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MEET THE TEAM

OUR MISSION

We Foster Friendship and Strengthen the Bonds of our Community by Crafting High-Quality Spirits That Are Attainable, Welcoming, and Worthy of Sharing

BRAND VALUES

HONEST (People) We believe in being open and honest with everyone we meet. We are proud to share our people, our process, and our product knowing that we put our best into every step. 

DEDICATED (Product) The goal is to offer a great product at an affordable price, without compromise. 

FAMILY (Approach) We hold strong to the shared journey. This is our community and every day we do whatever it takes to make a positive impact. Together, we know we can meet any challenge and lift a glass in celebration. 

BRAND STORY

Good whiskey is something to be shared and savored, but we learned early on that with a premium experience, you often need to pay a premium price. Understanding that this can be a barrier for many, we set out to craft a premium whiskey that is honest, affordable, and, most importantly, community-focused because everyone is family here. Building bonds and bringing people together is why we do what we do. From a heartfelt greeting at the tasting room to supporting our local causes, Copper Sky exists to elevate those around us whenever we can.

We distill that same sense of purpose into all of our spirits. From barrel aging our whiskey as long as it takes for each barrel to be ready to handcrafting cocktails in our tasting room, we will not settle until it meets our elevated standard of excellence. When you enjoy one of our offerings, you know you’re getting something worthy of sharing. So, wherever you choose to share Copper Sky, we encourage you to sit, sip, and savor the moments together. For us, that is what community is all about. Meet our full team below.

MIKE ROOT

FOUNDER & OWNER
mike@copperskydistillery.com

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!

AARON MARTIN

CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
aaron@copperskydistillery.com

Born and raised in Alabama, you won’t hear Aaron yelling “Roll Tide” or “War Eagle”, but a “Go Trojans”! Aaron and Mike go all the way back to college and Mike’s first business, they have always shared their love of whiskey, bourbon and any other craft liquor they can get their hands on. Aaron currently lives with his wife Brooke and two dogs Callie and Bear. Aaron is working hard to bring Copper Sky to the world and is happy to be working alongside his lifelong friend, Mike.

KYA ROOT

VP OF SALES
kya@copperskydistillery.com

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 Director of Sales for the entire state. Seriously, Kya is a rockstar and the main reason Copper Sky is in a store near you!

LEX SUITER

BAR MANAGER
lex@copperskydistillery.com

Born in Southern California, the ocean is Lex’s happy place. Although she lived most of her life in the southern part of the country, she always felt home was out West. Colorado became home almost 10 years ago, and Lex now lives in Longmont with her partner, son, and 2 cats: Mouse and Miles! She fell in love with the service industry at a very young age, and has worked over 15 years in the industry climbing through the ranks. Alongside this journey, Lex also started her first company at 22 remodeling homes, all the while still managing venues and hosting special events. With her passion in serving others and management, she is the perfect fit for the Copper Sky family!

TORI BOCKMAN

MIXOLOGIST
mixology@copperskydistillery.com

Tori has grown up in Ft. Collins her whole life. As a music lover, she has attended over 100 concerts, and somehow still has her hearing. In between music and mixing cocktails, she finds the time to study Computer Science at CU Boulder, where hopefully she can create the first whiskey bitcoin! Like the rest of us, Tori loves animals and has a dog named Miska. Next time you are at the distillery, be sure to snag a hand-crafted cocktail from her!

LUKE CHAMBERS

SALES REPRESENTATIVE
sales@copperskydistillery.com

Colorado to the core, Luke is a third generation, born and raised, Colorado Native. Spending time hiking, biking, snowboarding, or calling out all the non-Colorado license plates on I-25, Luke is about as #Native as they come. After an extensive career in the human services industry, he stepped into a role caring for his son who was born with Down Syndrome, learning a new definition of love and joy that previously seemed like a fairy tale. Luke brings the same level of passion to the Copper Sky family, caring for our clients in the Pikes Peak region.

