Chief Executive Officer and President of MGP
David Bratcher is Chief Executive Officer and President of MGP, a role he assumed on January 1, 2024. He also has been a member of the Company’s board of directors since January 1, 2024. Mr. Bratcher served as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer from July 2021 to December 2023 and President of Branded Spirits since MGP’s merger with Luxco, Inc. in April 2021 to December 2023.
Prior to the Luxco merger, Mr. Bratcher served in several leadership roles at Luxco since his hire in 1998 as Director of Operations. He most recently served as President of Luxco, from 2013 until the April 2021 merger with Luxco.
Before joining Luxco, Mr. Bratcher served in financial and operational roles for a number of consumer product companies, including serving five years as Controller and then Director of Operations for the international spirits company Allied Domecq, the second-largest spirits company in the world at the time.
Mr. Bratcher received his bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from the University of the Ozarks. He earned his master’s degree in business administration and his doctorate in management and business administration from Webster University.
Vice President of Finance and CFO
Brandon Gall is Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of MGP, and has served in this role since April 2019. In this role, Mr. Gall oversees the Company’s accounting, business development, financial planning and analysis, treasury, investor relations, and tax functions. Mr. Gall joined the Company in 2012 and has advanced through a steady progression of leadership roles, including Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, Director of Supply Chain Finance, Director of Business Development, and Corporate Controller.
Prior to joining MGP, Mr. Gall worked at Errand Solutions, Chicago as director of finance and human resources. From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Gall served at Credit Suisse Securities in various analyst and associate roles and earned numerous securities licenses including the Series 7, Series 63 and Series 66 licenses.
Mr. Gall holds a bachelor’s degree of business administration from Miami University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago. He is also a certified public accountant.
Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer
Amel Pasagic is Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer of MGP, a role he has held since January 2024. In this role, Mr. Pasagic leads all commercial, strategic, and innovation activities for the Company’s Branded Spirits, Distilling Solutions, and Ingredient Solutions businesses and has responsibility for the Company’s business intelligence strategy. Mr. Pasagic served as the Company’s Chief Information Officer from July 2021 to January 2024. He joined the Company as Vice President, Information Technology in April 2021, at the time of MGP’s merger with Luxco, Inc.
Prior to the Luxco merger, Mr. Pasagic served in a variety of IT leadership roles with increasing responsibility during his 10 years with Luxco. Before joining Luxco, Mr. Pasagic held a variety of consulting roles across multiple business lines within healthcare, manufacturing, and financial services while working for Alliance Systems and Programming.
Mr. Pasagic received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in computer science from Webster University.
Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary
Curtis Landherr is Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary at MGP, where he has led the legal department since joining the Company in October 2022.
In his over 25 years as a lawyer, Mr. Landherr has had a wide-ranging career. Prior to joining MGP, he served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Cirrus Aircraft from August 2014 until October 2022, where he created, managed, and grew the company’s first internal legal department. Prior to this role, he served as Vice President, General Counsel USA of Corbion (formerly named CSM) from June 20211 to August 2014. Prior to joining Corbion, Mr. Landherr spent seven years at Garmin, where he provided broad-based legal support for the Nasdaq 100 public company.
Mr. Landherr has been an active contributor to the corporate legal profession and served as the President of the Mid-America Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel in 2007. He also is active in the community. Mr. Landherr proudly served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Kansas City for five years, including a term as Board President, before moving to Duluth. In 2020, he completed three years’ service as a board member of the Zeitgeist Foundation in Duluth.
Mr. Landherr earned a bachelor of science degree from Northwest Missouri State University and a law degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law.
Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Erika Lapish is Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of MGP, with responsibility for human resources strategy and implementation Company-wide, and has served in this role since February 2023. She joined MGP as Vice President, Human Resources, in May 2021.
Ms. Lapish has more than 20 years of experience in global HR management at manufacturing and healthcare organizations. Most recently, she was Vice President of Human Resources for R1 RCM – Central Operations from February 2018 to May 2021. She held a similar role with Benteler Automotive from January 2015 to February 2018, after serving as Director of Employee Relations and Talent Management at Masco Corporation. Prior to this, she spent ten years with United Technologies Corporation in roles of increasing responsibility across their Military and Commercial segments, with both domestic and international leadership assignments.
Ms. Lapish is an Emerging Leader Graduate of the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia. She attended Michigan State University, where she received a master of science degree in Labor and Industrial Relations, Human Resources and a bachelor of science in Business and Environmental Studies.
