The Team with a Mission
We are driven by friendship, passion and authenticity. We strive to celebrate the history and traditions of those who came before us. We know genuine bonds create remarkable results. From the ingredients we use, to the team members we hire, these core values and unbridled atmosphere are at the heart of every decision. Our goal remains simple, to produce premium quality, hand-crafted spirits worthy of their heritage, one small batch at a time.
Chief Operating Officer/Cocktail Wizard
Tara is an ’03 graduate from University of Missouri-Columbia Journalism school. She has extensive experience in marketing and visual communication, as well as event planning, public relations and accounting. She has worked for several international businesses where she handled international accounts and developed national ad campaigns. In addition, she has over 17 years bartending experience She’s also probably had more gin than anyone we know. In 2014, she won the Washington Chamber’s Outstanding Young Professional Award, in 2015 she won Washington Chamber’s “Best Website” and in 2016 she won the New Haven Area Chamber’s Volunteer of the Year award. She hasn’t been slacking off since then, she’s currently on the Board of the Missouri’s Craft Distiller’s Guild as well as holding several board positions for many non-for-profits in the area.
Chief Compliance Officer/Distiller
Upon finishing his degree at the University of Central Missouri, Keith worked in radio before discovering his passion for spirits. Keith brings years of large-batch cocktail experience as well has a refined palette. He is involved in the developing of new flavors and day-to-day distilling. He also has an eye for art and detail and has become an instrumental voice of reason on many occasions. Keith was tasked with ‘finding people’ years ago and was the lead in assembling the team we have to today.
Chief Productions Officer/Distiller
Catlyn studied Automotive Technology as Linn State Tech before spending years in the service industry. He has extensive service and customer service experience. He has a passion for spirits, enjoys home brewing and makes a mean jerky. He has years of bartending experience and even more in the food service industry and brings a unique viewpoint to our production team. Cat has become integral in the day-to-day production. He enjoys finding new foods and spirits as well as roaming around new cities. He also can grow epic facial hair, which apparently is something he’s proud of.
JT, who is not to be confused with TJ, has been with Pinckney Bend for quite a while. Starting as one of our first tasting room employees and our premiere “label guy”, JT has moved up to being heavily involved in the distilling and production process. JT brings a long and varied retail and production experience to the company as well as a much-needed energy. He also is a personal trainer, enjoys food, motorcycles and being outdoors, but not necessarily in that order.
Greg brings a gregarious and outgoing attitude to our team, which is a really nice way to say he’s loud. His strong work ethic and 18 years of production experience have proven to be an invaluable asset to our growing distillery production. Greg loves learning new things, but not as much as he loves dogs. Greg can often been found in the tasting room cracking jokes, at the bottler hand-corking all our bottles or reaching things from high shelves.
Don handles much of the day to day distilling, blending, bottling and barrel house maintenance. He has over 40 years in home-brewing experience and was a long-time member of the New Haven Brew Club. 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. My most, we mean all.
Brand Account Manager
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.
Trish Baker is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a bachelors in Theatre Performance. What does this have to do with disitlling spirits? Absolutely nothing. We keep her around for a good laugh and her enthusiasm for friendship. Trish is our fulltime tasting room employees and helps bring a different perspective to our production.
Petra hasn’t turned in a bio yet. But we’ll update this as soon as she does.
Jordan is in the banking industry so it’s redundant to say he enjoys a good story and a good cocktail. But we did anyway. Jordan has over 12 years in direct consumer service and sales. You can find Jordan in the tasting room being loud and enjoying all of our new friends who come through the door. Jordan is proof that persistence and never going away can create friendships. When he’s not excessively hanging around, he enjoys playing the guitar, building scale model airplanes and reading about history. Jordan is pictured with his lady-friend Sarah.
Chad Grief Wettenhall
Chad Greife-Wetenhall is proud to be a weekend Warrior for Pinckney Bend. He has been a bartender or cocktail server all over the world. He has bartended in Las Vegas, Portland, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and all over Australia. His full-time job is as an Art Teacher at Washington School District. He has his masters degree in Studio Art and during his spare time he loves performing on stage at East Central College.
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 always eager to lend his palette 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.
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.
Our Whiskey Widows
Everything in distilling takes time. Small businesses require extra effort. As much as friendship is at the core of our business, love is at the root of friendship. We want to publicly thanks our significant others for their sacrifices in our pursuits. We know we work long hours, at weird times and won’t shut up about what we do. And you all lovingly put up with it. To our Whiskey Widows, your support and love are the backbone of this company. So Thank you Eric, Kat, Lesley, Sydney, Rebecca, Cyndi, Jonathan, Luke, Sarah, Scott, Karen, Kate and Pat.
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