MEET THE TEAM
Richard Wolf, Managing Principal of Wolf Consulting LLC, specializes in the beverage alcohol and allied industries as consultant and international broker of bulk bourbon. He is an Advisory Board Member of the American Distilling Institute, whiskey judge for the American Distilling Institute and American Craft Spirits Association, a faculty member of Moonshine University, served as Chairman of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association and is a proud Kentucky Colonel.
As the former VP General Manager at Sazerac Co. (Buffalo Trace Distillery), a 150 year old, distilled spirits producer/importer, he was responsible for organizational transformation, strategic sourcing, and corporate development, which facilitated and contributed to a seven-fold growth in revenue in six years. As VP Operations for Cott Beverage, he opened a regional office in Dallas, led several acquisitions and re-engineered a $600 million business unit.
After serving four years in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Field Artillery Officer, Wolf’s beverage industry career began with PepsiCo, where he held various management positions of increasing responsibility in their mega-manufacturing facility in Los Angeles, California.
Wolf’s 30 years experience in the beverage industry has been broad and varied, to include mergers & acquisitions, business development, national account management, lean process re-engineering, supply chain optimization, new product development, systems implementation, green-field plant construction and union contract negotiation.
Wolf holds a B.A. in Philosophy from Cardinal Newman College, St. Louis, Missouri and an M.B.A from National University, San Diego, California.
Monica Wolf, Managing Partner of Wolf Consulting LLC, specializes in the beverage alcohol and allied industries as a consultant. She is an active member of the American Distilling Institute, the American Craft Spirits Association and Bourbon Women.
Monica attended Mount St. Mary's University where she received her B.S. in Business Management and her MBA. During her summers home in Kentucky, she interned at Buffalo Trace Distillery, learning about the bourbon business and the spirits industry.
After completing her degrees, Monica spent four years at Northrop Grumman Corporation in Baltimore, Maryland, where she spent two years in the Professional Development Program and two years as a financial analyst in the Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance group. She then took a senior financial analyst position in the Federal group at Deloitte Consulting in Arlington, Virginia.
Throughout her years in Baltimore and Arlington, Monica assisted her father Richard in the research and writing of business plans for craft distilleries, continuing her learning and growth in the spirits industry. She left Deloitte Consulting in November 2014 to follow her passions: bourbon and events. She relocated to Louisville, Kentucky and joined Richard with Wolf Consulting LLC where she assists in multiple areas of the business. She recently started an events company, Entrepreneurial Spirits LLC, that hosts tastings and corporate events at a venue in Butchertown as well as local craft distilleries.
Monica works at the spirits judging events and conventions for the American Distilling Institute and the American Craft Spirits Association. She assists in organizing over 600+ spirits entered, works with both the judges and back room staff and is currently planning the Consumer Tasting Event for the 2017 ACSA Convention in Nashville. She also enjoys serving members and their guests as the Bourbon Ambassador at Churchill Downs.