LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Bardstown Bourbon Company (BBCo), the largest new distillery in America, has announced the appointment of Colonel (Ret.) Mark W. Erwin to its Board of Directors. Erwin is the president of Karakoram Group, an independent risk advisory firm, and previously served 25 years in the U.S. Army.
“We are honored to have Colonel Mark Erwin join the Bardstown Bourbon Company Board,”said Peter Loftin, chairman of BBCo. “Markis an outstanding and highly accomplished business and military leader. His decades of leadership in the United States Army’s Special Operations Command, followed by his successful commercial career with both public and private companies, bring a huge amount of experience to our team and our company as we continue to grow rapidly. We will benefit greatly from his leadership, judgment, and guidance.”
Erwin currently serves as president of the Karakoram Group, an international risk advisory firm, which provides strategic consulting to Fortune 500 companies. He previously served as an Independent Board Director of Heritage Oil Plc, an independent upstream exploration and production company listed on the London Stock Exchange. Erwin served for 25 years in the United States Army, culminating his career as the chief of Staff of the United States Army Special Operations Command, which oversees all Special Forces Operations of the U.S. Army, where he oversaw a budget in excess of $1.5 billion and coordinated a headquarters staff of more than 1,000 employees. He commanded at every level of the United States Army’s most elite Special Mission Unit from Captain to Colonel and was deployed numerous times to Afghanistan, Iraq, and other countries throughout the Middle East and Africa.
Erwin’s appointment expands the BBCo Board to five directors, including Peter Loftin, founder and chairman of BBCo; John Mack, prior chairman & CEO of Morgan Stanley;David Mandell, founder and president & CEO of BBCo; and Jeff Hopmayer, managing partner of the Brindiamo Group.