COLLIN RICHARDSON

OPERATIONS MANAGER / HEAD DISTILLER
collin@copperskydistillery.com

Another Colorado boy, Collin has spent most of his life here. Promising a world of travel, he joined the Air Force, and was sent straight to Georgia (the state, not the country). Earning the nickname, “Baby Lungs,” he soon learned that humidity usually wins. #FunFact: He and Mike actually served together for a couple years! Collin enjoys traveling, cheering on the Broncos, and teaching his son how to toss the dice and play Dungeons and Dragons. From Budtender, to learning to become a distiller, make sure to stop in and have what will likely be one of the most interesting conversations of your life.

AARON HAEFNER

WAREHOUSE MANAGER

Despite living over half his life in Colorado, and even attending college here, Aaron claims the Coloradan transplant life. Mostly due to being a military kid and traveling the world. While attending college in Colorado Springs, he played what Americans call soccer, and studied communications. You may recognize his last name, and though he is the younger brother, he admits Isaac has always had the better hair! If you want to ruffle his feathers, just start talking bad about the Denver Nuggets, but be careful, he knows how to operate a forklift.

ERIN CONTI

Mixologist

Born and raised in the heart of America, Erin is a Philly native through and through. She moved to Colorado on a whim, and once she tried the whiskey of the west, she knew Copper Sky was her new family. In her spare time, she likes to hike with her dog Kaya and enjoy the outdoors. You can catch her at the distillery pumping reggae while slinging some of the best cocktails, and of course yelling “Go Birds” at anyone who walks in during football season!

DAE

Assistant Distiller/Ops

Fueled by her passion and love for the art of whiskey, Dae came to Copper Sky as an intern and worked her way up to a distiller. Having pursued Fermentation Sciences and Chemistry at CSU Fort Collins, she dove deep into the world of brewing and eventually transitioned into the realm of spirits. With ambitions of one day becoming a Master Distiller and Blender, Dae’s favorite hobby is savoring the complexities of whiskey while engaging in thought-provoking conversations with fellow enthusiasts, friends, and even those new to the world of spirits, because after all nothing brings people together more than good hearted laughs shared over pours of hand crafted whiskey.

CHRISTIAN HOFER

Mixologist

Originally hailing from the eastern plains of South Dakota, Christian spent his formative years in Northern California, roaming the placid suburbs of Sonoma and rambling hills of Humboldt County. During a a brief stint in PA, Christian graduated high school and moved to Colorado where he has been bartending ever since. Christian has a 6 year old brettanomyces yeast colony named Stanley, which he keeps locked in a cold dark closet. Being something “of a mixologist himself,” he likes experimenting with homemade bitters, shrubs, and infusions made with ingredients from his hydroponic (and regular) garden. He hopes to one day commercially market his own bitters.

JONATHAN

MIXOLOGIST

Born in Denver, raised in California, educated in NYC. Jonathan has worked every bar known to humanity! After 15 years of performing Off Broadway theater, originating 5 roles, he decided to let that dream fade to black. Jono decided to focus on a different passion: crafting an amazing experience for bars and restaurants. He ran Bacco Tracctoria in NoBo for 5 years, and has helped open 4 restaurants. He is well versed in all aspects of customer service, and is all about his respect for all people, his dedication to his craft and the skills of service. Jonathan values family above all, with his love for his wife, Chelsea, at the forefront.

DIANA

Mixologist

Born and raised in Mexico, Diana loves chatting in her native language around the bar, so if you are looking to practice, come on by! Since moving from Mexico, she has lived in Longmont for 25 years. Diana loves to cook, especially baking with her two daughters and husband, and making balloon garlands for parties, as well as camping with the family. Diana is well known in the bar scene here in Longmont, so make sure to come by and enjoy one of her amazing creations!

LOUIS SCHRIEBER

Alabama Brand Ambassador

Looks like the Alabama boys are starting to take over Copper Sky! Louis is another Bama Boy added to the team, graduating from Troy where Aaron and Mike attended. His passions are cigars, family, and of course good bourbon. Aaron, a Pi Kappa Phi fraternity brother of Louis’, introduced him to the world of Copper Sky, and he was hooked. Louis believes bourbon always finds a way to bring people back to their ‘Roots’ (well played sir), and now sells some of the finest bourbon in the west in good ol’ Alabama.