The Michigan Craft Distillers Association (MCDA) has named its 2020 Board of Directors:
- President: Jon O’Connor — Co-Owner of Long Road Distillers, Grand Rapids
- Vice President: JP Jerome — Founder / Distiller of Detroit City Distillery, Detroit
- Treasurer: Nancie Oxley — Vice President-Winemaking at St. Julian Winery & Distillery, Paw Paw
- Secretary: Richard Anderson — Co-Owner at Iron Fish Distillery, Thompsonville
- Director: Jim Storey — Licensing & Community Outreach Advisor at New Holland Brewing & Artisan Spirits, Holland / Grand Rapids
Anderson was elected to his second term on the board, while Oxley was elected to her first two-year term; Jerome was appointed by the board to fill a vacancy left by the resignation of Rick Wyble in late 2019 which will expire at the end of 2020. O’Connor and Storey are serving the second year of their respective terms.
The Michigan Craft Distillers Association was formed in October 2104 as a non-profit organization charged with marketing the individual member businesses, their products and events, but also help bring a voice for the industry when it comes to legislative issues that affect the overall beverage industry.
MCDA currently represents 30 craft distilleries with nearly 50 unique tasting room locations around the state, as well as a handful of distillery in-planning members and nearly 30 allied members providing goods and services. Michigan’s craft distilling industry is growing at a rapid pace – ranking #9 in the nation in terms of overall number of distilleries according to annual data compiled by the American Craft Spirits Association.