FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that industry veteran Sara Barnes has joined the non-profit trade group as Director of Industry Responsibility and Sustainability.
Barnes comes to the KDA from the Bourbon Women Association where she spent two years as Managing Director. She previously served for four years at Boone County Distilling Co. as Marketing and Events Coordinator and guided many public relations, responsibility, marketing, and other duties.
A South Carolina native, Barnes is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, an Executive Bourbon Steward through the Stave & Thief Society, trained in responsibility measures through STAR, TIPS, and ServSafe, and a member of the KDA DEI Advisory Panel.
The KDA created the position in 2016 to strengthen the industry’s significant commitment to social responsibility and sustainability through collective action. Barnes also will coordinate educational and workforce development opportunities in partnership with Kentucky higher education institutions.