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WWW: Behind-the-Scenes at Kings County Distillery
Thursday, October 8, 2015
7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Kings County Distillery (map )
Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building 121 63 Flushing Avenue, No. 379, Brooklyn, NY

Ticket TypeRegularRegistration
Alumni:$20.00BUY TICKET
Student:$20.00BUY TICKET

Contact: Office of Alumni Relations



Join the New York alumni chapter in welcoming the Class of 2015 with behind-the-scenes access at Kings County Distillery in Brooklyn - New York City's oldest operating whiskey distillery co-founded and owned by David Nichols '97. Hear Nichols' entrepreneurial story, take a tour of the facilities and learn about the history of whiskey production. Then we will enjoy a delicious assortment of southern food paired with handcrafted whiskey cocktails.  Beer and wine will also be served.

About Kings County Distillery

Kings County Distillery is New York City’s oldest operating whiskey distillery, the first since prohibition. Located just steps from the legendary site of the Brooklyn Whiskey Wars of the 1860s, the distillery is a model of sustainable and traditional whiskey production and one of the preeminent craft distilleries in the United States. They use New York grain and traditional distilling equipment to make distinctive whiskey. Their whiskeys have won numerous awards from the American Distilling Institute, the American Craft Spirits Association, and their bourbon was recently named #2 craft bourbon by Eric Asimov of the New York Times. They only distill whiskey for their label and never buy bulk whiskey from any other source.

About David Nichols '97

David Nichols is a dynamic leader with diverse experiences and accomplishments. He has shown innovation in strategy, branding and communications. David returned to New York, his birthplace, in 2013. Now he is a board member and co-owner of two businesses in NYC. One is New York City's oldest operating distillery and the other one of New York's newest tech startups poised for growth

Kings County Distillery makes handmade moonshine and bourbon out of the 115-year-old Paymaster Building in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. SevenRooms, is a Front of House and Client Relationship Management platform for the hospitality industry, providing reservation, seating, and database solutions that drives revenue, streamlines operations and enhances the client experience. After just 4 years, SevenRooms is present internationally in over 30 cities serving premier dining, hotel and nightlife operators including MGM, Gerber Group, The Standard, Nobu, LDV Hospitality, Morgans Hotel Group, sbe, Major Food Group, TAO/Strategic Group and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

Previously, David was the Global President of K-Swiss brand until May 2013. Under David’s leadership K-Swiss grew significantly around the world with sales peaking at over $500 million in 2008. In 2001 David moved to Amsterdam and grew the European revenue from $10 million to $140 in 2006. The most recent few years David focused on diversifying the company and repositioned K-Swiss into a multi-category leading global sports brand. David was the recipient of several international marketing and advertising awards including: Two Gold Lions and two Silver Lions at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity; the 2012 Vimeo Top Award Winner for Advertising; the 16th Annual Webby People’s Voice Award Winner; D&AD Professional Awards 2012: Gold Pencil Award for Digital Advertising and Web Films; Numerous 2011 and 2012 One Show Awards, including 2012 Client of the Year Award (Advertising and Interactive– 1st time a brand was Client of the Year in both Advertising and Interactive)

David grew up in New York and Boston and went to California to attend the University of Southern California, studying business and political science. Los Angeles remained his academic base as he later received an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

Since 2005 David has been a member of YPO (Young President's Organization) Los Angeles chapter. He was selected in the 40 under 40 to watch by Sporting Goods Business and the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. He is also an early member of Nylon Magazine's Project Hall of Fame.

David is an avid music fan, is on the board of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and as a hobby runs a small record label, Unbreakable Records. He enjoys travel, hiking, sports and his Bose headphones.


Please enter the Navy Yard through the Sands Street Gate, at the corner of Sands Street and Navy Street. (Our “address” on Flushing is misleading—and GPS/smartphones may erroneously lead to an empty lot.) Kings County Distillery is the first building past the gate. Be prepared to show ID to enter the Navy Yard. Closest subways are A/C at High Street and the F at York Street.