The Team & The Mission
Pinckney Bend Distillery in New Haven MO, launched in 2010 by three long time friends who shared a common interest in brewing beer and drinking strong spirits.
After a year of research and six months securing federal and state licenses, the first bottle of Pinckney Bend Gin was sold on Nov. 21, 2011.
Our goal remains simple
To produce premium quality, hand-crafted spirits worthy of their heritage, one small batch at a time.
Jerry graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison before joining the United States Air Force where he gained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He flew for several commercial airlines before retiring. As a founding partner, Jerry is now our CEO and President. He is always eager to lend his pallet in helping to develop new flavor profiles.
After completing his Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Columbia College, Tom continued his education in biochemistry and molecular biology. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Tom long held a passion for home-brewing, which lead to his eventual distilling of spirits. As partner and Master Distiller, he has developed the flavor profiles for all our award-winning spirits.
Sales and Marketing
Ralph Haynes owned and operated a creative services agency for 30 years. He holds a BA in History from Blackburn College and a MA in Communications from Govenors State University, both in Illinois. He has served in the US Peace Corps in Liberia and West Africa where he continues to partner with local entrepreneurs in developing a variety of small businesses. Ralph has long held a passion for quality spirits.
National Accounts Manager
Tara is an ’03 graduate from University of Missouri-Columbia Journalism school. She has extensive experience in digital marketing and visual communication, as well as event planning, public relations and accounting. She has worked for several international businesses and developed national ad campaigns. In addition, she has over 15 years bartending experience. In 2014, she won the Washington Chamber’s Outstanding Young Professional Award.
Don handles much of the day to day distilling, blending, bottling and barrel house maintenance. He also has an extraordinarily good whiskey palette. Don owned and operated his own construction business for over 30 years and has done most of the remodeling and modifications for Pinckney Bend.
Upon finishing his degree at the University of Central Missouri, Keith worked in radio before discovering his passion for spirits. As a long-time bartender, he has developed his palette and is learning the craft from our Master Distiller and is involved in developing new flavors and day-to-day distilling.
Senior Sales Representative
Michael graduated Cum Laude from Lindenwood University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He has worked in the service industry and customer service field for over 13 years. He has developed wine lists and cocktail menus for numerous restaurants and events. A lover of history and nuances of the wine and spirit world. An adventurous traveler, he enjoys trying new food, wines, and cocktails.
Catlyn studied Automotive Technology as Linn State Tech before spending years in the service industry. He has a passion for spirits and is a home brew hobbyist. He has been a bartender for over 6 years and enjoys finding new spirits and brews.
Tasting Room Manager
THE HISTORIC NATURE OF OUR TOWN, along with the Missouri River’s proximity to our distillery’s front door, made it clear that we had a mission larger than just making and selling whiskey.
We celebrate the history and traditions of the distiller’s art as it evolved in the Missouri River Valley, infused with a spirit of innovation.