National Conference of State Liquor Administrators
When:
Sunday, June 26, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.
to
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
 
Where:
Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel
909 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611
 
Take a tour of the Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel.
NCSLA ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2016 - Chicago, Illinois
 
Conference Room Rate*:
  • State/Government = $200/night plus taxes**
  •  
  • Associate Member/Invitee = $239/night plus taxes
 
*Rates available 3 days before and after the conference, subject to hotel availability. Group rate available until June 5, 2016, subject to availability. Room upgrades may be available at an additional charge.
 
**NOTE: There are a limited number of rooms available at the government rate to qualifying NCSLA State members and Government Associate members. Subject to availability on a first served basis. Must show valid Government ID at time of check-in.
 
Group Reservations:
 
Online Reservation
  • State/Government Associate members click here to book a room
  •  
  • Associate Members/Invitees click here to book a room
Telephone Reservation (mention “NCSLA”)
  • Toll free at (888) 627-8385
  •  
  • Direct at (312) 943-7200
 
Public Transportation:
Airline Travel
O’Hare International Airport (ORD) is located approximately 16 miles (40-75 minutes) from the Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel and is serviced by major airlines. Please visit the website for more information.
 
Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW) is located approximately 16 miles (40-75 minutes) from the Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel and is serviced by major airlines. Please visit the website for more information.
 
Local Transportation
Options
 
Note: Estimated charges, fees and schedules are not guaranteed by the hotel or NCSLA.
 
Public Transportation by way of the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) subway/”El” trains from the Airports can be the most convenient, cost effective and time efficient way to get from the airports to the hotel. The “Blue Line” “Train to the City” services passengers traveling from O’Hare to downtown and takes about 30-40 minutes. The “Orange Line” “Train to the City” services passengers traveling from Midway Airport to downtown and takes about 20-30 minutes. The cost of a CTA train ride is only $5.
 
Important Note: Because the Westin Hotel is not located near the O’Hare Blue Line nor the Midway Orange Line, it is recommended that you take a taxi or other service like “Uber” or “Lyft” to the hotel once you disembark the Blue Line or Orange Line trains. You can disembark the trains at any downtown location and transfer to a taxi service but the closest disembarking point for both Blue Line and Orange Line trains is the Clark/Lake downtown stop (which also happens to be the Thompson Center which houses the Illinois Liquor Control Commission). This stop is just over a mile from the hotel and is a $6-$8 taxi service ride. While taking the CTA from the Airports may seem complicated, it can be a great option if you do not like sitting in traffic.
 
Airport Shuttle
 
O’Hare International Airport:
GO Airport Express
Fee:$28 per person one-way, $51 per person roundtrip
 
Chicago Midway International Airport:
GO Airport Express
Fee::$23 per person one-way, $42 per person roundtrip
 
Cab fares cost approximately $50 to/from O’Hare International Airport and $35 to/from Chicago Midway International Airport.
 
Driving Directions
Note: Driving distance may be affected by local conditions and traffic.
 
From O’Hare:
  • Take Interstate 90 East which turns into JFK Expressway (I-90/94)
  • Take Ohio Street exit and travel east on Ohio for approximately 9 blocks to Michigan Avenue
  • Turn left onto Michigan Avenue
  • Travel north approximately 9 blocks to Delaware
  • Turn right onto Delaware
From Midway:
  • Travel north on Cicero Avenue to Interstate 55 North
  • Take Interstate 55 North toward Chicago
  • Take the U.S. 41 N/Lake Shore Drive North exit
  • Turn left onto E Chicago Avenue
  • Turn right onto Michigan Avenue
  • Turn right onto Delaware
Conference Host - Contact:
Mary McNulty at (312) 814-1564 or Mary.McNulty@illinois.gov

NCSLA 2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
June 26-29, 2016
Westin Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois

NCSLA 2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE

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Business Agenda   |   Presenter Biographies   |   Social Agenda

Conference Information

“Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood.” These are the words of Daniel Burnham, renowned Chicago architect whose blueprints were the foundation of Chicago’s rebirth after the Great Fire of 1871. Like Burnham, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission has made big plans to welcome NCSLA members and guests to Chicago for the 2016 NCSLA Annual Conference – A Blueprint to the Future.

