Curt Richardson is the Founder of Old Elk Distillery, Founder, Chairman, and Chief Visionary Officer of Otter Products, LLC, and Co-Founder and Chairman of Blue Ocean Enterprises, Inc. In these roles, he discovers, creates, and leads innovation, culture, and investment initiatives. To support Curt’s entrepreneurial spirit, he founded Blue Ocean in 2011 to help activate promising business ideas, strategically invest in commercial real estate, and support our local community. Stemming from his passion to build legacy brands and make innovative, quality products, Curt started Old Elk Distillery in 2013. Today, Curt continues his entrepreneurial journey by growing high-potential companies and collaborating with emerging business leaders.
Luis Gonzalez CEO
As CEO Of Old Elk Distillery, Luis Gonzalez is responsible for company visions, growth and planning initiatives, and developing distribution and brand strategies. With over a decade of leadership experience, Luis is extremely proficient at building strategic customer relationships and driving profitable brand expansion. Servant leadership is an important priority for Luis, and he embodies a selfless approach to business and leadership. He believes sincerity is a core element of employee and customer relationships, and is committed to winning industry sales and optimizing growth with integrity.
GREG METZE Master Distiller
Greg Metze became Old Elk Distillery’s Master Distiller following a 38-year career at Seagram’s Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, one of the world’s largest distilleries. During this time, he specialized in developing bourbon whiskeys, rye whiskeys, exotic whiskeys, batch light whiskeys, gin, and vodka. Throughout his career, Greg has leveraged his technical background and acquired knowledge of distillery practices to produce products that customers appreciate. As Master Distiller for Old Elk, he shares his passion and experience with others by leading the distilling team and practicing the fine art of producing premium distilled spirits.
KATE DOUGLAS Head Distiller
As Old Elk Distillery’s Head Distiller, Kate Douglas manages the day-to-day distilling operations, including the signature slow reduction process and sensory program. While she studies under the leadership of Greg Metze, Douglas is also pursuing her diploma in Distilling from the Institute of Brewing and Distilling in the U.K. and serves on the Colorado Distillers Guild board.