Lois Mateus
Retired Brown-Forman executive

Lois Mateus is a retired Brown-Forman executive, where for twenty-six years she oversaw the company's public relations, corporate communications, community relations, and contributions activities, while also managing real estate and office facilities worldwide and developing brand homeplaces. She was instrumental in the development of Woodford Reserve bourbon and creation of the brand's distillery and visitors center in Woodford County.

Representing Brown-Forman, she became the first woman to serve on the board of the Kentucky Distillers Association (KDA). In 2013, KDA created the annual Lois Mateus Mentoring Award in her honor. She has served on the corporate boards of Hartmann Luggage and Lenox China.

A native of Mercer County, Ms. Mateus serves on the board of Hardscuffle/American Life, a Louisville based insurance company, and the Berry Center.

She is chairman of the advisory board of the University of Kentucky’s Center for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and serves on Centre College President’s Advisory Board. In 2005 the University of Kentucky awarded her its Lifetime Achievement Award in Communications and Public Relations.

She is on the board of the International Contemporary Art Foundation of the 21c Hotels and a lifetime trustee of the Kentuckians of New York and the Center for Inter-Faith Relations in Louisville.

Since her retirement she has been a contributing writer and food columnist to the Harrodsburg Herald and Mercer Magazine. She also writes for Edible Louisville/Bluegrass, a local food publication.

Ms. Mateus is a founder and past president of the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft and has served as founder and co-chair of the Slow Food Bluegrass Chapter and on the executive committees of Leadership Kentucky, the Kentucky Historical Society, and the Kentucky Educational Television Foundation. She was a charter member of the Kentucky Oral History Commission.

Prior to joining Brown-Forman as a corporate vice president in 1982, Ms. Mateus served in the economic development arm of the administration of Governor John Y. Brown as state Commissioner of the Departments of Tourism, Public Information, and the Arts. 

Ms. Mateus, age 69, is married to Louisville contractor and developer Tim Peters.  Since 1994, they have operated Tallgrass Farm, near her childhood home  where they raise grass-fed Black Angus cattle and garden extensively. Their Tallgrass Farm Foundation regularly brings inter-city children to the country for farm field-day experiences.

Currently in Louisville, they are co-developers of several historic buildings in the NuLu East Market restaurant and arts district.

Since her retirement, the couple has restored five historic buildings on Main Street in her hometown of Harrodsburg, including the Kentucky Fudge Company and the Next Door restaurant and the 1822 McBride House. For these restorations, Governor Steve Beshear recognized them with the 2012 Ida Lee Willis Community Development Preservation Award.