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J. Robert Hall

Title: Chief Executive Officer
Company: Ole Smoky Distillery, LLC
Sevierville, Tennessee, United States

J. Robert Hall, Chief Executive Officer of Ole Smoky Distillery, LLC, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in food and beverages.

With more than 40 years of professional experience, Mr. Hall has been the chief executive officer of Ole Smoky Distillery, LLC, since 2016. Prior to joining this company, he was the managing director of Centerview Capital from 2014 to 2015 and chief executive officer of Ardale Enterprises from 1998 to 2013. He previously served as president of Lenox Brands from 1996 to 1998, of Nabisco Specialty Products Company from 1993 to 1996, and of Christie Brown and Company from 1992 to 1993.

Mr. Hall previously held a number of positions with Kraft and Kraft General Foods, including vice president of strategy for cheese in the US in 1992, vice president and business unit manager in Canada from 1989 to 1992, and vice president and director of strategic planning in Canada from 1985 to 1986. Earlier in his career, he worked with Nestle from 1976 to 1985.

Mr. Hall was inspired to pursue a career in the field from an early age, wanting to impact the world. He wanted to go into marketing, to help companies sell to consumers and work his way to the top. He first pursued an education with Oxford University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in natural sciences in 1974. He continued his studies with the University of Pennsylvania, receiving a Master of Business Administration in 1976.

Mr. Hall has been affiliated with a number of professional organizations. He is a board member of the Distilled Spirits Council of the US and the Boys and Girls Club of the Smoky Mountains, and he has served on the board of the US National Tabletop Association. He is the former chair of marketing for Grocery Products Manufacturers of Canada, and he was a board member for the International Cheese Council of Canada. He has also been a public board member for Ault Foods and Glatfelter, and he was a private board member of Frozen Specialties, Custom Food Products, Chungs Gourmet Foods, Wise Foods, Taco Bueno Restaurants, Castro Cheese, and Yucatan Foods.

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