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Hotel Tango creates disciplined spirits that bring people together

Core Values

We are committed to excellence and always improving
We are passionate and playful
We tell it like it is and demand accountability
We relentlessly work together


Founded in 2013 by Recon Marine veteran Travis Barnes and his wife Hilary, Hotel Tango is a veteran-owned and operated distillery. We’re also one of the fastest-growing, from just two employees in 2013 to over 100 today.

The company was born not only out of our founders’ passion for distilling, but also their desire to create a space (and a brand) that’s welcoming to all comers who want to have a good time while enjoying high-quality spirits. And you can see this same attitude in our dedication to creating an inclusive environment for workers, stakeholders, partners and consumers.

Through it all, we remain committed to delivering on our promise: Guaranteed to elevate morale.

The Team

Travis Barnes
Founder & Chief Executive Officer
Travis Barnes grew up near the small town of Albion, Indiana. After the events of 9/11, Travis was compelled to leave college in 2001, and enlist as an infantryman in the United States Marine Corps. Later on, he was selected for the elite Marine Recon, where he served three combat tours in Iraq with First Reconnaissance Battalion. After obtaining his undergrad degree Travis went on to earn his law degree in the spring of 2013, where he met his wife Hilary. After law school, Travis and Hilary founded Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery in downtown Indianapolis. The mission of Hotel Tango is to create disciplined spirits that bring people together. In his spare time, Travis likes to hang out with his three amazing daughters & eat Korean BBQ. 
Hilary Barnes
Founder & Chief Legal Officer
Hilary Barnes is an Indiana native that attended Indiana University where she received her bachelor's degree in Business Process Management. She continued her education at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and graduated in 2013. In addition to serving as general counsel for Hotel Tango, Hilary Barnes works for the law firm of Christopher & Taylor, where she focuses primarily on business litigation and personal injury cases. Hilary has been named by Super Lawyers as an Indiana Rising Star in the area of business litigation in 2018, 2019, and 2020. In her free time she loves flying planes & spending time with her three adorable daughters.
Chuck Hundt
Chief Financial + Operating Officer
Chuck grew up in Northern Indiana in the small town of Bremen. He graduated from Manchester University obtaining both a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and a Masters of Accountancy. Upon graduating, Chuck began his career at Katz, Sapper and Miller, LLP, where he worked for 8 years. He joined Angie’s List in 2005 at the start of their expansion across the nation. Chuck assisted with the public and secondary offerings of Angie’s List in 2011 and 2012, respectively. After the public offering, Chuck became the Chief Accounting Officer overseeing all accounting functions including finance, collections, procurement and internal audit. After 15 years at Angie’s List, Chuck’s executive position was eliminated due to a merger with Home Advisor in June 2018. Chuck worked on CFO consulting for startup companies before joining Hotel Tango. Chuck is married and has four children ranging in ages from 13 to 26. In his free time, Chuck enjoys travelling and playing golf.
Nick Ladig
Chief Commercial Officer
Nick was born in Northeast Indiana and grew up childhood friends with founder Travis. His roots are in rural Indiana and he resides there today, just outside of Fort Wayne. He started working in the food and beverage world at the age of 12 and grew a passion for the beverage side of the industry. Nick studied Business at Purdue Fort Wayne and then Ball State University where he ultimately gained his degree in the study of Entrepreneurship. His career path led him to beer first, working at the wholesaler level for nearly a decade. He then joined the team at Hotel Tango in 2016. He is married and the proud father of one wonderful daughter. Hobbies include writing bios for his work website, hunting, sports, cooking, traveling, and whatever else is on the family calendar.
Ginger Barnes
Director of Production & Compliance
Ginger grew up in Albion, IN and is a graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington, where she earned her bachelor’s in Communications, and San Diego State University, where she earned a Master of Science in Counseling. Ginger is responsible for facilities management and day-to-day operations of the production facility, corporate offices, and Hotel Tango Farms. Prior to Hotel Tango, Ginger worked in the mental health counseling field after serving nine years in the United States Navy, specializing in operations.
