Bill Samuels, Jr.
Bill Samuels Jr. became president of Maker's Mark in 1975. Maker's Mark was founded in 1954 by Bill Samuels Sr. In 1980 it was the first distillery in America to be recognized as a National Historic Landmark. Bill Samuels Jr. turned the operation into one of the most recognized brands in the world, helping it surpass 1 million cases bottled for the first time in 2010.