Jeffrey A. McKenzie Helps Expand Louisville’s Prominence in the Distillery Industry
Jeffrey A. McKenzie, chair of the Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP Mergers and Acquisitions Team and co-chair of the Beverage Alcohol Team, has had his hand in several Louisville Main Street projects recently. The common thread among all them being a Kentucky staple: bourbon.
Back in 2010, McKenzie pitched the idea of bourbon-related Main Street tourism to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, who was then a mayoral candidate.
"Density was my battle cry," McKenzie said. "My original saying to the mayor and others was 'Slugger to Slugger.' We need to keep it between Slugger Field (to the east) and the (Louisville) Slugger bat museum (on West Main Street). Once you've established that, it can blow up and be all around the city."
Since then, McKenzie has used his background in administrative law, architecture and real estate to help boost the distillery industry in Louisville. He has assisted numerous distilling companies in acquiring building spaces and production facilities, as well as navigating state and federal licensing and historical tax credits. You can learn more about the ‘Bourbon Row’ project by watching our “Bourbon Revival: Louisville Means Business” video below .
Of the expansion McKenzie says, "I think it really is an opportunity to change Louisville for the better ... to be the Napa Valley of bourbon, to be a destination."
McKenzie currently serves as president of The Bourbon Society, an association of bourbon enthusiasts and bourbon industry leaders. He recently sent a letter on behalf of the Society to President Obama and Senator Mitch McConnell in the hopes of rekindling the “Bourbon Summit.”