Highland Festival Grounds | September 19 - 22, 2024

Jessica-Ann Adkins

Meet Jessica Ann, a Kentucky native and bourbon insider with a strong understanding of the power of hospitality and its relationship to business operations and planning. With a high degree of professionalism and the ability to connect with all types of people, she possesses a successful background in both social work and the whiskey industry. In 2017, she traded in her casework for cask work and transitioned into coordinating private bourbon tours for Pegasus Transportation Company, where she designed custom tours for 100,000 people visiting the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

She also gained valuable experience working as the executive assistant to spirits critic and author Fred Minnick. Currently, she works for the French-based company H&A Barrel Management, which offers financial, removal, and rental services for barrels. Jessica specializes in oak sustainability and serves as the North American Secondary Barrel Sales Representative. Her expertise lies in facilitating the movement of used wine casks for bourbon and spirits finishing. Known as a friend to the bourbon industry and a respected consultant and connector.