Jon O’Connor is the co-found and co-owner of Long Road Distillers, the first distillery in the history of Grand Rapids, MI. Long Road was founded upon the belief that world class spirits could be crafted by taking advantage of the abundant agricultural resources and diversity found in west Michigan. Jon and his business partner, Kyle, have a firm commitment to doing things the right way, hence the name Long Road – there are no shortcuts. Their commitment to quality in sourcing ingredients, utilizing world class equipment, practicing time honored processes and ultimately being honest with their customers has earned them accolades from across the country for the quality of their spirits. In addition to running his own distillery, Jon serves as the president of the Michigan Craft Distillers Association where he represents nearly forty other Michigan small distillers. Prior to starting Long Road Distillers, Jon owned and operated West Michigan Real Estate Advisors, a residential real estate appraisal and brokerage firm and he still hods a Broker’s License in Michigan.