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Executive bios

Martin D. Ustin, Principal

Martin D. Ustin, principal, having earned degrees in engineering and law, has over 40 years of experience in product and production design, manufacturing, marketing, sales, distribution and the practice of law. Ustin has served local government service as an appointed deputy mayor and as an elected official. Over the years, he has bought, sold, and started businesses of his own. In the spirits industry he has held management positions with responsibility for national and international sales, federal and state regulatory registration, compliance, financial development, Foreign Trade Zone registration and status, and other regulatory matters, in addition to operations, including manufacturing, logistics, and purchasing. Ustin is the holder of eight patents.

Gwyn Hardister, Executive Consultant

Gwyn Hardister, Executive Consultant of Charles Town Premium Spirits (CTPS), LLC, has over 25 years of domestic and international experience in marketing, sales training, research and management, distribution development and management, product research and development, manufacturing, corporate development, mergers and acquisitions, and relationship management. Some of those companies include Johnson and Johnson, Behringer-Manheim, American Hospital Supply, American Dade, Baxter, Omniglow Corporation, Avon, Renault, British American Tobacco, Tesco, Sainsbury, Associated Dairies ( ASDA), Department of Defense, NATO, Ministry of Defense (UK), French Foreign Legion, Nico Pyrotechnica, GlaxoSmithKlein, among others.

Hardister’s product development and sales marketing experience includes chemical and LED lighting, glass, plastics, spirit and non-spirit beverages, safety, military, micro-electronics, specialty textiles, munitions, novelty, food, confections, entertainment, medical devices, and cosmetics. Notably, as president and CEO of a southeastern based $50 million real estate firm, Hardister was instrumental in the marketing and sales efforts that led to the firm being named the fastest growing real estate company in the United States by INC Magazine in 2000. Hardister is listed in the Who’s Who in American Business.

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