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Christy Pope

In her role as Marketing Manager, Christy Pope is responsible for translating the company’s business objectives across its existing portfolio of products and future expressions into marketing strategies that drive revenue. She also oversees Cooper Spirit’s National Tasting Program, assists with customer inquiries, executes national trade events and on premise programming, develops sales team training materials, and more.

Pope is widely recognized by her peers as a leader in the cocktail industry. She started her journey in New York City at vanguard bars, Milk & Honey and Little Branch. Under the direction of Sasha Petraske, Pope helped cultivate the distinct image, standards, techniques, and cocktail repertoire that catapulted the bar into the spotlight.

 

In 2006, Pope co-founded Cuffs & Buttons with partner Chad Solomon, pioneering the niche “beverage only” cocktail catering industry in NYC. Over the last 14-years, Pope and Solomon have traversed the globe, mixing up libations at high-profile events, crafting beverage programs and training bartenders across North America, Europe and Asia for clients such as Fairmont Hotels, Sofitel Hotels, Viceroy Hotels, Consilient Hospitality, and Headington Hospitality groups.

 

In 2014, Pope and Solomon set their sights on Dallas to create Midnight Rambler at The Joule Dallas, a premiere, craft cocktail salon located in the hotel’s basement, serving conceptual neo-classical cocktails employing modernist techniques and technology, like the Pho-King Champ, Shark Fishing With Machine Guns, and Savory Hunter, among others. Midnight Rambler was named “Hotel Bar of the Year” 2019 by Night Club & Bar magazine, a “Top 4” nominee for the second year in a row as “Best American Hotel Bar” by Tales of the Cocktail Foundation, amongst many other local and national accolades.

 

Prior to joining the Cooper Spirits team, Pope and Solomon worked with Rob Cooper to develop Hochstadter’s Slow & Low Rock & Rye, as well as Laird & Co on its bottling of Jersey Lightning. They developed and executed the inaugural Art of Mixing academy for Hennesey, and the Jersey Lightning Strike tour for Laird & Co. Cuffs & Buttons has partnered with lifestyle brands like Coca-Cola to create modernist drinks utilizing the beverage company’s key brands, crafted cocktails and executed events for The Masters Golf Tournament at Augusta National Country Club, The Tour Championship for the PGA, and the launch of Magnum Ice Cream in the U.S. with fashion icon, Karl Lagerfeld.

Individually, Pope has worked as a featured mixologist for Swanson broths and for lifestyle brand Home Goods for three consecutive seasons. She also completed her third trade mission with the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States promoting American Whiskey in South Africa, after previous trips to Brussels and South Korea.

Pope has been a presenter at Tales of the Cocktail, Star Chefs, San Antonio Cocktail Conference, and VIBE. She has also been featured in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Food & Wine Magazine, Imbibe Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and Playboy, among many other publications. In 2012, Pope and partner Chad Solomon were featured on the CBS Sunday Morning Show with Charles Osgood, where they created the CBS Sunday Morning Cocktail, specially commissioned

by the show.

Sherrie Moore

Sherrie Moore is a 35-year veteran of the Tennessee whiskey industry, having spent 31 of those years making her way through the ranks and  holding several titles, including Director and Assistant Vice President, at one of the world’s most well-known whiskey giants. Following a
brief retirement, Moore made the decision to return to the whiskey world, bringing her immense knowledge and experience of Tennessee whiskey to the Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey team in January 2017 as Director of Whiskey Operations, where she develops, leads, and  oversees the creation of its award-winning whiskeys from start to finish.
Moore worked closely with the great-grandson of Nearest Green, Uncle Nearest’s namesake, at Jack Daniel’s Distillery for more than 25 years where she learned the footprint Nearest left on the whiskey industry. When she heard that co-founders Fawn and Keith Weaver were creating a whiskey brand to honor Green, she couldn't say no to the opportunity to be a part of the legacy.


As Director of Whiskey Production, Moore wears several hats, including supervising the selection and dumping of barrels, and the whiskey maturation process. She also currently
oversees the design and building of Uncle Nearest’s new distillery, barrel warehousing and bottling facility that will open in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Moore is a mother of three adult sons and a true Tennessean through and through, having lived and worked her whole life within a 30-mile radius of Shelbyville, TN, where she currently
resides. She is the great-granddaughter of Miss Mary Bobo, founder of Lynchburg, Tennessee's famous boarding house, and the great-great niece of Lem Motlow, former owner of Jack Daniel’s. Moore holds a Bachelor of Science with an emphasis in Chemistry from

Middle Tennessee State University.

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Becky Harris

Wine, grains, berries, it matters not. If there is a fruit, vegetable, tuber with starch or sugar in it, you can bet that Becky Harris will try to distill it. 

 

A chemical engineer turned chief distiller of Catoctin Creek Distilling Co., The Virginia Rye Whisky ℠, Becky graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She worked at companies like Amoco, YDK America, and CIBA, specializing in industrial processes and production systems before her husband, Catoctin Creek co-founder and general manager, Scott, brought the idea of opening a distillery to her in 2009.   

 

Scott wrote the business plan, Becky applied her knowledge to something she was passionate about, and today they locally source and hand-craft Virginia’s most awarded whisky, Roundstone Rye, along with rye-based

gin and brandy.

 

As the current President of the American Craft Spirits Association (ACSA) Board of Directors, Becky proudly encourages new whiskey drinkers–especially women–to trust their own sense of taste.

 

In her mind, authenticity comes from a rootedness in the entire process of the product from grain to glass. It comes from a commitment to consistency and quality, and a passion for promoting excellence in ingredients and methods. Sustainable, vibrant businesses can thrive when customers value diversity and regionalism in flavor – her hope is to continue to be a part of building that community and forwarding the conversation.

Amber Woods

Amber Woods is one of the founding members of the experimental cocktail club-Women Who Whiskey. Her initial role was as the resident Whiskey Gastronomist, focusing on Whiskey & food pairing as well creating unique savory food recipes with Whiskey. She currently serves as the V.P. of Event Planning & Partnerships for the NYC chapter. When not imbibing in delicious whiskey expressions, she works in Medical Device Sales & loves hanging out with her new

hubby & puppy!

Dani Smith

Marketing Manager, Samson & Surrey

Moderator:
Hilary Barnes

Attorney, Christopher & Taylor Law Offices

Co-Founder & Chief Legal Officer, Hotel Tango Distillery