Business Meeting

NCSLA originated in Chicago 82 years ago and the conference theme, “A Blueprint To The Future” is a tribute to its founding members. You will see the program adeptly reflects NCSLA’s mission which is to educate and serve the needs of its members, through open communication, in furtherance of effective alcohol policies within our communities and nation.

This business agenda marks the first of its kind and represents the new, shortened format of two and a half days for NCSLA’s annual conference. Over the course of the conference a variety of current issues will be discussed, including mergers and acquisitions, consumer diversity and demand, technology and innovation, and public safety concerns. Drawing inspiration is an important component to developing “A Blueprint To The Future,” and you’ll hear from keynote speakers Isiah Thomas, NBA All-Star, and Andy Lansing, President & CEO of Levy Restaurants. Tuesday will feature our cornerstone sessions on ethics and the Legal Update, and on Wednesday NCSLA will introduce a new program titled “Regulator Academy,” which focuses on educational topics for state regulators. You won’t want to miss a minute of these enlightening sessions in addition to the valuable networking opportunities with colleagues and friends throughout the conference! Just click on the links below and take a few minutes to look over the complete business and social agendas.

Social Activities

NCSLA invites members and guests to attend a welcome reception on Sunday evening, across the street from the Westin Hotel at “The Signature Room at the 95th Floor.” Atop the John Hancock Building – Chicago’s fourth tallest building - the Signature Room offers stunning panoramic views of Chicago in all directions.

On Monday night, before we send you off to explore Chicago’s restaurants and nightlife, NCSLA will host the Pizza World Series in the Hospitality Suite. Don’t miss the opportunity to sample and critique pizza from three north side Chicago pizzerias and three south side Chicago pizzerias. Only one pizza and one neighborhood will be crowned champion. After the pizza tasting, the option of taking a Chicago River architectural tour will be available to a limited number of registrants (at additional cost). Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the history of the City while cruising on the river deep within the canyon created by Chicago’s famous skyscrapers. Seats are limited so check out details on the registration form. Tickets SOLD OUT to Chicago River Architectural Tour!

On the last night of the conference, NCSLA invites you to a refined and distinguished banquet at the Art Institute of Chicago where you will have the opportunity to mingle in the Old Chicago Stock Exchange Room, receive docent guided tours of paintings like Grant Wood’s American Gothic and Edward Hopper’s Nighthawk; dine in the Terzo Piano room of the Modern Wing; and enjoy dessert overlooking Millennium Park.

Of course, the NCSLA Hospitality Room will be open for networking each night at the Westin with spectacular views of Chicago’s Magnificent Mile from the 16th floor. In the words of Ferris Bueller: “The question is not ‘What are we going to do?’ The question is ‘What aren’t we going to do?’” Either way, no matter what you end up doing, remember to “Make no little plans”.

Business Agenda   |   Presenter Biographies   |   Social Agenda

Registration Information

Early conference registration ends Friday, May 13th, 2016 so don't delay! The registration fee increases $50.00 starting May 14th.

You have the option of paying by credit card or check*. The registration fees are outlined below.

