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Former CEO and Chairman of Goodyear Joins Board of Directors of Bedlam Vodka

Posted on January 08, 2019

DURHAM, N.C.-- Graybeard Distillery, home to Bedlam Vodka, is thrilled to announce Robert (Bob) Keegan’s appointment to its Board of Directors. Keegan, a renowned business executive with over four decades of experience with prominent companies such as The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company and Xerox, will partner with Bedlam Vodka as an investor and board member.

During his tenure with Goodyear, Keegan held the positions of Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board. Most recently, Keegan served as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board for Xerox and Chairman Loparex International.

“Engaging with the Bedlam brand is very exciting for me,” says Keegan. “Brandon Evans and his team have achieved many pivotal milestones in just a few years, and with such a unique, high quality spirit, there are many attractive growth prospects. As a whole, this industry is gaining momentum, and I’m eager to lend both my consumer product and general management insights to further expand the success of this brand as we move from a regional to a national level.”

“At Bedlam, we are committed to continuously fostering growth and always finding new opportunities for success,” says co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Brandon Evans. “Bob’s unique perspective on business will bring invaluable insight to our company as we prepare to expand nationally. Through our collective leadership, we plan to bring Bedlam to new heights during a dynamic time in the spirit industry.”

Founders Brandon Evans, Sam Searcy, Ron Templeton, Scott Russ and Brad Evans launched Graybeard Distillery after Russ introduced the team to his family recipe that originated in Ireland. Today, the industry-leading company has perfected its long grain rice-based recipe that is now known as Bedlam Vodka.

About Bedlam Vodka and Graybeard Distillery, Inc.

A rebellion in taste 170 years in the making, Bedlam Vodka derives its name from Bedlam, Ireland, and blends an Irish family recipe with American long-grain white rice to produce a hand-crafted and gluten-free spirit. The distillery was established in Durham, N.C., in 2016 by co-founders Brandon Evans, Sam Searcy, Ron Templeton, Scott Russ, and Brad Evans. For more information on Bedlam Vodka, visit or write to

Region: North Carolina
Job Function: Board of Directors

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