WhiskyFest Speaker Steph Ridgway

Steph Ridgway

Manager, Brand Education - North America  |  International Beverage

Steph is a long-time veteran of the hospitality industry with a passion for spirits, whisky in particular. Her role with the group is Manager of Brand Education – North America. She will be responsible for providing education in key markets and across all channels to raise awareness and encourage trial of the International Beverage Group’s core single malt and gin brands: Speyburn, Old Pultney, Balblair, anCnoc and Caorunn.
Prior to joining International Beverage Group, Steph spent 7 years with Remy Cointreau USA/Edrington Americas as the Brand Manager, National Brand Ambassador for Highland Park Single Malt. During her tenure there, not only did she hone her expertise in the spirits arena through rigorous education programs at their various distilleries throughout Scotland and the Dominican Republic, she also created programming that resulted in a 100% increase in depletions for Highland Park in the U.S. Her learnings throughout the years have allowed her to hone her palate, intensify her knowledge and gain insight into one of Scotland’s greatest gifts to the world: Scotch whisky.
Steph attended Penn State University and graduated first in her class at the Pennsylvania Institute of Culinary Arts. She hails from Pittsburgh, PA and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. (By way of Boca Raton, Atlanta, Philadelphia, DC and Chicago.)