Michael Earp wears many hats – managing director, commercial helicopter pilot, distiller, father of three amazing adults and happily married for 30 years.
Believing much of the curriculum at university was irrelevant to everyday life, Michael dropped out of university to pursue entrepreneurial pursuits in the hospitality and service industries. This provided some background and experience to start in the 136 year old family business, Earp Bros., which imported and distributed a diversity of building materials.
Together with his younger brother, Richard, they repositioned the business into an innovative solution provider. Primarily distributing hard surface finishes such as slip resistant floor tile, technical porcelain, external cladding systems, for construction industry specifiers and mid to up-market residential.
Over the last two years and after extensive research, many courses, a passion for distilling, and with full support from his business partner Richard, Michael initiated the establishment of a new distillery in Newcastle. Earp Distilling Co is a high tech, 21st century, innovative, high quality spirit manufacturer of Gin, Vodka, Rum, Whisky and liqueurs.
Michael has also served on several external boards, including Hunter Medical Research Foundation and the Newcastle Alliance. Michael has been involved in YEO (Young Entrepreneurs Organisation) and YPO (Young Presidents Organisation).
Michael loves innovation, adventure and semi-extreme sports and has a work hard, play hard attitude.
Michael will be speaking at our next event at Earp Distilling Co on Tuesday, 30th March 2021. We are looking forward to hearing from Michael about how he has overcome challenges associated with reinventing and diversifying his family business. You can purchase your tickets here.
See you there!