Quentin Witherspoon, Co-Founder
Fifth generation north Texan, Quentin Witherspoon, joined the Marines after high school and began a military career that would allow him to travel the world. While in Central Africa, Quentin began distilling spirits, using basic water distillation equipment. When he returned to Charleston, South Carolina, he met other local distillers and immersed himself in the world of Appalachian moonshining. Eventually, his heart and dream of opening a distillery brought him back to his roots in north Texas.
Quentin resides in Flower Mound, TX with his wife, Michelle, and children Kathryn and Ryan. When he can find the time, he enjoys the art of beekeeping and the occasional hunting or fishing excursion.
Natasha DeHart, Co-Founder
Natasha oversees the distillery’s revenue, business development and customer operations at the distillery. She brings over 15 years of sales and leadership experience to the company. Prior to the distillery, she lived and worked in Munich, Germany. It was in Germany that she and her husband, Ryan, developed a taste for travel and fine beer.
Outside of distillery business, she enjoys homebrewing, traveling and spending time with her family. She lives with her husband, two young sons and baby girl in Old Town Lewisville, Texas.
Ryan DeHart, Co-Founder
Ryan brings over 20 years combined professional and leadership experience to Witherspoon Distillery, including seven years as a US Marine. It was during his time with the Marines in Charleston, SC that he served with and became friends with Quentin. They reconnected in 2011 when they discovered they were both living in the DFW area and had a shared interest in creating handcrafted adult beverages (brewing for Ryan, distilling for Quentin). And as they say, the rest is history.
Ryan holds an MBA from Duke University and is happily married to Natasha (CRO).
Chris Leurig, Head Distiller
Joining the team in 2013 as an intern, Chris quickly became an integral part of distillery operations and joined full-time upon graduation from University of New Mexico. From fermenting and running the stills to bringing technology and innovation to the distillery, Chris is always busy thinking of the next best thing.
In his free time, Chris supports FC Dallas, the local craft beer industry and is an avid snowboarder. If you’re fortunate enough to snag a copy of the 2017 North Texas Beerds Calendar, supporting wonderful causes including the National MS Society and other children’s charities, you may recognize this guy as the cover model.
Anna Hartsock, Bar Manager
Anna joined the WD team in September 2015. With her, she brings over 18 years of service industry experience. Her passion is in mixology and creating craft cocktails for her fans to enjoy, which makes her a perfect fit for Witherspoon Distillery and our handcrafted spirits.
When not behind the bar, Anna enjoys getting to as many concerts as possible, riding her motorcycle and hanging out with her teenage daughter.
Mark Davis, Production Engineer
Mark is the Witherspoon Distillery jack of all trades. Joining in the spring of 2016, he keeps very busy repairing existing equipment, building new equipment and generally taking care of whatever needs to be done to keep production running full-speed. And most recently, Mark has started learning the art of making whiskey.
Mark stays just as busy outside of the distillery. With two teenage boys, his side-gig as a Scoutmaster for Boy Scouts, farm animals to care for, a never-ending honey-do list and a honey that he adores, this guy never slows down.
Emma Kahn, Office Assistant & Tour Guide
Joining the team in October 2016, Emma is taking over many administrative duties, as well as guiding tours and being one of our resident whiskey experts. Her decision to work at Witherspoon Distillery stems from a *slight* obsession with whiskey, which was developed after spending a semester abroad in Scotland.
Outside of whiskey and the distillery, Emma enjoys boxing, reading, live music, and is an avid pro-hockey fan.
Steven Arnold, Production Assistant
Joining the team in October 2016, Steven is helping to keep everything under our roof in working order. His super positive attitude and hard work ethic have made him an instant fit with the team. And the whiskey and pleasant company were what brought him to us.
After work, Steven enjoys bass fishing and is an avid Chicago Cubs fan.