The KBBG was founded by a local Lexingtonian entrepreneur, Mr. Robert Beatty. During a summer 2018 tour that Mr. Beatty conducted to three distilleries and a museum in Bardstown KY, the conversation arose about African American and multicultural influence in the industry pre-prohibition. Through many conversations with industry gurus, history buffs and other bourbon societies, the decision was made to form an organization that will educate minority consumers about the spirit and properly acknowledge all of the ethnic groups that contributed to the robust industry it is today.


  1. Mike Adams
    Mike Adams
    KBBG Vice President; Commercial Banking Officer; Executive Bourbon Steward
  2. Jomo Thompsom
    Jomo Thompsom
    KBBG Board Member; University of Kentucky Head Cheer Coach; Co-Owner The Burl
  3. Ieasha Allen
    Ieasha Allen
    KBBG Board Member; Digital Marketer; Entrepreneur; Bourbon Enthusiast
  4. William Henderson
    William Henderson
    KBBG Treasurer, President; America Unlimited Services, Owner; American Professional Cleaning
The Kentucky Black Bourbon Guild Board of Directors is currently comprised of 7 members whose appreciation for the complexity and richness of bourbon culture brought them together to form an organization that seeks to spread the appreciation of bourbon one glass and one event at a time.
Board of Directors:
  • Rob Beatty 
  • Mike Adams 
  • Salvador Sanchez
  • Gathan Borden
  • Jomo Thompson
  • Ieasha Allen
  • William Henderson

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