Christy Trout Van Tatenhove, Special Counsel to Kentucky’s Speaker of the House, received the seventh annual “Lois Mateus Networking Award” this week in honor of her distinguished contributions to Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and spirits industry.
Bourbon Women President Kerri Richardson and KDA President Eric Gregory commended Van Tatenhove for her exceptional commitment to promoting and elevating Kentucky’s iconic Bourbon and distilled spirits industry.
Richardson said that the Bourbon industry is indebted to Van Tatenhove for her skilled and savvy work in modernizing Kentucky’s archaic laws and Prohibition-era regulations governing the spirits business.
“She saw the barriers to an equitable playing field for Kentucky’s Bourbon industry and made it her mission to tear them down,” Richardson said. “Her guidance and advocacy helped our distilling businesses grow and serve consumers around the world.”
“One day soon, when you’ve had a delicious bottle shipped directly to your home, raise a glass to Christy.”
The award is named for Lois Mateus, retired Senior Vice President of Brown-Forman, Inc., and the first woman ever to serve on the KDA Board. Her two-year term in 1992 paved the way for other women in high-ranking roles throughout Kentucky’s signature Bourbon industry.
The award is given annually by Bourbon Women in conjunction with the KDA based on the following criteria for a woman who has: Excelled in her profession by continuously building key relationships to contribute to the growth in her respective industry
Broken through barriers to grow her career
Contributed to the community through service and philanthropy
Increased exposure for other women to grow their networking and career opportunities
Developed creative partnerships and strategic alliances to further the growth of her respective industry
Become a role model for female professionalism
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