Tommy Brunett, CEO/Co-Founder
Tommy founded Iron Smoke Distillery with his partners in 2011. He is the company ringleader and innovative branding scoundrel for the Iron Smoke and Rattlesnake Rosie’s brands.
As a singer, songwriter, and showman, Tommy and his band Tommy Brunett Band, have opened for such acts as ZZ Top, Ted Nugent, Cracker, Marshall Tucker, and Kellie Pickler. Tommy has performed on local and national stages, including the Today Show and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and was the touring guitarist with the British rock band Modern English in the late 80s – early 90s. (You know the song, “I Melt With You”).
As a successful marketing and branding guy, Tommy was also the owner and chief honcho at Universal Buzz Intelligence, a former New York City-based creative marketing agency. He became highly regarded in a competitive industry for his innovative and award-winning marketing programs. His clients included: The White Stripes, Virgin, Olympus, Sony, Altoids, Universal Studios, DreamWorks, MTV, TBS, PBS, and Disney.
Tommy also created Universal Buzz Radio, a nationally syndicated radio program featuring live performances from popular recording artists from Kid Rock and Henry Rollins to Willie Nelson and The White Stripes. At its peak, Universal Buzz Radio boasted a listenership of 3.2 million people worldwide.
Tommy’s passion for his work is outmatched only by his love for family. Tommy married his best friend, Jen, and they have two little rockers, sons Cash and Jagger. Tommy serves on the ROC City Skate Park board and supports several local non-profits, with a special interest in those focused on the well-being of young people. They include Golisano Children’s Hospital, Education Enterprise of New York organizations and more. He also strongly supports the military, local law enforcement and first responders through his donations of time and performances.