2023 Program Recognition

Meet our 2023 Interns, Mentors, DSPs, and Wholesaler!

2023 Participating Interns

Amy Salter

2023 Intern

Amy has been in the restaurant industry since graduating from Le Cordon Bleu in 2007. Her experience includes everything from managing a pizzeria owned and operated by people with hearing loss to consulting with several restaurants and breweries.

Ashley Grayson

2023 Intern

A Cicerone Certified Beer Server and Certified Tourism Ambassador, Ashley has been in the hospitality business for 15 years. The Ohio-based based bartender’s affinity for designing and developing menus and signature cocktails led her to STEPUP.

2023 Participating Mentors

Darci Stuhlman

2023 Mentor
Darci Stuhlman’s career started in a restaurant and ultimately took her on a journey into the world of distilleries that landed her at Copper & Kings Distillery, where she drove marketing and sales strategies, client relations, and recruiting. She is passionate about diversity, empowerment, and inclusion, which is her focus in her current role at TKT & Associates — a leading provider of diversity management, innovative workforce, and outsourcing solutions.

Nicole Shriner

2023 Mentor

Nicole Shriner brings a unique combination of education and hands-on industry experience with a Doctor of Philosophy in Chemical Engineering and track record of working with brewery and distillery producers. As a current owner of consulting company Effervescent Solutions in Lansing, MI, she continues to focus on fostering quality and growth in the fermented beverage industry. Her achievements include completing the Master Brewer Program at Siebel Institute of Technology, as well as receiving a grant from the Michigan Craft Beverage Council to fund the start-up of a fermented beverage analysis lab at Michigan State University.

2023 Participating Distilleries

Sagamore Spirit Distillery

2023 Participating Distillery

Baltimore, MD

Serving as the program’s host distillery for 2023, Sagamore Spirit is driven to craft the world’s best Rye Whiskey. As a champion of American Rye Whiskey and inspired by Maryland Rye, its mission is to establish Sagamore Spirit as the premier distiller of the modern American spirit. Sagamore Spirit’s grain-to-glass process ensures that every single product made establishes a legacy of excellence while strengthening its collective communities. Sagamore’s award-winning, five-acre waterfront distillery is located in the Baltimore Peninsula neighborhood of Baltimore, Maryland.

New Riff Distilling

2023 Participating Distillery

Newport, KY

Located a stone’s throw from downtown Cincinnati in Newport, KY, New Riff Distilling was founded in 2014. The independent & family-owned distillery is “A New Riff On An Old Tradition.” Focused on Bourbon and Rye Whiskey, New Riff balances traditions like sour-mash Kentucky whiskey-making with inventive riffs on process, design, and recipes, including one of the most robust single-barrel programs in the industry. New Riff’s mission is simple, to one day be counted as one of the great small distilleries of the world.

Glacier Distilling

2023 Participating Distillery

Coram, MT

Glacier Distilling Company was conceived during a snowstorm; In the Montana ethos of preparedness and self-reliance in the winter of 2009/10, a group of friends gathered around the fireplace wondering where they would get their whiskey come Armageddon. As a result, one of them started a distillery. Glacier Distilling Company first released an un-aged rye whiskey that could be produced and sold in a matter of months, instead of years. North Fork, Bad Rock Rye, and Wheatfish soon followed and as the saying goes, the rest is history.  

Diageo, North America

2023 Participating Distillery, Cornerstone Partner

Multiple Locales, U.S.

Diageo North America is the leading premium drinks business and one of the best-performing CPGs across the United States and Canada.
Our success is built on a rich heritage, from a centuries-old bourbon recipe to aged Mexican tequilas and classic Caribbean spiced rum. Every day, our more than 2,600 people across North America proudly claim ownership for shaping Diageo North America’s future and playing an essential role in our brands’ success – proud custodians of Bulleit, Don Julio, Captain Morgan and many more iconic brands. This commitment, from US Spirits to Diageo Beer Company USA to Diageo Canada, has helped make North America Diageo’s largest market.

2023 Participating Distributor

Republic National Distributing Company

2023 Participating Distributor

Multiple Locales, U.S.

As a top wine and spirits distributor in the nation, Republic National Distributing Company’s (RNDC) national reach helps suppliers by building strategic relationships with on- and off-premise customers to elevate their brands and reach their target consumers. RNDC currently operates in the District of Columbia and 37 states across the United States, with the expected addition of the New York market in 2022.  

2023 Participating Educational Partners

Industrial Safety and Training Services, Inc. 

2023 Participating Educational Partner

Remote Forklift & Ergonomic Safety Training

ISTS specializes in U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Occupational Safety & Health, U.S. Department of Transportation and National Fire Protection Association required classes for Employees and Emergency Responders. All courses meet and exceed Federal Guidelines. Specialized courses can be developed to meet the unique needs of your organization.

Keystone Partners

2023 Participating Educational Partner

Remote Career Coaching & Training

For the last 40 years, organizations have relied on Keystone Partners to achieve their goals by helping their talent advance their careers. We support the organization and individuals within it across a broad range of industries, in virtually every function and at every level, with broad yet deep competencies in: Leadership Development, Outplacement Services, Executive Services, Career Management.

2023 Photo Gallery

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