Sivan Cotel is the Co-Founder and Director of Operations for Stonecutter Spirits. Obsessed with aging methods, Stonecutter Spirits ages gin and whiskey in Middlebury, Vermont. Stonecutter's Single Barrel Gin was released in summer 2015 and won Double Gold and Best in Category at the 2016 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. This success was followed with the release of Stonecutter's Heritage Cask Whiskey in summer 2016 to rave reviews and a Gold medal at the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition. Both products have won the prestigious Good Food Award.
A startup veteran focused on growing early-stage companies into businesses, Sivan was previously the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of WhistlePig Whiskey, producer of one of the highest-rated rye whiskies ever. With experience building and developing ideas from concept to fruition, Sivan enjoys serving as an independent business strategy consultant helping growing companies develop their operational and business planning. Separately, he is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Porter Medical Center, a non-profit hospital and health care system in Middlebury, Vermont. He is also a Board Trustee of Porter's parent organization, the University of Vermont Health Network.
Sivan spent the first part of his career in financial services at Bear Stearns, J.P.Morgan, and Bank of America Merrill Lynch, after graduating with honors from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor's degree double-majoring in Psychology and Music and a Master's degree in Psychology. He currently lives in Vermont, and continues to play music in his spare time.
op - eds
2019 op-ed for raising the minimum wage:
Sivan Cotel & Sam Hooper: In support of a $15 minimum wage.
2018 op-ed for paid family leave:
Sivan Cotel: A benefit to workers and small businesses.