The Team

Meet the team at Willie’s Distillery.

Administration

Willie Blazer

Title: Cofounder/Owner
Favorite Drink: Bighorn Bourbon on the rocks
Favorite song to drink to:
Most unusual job you’ve ever had:
What did you want to be when you were little:
3 words to describe working at Willies:

Robin Blazer

Title: Cofounder/ Owner
Favorite drink: Chokecherry Mimosa, with real Champagne
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Archived photos and organized slides for the National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration (NOAA). It was mostly of whales.
What did you want to be when you were little: A lawyer, then in the Peace Corps, then a food and travel writer, (I still want to be that last one)

Les Terrell

Title: Director of Operations
Favorite song to drink to: “Poncho and Lefty” – Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Selling office supplies door to door
What did you want to be when you were little: A Country Western Singer…..actually I wanted to be Glenn Campbell

Kristie Vessey

Title: Accountant/HR
Favorite drink: Bee Sting, with extra sting! (Willie’s Honey Moonshine and San Pellagrino Limonata)
Favorite song to drink to: Dave Stamey “The Circle”
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Canning crab in Alaska

Denie Amberson

Title: Customer Service/Events Coordination/PR/Office Management
Favorite drink: LEP (Lower Ennis Proper) Bighorn Bourbon, lemonade and simple syrup
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: OB Assistant
What did you want to be when you were little: A lawyer…..I argue well!

Production

Terry Barsness

Title: Head Distiller, Production Manager
Favorite song to drink to: Jawgaboyz
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Pool Boy
What did you want to be when you were little: Pro Athlete

Jaymie Young

Title: Distiller
Favorite song to drink to: Punk Rock, especially Face to Face
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Head donut flipper
3 words to describe working at Willie’s: Super fun, totally awesome, most excellent

Grady Pearce

Title: Distiller
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Geophysicist
What did you want to be when you were little: A hockey player
3 words to describe working at Willie’s: Hot, humid and whiskey

Danny Callahan

Title: Production Assistant
Favorite drink: Bighorn Bourbon neat
Favorite song to drink to: Anything by Willie, Waylon, Merle or George Strait
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Gas station attendant during 1974 Arab oil embargo

Kelsey Hubner

Title: Production Associate
Favorite song to drink to: Weakness by Wade Montgomery
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Stagecoach Driver
What did you want to be when you were little: “I always wanted to be a cowgirl”

Sales

Patrick Griffith

Title: Montana Sales Manager
Favorite drink: Sweet Tempered Mule – Willie’s Honey Moonshine, ginger beer and lime
Favorite song to drink to: Sublime “Bad Fish”
What did you want to be when you were little: G.I. Joe

Mark Noble

Title: Director, Out of State Development
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: General hand at a funeral home
What did you want to be when you were little: A stunt man-the next Evil Knievel
3 words to describe working at Willie’s: fun, challenging, entertaining

Joy Kendall

Title: Montana Sales
Favorite song to drink to: anything country but I still love the 80’s tunes
What did you want to be when you were little: a Dallas Cowboys cheerleader or a Charlie’s Angel
3 words to describe working for Willie’s: Best.Job.Ever

Brenda Boys

Title: Montana Sales
Favorite drink at Willie’s: The Rye, 100%
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Whirl-a-Whip attendant at Pyramid Pizza, Manhattan, Kansas
What did you want to be when you were little: National Geographic Photographer

Tasting Room

Tori Williams

Title: Tasting Room Manager
Favorite song to drink to: Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Hair model for a couple of weekends
What did you want to be when you were little: Zoo Keeper

Debbi Reed

Title: Tasting Room Assistant Manager
Favorite song to drink to: Have a drink on me – AC/DC
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Portrayed a living, life size Barbie for a weekend for Mattel
What did you want to be when you were little: Happy!

Miranda Mushrush

Title: Tasting Room Ambassador
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Picking dandelions from a pasture
What did you want to be when you were little: A Police Officer 
Three words to describe working at Willie’s: Exciting, Awesome, Fun


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