WhiskyFest Chicago Speaker Gregor Mina
Glenmorangie and Ardbeg
Gregor has over ten years beverage industry experience working across the Scotch, Beer, Liqueurs & Spirits sectors. Gregor and his family are very excited about making Chicago their new home as they leave Scotland and he begins a new chapter in his career with Moet Hennessy. In particular Gregor is thrilled to be working with two superb single malt whisky brands in Glenmorangie and Ardbeg, for which he has a particular affinity.
Gregor was born in Lanarkshire, raised in Fife, but spent a significant period in Drumochter in the Scottish Highlands at the family holiday home. He was educated firstly at Dollar Academy before graduating from The University of Edinburgh with a BSc in Psychology in 2000.
Following University Gregor began his career in the drinks industry as the Brand Ambassador for Hoegaarden and Leffe Belgian beers, before being promoted to Senior Brand Ambassador for Stella Artois, helping reposition and premiumise the brand in the UK.
Following this Gregor made the move into drinks marketing and in 2007 began working as Marketing Manager for Belhaven Best, the No.1 ale in Scotland, initiating the sponsorship of the Scottish Rugby Team.
In 2009 Gregor was offered the role of Trade Marketing Manager with Maxxium responsible for the Spirits Portfolio UK in the Off-Premise. Whilst the economic background at the time was challenging, Gregor found the experience very motivating.
In 2010 Gregor was asked to lead the Malt Whisky Portfolio UK and promoted to Senior Brand Manager accountable for The Macallan, Laphroaig, Highland Park, The Glenrothes, Ardmore and Teacher’s brands. This varied portfolio was very challenging but drove Gregor’s passion and expertise of Scotch even further.
Gregor is thrilled to now be part of the Glenmorangie and Ardbeg team in the USA and completely focused on driving these two respected Scotch brands across the Central Region.
He is married to an Ohioan who is delighted to be moving back to the Mid-West bringing with them their 3 children. Gregor hopes to combine his other passion, Marathon running, with his new found enthusiasm for golf.