WASHINGTON, D.C., August 7, 2003 – The Distilled Spirits Council announced today the appointment of Shawn Starbuck Kelley as its New York Director of Public Relations. In this new position, Starbuck Kelley will help oversee the Council’s public relations campaign promoting the heritage, culture and style of distilled spirits. The campaign, now in its third year, generates media interest in the rich history of the spirits industry and the resurgence of the cocktail culture through distillery tours, spirits category events and general media relations. “Shawn’s expertise and network in the food and drink industry will establish new opportunities for the Distilled Spirits Council among opinion leaders in the media in New York and beyond,” said Frank Coleman, Distilled Spirits Council Senior Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications. “New cocktail trends are being created everyday in New York. Having a presence will help the industry get its message out while positioning the Council as a primary resource for the media.” Starbuck Kelley comes to the Distilled Spirits Council with over 12 years experience in hospitality public relations. Most recently, she founded Foodworld Media, a New York public relations firm specializing in food, wine and spirits. Prior to starting her own firm, Starbuck Kelley was the lead account executive at Gault Communications, another New York Public Relations firm where she designed PR campaigns for chefs, restaurants, food commodity commissions and new products launches. You can reach Shawn at her New York office at 718-638-4345 or [email protected] Distilled Spirits Council of the United States is the national trade association representing the leading brands of distilled spirits. Member companies are committed to responsible beverage alcohol consumption by adults.