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The Kentucky Distillers’ Association (KDA) tells BourbonBlog.com today that John Rhea of Four Roses Distillery has been named Chairman of the historic group that promotes and protects the Commonwealth’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry, including the world-famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour.

BourbonBlog.com is proud to do great work with KDA for the Bourbon industry and we’re including some videos below which feature us following KDA everywhere from Kentucky to Washington, D.C.

John Rhea Kentucky Distillers' Association

John Rhea

John Rhea, who is Chief Operating Officer at Four Roses in Lawrenceburg, will serve through December 2011. The KDA Board of Directors selected officers during its annual meeting recently in Louisville.

“Our industry, and our Association, is built on decades of tradition, collaboration and cooperation in achieving success,” Rhea tells BourbonBlog.com. “We look forward to strengthening those ties and bonds in the coming year, securing the integrity of our signature industry and expanding our resources to ensure the worldwide appreciation of Kentucky Bourbon.”

The Board also appointed Jeff Conder, Vice President of Americas Operations at Beam Global Spirits & Wine in Clermont, as Vice Chairman, and Tom Krekeler, Vice President of Product Supply Chain in North America for Campari Group, as Secretary-Treasurer.

Other Board members for 2011 include:

Brown-Forman: Chris Morris, Master Distiller
Diageo North America: Andrea Wilson, Director of Distillation and Maturing Spirit
Heaven Hill Distilleries, Inc.: David Hobbs, Vice President-Plant Manager

Seven Kentucky bourbon distilleries travel to Washington, DC to present a “Walk Along the Bourbon Trail” reception for guests of the Bluegrass Ball hosted by the Kentucky Society of Washington. BourbonBlog.com interviews Eric Gregory, President of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association in January of 2009 in the video below.

In the video below, BourbonBlog.com‘s Tom Fischer interviews Eric Gregory of KDA during The Bourbon Chase at Maker’s Mark Distillery in September 2010.

The KDA, founded in 1880, includes Beam Global Spirits & Wine (Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark); Brown-Forman; Diageo North America; Four Roses; Heaven Hill and Wild Turkey.

The Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour features six legendary distilleries, each offering a unique and educational experience on the art and craft of Bourbon-making: Four Roses, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Maker’s Mark, Wild Turkey and Woodford Reserve.

Jeff Conder Kentucky Distillers' Association

Jeff Conder

Tom Krekeler

Tom Krekeler

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