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: Rooster
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Special Forces
What did you want to be when you were little: Chuck Norris
3 words to describe working at Willies: Whiskey is smooth

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.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: A lawyer, then in the Peace Corps, then a food and travel writer, (I still want to be that last one)

Jerry Rogge

Title: General Manager
Favorite drink: Bighorn Blackberry Old Fashioned
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Burke’s Canoe’s on the Russian River – shuttling canoes
Three words to describe working at Willie’s: Opposite of Prohibition

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
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: 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
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: Pro Athlete

Grady Pearce

Title: Distiller
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Geophysicist
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: 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

William “Buzz” Montalvo

Title: Distiller
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Special Forces
What did you want to be when you were little: A Ranger
Favorite song to drink to: Catfish Blues by Gary Clark Jr.

Shanna Mae Swanson

Title: Bottling Manager

Favorite drink at Willie’s: Jalapeno/Pineapple Moonshine Margarita or Bighorn Bourbon with Ginger Beer & lime
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Photographing the  President of the United States in Yellowstone
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: A teacher and a World Traveler

Debbie Simcox

Title: Whiskey Wear – Production Manager
Favorite drink: Coffee Cream Liqueur on the rocks
Favorite song to drink to: Right Where I Need to Be by Gary Allen
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Rodeo Announcer

Sales

Casey Mitchell

Title: National Sales Manager
Favorite drink: “The Vaquero”, a shot of Montana Moonshine with a Mexican beer back
Favorite song to drink to: I Ain’t Drunk by Whitey Morgan and the 78’s
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: A Teacher

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”
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: G.I. Joe

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
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: National Geographic Photographer

Scott “Ray” Johnson

Title: Territory Sales Manager – Eastern Montana
Favorite drink at Willie’s: Snowcrest on the rocks with a slice of orange
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Ski/Snowboard Rentals (in a place 4 hours away from ANY mountain)
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: Helicopter Pilot – Still do

Paul Crean

Title: Territory Sales Manager – Southwest Montana 
Favorite drink at Willie’s: Old Fashioned
Favorite song to drink to: One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: Paul Revere/Horseback rider

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
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: 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
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: Happy!

Marsha Acree

Title: Tasting Room Ambassador
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Working for a Gastroenterologist
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: A Southern Princess
Three words to describe working at Willie’s: So Much Fun!!

Quincey Johnson

4Title: Tasting Room Ambassador
Favorite drink at Willie’s: Montana Mule
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Collecting salamanders for research
Favorite song to drink to: Gin & Juice

Dulcie Clark

Title: Tasting Room Ambassador
Favorite song to drink to: Have a Drink on Me by AC/DC
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Worked at a group home for severely handicapped individuals. Loved it. Was so rewarding.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: Child Psychologist

Liz Shull

Title: Tasting Room Ambassador
Favorite drink at Willie’s: Montana Honey Moonshine Ol’ Fashion
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Rhino Doctor in Uganda
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: A garbage truck driver

Nicole Griffis

Title: Tasting Room Ambassador
Favorite drink at Willie’s: Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: Famous Barrel Racer
Three words to describe working at Willie’s: So much fun!


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