President & Managing Director
Sam leads ImpEx’s operations and public relations, which includes handling product selection and sales, marketing strategy and execution, global and domestic trade policy and transport, press and social media.
As part of Sam’s sales work, he has spearheaded ImpEx’s revolutionary exclusive casks program. He also coordinates ImpEx’s participation in exciting events such as Whiskies of the World, Highland Games, WhiskyFest and Jewbilee, WhiskyLive to name a few. Sam has developed ImpEx’s relationships with prominent and dedicated figures in the industry such as the world’s leading whisky writers and reviewers. Today, you can find the company’s Brands featured on virtually all major industry websites and blogs.
Sam’s career in the beverage industry began two decades ago when he started distribution company in California that sells products from virtually every beverage alcohol category. You can catch Sam at whisky events in his home state of California, chatting with whisky enthusiasts or on the interwebs spreading news, knowledge and passion about the wonderful world of whisky!
District Manager, Western Region
As ImpEx Beverages Western Sales Manager, Chris’ expertise lies not only in whisky as a product and symbol of Scottish culture and heritage, but he has also proven to be gifted in sales, marketing and business operations, from specialty exclusive accounts to large scale region-wide programs. In addition to his role at ImpEx, Chris is Whisky Expert for the United Scottish Society of Southern California, the founder of the Southern California Whiskey Club and he volunteers as the Whisky Curator for the Daily Pint in Santa Monica, LA Weekly’s Whisky Bar of the Year 2013. With 14 years of experience in the spirits industry under his belt, Chris is affectionately known as the Whisky Red Head or Whisky Ginger, and you can find him traveling throughout the West Coast educating retailers, bartenders and consumers about the process of making and drinking fine whisky – ImpEx Brands and beyond.
District Manager, Mid Atlantic Region
Jared has been in the wine and spirits industry for over thirteen years. He has managed fine wine and whisky shops, worked as a sales rep and sales manager for a wholesale distributor, and now joins Impex for the next step in his career. He has held numerous positions in the wine and spirits industry and has a unique knowledge of all sides of the business. Jared has a passion and enthusiasm for all wine and spirits in general, but his true love is Scotch. He has conducted hundreds of seminars and tastings throughout the years, and has founded or belongs to many different organizations who meet regularly to taste, evaluate, and discuss all aspects of the whisky industry.
Regional Sales Executive
A true whisky aficionado, Joshua Hatton brings to the table an ability to inspire and get people excited about whisky. In Joshua’s whisky reviews (which can be read here), there is an unbridled passion. Engage Joshua in a conversation about whisky and you’ll instantly see that his love and appreciation for “brown spirits” runs deep, yet is always worn on his sleeve. Though Joshua started his career in whisky as a blogger/review, his desire to instill in others his love and passion for whisky was the driving force and inspiration for founding his own endeavors: Jewish Whisky Company, Single Cask Nation, and the now famous, Whisky Jewbilee festival. Single Cask Nation is a private membership group owned by Jewish Whisky Company; “The Nation” boasts more than 500 members nationwide. Joshua has toured more than 25 distilleries between both Scotland and the United States and has conducted in excess of 300 whisky tasting events. Joshua’s sales responsibilities are for Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Illinois. Key to Joshua’s sales initiatives is to infuse his knowledge and passion onto distributors sales personnel, educating the retail and on-premise crew on every level.