In 2008, Corky Taylor retired to the beaches of Sarasota, Florida, following an illustrious career in business. An army brat who grew up in Hawaii, Corky was regaled in his youth with colorful tales of his great-grandfather, Henry Kraver, the self-made entrepreneur who founded the KY. Peerless Distilling Co. in Henderson, Kentucky. in 1889. Kraver shuttered the distillery on the eve of Prohibition, and it lay dormant for nearly 100 years. A collegiate golfer, Corky graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business from Murray State University and founded financial firm Bencor, Inc. in Louisville and remained at the helm for more than 20 years, before selling his thriving business and setting his sights on a simpler life. But Corky soon returned to Louisville, fueled by a desire to honor the legacy of Henry Kraver and resurrect the family business. Corky felt that when he bottled that 1st rye—the 1st in almost a century for our family—was one of the most rewarding moments of his life. Corky soon after purchased a historic building from the 1890s, in the heart of Louisville, and set about bringing Peerless back to life. His son Carson, a builder by trade, revitalized the building and transformed it into a state-of-the-art distillery. Meanwhile, Corky spent 18 months procuring Kraver’s original distilled spirits plant (DSP) #50, a testament to the 4th-generation entrepreneur’s fortitude.
For perspective, DSP #’s issued to new distilleries today is above 20,000. Corky proudly opened the doors to his modern-day Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company in 2015 under DSP 50.
Running the family business alongside his son has brought him untold gratification, yet he insists on the utmost caliber in every aspect of his distillery. As the sole proprietor of Peerless, Corky isn’t interested in cutting corners. Rather than purchase distilled spirits from another producer, he let his inaugural rye whiskey age in barrel for 2 years before selling a single bottle. For Corky, quality is paramount, and he’s deeply committed to producing only the finest rye and bourbon.
His passion for handcrafted quality is matched only by his dedication to his family. Peerless has remained in family hands for five generations, and the business is now bonded to stay in the family for at least five more generations.
Since Sept. 1984, Greg has served 35+ years with the Louisville Redbirds, Louisville RiverBats and now Louisville Bats. He has held roles as diverse as now Senior Vice President, Assistant General Manager, Marketing Director, Sponsorship Sales Director, Promotions Director, Sales Manager, Group Sales Manager, Redbirds Ticket Manager, Redbirds Public Address Announcer & Director of the 1991 & 2008 AAA All-Star Games held in Louisville.
During this time-frame, Greg even did a stint as the Louisville Riverfrogs Hockey Club’s Assistant General Manager & owner from May 1995 to May 1997. Prior to his career in professional sports, he was an Account Executive with the Xerox Corporation from 1983-1984.
In 1983, Greg received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Louisville, with a major in Marketing, is a 1978 graduate of Eastern High School in Middletown, KY.
Greg is married to his lovely high-school sweetheart Kelly, & they have 2 lovely twin children Erika & Anthony, & as of this interview, Erika is with the Cincinnati Reds, & Anthony is with HUMANA working as a Cyber Security Analyst.
As President of Texas Roadhouse, Inc., which owns & operates more than 575 restaurants in 49 states & 9 countries, Scott joined Texas Roadhouse in 2002 as the Chief Financial Officer and was promoted to President in 2011 and retired on June 20th, 2019. Before joining Texas Roadhouse, Scott was employed by YUM! Brands, Inc. & Burger King Corp. where he began his career in 1987. Scott earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia in 1986 & his MBA from the University of Miami in 1989. He serves or has served on a variety of non-profit boards throughout Louisville, including Leadership Louisville, Louisville Metro Police Foundation, & The Healing Place, which is a nationally recognized drug and alcohol addiction recovery program for men and women. Scott and his wife, Elena, reside in Louisville, Kentucky and have 2 sons, Chris, Nick, and a daughter Emily.
Joe Herron is a South African born beverage entrepreneur who has founded 3 beverage companies; Nutrisoda – sold to PepsiAmericas in 2006, Crispin Cider – sold to MillerCoors in 2012 & now Copper & Kings. All 3 companies have their roots in Louisville, Kentucky and he feels fortunate to finally be able to establish their first company actually based in Louisville.