Alisha Hernandez
Director of Human Resources
Alisha is an Indiana native and attended the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI where she completed her degree with a double major in Human Resources Management and Business Management. Alisha joined Hotel Tango in 2020 with over 10 years of human resources and operations management experience. Alisha is responsible for identifying and implementing long-range strategic talent management goals. In her free time, Alisha likes to travel, cook, eat, and experience new cultures with her hubby Drew.
Kelsey Strohmeyer
Director of Marketing
Kelsey is an Indiana native and attended DePauw University where she graduated with a degree in communications and education. After graduating she moved to Shanghai, China to teach at Shanghai High School International Division. She returned to the US after 3 years abroad and joined the Hotel Tango team in September of 2019. In her time at Hotel Tango she has held the role of brand coordinator, brand manager, and now sits in the Director of Marketing role. She is responsible for keeping local and national audiences up to date with everything Hotel Tango.
Kati O'Brien
Director of Hospitality
Kati was born in Chicago, but she was raised in Carmel, IN. She attended Indiana University - Bloomington, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Tourism Management. Loving all things Hoosier Hospitality and event management, Kati has dedicated her career to designing exceptional guest experiences and memorable events. Her work in the Indy tourism and hospitality industry have earned her a 2016 Visit Indy ROSE Award and 2022 Accent Indy ACCENTS Award. Kati joined the Hotel Tango team in 2021. During her time at Hotel Tango, she held multiple roles, including Event Sales Manager and Director of Events. Currently, Kati serves as the Director of Hospitality. She is responsible for ensuring Hotel Tango on premise operations provide consistent, high-level service and guiding strategic and operational leadership for Hotel Tango on premise activities. Kati loves dogs, especially her golden retriever (Junior), prefers almost all things sour (candy and beer - not attitudes), claims the title of Big Brother’s biggest fan (the CBS show, but her two older brothers are pretty great, too), and will plan her schedule around Taylor Swift music and ticket releases.
Sales & Marketing
Blake Loudermilk
Blake is a native Indianapolis resident who grew up working at her family's orchard and learning the basics of small business management. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Tourism, Hospitality, and Event Management and was a 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award. Since returning to Indianapolis she has worked in the craft beverage industry selling both wine and spirits with a focus on growing business in national chain accounts. She is responsible for submitting Hotel Tango spirits and programs to buyers in grocery, liquor, club, drug, convenience, and restaurant chains across the country. Today Blake lives with her boyfriend, two dogs, and one cat in Indianapolis and spends her free time roaming the woods at Eagle Creek, watching cartoons, and reading murder mysteries.
Olivia Leisz
Olivia is a Hoosier through and through! She grew up in Greenwood, IN attending Center Grove schools and graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelors degree in HR Management. Olivia has been in the wine & spirits industry for nearly 10 years and has experience in distribution, production and sales. When she's not out working you can probably find her frequenting one of her favorite watering holes in Broad Ripple or hanging out with her two cats, Ash and Jet.
Holleh Matlock
Content Manager
Holleh is a multifaceted creative, well versed in the arts, ranging from theatre, photography, graphic design, videography, music, and fine art. She combines her lifetime of artistic practice with a decade of mixology experience to become a sorcerer of spirits. Holleh also has a strong passion for philanthropy, and often incorporates this into Hotel Tango Drink-to-Donate programs. Holleh is the Director of Events and Fundraising for USBG Indy and a member of the Hotel Tango Innovation Committee. She says, “you can achieve whatever you set your mind to, as long as you have a lot of discipline and even more glitter.”
Megan Knuckles
Brand Manager
Megan, born and raised in Cincinnati, attended Miami University where she graduated with a double major in Strategic Communications and Social Work. After graduating she moved to Chicago, Illinois gaining marketing experience within the Alcohol Beverage Industry. She returned to her hometown in Cincinnati and joined the Hotel Tango team Summer of 2021. As the Brand Manager, she is responsible for protecting the integrity of the Hotel Tango brand, building out future programming, and growing company collateral. She loves being at the lake, finding new coffee shops, happy hour and spending time with family and friends.
