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Eric Gregory
Worked at Kentucky Distillers' Association
Attended University of Kentucky
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President, Kentucky Distillers' Association
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  • Kentucky Distillers' Association
    President, 2008
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So many Bourbons, so little time.
Introduction
Eric Gregory, President of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, is a veteran communicator with more than 25 years of experience in governmental affairs, marketing, journalism and strategic public relations.

As KDA President, Gregory oversees all aspects of the 132-year-old association that promotes, protects and represents the Commonwealth’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry, including the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail® tour.

Kentucky’s historic distilleries produce 95 percent of the world’s Bourbon, a rich heritage that dates back more than 200 years. Today, Bourbon is “America’s Official Native Spirit,” a leading export and a popular symbol of Kentucky craftsmanship and tradition.

Gregory joined the KDA in 2008 after seven years as Governmental Affairs Manager at East Kentucky Power Cooperative. He previously served as Vice President of Public Affairs for Preston-Osborne, a prominent Lexington public relations, marketing and research firm.

A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Gregory began his career as an award-winning journalist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. He also served as a reporter and editor at the Honolulu Advertiser, and has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize.

Gregory is a native of Henderson, Ky. He and his wife, Ellen, live in Midway, Ky., with their three children.

And if you ask about his favorite Bourbon, his response will always be, “Kentucky Bourbon.”

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Former journalist/public relations executive/political consultant/lobbyist now in his dream job as president of the Kentucky Distillers' Association.
Education
  • University of Kentucky
    Communications/Journalism, 1985 - 1994