Our Team

Staff

  • Gareth Moore

    CEO / Chairman

    Gareth’s father, the late Dr. George G. Moore, wanted to make Virginia Distillery Company a reality in order to share his passion for superbly crafted American made malt whisky and to do so in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Today, his son Gareth along with his wife Maggie carry on his father’s legacy as well as his father’s commitment to creating an exceptional product that captures the centuries old craftsmanship of the finest distilling in the world while still going “Against the Grain” to create something truly unique in Central Virginia.

    In addition to his role at Virginia Distillery Company, Gareth is a Principal at Adelphi Capital in Washington, DC and a Partner at Ravensdale Capital, an angel investment firm specializing in fledgling technology companies.

  • Maggie Moore

    Chief Experience Officer

    Maggie works as part of the Virginia Distillery team in bringing the Visitor Center vision to life. She is passionate about creating a state of the art location where fans of whisky can come to learn about the history and vision of the Virginia Distillery Company, and most importantly try some samples of our delicious offerings.

  • Marlene Steiner

    Brand Director

    After spending a few years on Wall Street, Marlene moved to the Pacific Northwest to start a winery with her husband. While working nights and weekends to get the winery up and running, she also worked full-time in marketing and operations at one of the Northwest’s oldest wine brands, Woodward Canyon Winery. After eight years, family drew Marlene and her husband to Colorado, where she ended up getting her start in whisky as the Brand Manager at Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey. Opportunity at Virginia Distillery Company drew her to Virginia, and she hasn’t looked back! In addition to enjoying good drams, Marlene and her husband are having fun exploring Virginia and all of the great hiking and outdoor adventures the state has to offer.

  • Ian Thomas

    Distillery Director

    Ian hails from the great state of Tennessee where his career began as a microbiologist for Lallemand, propagating and testing yeast cultures for bakers, brewers and distillers. With an education and background in biology and fermentation, he was approached to help start the Big River Distilling Company in Memphis, Tennessee. His experience and passion for distillation makes him the perfect fit at Virginia Distillery Company, where he is excited to help create a world-class whisky. With Tennessee not being too far away he can still see his beloved Tennessee Volunteers on an occasional fall Saturday.

  • Kate Johnston

    Sales Director

    After more than a decade working in distribution and supplier sales in the spirits industry, Kate has particular experience with growing new brands and expanding new markets. Kate served most recently as Vice President of Sales (East) for 21st Century Spirits, where she managed a multi-brand portfolio and developed and implemented sales and marketing strategies for a nationwide sales force. In addition to whisky sipping, Kate enjoys skiing, traveling, cooking, and spending time with her family and dogs.

  • Jerry Heddy

    Operations Director

    Jerry started his career at The Hershey Company where he held operational and leadership roles in their supply chain and manufacturing divisions. During his tenure at Hershey, Jerry led several Reese’s brand production lines as a Business Unit Team Leader. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering from Lehigh University and University of Virginia, respectively. Jerry couldn’t be more thrilled to help build a great operations team to create a world class whisky that defines American Single Malt!

  • Harry Cockburn

    Mentor

    Harry Cockburn has more than 50 years experience in the distilling industry, dating back to 1965. After nearly 10 years as Chief Engineer at Inver House Distillers where he was responsible for malt and grain distilling, malting, bottling & blending and cooperage, he headed off to Islay.

    There he spent the next 20 years with Bowmore Distillery (Morrison Bowmore Distillers) in several roles, including Distillery Manager and then Group Engineer for three distilleries: Bowmore, Auchentossan, and Glen Gerioch. He also carried out the installation and commissioning of distilleries in South Korea and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. In 1990 he became Production Director of Bowmore and remained in that position until its takeover by Suntory of Japan in 1994.

    Harry’s intention was to take early retirement, but that didn’t last long. He soon decided to launch his own distillery production consulting firm, becoming a leading consultant to the whisky industry. Since then he has worked with numerous distillery startups across the globe, including Belgium, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, U.S., France, Uruguay, India, Turkey, South Africa, France, China, Italy, Ireland and Bhutan.

    When he is not working on distilleries Harry spends his time with his lovely wife Marlene, their children and grandchildren and their beautiful garden.

Corporate Team

Corporate Team
  • Jerry HeddyOperations Director
  • Stacey GallupAdministrative Assistant
  • Gareth MooreCEO / Chairman
  • Dallas HudgensCorporate Operations Associate
  • Austin AshfordAccounting Associate

Visitor Center Team

  • Amanda BeckwithGuest Experience and Education Manager
  • Carol DreherVisitors Center Operations Supervisor
  • Joan LucyVisitors Center Operations Associate

Guest Experience Associates

  • MEGAN ROBLES
  • TARA SMITH
  • BOBBI COMER
  • ELLIE LALLIBERTE
  • HOLLYE-FAYE MAPLES
  • ALEX ROMANIELLO
  • ERIC HATHAWAY
  • GENA MORRIS
  • KRISTINA OTT
  • LAURA PEZZULO
  • DAVE HUNT

Brand Team

  • JESSICA BULLARDMARKETING AND BRAND MANAGER
  • EMMA STOTZBRAND ASSOCIATE
  • CAMILLE VAN HOUTEVENTS ASSOCIATE

Distillery Team

Distillery Team
  • MARIAN CUNNINGHAMASSISTANT DISTILLER
  • TOM COOKDISTILLER
  • JORDAN KENNEDYSITE AND FACILITIES LEAD
  • ERIK SKAARDISTILLER
  • IAN THOMASDISTILLERY DIRECTOR
  • BJORN GOODWINASSISTANT DISTILLER
  • GARETH MOORECEO / Chairman
  • BRIAN HERSEY (not pictured)ASSISTANT DISTILLER
  • THOMAS VAN CLIEF (not pictured)FACILITIES MAINTENANCE ASSISTANT

Sales Team

Sales Team
  • NADIA HULEISYMIDWEST MARKET MANAGER
  • JESSE RAINESMID-ATLANTIC MARKET MANAGER
  • TRICIA ZAWHORDNYVIRGINIA MARKET MANAGER
  • AMANDA GOGGINNEW ENGLAND MARKET MANAGER
  • KATE JOHNSTONSALES DIRECTOR

Ministry of Whisky

  • KENDRA BAILEY MORRISWHISKY ENVOY
  • JOEY DOLINGERWHISKY ATTACHÉ
  • ANABEL AMOURWHISKY ATTACHÉ
  • JON DANSBYWHISKY ATTACHÉ
  • ALAN LAMBERTWHISKY ATTACHÉ
  • JOSEPH LEEWHISKY ATTACHÉ
  • ASHLEY CORLEYWHISKY ATTACHÉ
  • SAM LIGHTFOOTWHISKY ATTACHÉ
  • PAYTON OWENWHISKY ATTACHÉ
  • NADINE SLOCUMWHISKY ATTACHÉ