Year after year, it has been Pennsylvania Business Central’s honor to celebrate the top 100 people in business and economic development who have learned through failures and successes how to develop both their organizations and communities.

To gain insight into how these industry leaders have learned through experience, we asked each one to name a mistake they have made in the past and how they have learned from it. How each selectee reacted to the mistakes in the past reveals how important real-life experience is to developing both the acumen and wherewithal to make it in business. It is our hope that after reading the profiles, you will realize that people are not defined by their mistakes nearly as much as by their ability to recover and learn from them.

To see how they would like to apply their expertise to their community, we asked each selectee what they believe the hidden potential of their community is and how they will help to realize it. Pennsylvania is made up of hard-working communities and we believe that the Commonwealth will continue to grow with the leadership exemplified in this edition.

Our editorial team once again had hundreds of nominations to select from to form this year’s list. Narrowing the total number of nominees down to 100 proved to be as difficult as ever.

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Now that this latest edition of Top 100 People is finalized, Pennsylvania Business Central is moving on to finalizing the list of Top 100 Organizations, which will be published in February.

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2017-01-27 / Top 100 People

Jordan Gwinn

Director of Operations

Disobedient Spirits Craft Distillery

Jordan Gwinn is the director of operations at Disobedient Spirits Craft Distillery. He moved from Chicago, Illinois to Pennsylvania due to an opportunity to further his educational pursuits and to join his father-in- law and his partner in becoming a part of the growth and development of Disobedient Spirits.

Prior to Gwinn’s current position, he worked in the service industry in Chicago. Before that, he was a beverage director who managed bar operations and created unique wine and cocktail programs for a small, local restaurant group out of Washington, D.C. He has learned throughout his time as a successful service industry management professional that a harmonious life is the key to success.

“Early in my career I operated very independently, convinced that with enough hard work I could accomplish my goals and be successful all on my own,” Gwinn said. “I eventually learned that was in fact possible, but only for a short period. To be truly successful and lead a happy life, I now realize that personal life, business life and community life must all be effectively functioning in harmony with each other.”

To create this harmony, Gwinn is very active outside of work. He is currently working to finish his bachelor’s degree in economics and is also an active community member. He is the current president of the Homer City Business Association, a board member for the Indiana County Tourist Bureau and Indiana County USBC, and member of both the Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Indiana. His hobbies include snowboarding, motorcycling and anything active.

He lives with his wife, Liberty; two daughters, Fiona and Georgia; and his dog, Finnegan.

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