Founder, CEO, and Head Distiller, Du Nord Craft Spirits
Chris Montana started Du Nord Craft Spirits, a distillery in the middle of the city he loved. The goal was to start a family business that would bring together wife Shanelle Montana’s rural upbringing on a Cold Spring farm and Chris’ experience growing up in Minneapolis. Du Nord is committed to diversifying the craft alcohol community and actively recruits the underrepresented communities of women and racial minorities to join the Du Nord family. Chris grew up in several different neighborhoods in Minneapolis but spent most of his time in South Minneapolis and Prospect Park. He attended public schools in Minneapolis and later earned an English degree from the University of the District of Columbia, and a law degree from Hamline University. Chris is still a licensed attorney, but prefers to make booze.
Mitchell Hamline Trustee
Trustee since 2020.
EducationJ.D., Hamline University School of Law
B.A., University of the District of Columbia