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WELCOME TO THE
BOURBON REVERSE PITCH

at the Distillers Grains Symposium

 
 

TONIGHT'S TEAMS

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TONIGHT'S JUDGES

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Joyce Nethery

Joyce Nethery, Founder & Master Distiller for Jeptha Creed Distillery

 

As far back as she can remember, Joyce has had a passion for chemistry. She earned a Master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Louisville's Speed Scientific School, and for 15 years worked as a process engineer in industrial scale distillation. She then spent a decade teaching high school chemistry and physics before her husband Bruce’s dream of opening a distillery reignited her passion for the distillation process. Her deep love for farm life, as well as her many years working her family’s land, have given her invaluable insight into growing the wide variety of crops used in Jeptha Creed’s products. It has also inspired the distillery’s distinct ground-to-glass maxim. In addition to being a Master Distiller and owner of Jeptha Creed, Joyce is a devoted mother of two who has a passion for all things Kentucky. She couldn’t be prouder to carry on the state’s long history of distilling the finest spirits in the world.

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Lynne Dant

Lynne Dant is the COO/distiller for
Log Still Distillery

 

She brings a diverse background with over 25 years of experience in the distilled spirits, chemicals, and energy industries. Lynne has worked in both entrepreneurial start-ups and Fortune 300 companies, leading business teams domestically and globally in operations/manufacturing, marketing, sales, and research.

Lynne has a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton and an MBA from The Wharton School (U. Penn).

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Brian Luftman

Brian Luftman is the founder of American Farm Investors, a private equity farmland investment company.

 

AFI farms produce corn and wheat for the Kentucky Bourbon industry. Mr. Luftman is also an active angel investor, while managing many of his own start-ups, including Never Say Die Bourbon, which will be released in London, England in 2022.

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Dr. Blake Layfield

Dr. Blake Layfield leads the Global R&D-Applied Technical Research team at Beam Suntory.

 

His team provides subject matter expertise in product development, process engineering & sensory sciences to impact innovation, quality, cost, & sustainability initiatives. He is also the co-chair of research committees for both the Kentucky Distillers’ Association & the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits.

 
 

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