Log Still Distillery in Gethsemane, Nelson County, Kentucky has named Mary Margo Lankford as executive Vice President of Dant Crossing and Log Still Distillery as the brands prepare to expand in 2022. In Lankford’s new role, she will manage Dant Crossing’s operations, spirits distribution, and more, overseeing the hospitality, marketing, and sales departments.
“Mary Margo has played a major role in the growth of Log Still Distillery and Dant Crossing since day one,” President/Distiller Wally Dant said. “We are lucky to have her leadership and vision as we prepare for even bigger things in 2022 and beyond.”
Lankford has been with Dant Crossing and Log Still Distillery since 2019, formerly serving as the chief strategy and brand officer. During her tenure, Log Still’s spirits sales were nearly double what they had projected for 2021. Additionally, Dant Crossing has drawn 25,000-plus visitors since May, and more than 2,000 guests have stayed in Dant Crossing’s on-site accommodations.
Lankford and the team are gearing up for an eventful 2022 as Monk’s Road spirits are set to expand to additional markets across three states. Additionally, several new amenities will open at Dant Crossing in the coming months, including a wedding and events venue, The Legacy, a farm-to-table restaurant, and a number of new lodging options.
“2022 will be a big year for us,” Lankford said. “I’m grateful to work with Wally and an innovative team that not only dreams big but works hard to bring it all to life.”
In addition to her role with Dant Crossing and Log Still Distillery, Lankford continues to operate as a partner of the law firm Rudy Winstead Turner, PLLC. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and political science, and received her juris doctor degree from Belmont University College of Law. Lankford also serves on the board of directors for Women in Numbers and is an alumna of Leadership Middle Tennessee.
Approximately an hour’s drive from both Louisville and Lexington, Dant Crossing is a picturesque, 300-plus-acre campus anchored by Log Still Distillery that includes a slew of amenities and activities for the whole family. The site currently features The Tasting Room, a 2,000-seat outdoor amphitheater, a 12-acre lake for fishing, The Homestead Bed & Breakfast, and The Poplar Cottages. Other campus amenities will soon include a wedding and events venue, a farm-to-table restaurant, a network of wooded walking trails, a fully functional private train depot connected to the Kentucky Railroad Museum, and additional unique lodging options. Once completed, these features will create a fully immersive experience that’s rooted in the community and culture in and around Gethsemane, Ky.