(Thompsonville, MI) – Iron Fish Distillery, Michigan’s first and only small-batch farm distillery, is pleased to announce the recent growth of its team with two new internal hires to the family owned enterprise. “We continue to experience growth as we drive forward with our efforts to build a lasting legacy on a farm first founded in 1887 then abandoned over ten years until Iron Fish reimagined it into the working landscape” stated David Wallace, co-owner. “Our vision, values and the amazing embrace of Iron Fish by our customers creates the conditions for our farm and agricultural end destination to attract great people and I’m delighted to welcome our latest team members into their new roles.” added Heidi Bolger, co-owner and Director of Human Resources.
Iron Fish takes much pride in hiring these key positions within the company, as we strive to create a long term growth culture for our staff.
Dominique Gentle | Retail Operations Director
For the past 3 years Dominique has been an invaluable member and leader of our tasting room and bar team. Her deep experience and understanding of the craft beverage and hospitality industry and her passion around creating memorable experiences for guests has been a game changer, influencing the Iron Fish Farm and Distillery end destination experience for visitors and guests. Her business degree and solid leadership skills will position her to take our retail operations to a new level. In her new role she’ll be responsible for day-to-day retail operations encompassing beverages, food, retail products and most importantly the customer experience. Her duties will include continuous improvement; overseeing recruitment and training of new retail employees while maintaining budgets and strong team culture.
Taylor Salonen | Event Sales and Coordinator Lead
Taylor has been an integral part of the tasting room team since 2016. She came to Iron Fish with a passion for the hospitality industry, and a bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. Her education, combined with her interpersonal skills, experience with events, attention to detail and strong work ethic make her well suited to lead efforts to grow our end destination farm and distillery.
Taylor will be responsible for managing events, coordinating tour offerings and launching a new whiskey barrel club program. She will oversee events at our historic barn venue, where corporate events, weddings, family gatherings, concerts and community gatherings are expected to be ramped up in 2021 and beyond.
About Iron Fish
Iron Fish Distillery is Michigan’s first working farm, growing and sourcing local grain to distill a full line of small-batch craft spirits on a reclaimed 1890’s farmstead. Iron Fish does this from the ground up with practices that respect the health of nearby watersheds. Inspired by the Steelhead Trout that journey each year to their origin in the nearby Betsie River, Iron Fish is returning spirit to its origin using heritage methods of distilling on an environmentally third party verified farm growing non GMO grain. Every step of the process is done by hand at the distillery.