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.

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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!