Chloe Cain
Regional Sales Representative
Chloe is an Illinois native who made Indiana her home after attending Ball State University and The Art Institute of Indianapolis. She began working at age 15 and spent over a decade in the service industry which she likes to believe shaped her work ethic. Through building relationships Chloe was able to gain experience in sales- which she later learned was her true passion. Chloe has previous experience with product development and the submersion of products into a new market. Her past roles have allowed her to work hand in hand with Nascar and Indy Car sponsorships and multimillion dollar concert partnerships. She is a member of the sales team and holds a Regional Sales Representative role. She is looking forward to hitting the ground running and making Hotel Tango a household name. In her free time you’ll see her shaking up a Hotel Tango Vodka strawberry martini, or taking her dogs Gus and Mowgli on a walk through Broadripple Park.
Bob Yates
Bobby is an Indianapolis native and has been brewing/distilling since the age of 19. He experimented with fermentation and brewing at home, eventually leading into winemaking and distilling over the course of the subsequent 5 years. Bobby moved into a head brewer role in a small brewpub and learned more of the brewing craft from one of Indiana's first Craft Brewers. Bobby started working at Hotel Tango in 2017, peeling lemons as a second job hoping to expand his distilling knowledge and experience. He now maintains quality and consistency of Hotel Tango's spirit portfolio and production operations.
Dilon Richter
Dilon grew up in Columbus, Indiana. After high school he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a MV-22 Osprey Crew Chief and Mechanic. After his 5 years Active Duty in the Marine Corps Dilon worked in Production Control, Logistics, and Quality Assurance in automotive manufacturing. Dilon joined Hotel Tango in the fall of 2019 after working at a local craft brewery for multiple years. Dilon currently lives with his girlfriend Avery, and their two cats, Frank and Leonna.
Andrew Schulten
Andrew is a native to Indiana, but has lived and traveled all over the country and world. He attended the University of Evansville and received a B.S. in Health Services Administration. While attending college he was a full scholarship ROTC cadet at the University of Southern Indiana and became a commissioned Officer in the US Army after college. After the Army, Andrew continued to serve others as a Police Officer in Lafayette, IN. Eventually, he chose to follow his wife's career progression after she followed his for several years. During this time Andrew selected a new career path that lead him into the craft brewery and distillery world that combined his experience as a leader in the military as a logistician with his passion for spirits and landed him as the Logistics Coordinator here at Hotel Tango.
Moose grew up on the north side of Indy and has enjoyed building/tinkering with things since his first LEGO set back in the 80s. This love of understanding how things work evolved into a Mechanical Engineering Technology degree from Purdue. After working in various fields, he moved into the beverage industry with a job at Sun King. Moose is responsible for the smooth operation of the bottling line, including maintenance and improvements. When not working it's easy to find him reading or watching something, often with feet up and a cold beverage nearby.
Fletcher Place Tasting Room
General Manager
Ryan is an Iowa native from the small town of Burlington. After attending the University of Iowa, he relocated to Houston, TX where he began his hospitality journey working the door at a British Pub. From there he moved back and forth between Indiana and Texas working his way up the ladder in the catering and concessions world until finally landing in Indianapolis in 2012. Working in both sales and event management, Ryan was lucky enough to travel around the country working sporting events and music festivals with the highlight being Bonarroo, where he was the manager for the Brooer's Village for 10 years. He joined the Hotel Tango team in March of 2022 as the General Manager of the Fletcher Place Tasting Room.
Assistant General Manager
A southern Indiana native, Luci moved to Indianapolis to attend the University of Indianapolis for kinesiology. Upon completing her degree, managed a gym for a few years before Covid took all the fun out of going to work. With her people skills and a few other skill sets under her belt, she stumbled upon Hotel Tango. After a few months apart, Luci just couldn’t stay away and decided that it’s time to reunite with the team.
Event Coordinator
Bri grew up in Carmel, IN and is a graduate of Ball State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations. While in college, she led events for Four Day Brewing company where she developed a love for all events, big and small. In early 2023, She joined the Hotel Tango team as the Event Coordinator. Bri loves to be the life of the party and always makes sure everyone around her is having a good time. Some of her favorite things outside of hosting events are playing pickleball, spoiling her furbaby Ozzy Jean, and spending time with loved ones. She is always down to try new things and never shies away from a challenge.
