Courtney McKee was raised in Connecticut and moved to Montana to attend the University of Montana, where she received a BA in English Literature. Passionate about Montana, McKee came to Butte in 2001 where she owned and operated an Information Technology consulting company for a number of years before getting into the distilled spirits business. McKee and her husband John own Headframe Spirits in Butte, which opened in 2012, and were named Entrepreneurs of the Year by Governor Steve Bullock in 2014. Headframe Spirits currently employs 27 individuals and has made a significant economic impact in their community. The company is equal parts history and technology, which derives from the rich history and ingenuity that the beautiful hometown of Butte has to offer.
Headframe Spirits produces the popular micro-distilled spirits from Butte, America of the award-winning Neversweat Whiskey, High Ore Vodka, Anselmo Gin, and Orphan Girl Bourbon Cream Liqueur. Headframe Spirits operates a tasting room, manufactures state-of-the-art distillation equipment, and offers co-packaging/production to the distillation industry. Headframe Spirits is the only company in the world which produces continuous flow distillation equipment for the micro-distilling industry.
McKee is passionately engaged in developing corporate culture and establishing leadership roles for her employees. As well as empowering her corporate community, she is also committed to fostering opportunities for other entrepreneurs in Montana through the Distiller’s Guild of Montana, and has been featured in Forbes, Huffington Post, and Entrepreneur Magazine.