John McKee –


ohn is the founder of Headframe Spirits and its manufacturing and consulting arm. Over the last 3 years he opened a distillery in Montana centered around its custom continuous flow distillation system, which Headframe Spirits Manufacturing now fabricates for 3rd party clients. To add to the success of the last three years, John and his wife Courtney McKee were named the 2013 Montana Entrepreneurs of the Year. Previous to Headframe Spirits John most recently served as Project & Startup Manager for Nova Biosource Fuels, Inc. In that role, he was involved in the pilot-scale trials and scale up of Nova’s proprietary technology for a 10 MGY refinery. Over the course of the next few years, Mr. McKee jointly oversaw all aspects of site construction, refinery commissioning & shakeout, turn-arounds, and operator training on facilities ranging from 10-60 MGY. John is dad to two fantastic children and, when not at Headframe Spirits, can generally be found on a body of water somewhere in Western Montana.

“This town has does things that no one else has been able to do, and its going to do things that no one believes can be done.”

John McKee

Courtney McKee –


ourtney McKee is the co-owner of Headframe Spirits and its associated manufacturing arm, with her husband John. Courtney came at this career with a fondness for great cocktails and for Butte, a perfect pairing. Another winning combination occurred when Courtney and John McKee were named the 2013 Montana Entrepreneurs of the Year. Courtney oversees personnel and special projects at Headframe, wrangling a team of 25. Yikes! She also works closely with local and state groups to advance projects in economic development and historic preservation in particular. In her previous life, Courtney ran an IT company where she did nerdy things for wonderful people in southwest Montana. Prior to that, she did nerdy things for wonderful people in Connecticut, where she was born and raised. She fell in love with Montana when she moved to Missoula to attend college where she earned a BA in English Literature—a perfect foundation for every job she’s had since. Courtney is the mom of two wonderful children and Wylie, the Distillery Dog. When she grows up, part of her still wants to be a librarian.

“Do what you know and do what you love.”

Courtney McKee