Tasting Room Lead
Tasting Room Lead
Rachel, a self-proclaimed extrovert and Indiana native, attended Ball State University where she earned a bachelor's degree in Creative Development and Advertising. With that degree, she spends most of her time expressing creativity whether it be in her photography business, graphic design, or even renovating her home. Rachel started at Hotel Tango as a second gig with hopes to not only further her knowledge and experience in distilling, but also to meet new people, make new friends, and continue to grow in the Indianapolis community. When she's not working, she enjoys hanging out with her pitbull rescues, traveling to National Parks, and powerlifting at Indy City Barbell.
Tasting Room Team Member
Tasting Room Team Member
Tasting Room Team Member
Tasting Room Team Member
Alex started at Hotel Tango in August of 2022. She's new to Indy and looking forward to the next phase of her life, while giving the best service to her guests.
Tasting Room Team Member
Caitilin was born and raised in Indiana. She attended Western Governors University and graduated with a degree in elementary education. She is looking forward to her work as a server at Hotel Tango and joining the collaborative team that has been established.
Tasting Room Team Member
Hali is a 2020 graduate of Indiana University Bloomington. Bloomington was a great change of pace from her small, country hometown and then she found herself in Fountain Square after graduation due to the similarities. Hali originally began working part time at Hotel Tango in November 2020 and took a hiatus to explore some other things. She found her way back here at the end of 2022. In her free time you can find her playing with her dogs Nacho and Bell, eating local foods, or doing Pilates (shoutout Era Pilates!) Hali also has a passion for helping individuals with mental illness , as all of her day jobs have been within this field.
Tasting Room Team Member
Kitchen Supervisor
Emily has lived in Central Indiana their whole life, graduating a year early from Brownsburg high school. Since graduating, they have been focusing their time and energy back into their family and renovating their property; but plans to attend college next year for therapeutic massage and creative writing. At Hotel Tango Emily spends their time with us in the kitchen preparing everyone's food to perfection.
Fort Wayne Tasting Room
General Manager
Assistant General Manager
Brittney was born and raised in Fort Wayne, IN and has lived there her entire life. She attended Purdue Fort Wayne for a year and then decided to take a break and pursue her passion which she has since found in the service industry. Brittney joined Hotel Tango as a server with over 7 years of experience in the industry. She was promoted to Assistant General Manager in June of 2022. When she's not working, she enjoys spending time with her boyfriend and 5 fur children; 3 cats & 2 dogs.
Tasting Room Lead
Tasting Room Lead
Tasting Room Lead
Tasting Room Team Member
Christopher is a Fort Wayne native who enjoys to brighten other people’s days! He knows what it is like to not necessarily enjoy life , so he does his best to make sure that everyone that he comes into contact with finds some sense of enjoyment. Christopher has spent the last year rebuilding his relationship with God and also rediscovering himself ! He’s excited to continue to continue growing and go share his newly found happiness and positivity with all those he comes in contact. Christopher has an upbeat , friendly personality, and has been in the food / liquor industry for several years. His favorite hobbies include listening to positive podcasts, skating, going to the gym ,hanging with his friends, and bonding with God! Christopher wants us all to remind ourselves daily that “All life is suffering and everyone has suffered. The only way to truly live is to forgive and show grace to your enemies, for they have suffered too.” ☺️
Tasting Room Team Member
Tasting Room Team Member
Tasting Room Team Member
Holly is a Midwest based artist. She has been tending bar for over 20 years and also is very active in the art community in Fort Wayne indiana. Ranging from having artwork on display and for sale in several local shops to traveling to different events and festivals through the region. She stands proudly behind her work, weather its tending bar or giving a henna tattoo. Part of what makes Holly interesting is her constant desire to uplift the people around her. You'll find her joking and laughing often, and always in an cheerful positive mood. There's no negativity allowed when she's in the room!
Tasting Room Team Member
Julia is from Long Beach, IN, but has lived in Fort Wayne for four years now. She went to Ball State University and majored in Psychology. Ultimately, she realized dental was what her real passion was and became a dental assistant. She has worked in restaurants and bars for 12 years. Julia is excited to be a part of the Hotel Tango team as a server! She really loves interacting with guests and mixing up a good drink! Outside of work Julia loves to relax. She has a cat named Bean who is her pride and joy. On her days off she loves playing golf.
