Jamie Hunt: The Master Blender
Jamie is the Founder of Fast Penny Spirits, an Italian Amaro company based in Seattle. Jamie became a master blender after a long career in digital advertising and marketing. In addition, she founded a company and led digital strategy for a large systems integrator, and as a partner at Ernst and Young.
On this episode of Third Act, Liz Tinkham talks with Jamie about finding early inspiration from her Sicilian grandparents to enter the spirits business and how she is now spearheading the charge of women leaders in the industry.
(02:17) Act 1: University of Washington, Political and Social Science: on the way to law school, not going to happen!
(02:52) Initial internship in marketing: transitioning insurance to online
(03:40) Catching the digital marketing bug at Quick Marketing
(04:16) Blue Siren Design: Jamie’s creative agency
(04:34) The ascent to Ascentium
(06:02) Act 2: Partner to Managing Partner to Marriage Partner
(07:34) Not your typical CIA boot camp; rather, the Culinary Institute of America
(08:15) The italian winemaking genes kicked in
(11:39) Act 3: Fast Penny Spirits from the ground up, starting with a business plan
(18:21) Act 2.5: the bedazzler burlesque dancer extraordinaire
(21:21) Adding value to the business model: Black Girl Ventures, Emerge Washington, Jubilee Women’s Center
(24:30) Women in distillery: an actually long history
(26:18) Shattering the workday paradigm with inspiration
(28:55) “I’m not done with making an impact on the world.”
You can find Jamie on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram (@fastpennyspirits), or through her website fastpennyspirits.com. To hear more Third Act stories, subscribe to and follow the Third Act podcast at www.thirdactpodcast.com.