• Executive Spotlight

  • Our Executive Spotlight feature gives us the opportunity to highlight some of the wonderful business people that work at our member organizations. We hope these posts will help our community to learn more about the people working at Addison County businesses, as well as the variety of career paths that brought them to where they are today.


  • Jeff Kozak, WhistlePig Whiskey

  • Jeff Kozak is the Chief Executive Officer of WhistlePig Whiskey, the most decorated premium rye whiskey in the US which is distributed in 50 states and 8 countries internationally. Following a career as a commodity trader Jeff entered the consumer beverage space and held senior roles with Beam Suntory and Diageo for over 15 years that helped prepare him for the emerging craft spirits world. Jeff joined WhistlePig in 2013 as the CFO/COO was instrumental in building out the sales force and physical infrastructure before becoming the CEO in 2018.  Born and raised in Canada, Jeff received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Manitoba and holds a Certified Professional Accountant designation. While not working, Jeff spends time with his family in the wilds of Vermont enjoying everything the outdoors has to offer.

    WhistlePig Whiskey, founded in 2008, is the premier aged rye whiskey, featuring the bold and often untapped flavor of rye. WhistlePig is leading a surge of innovation in the emerging field of North American whiskey. As the most decorated rye whiskey – having received the coveted ‘Best in Show Whiskey’ title from the 2017 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, WhistlePig is widely viewed as the world's finest Rye. With the opening of its distillery on its 500-acre Vermont farm in the fall of 2015, WhistlePig has also become one of the leading farm-to-bottle rye whiskeys in the world.

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