MEET THE TEAM
After washing up on the shores of Miami, Mike moved all over the South and learned the true meaning of southern grit, and what grits were. Somehow, he graduated from college after 6 years (okay, he got two degrees), and joined the Air Force, which amidst the promises of travel, kept him in the South for the most part. While in the service, Mike started his first company at the age of 24, which was a safe ride transportation company in his college town. Soon after this, he created a non-profit, The Kingdom Advancement Project, which is still operating and serving today. As if words weren’t already hard enough for this Southerner, Mike wrote his first book while living in Pakistan, For God and Country: A Discussion on Servant Leadership. After completing his service, Mike then turned back to the entrepreneur life to bring us Copper Sky Distillery. We think he forgot he was running a fast-growing company, since he quickly started his third company, Axiom Consulting Group – which is aimed at helping new and young entrepreneurs. If you ever see Mike out, make sure to use “y’all” in a sentence, you may just get a free drink!
Mike Root – Founder & Owner
Hailing from South Canada, Kya came to us from the great state of Vermont, where syrup flows like bourbon. Like most of us, she is a world traveler, living in Europe, Asia, Central America, Australia, and most recently - in a van down by the river (for real though). Kya has bartended all over the world, learning some traditional and unique ways of presenting cocktails. While crafting drinks is a talent, her true skill is as the Assistant to the Regional Manager, and has recently been promoted to Sales Manager for the entire state. Seriously, Kya is a rockstar and the main reason Copper Sky is in a store near you!
Kya Coursen – Sales Manager & Mixologist
Growing up in New York is not for the faint of heart. As a young boy, Oliver walked the streets with his pet turtle and dreamed of what life outside of the metal mountains would be. As he aged, he soon realized that crafting cocktails and creating cuisines was his true passion. After spending years in the city and learning from the best mixologist in the world, he packed all his possessions in a bag and left for Colorado. When he arrived, he began teaching snowboard lessons and searching for a place that could showcase his skills behind the bar. Oliver quickly realized that the snow eventually melts, and riding a board down the street just doesn’t work. He and Mike crossed paths, and it was a match made in heaven. If you have ever thought, “I wonder if that could be made into a cocktail?”, it can, and Oliver is doing it. Come on in and try a classic cocktail, or one of his many innovative creations.
Oliver Capece – Director of Mixology
Small body, big spirit. No we aren't talking about one of our spirits, this is our Marketing Director Justin. Born and raised in Colorado, Justin has always known that creating art was always his calling. His journey through life has been heavily led by his passion for design, he followed his heart and it sure paid off. From California to Colorado he traveled and spent years perfecting his craft. We are very proud to have him as part of our team and love throwing any idea his way and knowing that whatever he comes back with will be amazing! If you see him and his dog Cooper, make sure you say hello and ask about our new merch coming out in the spring!
Justin Martinez – Marketing Director
A nomad by nature, Isaac has spent much time all over the world. After his lead role on the unaired show, “My Hair is Better than Yours,” he turned to the complex world of craft spirits. Starting as a doorman at a liquor store, Isaac began filling notebooks with tasting notes and diving into the magic behind each spirit. A self-taught man, he is known for taking hobbies and turning them into career paths. Once he realized whiskey was his true love, he sought to bring a unique aspect of the craft to the forefront of his work: blending. More than taking two cups and dumping them together, Isaac brings to light the art behind blending to merge the sensation of taste and sight, and offering an experience with whiskey like no other. Isaac can be found in his infamous white lab coat around the distillery, or auditioning for a spinoff show, “Wizards and Whiskey.” In either case, make sure to compliment his hair, or otherwise beware.
Isaac Haefner – Head Blender/Distiller
Born and raised in the hills of Virginia, James got his Bachelors from Radford University (Highlander proud). He also completed a certificate program through Cornell University, where he befriended Andy Bernard, the “Nard-Dog.” After he realized singing in the acapella group wasn’t for him, James found a passion for whiskey, and the culture that comes with it. Being raised in “God’s country,” he can be found sitting around a fire, sipping whiskey, and rockin’ the nations colors. James’ creativity and passion for the industry are clearly evident in his work, so be sure to show him love on all the social media posts. If you are lucky enough to meet his dog, Pluto, be sure to give him a high-five; the dog, not James!
James Lawrence – Brand Manager