- Master Distiller for Maker's Mark for 13 years
- BS in Chemistry from West Point
- Master's degree in Chemistry from the University of Louisville
- Engineer Consultant for beverage alcohol facilities
- Designed equipment and systems for many bourbon and Tennessee whiskey distilleries
Update 2010: Mr. Pickerell is no longer with Maker's Mark but is still working in the distilling industry on brands such as WhistlePig. The current Master Distiller is Kevin Smith.