Owner Bull Creek Distillery / The Bowery / Still House
Director of Operations
Bull Creek Distillery / The Bowery / Still House
Venue Director The Bowery
Venue Manager The Bowery
General Manager Still House
Assistant Manager Still House
Mike Denny is a self-made and motivated entrepreneur with the ability to conceive business ideas and opportunities as well as diligently execute projects and manage businesses. Mike grew up learning the construction trade from his father in the home building and contracting business and utilized this knowledge and spirit to form his own construction business immediately after high school. Mike continued this business throughout his accomplished career while always creating businesses versus choosing employment.
Mike started and operated ACS Concrete from 2005 to 2019. Mike built what is now known as The Bowery as his primary office location and operations building for ACS in 2015. After Construction the space was built with such unique architectural and landscape concepts that other business opportunities arose from it. Shortly after Construction was completed Mike started an Event Space company called Bowery Events catering primarily to wedding events that were hosted at this new facility. This endeavor quickly took off with great success. After 3 years of operations at the facility with both ACS Construction and Bowery Events neighboring in the same building, Mike saw yet another opportunity to start on the 30 acre grounds and buildings. That new venture was Bull Creek Distillery founded in 2018. Mike Had a long time passion for distilling, tinkering around with making his own home made still he has novice knowledge on the distillation process but was eager to learn more.
In May of 2018 Bull Creek Distillery opened its doors to the public as Spring Hill’s one and only distillery, Restaurant and Music Venue. Bull Creek was met with immediate success and had to grow rapidly to keep up with demand. This is when Mike decided to hang his hard hat up in 2019 and focus his energy on the hospitality industry. Mike now works solely on the operations of Bowery Events and Bull Creek Distillery along with developing new ideas that run parallel to the expansions of both businesses.
Dwaine has served as the Director of Operations for two years, Master Distiller for one year and General Manager for a year at Bull Creek Distillery. He has been a driving force behind the Bull Creek Distillery, is extremely proud of the premium quality spirits produced and the multitude of awards their lines of spirits have been awarded in recent years. In 2022 alone, the Bull Creek Bourbons, Whiskey and Vodkas were recognized with 20 competition awards from the likes of Sunset Magazine Spirits Competition to the North American Bourbon and Whiskey Competition to the Las Vegas Global Spirits Awards. Bull Creek was also named the Kansas Distillery of the Year by the New York International Spirits Competition in 2022.
Dwaine earned a bachelor’s in Business Administration with a minor in Digital Marketing. He brings his extensive operations experience from the military serving four years in the US Navy aboard fast attack submarines based out of Groton, CT, five years in the US Army stationed at Fort Drum, NY and two deployments to Afghanistan. Dwaine then medically retired due to injuries received in Afghanistan. Dwaine has been married to his wife Michelle for 19 years and has four amazing children including Makenzie (18), Mason (13), Marcus (11) and Madden (10).
Courtney is the Venue Director here at The Bowery at Bull Creek, and is passionate about the events industry and providing world class service. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Leadership, Food and Beverage and Events Management from Missouri State University. She has worked for companies including Walt Disney World, Bass Pro Shops and more. Her hard work definitely shows in the wonderful way she takes care of the management side of things, as well as in her seemingly effortless approach to event planning.
Shannon joined the Bowery team as the Venue Manager prior to the 2022 event season and is so happy to be a part of this amazing team of people! She previously spent several years working in management and hospitality and has always had a huge passion for special events and weddings. Shannon genuinely enjoys being a part of the process, from the first sit down with customers, to seeing all your visions come to fruition on your special day. She will make sure that your event goes exactly how you want it to and will do everything needed to ensure the Bowery is the perfect venue for you. Shannon adores what she does and feels it’s an absolute privilege to work with and around so many wonderful people.
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