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)

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: Production Assistant
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.

Parker Dolphin

Title: Assistant Distiller
Favorite drink at Willie’s: Bighorn Bourbon Neat
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: US Army
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: Tall

Jessica Jackson

Title: Bottling Manager
Favorite drink at Willie’s: Key Lime Pie & Blackberry Bliss
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: A Stockbroker
Favorite song to drink to: Friendship by Chris Stapleton

Shanna Mae Swanson

Title: Bottling Assistant

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

Joy Kendall

Title: Montana Sales
Favorite song to drink to: anything country but I still love the 80’s tunes
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: 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
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: 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
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

Title: 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

Okoree Post-Peyralans

Title: Tasting Room Ambassador
Favorite drink at Willie’s: Key Lime Pie with Montana Moonshine
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Product testing inner tubes on the Columbia River. I got paid to float!
Favorite song to drink to: Old No 7 by Devil Makes Three

Shay Colyer

Title: Tasting Room Ambassador
Favorite drink at Willie’s: Spicy Moonshine Margarita
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Zoekeeper
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: Veterinarian 


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