The Kentucky Distillers’ Association announced that Allison Delande has joined the historic non-profit trade group as its first-ever Director of Special Projects.

An events management, marketing and branding expert, Delande spent the past 20 years strategically developing, building and managing brands through multiple channels, including in-person experiences, web, marketing, advertising and fund-raising.

At the KDA, Delande will coordinate and elevate KDA-related events and initiatives, including the Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame, Order of the Writ, the Kentucky Bourbon Affair, KDA Annual Meeting, legislative receptions and other special projects and internal events.

Delande said she looks forward to using her talents to widen the impact of Kentucky Bourbon.

Delande comes to KDA from Minnick Media Inc., where she managed day-to-day operations, programming and experiential marketing for Fred Minnick’s growing business and brand.

Born near Toronto, Canada, Delande grew up in Cincinnati and received her bachelor’s in fine arts from Northern Kentucky University. After moving from Chicago to Louisville in 2007 with her family, she served as marketing and event coordinator for the Louisville Water Company, managed all aspects of the Louisville Certified Tourism Ambassador program, and worked with Bourbon Women Association.

She and her husband, Keith, have 16-year-old twins and live in Prospect.

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