His family has lived in South Africa, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Minneapolis & now call Louisville home where they reside in the Highlands neighborhood.
The Joe soundtrack features My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Houndmouth, Nick Cave, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Herbie Hancock, the Clash, the Jayhawks, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, Wilson Pickett, The Cherry Faced Lurchers, and Bright Blue. And the Spotify Discover playlist. And the Spotify Copper & Kings Playlist of the day. Not to mention Binge TV watching is a hobby – Game Of Thrones, Westworld, The Man In the High Tower, The Night Of, Stranger Things, The Wire, Mad Men, Deadwood, have had them up all night. Forest Gump makes us cry. Every time. Monty Python makes us laugh. Every time. The Coen brothers make us laugh & cry. Every time.
Joe is married to his partner Lesley and they have 2 children – Matthew & Georgia-May, a “Terrierist” – Milo, & Springer Spaniel – Parker. Both of whom believe that they are actually human, and the kids think that the dogs are better treated than they are.
Teddy Abrams is a widely acclaimed conductor, as well as an established pianist, clarinetist, & composer. As Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra & Music Director & Conductor of the Britt Classical Festival, Teddy also served as Resident Conductor of the MAV Symphony Orchestra in Budapest, which he first conducted in 2011. A tireless advocate for the power of music, he continues to foster interdisciplinary collaboration with organizations including the Louisville Ballet, the Center for Interfaith Relations, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Speed Art Museum, & the Folger Shakespeare Library. His extensive community outreach continues to reach new audiences & bring classical music into increasingly diverse communities.
Teddy’s previous seasons have included debuts at the Kennedy Center & with Colorado, North Carolina, & New Jersey Symphonies, as well as a return to the New World Symphony. Recent guest conducting highlights include engagements with the San Francisco, Houston, Vancouver, Phoenix, & Jacksonville Symphonies; Florida Orchestra; & Louisiana and New Mexico Philharmonics. He has enjoyed a longstanding relationship with the Indianapolis Symphony, & recently conducted them with Time for 3 for a special recording for PBS. Prior to these stints, he served as Assistant Conductor of the Detroit Symphony from 2012-2014.
From 2008 to 2011 Teddy was the Conducting Fellow & Assistant Conductor of the New World Symphony (NWS) & conducted many performances, including subscription concerts & numerous other full & chamber orchestra events. He has conducted the NWS in Miami Beach, Washington, D.C. & at Carnegie Hall, with a recent return to conduct the NWS on subscription with Joshua Bell as soloist.
An accomplished pianist & clarinetist, Teddy has appeared as a soloist with a # of orchestras—including play-conducting the Ravel Piano Concerto with the Jacksonville Symphony in Fall 2013—& has performed chamber music with the St. Petersburg String Quartet, Menahem Pressler, Gilbert Kalish, Time for Three, & John Adams, in addition to annual appearances at the Olympic Music Festival. Dedicated to exploring new & engaging ways to communicate with a diverse range of audiences, Teddy co-founded the 6h Floor Trio in 2008. Together, they founded & direct GardenMusic, the music festival of the world-renowned Fairchild Tropical Garden in Miami; they continue to tour regularly throughout the U.S.
Teddy studied conducting with Michael Tilson Thomas, Otto-Werner Mueller and Ford Lallerstedt at the Curtis Inst. of Music, & with David Zinman at the Aspen Music Festival; he was the youngest conducting student ever accepted at BOTH institutions! He is also an award-winning composer & a passionate educator – he has taught at numerous schools throughout the USA. His 2009 Education Concerts with the New World Symphony (featuring the world premiere of one of Teddy’s own orchestral works) were webcast to 100’s of schools throughout South Florida.
Teddy performed as a keyboardist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, won the 2007 Aspen Composition Contest, and was the Assistant Conductor of the YouTube Symphony at Carnegie Hall in 2009. He has held residencies at the La Mortella music festival in Ischia, Italy & at the American Academy in Berlin. He was a proud member of the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra for 7 seasons, & graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with a Bachelor of Music, having studied piano with Paul Hersh.