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Former City Official to Head Chattanooga Whiskey
Chattanooga Whiskey co-founders Joe Ledbetter and Tim Piersant announced Tuesday that Andrew Kean has joined the company as President of Chattanooga Whiskey Co. and the Tennessee Stillhouse.
Kean comes most recently from a position as Chief Operating Officer of the City of Chattanooga. Prior to his recruitment by the city, he served as President and COO of See Rock City, Inc., where he oversaw operations, finances, strategic planning, and culture development.
“Andrew’s high level of structure and organizational skills, coupled with a strong understanding of operations, are what made him successful at Rock City and then again as the COO of the city of Chattanooga,” co-founder Tim Piersant said. “Andrew is young and extremely talented, we are both excited and humbled that Kean will be taking this leadership position in our company and believe he will be key in the long term success of the Tennessee Stillhouse.”
Kean, who official starts Dec. 2, said, "This opportunity puts me squarely on the front lines of building a business: cultivating a strong culture, developing leaders and a strong team, and designing a successful strategy around excellent brands and products. I’m excited to join a small group of extremely talented people, putting our different skills together, and continuing to build another success story for our city.”
Plans for the Tennessee Stillhouse, home of Chattanooga Whiskey Co., were recently unveiled which announced the distillery location to be at the corner of 4th and Broad Street in the heart of Downtown Chattanooga. The company is expecting a 6 million dollar development, which will employ more than 25 people when they open the doors in Fall of 2014.
Former City Official to Head Chattanooga Whiskey
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