The Team

Meet the team at Willie’s Distillery.

Administration

Willie Blazer

Title: COO
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: CEO
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)

Leonard Malin

Title: CFO
Favorite Drink: Bighorn Bourbon on the rocks
Favorite song to drink to: House Rent Blues
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Creating a computer punch card data base for an Entomologist grad student 
What did you want to be when you were little: Fighter Pilot 

Brandi Lee Norman

Title: Administrative Assistant
Favorite Drink: Bloody Mary with Montana Moonshine
Favorite song to drink to: Beer For My Horses – Toby Keith & Willie Nelson
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Horse show announcer
What did you want to be when you were little: A nurse

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

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

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

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.

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

Kyra Lukomski

Title: Bottling Assistant 
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Cat Adoption Specialist
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: Move to Africa and live amongst the elephants 
3 words to describe working at Willie’s: Lots of fun!

Wyatt Simcox

Title: Production Assistant
Favorite drink: Honey Moonshine on the rocks
Favorite song to drink to: Africa by Toto
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Vegetable Farmer on a corn crew

Josh Foti

Title: Bottling Assistant 
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Parking lot attendant, you see lots of strange things. 
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: Park Ranger 
Favorite song to drink to: Truckin’ – Grateful Dead

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

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

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

Shayla Williams

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

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


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