Vice President of Ingredient Solutions Sales and R&D
Michael Buttshaw has served as Vice President of Ingredients Sales and Marketing at MGP since December 2014. He previously spent four years as Vice President of Sales for the ingredient group at Southeastern Mills, Inc., Rome, Georgia. Just prior to that, Mr. Buttshaw was Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Penford Food Ingredients, Centennial, Colorado. This followed two years as Vice President of Sales and Business Development—specialty enzymes for DSM Food Specialties, Parsippany, New Jersey. From 1985 to 2008, Mr. Buttshaw was employed with Hormel Foods Corporation, Austin, Minnesota. He began there as a process engineer in quality assurance and later served in a series of technical and management positions at various locations in the U.S. In 1999, he was promoted to National Sales and Marketing Manager for Hormel's specialty products division.
Mr. Buttshaw is an active member of key industry and professional organizations, including the Institute of Food Technologists and Research Chef's Association. He received a bachelor of arts degree in education with an emphasis in mathematics from Gustavas Adolphus College, St. Peter, Minnesota, in 1985, and a MMI in management and marketing from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management, Minneapolis, in 2002. He also completed executive training at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management in Chicago.
Vice President of Distilling Solutions Sales
Matt Krusemark assumed his current role as Vice President of Distilling Solutions Sales in January 2023.
Mr. Krusemark is well-versed in all aspects of the company’s alcohol business. He joined MGP in 2005 as an inside sales and customer service representative and was promoted in 2010 to Inside Sales Manager for food grade and industrial alcohol. When the company acquired the historic former Seagram’s distillery in Lawrenceburg, Indiana in 2011, Mr. Krusemark added brown spirits sales to his responsibilities and was named Alcohol Sales Manager. He was promoted to Alcohol Sales Director in 2021.
Mr. Krusemark received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Kansas State University in 2004 and an MBA
Vice President of Branded Spirits Sales
Ryan Earey is Vice President of Branded Spirits Sales at MGP Ingredients. He joined the company with the April 2021 acquisition of Luxco, Inc., where he served as Vice President of National Sales, beginning in 2017.
In more than 15 years with Luxco, Mr. Earey held sales positions of increasing responsibility. He was National Sales Manager, including responsibility for sales to Control States, from 2014 to 2017. This followed more than eight years as Division Manager covering the Mid-Atlantic and Eastern Control States.
Before joining Luxco, Mr. Earey was a District Manager at Blue Ridge Wholesale, spending three years as part of the E. & J. Gallo Sales Training/Leadership Development Program.
He received a communications degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was a 3-year letterman in baseball and was eventually selected by the San Diego Padres in the 6th round of the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft.
Vice President of Marketing
Fletcher Buchman is Vice President of Marketing at MGP Ingredients. He joined the company with the April 2021 acquisition of Luxco, Inc., where he served as Marketing Director beginning in 2018. Mr. Buchman assumed his new role leading marketing for MGP’s Branded Spirits, Sourced Alcohol and Ingredient Solutions segments in October 2021.
As Marketing Director, Mr. Buchman oversaw the entire Luxco portfolio of brands including Ezra Brooks, Rebel, Yellowstone, El Mayor, Everclear Grain Alcohol, Saint Brendan’s and The Quiet Man Irish Whiskey. He was recruited in 2014 as Brand Manager to lead strategic development and execution of brand positioning and communication for Luxco’s whiskey brands. In that role, he launched 13 brands.
Prior, he spent more than a decade with Anheuser-Busch InBev, beginning in the Field Media Group as an account executive managing local media buying for Anheuser-Busch wholesalers in Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia. He later was promoted to manager of media planning, working directly with brand marketing teams, and then promoted to manager of national print and digital media for the Anheuser-Busch portfolio in North America. Ultimately, he was promoted to associate brand manager for the Shock Top brand.
Before his work in the beverage alcohol industry, Mr. Buchman was a media planner and buyer for corporate and political clients. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maryland in College Park.
Vice President of Production and Engineering
Steve Glaser has served as Vice President of Production and Engineering at MGP since October 2015. He possesses over 30 years of executive leadership and senior operations experience. Mr. Glaser joined MGP as Plant Manager of the Company’s Atchison, Kansas facility in 2011, and served as Corporate Director of Operations since 2014. Just prior to coming to MGP, he served for three years as President and CEO of Briggs Industries, Charleston, South Carolina, a leading, multi-site international kitchen and bath products business and subsidiary of Ceramicas Industriales S.A., Santiago, Chile. That followed three years as Vice President of operations for the Company.
Mr. Glaser received a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, in 1983. The following year, he earned a master of science degree in industrial engineering at Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. He also holds a master of science degree in electrical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California.