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)

Annaliese Smail

Title: Office Manager/ Accountant 
Favorite Drink: Honey Moonshine on the rocks. 
Favorite song to drink to: Oxygen by Dirty Heads
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Law Enforcement Officer- Forest Service 
What did you want to be when you were little: Professional Wake Boarder 

Tyler Frings

Title: Administrative Assistant 
Favorite Drink: Big Horn Bourbon on the rocks. 
Favorite song to drink to: Big Poppa – Notorious BIG
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Protecting turtle egg nests throughout Florida beaches. 
What did you want to be when you were little: Like my dad, flying helicopters in the Army. 

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

Arch Livezey

Title: Production Assistant
Favorite drink: Huckleberry Cream Liqueur on Ice Cream
Favorite song to drink to: Love Song by Jimmy Buffett 
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: Cubs Shortstop 

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

Eric Westfall

Title: Production Assistant
Favorite song to drink to: Drinkin Bone – Tracy Byrd 
Most unusual job ever had: University Research for Neo-Anal Sphincter Creation
What did you want to be when you grew up: Paleontologist

Shanna Mae Swanson

Title: Bottling Manager

Favorite drink at Willie’s: Willie’s Rye Manhattan 
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

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!

Sharon Mead

Title: Bottling Assistant 
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Bottling Department at Willie’s Distillery
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: Rich & Famous
Favorite Drink at Willie’s: Cherry Limeade!

Allison Bettendorf

Title: Bottling Assistant 
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Probation Officer for Female Youth Offenders
Favorite Song to Drink to: S.O.B by Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Three words to describe working at Willie’s: Curiouser and Curiouser… 

Sheila Storch

Title: Bottling Assistant 
Favorite Drink at Willie’s: Chokecherry Manhattan
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Newspaper Reporter 
Three words to describe working at Willie’s: The Best Ever!

Ted Storch

Title: Bottling Assistant 
Favorite song to drink to: Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon Album 
Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Crew member – Top Fuel Dragster 
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: Firefighter 

Sales

Jerry Rogge

Title: National Sales Manager / Operations Manager 
Favorite drink at Willie’s: Willie’s Rye Old Fashion

Favorite song to drink to: Country Road- John Denver

Most unusual job you’ve ever had: Life in general is a pretty weird job… 

 

Josh Foti

Title: Non-Spirit Division Sales Manager 
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

Patrick Griffith

Title: Sales Manager – Montana 
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: Territory Sales – Flathead Valley 
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

Luke McFarren

Title: Territory Sales – Eastern Montana 
Favorite drink at Willie’s: Bourbon on the Rocks
Most unusual job: Scale Attendant at a grain elevator 
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: Army Soldier 

Paul Crean

Title: Territory Sales – 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/Bridal modeling 
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  

Jody Post

Title: Tasting Room Ambassador
Favorite drink at Willie’s: Montana Mule
Favorite Song to Drink to: Wagon Wheel
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: Singer/ Song Writer

Tess Williams

Title: Tasting Room Ambassador
Favorite drink at Willie’s: Ramped up Coffee
Favorite Song to Drink to: “I’ve got you Under my Skin” Frank Sinatra 
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up: Professional Musician 


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