Jay Harkins BoD
Executive VP & Director
Samuel Jay Harkins (Jay) is the executive vice president of sales of Eastside Distilling, responsible for implementing sales strategies for the company's full portfolio of spirits and overseeing the expansion of its national rollout campaign. Harkins has more than two decades of experience in the spirits industry, along with expertise in strategic brand and business development, sales and marketing, corporate management and organizational leadership. Previously, he was the founder and the CEO of the Blackheath Beverage Group, a sales and marketing platform for independent spirits brands. Earlier he held various senior roles within the spirits industry, including as vice president of sales for Domaine Select Wine Estates and director of sales for Southern Wine and Spirits. He has also served in sales and management roles with Mystique Brands, Peerless Importers - E&J Gallo division and Cognac Ferrand.