Mary Ellen Brewington
Member Women United Global Leadership Council
Partner/Owner Cherokee Distributing Company
Mary Ellen Brewington is a second generation partner in her family business Cherokee Distributing Company, a malt beverage wholesale distribution company in Tennessee. The company, created by her father in 1958, began with four delivery trucks and has grown to distribute over 200 brands across 53 counties in the state. Her family also owns Windy Hill Farm in Loudon County and holds interest in several commercial real estate developments in Knoxville. Mary Ellen and her daughter own the luxury women's boutique Est8te. Mary Ellen has professional passions for sales, marketing, public relations, commercial real estate development, corporate and family philanthropy, investment strategy, leadership cultivation and preparing third generation family members for ownership.
A life long resident of Knoxville, Tennessee she and her husband Steve have three children: Steven, Sam and Nell. They are active members of St. John's Episcopal Cathedral. Mary Ellen serves on several non profit boards and committees including: United Way of Greater Knoxville Women of Tocqueville co-chair, The East Tennessee Foundation, The Pat Summit Fund, The Knoxville Chamber, Zoo Knoxville and The Alliance for Better Non-Profits. She is a member of the Committee of 200, Executive Women's Association Knoxville, Tennessee Women's Forum, sustaining member Junior League of Knoxville, and Leadership Knoxville (Class of 2009).