Bourbon Women welcomes new president Maggie Kimberl

Maggie Kimberl in barrel warehouse

The Bourbon Women Association is entering its second decade in style, celebrating with the announcement of a new president; spirits expert, speaker, journalist and American Whiskey Magazine’s very own content editor.

“Bourbon Women continues to grow, adding more members and branches across the United States,” said Heather Wibbels, Bourbon Women Association board chair. “We’re so excited to have Maggie on board to lead us in this next chapter.”

Maggie has curated her skill during the past decade in the Bourbon industry, from a starting point in the retail package sector, to seven years and counting of writing about the world of whiskey in publications such as Whisky Magazine, American Whiskey Magazine and The Alcohol Professor to name a few.

“It is an absolute honor to take the helm at this organization which has helped so many women discover their love for Kentucky’s native spirit and beyond,” Maggie said. “I can’t wait to get to know more of the members and welcome new ones as we celebrate our love of all things brown water. Especially during these difficult times, building a community of women supporting women for fun and fellowship has never been more important.”

Former managing director Sara Barnes has joined the Kentucky Distillers’ Association as their new director of industry responsibility and sustainability. “Sara’s supremely well-suited for this position,” Wibbels said. “We’ll miss her at Bourbon Women but we’re excited for this next step in her career.”

Barnes said she looks forward to working with Bourbon Women in her new role at the KDA. “The past few years working with Bourbon Women and its wonderful membership has helped strengthen this great industry,” she said. “I am delighted to pass the torch off to Maggie – she will bring so many great things to the association.” 

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