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June 28, 2016 Dinner Meeting

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Thomas J. Adams




Seven Troughs Distilling Co – Field Trip & Tour

Speaker: Thomas J. Adams P.E., P. Eng.

Chief Executive Office, Seven Troughs Distilling Co.

 PMI NNV goes on the road in June. Join us at the Distillery for a night of learning about how Tom Adams:

  • Worked with Nevada Politicians to help Craft Distilling become legal in Nevada
  • Used his project management experience to build and expand Seven Troughs Distilling Company
  • Uses pre-prohibition techniques to make his fine craft liquor. He will also throw in a history lesson or two about bourbon and whiskey and pre & post prohibition

PDU: 1 – 1.5 Strategic & Business Management PDU’s

Tom will discuss legal and regulatory compliance, competitive analysis, Industry knowledge and standards, Market awareness, Operational functions, Customer relationships and satisfaction, as well as Strategic planning and analysis.

7 Troughs Distilling Company is an artisan craft distillery specializing in distilled spirits at a craft level. Creating spirits in small batch quantities enables us to create higher quality spirits with a distinct taste. Their goal is to provide a true hand crafted spirits that will satisfy your palate and enhance the moment.

Thomas J. Adams P.E., P. Eng. — Chief Executive Officer
Distilling processes, recipe and mash master, business operations, brand identity, and promotions.
In 2008, after spending some time in Kentucky on business, Tom became intrigued with the idea of opening a distillery in Nevada. He made contact with a couple of political folks that he’d worked with in the past and they put some ideas on paper. Things really got going in early 2010. he was able to work with Assemblyman Hambrick to develop some draft legislation. His bill and another from the Las Vegas Distillery were eventually picked up by the Assembly Commerce Committee and evolved in to AB 542, The 2011 Nevada Distillery Bill. This bill would allow for the production and direct distribution of distilled spirits for the first time in Nevada history.

Tom's Bio:


Born in Reno, Nevada, graduated from Hug High School and entered the University of Nevada in 1992. He landed his first engineering job in 1993 and after five long years of study, graduated from the Mackay School of Mines with a bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering. While He re-entered UNR in 1998 and finished a Master’s in Geological Engineering in 2004. He worked full-time as a construction engineer for infrastructure and mining since college graduation. He received his Professional Engineer’s license in 2001 and in 2003 He joined Terracon Consultants as a construction materials engineer. In his role as office manager he is responsible for all engineering operations including management and administrative functions, business development, contract and claims negotiation, project management and quality assurance/quality control of services. He was made a principal in the firm in 2010. In 2008 he was invited to develop a graduate course in Construction Aggregate Geology for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at UNR. The course was successful and fun so he added a course in Concrete Mix Design in 2009 and has been teaching both courses since. I’m an active advisor with UNR’s Concrete Canoe team. He is married to Jessica and is now father to two energetic boys; Connor and Finnegan. Between school and soccer the kids keep them pretty active.

When he does get free time; they really enjoy gardening, travelling and wine tasting. He has been drawn toward beer making, wine making, and distilling for his entire life. He started making beer in college. He started making a lot of beer after he graduated in 1997. Beer making and drinking was really enjoyable to him but as my taste for alcohol evolved so did my interests in making it. Jessica and Tom ventured in to wine making and opened their family’s label Galena Creek Winery in 2004.

Tom formed 7 Troughs Distilling Company in Late 2010, to take advantage of the pending legislation. Although the bill ran out of time (passed the Nevada State Assembly unanimously!) to get through the legislature, they developed great understanding of the process and developed contacts and relationships that they will carry for the rest of their careers. Tom has already been contacted to develop a new bill for the 2013 session.


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