THE DISTIJL TEAM
Walter W. Zausch, CEO & Founder
Walter started and designed Distijl to blend his passion for Kentucky Bourbon with his experience in technology and customer experience. "The Bourbon industry is rife with potential for innovation and disruption, and Distijl is developing opportunities to be the thought-leader in that effort."
Prior to starting Distijl, Walter spent 15 years in technology with Apple, Microsoft, and MakeTime, a tech-enabled manufacturing startup in Kentucky.
He is the founder of Launch Louisville, a non-profit entrepreneurial community in downtown Louisville with 100+ members and growing.
Walter is an Executive Bourbon Steward, an alumnus of Moonshine University, and has a professional degree in architecture from the University of Kentucky. Walter is married, with 2 sons. He loves live music, and is an avid Kentucky Basketball fan (his alma-mater).
McCallister Cox, Technology & Communications
"I was born and raised in the land of fast horses and fried chicken. I am proud to be an alumni of Trinity High School." McCallister has been with Distijl nearly since it's inception, when he met Walter at Apple. Currently, McCallister is pursuing a degree in Communications at Bellarmine University. He's responsible for customer communications, data systems, sensor development, and supporting general technology needs for Distijl.
He also serves as the resident Dungeon Master for Distijl.
Greg Franklin, Sales & Product, Bourbon Sommelier
Greg brings extensive knowledge and experience to Distijl with all things related to spirits, specifically Bourbons and Whiskeys. He has served in the hospitality industry for years advising and educating his customers. Greg has hand-selected some incredible barrel picks in all the major heritage distilleries in Kentucky, and has served as a Bourbon Sommelier, advising restaurants, bars, and other venues in their spirits offerings. Greg is an avid Lou City soccer fan, and player.
Ben Jackey, Marketing & PR
Ben brings more than two decades of marketing, communications, public relations, and television journalism experience to Distijl. He is a three-time regional NATAS Emmy Award winner. He’s also won a bunch of other awards that don’t look as shiny on his bookshelf.
When he’s not downing bourbon, he hosts celebrity red carpets for numerous glitzy parties…but then finishes off with bourbon.
Owen Powell, Spirits Consultant
Owen Powell is a seasoned veteran in the independent Whiskey and Bourbon community. Having started the largest international secondary market Facebook group (BSM: 50K+ members), Owen knows what drives customer engagement and interest in the industry. A voice for the educated consumer, he started the largest Bourbon community in Louisville Kentucky (Louisville Bourbon Hounds: 4800+ members).
Most recently, Owen has resurrected and launched the Bourbon brand Fern Creek where he sources premium Kentucky Bourbon from heritage distilleries.
Joe Wright, Bourbon Consigliere
Joe Wright is passionate about all things Kentucky and comes with extensive legal experience. Combine those, and it seems only appropriate that he would take an interest in supporting and advising Distijl. Joe has more than 18 years of legal experience in the energy derivatives and commodities sector, and currently serves as the Executive VP and General Counsel of OTC Global Holdings.
Joe holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky School of Law. Go Cats!