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Longtime KFB governmental affairs specialist Alvey joins Kentucky Distillers’ Association

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced that Bryan Alvey, a respected governmental affairs specialist with more than 15 years’ experience in legislative advocacy, has joined the organization as Senior Director of Governmental and External Affairs.

Alvey, 45, comes to the KDA from the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, where he has been Director of Local Affairs and Policy Development since 2001, as well as Chairman of the KBF Employee Community Service Committee.

A native of Leitchfield in Grayson County, Alvey is a combat veteran who has served the United States Army in three wartime operations. He was stationed in Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm I; at Fort Campbell, Ky., during Noble Eagle III after 9/11; and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Bryan Alvey (Photo Provided)

Alvey was in charge of Force Protection for Camp Cropper, a forward operating base in Iraq, and served as unit intelligence liaison while there, earning a Bronze Star Medal for his meritorious service. He retired from the military in 2009 while serving as an Artillery Platoon Sergeant.

He is a 1996 graduate of Western Kentucky University with a degree in government and geography, specializing in environmental management, and received his Master’s in Public Administration from American Military University in 2010.

“We are thrilled to add a distinguished leader of Bryan’s caliber to direct our governmental and regulatory affairs programs,” KDA President Eric Gregory said. “His reputation lobbying the Kentucky General Assembly is impeccable, and we are impressed with his passion, authentic personality, tireless work ethic and of course, his service to our country.”

Alvey, who grew up on a family farm, also brings a key agricultural perspective through his years of work with the venerated Kentucky Farm Bureau organization. “There’s probably not a corner of Kentucky that he hasn’t touched,” Gregory said.

“We’re honored to welcome him to our expert team and growing distilling family.”

Alvey will start Sept. 5. His e-mail address will be bryan@kybourbon.com.

Alvey said he looked forward to building upon the KDA’s legislative success and noted that distilling runs in his family. His mother’s family is from Nelson County – the Bourbon Capital of the World – and his grandmother worked for years at Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown.

“This is an incredible opportunity to join a thriving industry that contributes so much to the Commonwealth,” Alvey said. “The KDA has made tremendous strides in the last few years to modernize Kentucky’s archaic alcohol laws, but there’s still much to be done.

“It’s an exciting time to be in the Kentucky Bourbon business, and I’m ready to get to work.”

Alvey will be responsible for managing and directing the KDA’s public affairs initiatives at all levels of government and strengthening Kentucky’s rightful title as the one, true and authentic home for Bourbon and distilled spirits. He will be based at KDA headquarters in Frankfort.

He and his wife, Sandy, reside in Goshen, Ky., with their daughter, Lena.

Founded in 1880, the KDA is the state’s voice for Bourbon and spirits issues. Its diverse membership produces 95 percent of the world’s Bourbon, from legendary, global brands to emerging micro distilleries that are building the next generation of the timeless craft.

Kentucky Bourbon is one of the Commonwealth’s most historic and treasured industries, a booming $8.5 billion economic engine that generates as many as 17,500 jobs with an annual payroll topping $800 million, and pours $825 million into tax coffers each year.

The KDA this year unveiled a University of Louisville study that shows the industry is in the middle of a $1.2 billion building boom. There are now 52 distilleries in the Commonwealth and 6.8 million barrels of aging Bourbon – both modern records.

The KDA’s famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail and Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour also made history last year, with tourists recording a record one million stops at 20 participating distilleries. The booming attraction has increased attendance by 300 percent in the last 10 years.

Visit www.kybourbon.com and www.kybourbontrail.com to learn more.

From Kentucky Distillers’ Association

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