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Honoree Portrait

Max L. Shapira

Executive Chairman, Heaven Hill Brands

As the only son of Ed Shapira, one of the five brothers who founded Heaven Hill Brands immediately following the repeal of Prohibition, Max L. Shapira was born into the bourbon business in January of 1944. 

After spending his childhood growing up in the shadow of his family's Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown, Kentucky, Max left to earn his undergraduate degree at Washington and Lee University in 1965 and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1967. He joined his family's company in 1970 as director of corporate planning, after spending five years at Morgan Guaranty Trust (now J.P. Morgan) in New York. 

Max became president in 1996 following the death of his uncle...

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Chair: Roy Danis

Executive Committee: John Devin, David Drucker, Jason Glasser, Herman Hochberg, Roni Jesselson, Joseph Lehane, Richard Leventhal, Joshua Ratner, Jody Slone-Spitalnik, Marc Taub, Gary Wartels, Jonathan Yusen

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Commemorative Journal Close Date: Wednesday, May 31, 2023 
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