Mark Shilling is a partner in Big Thirst Consulting, which provides complete, integrated business services for distilleries. In this role, he draws on years of experience to assist both startup distilleries and active DSP clients with permitting, regulatory compliance, distillery operations, and in all aspects of the business process to help them grow to the next level, faster, with better margins.
In 2013, Mark founded Revolution Spirits in Austin, quickly establishing the distillery as a favorite stop along the Central Texas beer, wine, and spirits trail. Under his leadership Revolution Spirits has become well known for its gin and liqueurs, as well as its focus on innovative collaborations with breweries, cideries and other distilleries around the state.
Recognizing the importance of strong industry representation, Mark helped form the Texas Distilled Spirits Association in 2011. He has been active in the American Craft Spirits Association for many years, having served as a director, board president, and on numerous committees. He currently chairs the ACSA government affairs committee. He is a frequent public speaker and media resource on a wide range of issues and is well known throughout the industry.
Prior to founding Revolution Spirits, Mark spent more than twenty-five years in public affairs, specializing in legislative and regulatory advocacy, grassroots, and coalition building. He is recognized for his expertise in building consensus among stakeholders and for identifying strong allies for issue-based campaigns.
Mark attended Texas A&M University and Stephen F. Austin State University and holds a BA degree in Political Science and History.