ST. MICHAELS — Lyon Distilling Company CEO and co-founder Jaime Windon was named to the 2019 VIP List by The Daily Record.
The VIP List honors people 40 and under who are rising leaders across Maryland. This year’s winners represent big and small companies, law firms, nonprofits, hospitals, universities and a rum distillery.
Previous VIP winners judged more than 190 nominations and selected the winners based on their professional accomplishments, civic involvement and overall impacts of their achievements.
The Daily Record has recognized nearly 460 VIP winners since 2010.
“I love having a business on the Eastern Shore, and feel grateful to be able to create something that our team, our town and our state can proudly call their own,” Windon said. "Lyon Distilling has brought American rum manufacturing back to Maryland, helping to invigorate an industry, create jobs, foster community and in turn supports some fantastic organizations. We look forward to growing our business and continuing to be a valuable community partner."
In addition to founding and operating the distillery since it opened in 2013, Windon works to promote and grow the craft spirits industry across the state. One of the founding members of the Maryland Distillers Guild, she is serving her second term as president and works to advance the legislative and educational goals of the organization, providing support and creating opportunities for fellow distillers.
A resident of St. Michaels for eight years, Windon is an elected official, serving a second term as town commissioner. She is involved in a number of local organizations, volunteering her time, experience, and often rum, to further the mission and goals of countless charities, events and nonprofits. Since 2015, she has served on the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s Friends Board.
In 2017, Windon partnered with the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy to launch a limited edition, seasonal Black Rum that has raised more than $5,000 for the organization, which protects and preserves land in the region.