Tasting Room Team Member
Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Maddi has been creating things all her life. She is a visual artist who is well-versed in digital mediums, paint, colored pencil, printmaking, ceramics, and photography. Her other interests include linguistics (German, French, and Japanese), paleontology, zoology, and the occasional Pokemon game. She attended IPFW majoring in Animation and Graphic Design; however, she decided to take time off from school to work as an au pair in Germany. Upon her return, she became a bartender and found joy in delighting her regulars with good jokes and excellent drinks. She hopes she’ll continue to brighten peoples’ spirits (literally) at Hotel Tango!
Tasting Room Team Member
Tara is a Michigan native but moved to Fort Wayne at a young age. After graduating with her Associates Degree in Animal Science, she passed her state and national boards and became a Registered Veterinary Technician. She spent the first five years in the primary care setting but for the past nine years has enjoyed the high intensity atmosphere of the ER. She is the mother of a beautiful, independent 3-year-old daughter. Having waitressed through college, she was excited to join the Hotel Tango team in 2022 as a server. When she is not working, she loves to spend as much time as she can with her daughter in her favorite place, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Kitchen Supervisor
Lucas is a born Hoosier and has spent most of his life between Fort Wayne and Bloomington Indiana. At a young age he developed a passion for cooking and baking following in his families legacy. Lucas joined Hotel Tango in 2022 as a cook in the Fort Wayne Tasting Room, then was promoted to Kitchen Supervisor. He spends his free time reading far too much science fiction and fishing at his families lake get away.
Kitchen Team Member
Summer has 7 years of experience in the restaurant business. She has a bachelor degree in public policy and administration and is currently pursuing a masters degree in forensic of psychology. Summers responsibilities at Tango include maintaining the kitchen operation; making food, syrups and squeezing the juices for the alcohol cocktails, tidying up the kitchen area and more. She is a very outgoing person and loves meeting new people.
Zionsville Tasting Room
General Manager
Alyssa is an Indiana native hailing from Brownsburg, IN. She attended IUPUI before picking up and heading West. She spent some time in San Diego, CA immersing in wine and hospitality before heading up to explore the wilderness of Alaska. She then found home for some time in the beautiful Rockies in Crested Butte, CO where she got to combine her love of the outdoors with her experience in hospitality at the ski resort and country club. Alyssa joined Hotel Tango as the General Manager of the Zionsville Tasting Room, where she plans to bring her spirit and excitement into this new location.
Assistant General Manager
Barb is a native of Indianapolis and even though she spent 10 years in Chicagoland as a child and another 4 years at college in Chicagoland she loves Indianapolis and all it has to offer. She returned to Indianapolis after college and hasn't left. She started teaching CPR/First Aid/AED classes for the American Red Cross in 1997 and has enjoyed working with a variety of people since that time. She is the "crazy cat lady" via her work with local rescues and animal shelters in the Indianapolis area. Her house has different cats at all times because so many need a stress break or an illness recovery place that she provides for them. She is owned by 2 cats that oversee the circus of foster animals. She joined Hotel Tango Zionsville in July 2022 as the Assistant General Manager.
Lead Mixologist
Tasting Room Lead
Stephanie was born and raised in Indianapolis and graduated from Indiana University Bloomington in 2020. She has worked in the service industry since she was 16 years old and has expanded her experience through multiple bars of different demographics. She has grown her repertoire of craft cocktails at home and joined the bartending team at Hotel Tango in 2022. Stephanie has developed multiple original drinks with her home bar setup and enjoys experimenting with garnishes and syrups. When she's not bartending, Stephanie can be found cuddling with her cat, Sadie, trying new DIY decor projects, or participating in local activism.
Tasting Room Lead
Maddie is a Zionsville native, a ZCHS graduate in 2018, and Ball State University graduate in 2022 with a major in Advertising. During her last year of college she began bartending in the Ball State Village. After graduation she moved backed to Zionsville and started at Hotel Tango in 2022 as a bartender. Madeline loves meeting new people as much as she loves making craft cocktails, and bartending is the perfect mix. When she’s not working, Madeline likes to spend time outside with her basset hound or relax on the couch watching Grey’s Anatomy.
Tasting Room Team Member
Kitchen Supervisor
Calabe was born and raised in Indiana. He enjoys traveling and experiencing different cultures and foods. He enjoys nature, being outside and exploring new areas.


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