WE MAKE CRAFT SPIRITS. AND ONLY CRAFT SPIRITS.
Woody Creek Distillers is owned by Mary and Pat Scanlan and Mark Kleckner. After years pursuing their own careers, these three longtime friends came together to create a line of spirits whose quality is a lasting legacy for their community, families and friends. Woody Creek Distillers is proud to use produce grown on their family farm and the farms of their neighbors.
Mary Scanlan, CEO
Mary, with her husband Pat and their two kids, call Woody Creek, Colorado home. A longtime small business owner in Basalt, Mary also contributes her time and energy to several nonprofit organizations in the Aspen Valley. At Woody Creek Distillers, Mary oversees architecture, design, retail and tasting room operations, as well as marketing and events.
MARK KLECKNER, CFO / COO
A Colorado native, Mark left the Centennial State decades ago to work in the defense business, eventually working in mergers and acquisitions, helping close half-billion-dollar deals. But after years in his Washington, D.C. office, Kleckner realized his dream was to return to the Colorado mountains and build something from scratch. After teaming up with friends Pat and Mary Scanlan, that dream became Woody Creek Distillers.
PAT SCANLAN, FOUNDER / PARTNER
In another life, Pat was a missile and space network engineer for Lockheed Martin and IBM, with clients such as NORAD, U.S. Space Command and Air Force Missiles and Space with advanced Top Secret Security Clearance. His wife Mary brought him to Woody Creek more than a decade ago. Pat owned and ran a liquor store in Basalt, Colorado, where he began wading into the work it would take to become America’s top distiller.
DAVID MATTHEWS, HEAD DISTILLER, VP OF OPERATIONS
David began his business career as a trader with Bank of America in Manhattan. After ten years, David exchanged in his Wall Street career for the pastoral life of a hazelnut farmer in the South of France, before taking on another adventure — circumventing the globe as a crewmember aboard the tall ship, Picton Castle. He has studied distilling and spirits around the world before finding himself managing the stills at Woody Creek Distillers.
KEITH HEMEON, VP OF SALES
Keith Hemeon, a veteran of wine and spirits sales in the Aspen and Roaring Fork Valley, joined Woody Creek Distillers as Vice President of Sales in May 2013. Hemeon won both on- and off-premises Salesman of the Year at Southern Wine and Spirits Distributors (Colorado) in 2009 and 2011. After almost a decade with the distributor, Hemeon’s understanding of both the independent sales force and the elements needed for a rising brand such as Woody Creek Distillers made him the optimal choice for the sales executive.
Tracey Snow, Tasting Room Manager, Event Coordinator
Tracey brings over 25 years of experience in the hospitality industry with various front of the house positions including management, corporate trainer, server and bartender. She studied sustainable cuisine at Colorado Mountain College, and enjoys creating unique cocktails made with Woody Creek Distillers spirits. As tasting room manager, Tracey provides a warm and inviting space for guests to learn about the distilling process, as well as sample the world-class spirits and specialty cocktails.
SEAN KENYON, NATIONAL BRAND AMBASSADOR
Proprietor/bartender at Williams & Graham, Sean Kenyon was literally born to be behind a bar and always wanted to be a bartender. A third generation barman, his grandfather, mother and father have been pub owners and bartenders in New Jersey since the 1930s. He first stepped behind the bar at the young age of sixteen and has never left. Over the course of his 29-year bartending career, Sean has managed bars and cocktail programs in New Jersey, Texas and Colorado. In 2011, he realized a lifelong dream and opened Williams & Graham in Denver, CO. In 2013 & 2014 the bar was nominated for a James Beard award for the nation’s outstanding beverage program. In 2015 Williams & Gra
Where we make it is as important as how we make it.
We know that growing and sourcing our produce locally, not only makes for the best ingredients, it’s also good for the environment. We are dedicated to protecting and enhancing the natural resources of Woody Creek. Our distillery is a low-emissions facility, using the most efficient distillation technology available. The waste from our raw products goes back to the Scanlan family farm in Woody Creek as compost, or to local ranches as livestock feed.