Meet the team!

Meet the team behind the distillery at Crystal Ridge! As devoted members who've worked hard to bring Southern traditions to life, we're proud to introduce the people behind the vision!

Danny and Mary Bradley

Dr. Danny Bradley and Mrs. Mary Bradley have roots that run deep in Garland County. Both are lifelong residents of the Hot Springs area and are alumnus of Lake Hamilton school, Garland County Community College, and Henderson State University. They have been married since 1987 and have raised 2 sons, Asher and Joshua.

After the two married, Danny enlisted in the U.S. Air Force where he, achieved the rank of Sargent and is a recipient of a National Defense Service Award for serving during the Persian Gulf War era. Upon conclusion of Desert Storm and his enlistment, Danny and Mary elected to return home to Hot Springs to be near their families and raise their boys. Mary enrolled in Garland County Community College where in 1994 she earned two Associates degrees in Science and Arts. Mary then transferred to Henderson State University and earned degrees in Chemistry and Math. Mrs. Bradley is the owner of Royal Research, a human clinical trials management business and has experience in a wide variety of therapeutic areas such as; Behavioral Medicine, Oncology, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Pain Management, Cardiovascular, and Women’s Health. Mary is also a two-time winner of Business and Professional Women in Science and Technology for her work.

Once Mrs. Bradley established herself professionally, Danny sold his construction business and enrolled at Garland County Community College earning an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts then, transferred to Henderson State University where he graduated cum laude earning BSE degrees in human health and Physics in 2004. Danny taught vocational training in Construction Technology at Arkansas Career Training Institute and Agriculture at Magnet Cove High School while working on his master’s degree in agriculture at Southern Arkansas University. In 2010, Danny enrolled at the University of Arkansas Poultry Science department where, in 2013, he received his Ph.D. Dr. Bradley was employed until this year by a top 5 animal health company as the Poultry Technical Support and Liaison between the company’s sales staff and their research and development. His areas of specialty are; nutrition, gastro- intestinal health, fermentation, yeast and enzymes.

Asher Bradley

Asher is the Retail and Marketing Manager at Crystal Ridge Distillery, tasked with the operations and oversight of managing the website, social media, and all other marketing tools as well as the inventory and purchasing for all retail merchandise and alcohol. Asher moved to Russellville and met Brittany and they married in 2016, now they are expecting their first child. Even though he moved to Russellville for a short time he has deep roots in Garland County and a love for his hometown.

Asher owned and operated his own small business of digital advertising and social media management for 2 years. When he had found out about the goals and ideas of his parents owning a distillery in Hot Springs, he knew it was something he wanted to be a part of. He and his wife decided to move to his hometown and purchase their first home and start their family.

Marshall Bean

Marshall is the Lead Distiller and Production Manager for Crystal Ridge Distillery. He is tasked with the daily operations of production for the distillery and managing stock and inventory for alcohol production. Marshall has a very vast knowledge of mechanical operations and a passion for the alcohol industry. Marshall has spent a great amount of time researching and educating himself on the art and science of distillation, producing moonshine, and distilling practices.

Marshall currently resides in Friendship, AR with his wife Holly who he married in 2010 and his two kids Gavin and Gracelyn.

Jordan Bell

Jordan is a Southwest Arkansas native. Jordan earned his Bachelor’s in Accounting and MBA from Henderson State University. Prior work history includes gaming, entertainment, and higher education. On days off Jordan can be found in his shop renovating vintage arcade machines or helping on the family farm in Bismarck AR. His appreciation for a family-ran business and the process of distilling spirits led him to Crystal Ridge Distillery in late 2019.

Brittany Gibson

Hi, my name is Brittany Gibson! Born and raised in South Carolina, I graduated from The University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s in hospitality management and an Associate in Science. During college, I constantly worked different events to gain all the experience I could. Deciding to kick start my career after graduating,

I moved 13 hours from home to Little Rock, AR where I received a short-term job offer. I planned on staying here for 6 months and then moving back to SC. After meeting a guy and loving Arkansas, I decided to move to his hometown, Hot Springs, which landed me this great opportunity at Crystal Ridge Distillery. I look forward to getting involved in this community and helping people put on the best events!

When I am not working, you can find me shopping or hanging out with my pups: Pepper & Stella.

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