Registration fees:
  • State Member = $450 ($500 after May 13th)
    TRAVEL BAN? Contact Pam Frantz for details about the NCSLA Travel Subsidy program.
  • Government Associate Member = $500 ($550 after May 13th)
  • Associate Member = $700 ($750 after May 13th)
  • Invitee of NCSLA President or Conference Host = $700 ($750 after May 13th)
  • NCSLA Past President = Fee waived (NCSLA Bylaws Article I, Section 5B)
  • NCSLA Past President Spouse = Fee waived (NCSLA Bylaws Article I, Section 5B)
  • Spouse/Guest = $400 ($450 after May 13th)
  • Guest 3 - 20 Years Old = $220 ($270 after May 13th)
  • Guest 2 Years Old and Under = Fee Waived

If you are paying by check* please make it payable to "National Conference of State Liquor Administrators", 543 Long Hill Road, Gurnee, IL 60031 and mail it to: Mary McNulty, Illinois Liquor Control Commission, 100 W. Randolph Street, Suite 7-801, Chicago, Illinois 60601.

*Please note that payment by check is not available after June 10, 2016.*

CANCELLATION POLICY: All refunds are subject to a $200.00 deduction per person. Due to contractual commitments there will be NO REFUNDS AFTER June 10, 2016. NCSLA Federal Tax ID Number: 52-6043243.

ATTIRE: Attire for all scheduled business and social functions is casual with the exception of the Banquet which is formal (suit/coat and optional tie for men and evening wear for women). The average high/low temperatures in Chicago are 80°/58°F so be sure to pack for hot and sunny or cool weather!

SPECIAL NEEDS: Individuals with disabilities or special dietary requirements who need special accommodations should email Mary.McNulty@illinois.gov to make arrangements. Requests should be made no later than June 10, 2016, to allow sufficient time for us to meet your needs.

EXHIBITOR INFORMATION: The cost of one (1) 6 ft. or 8 ft. skirted table for two (2) consecutive conference days is $400 per table. If you would like to purchase exhibit space please complete the Exhibitor section on the registration form. Exhibitor is responsible for making arrangements with the hotel. Please contact Ira Sugar at The Westin Michigan Avenue to coordinate, and assist you with internet access or electrical needs (e.g. cords, power strips, etc.) and arrange for direct billing. Ira Sugar's email address is isugar@PSAV.COM and phone number is (312)756-0774.


LOOK WHO'S COMING!

Name Organization Title
Shirley Akita County of Kauai Department of Liquor Control Commissioner - Liquor Control Commission
M. Caitlin Anderson Connecticut Division of Liquor Control Staff Attorney 2
Dean Argo Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board Government Relations Manager
Debbi Beavers Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division - Department of Revenue Director
Zackary W. Blair Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Assistant Director
Matthew D. Botting California Alcoholic Beverage Control General Counsel
Janelle Christian Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Industry Outreach Program Manager
John H. Cordrey Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner
Captain Brad Doty Alcohol Beverage Control - Idaho State Police Bureau Chief, ABC
Charles Ehart NCSLA NCSLA Past President
Paul Endo County of Kauai Department of Liquor Control Commissioner - Liquor Control Commission
Jason Evans South Dakota Department of Revenue Deputy Director, Special Taxes
Kathy Fierro Pueblo of Pojoaque Alcoholic Beverage Commission Chairperson
Donald Fujii Department of Liquor Control, County of Maui Adjudication Board Chairman
Ollie Garrett Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board LCB Board Member
Rick Garza Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Director
William Gibson County of Kauai Department of Liquor Control Vice Chair - Liquor Control Commission
Geraldine Giffin County of Hawaii Liquor Control Liquor Adjudication Board Member
Courtney Glaha City of Greenwood Village Licensing Specialist
Keith Hollingshead-Cook Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Commission Counsel
Mark Honda Department of Liquor Control, County of Maui Deputy Director
Michael Houdyshell South Dakota Department of Revenue Director, Special Taxes
Aubrey J. Howard City of Memphis Permits Permits-Licenses Administrator
Jean Iida County of Kauai Department of Liquor Control Chair - Liquor Control Commission
Sharon Ito Department of Liquor Control, County of Maui Private Secretary
Edward Kushi, Jr. Department of the Corporation Counsel, County of Maui First Deputy Corporation Counsel
Gerald Langlais NCSLA Administrator, Retired
Ernest Legier Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control Chief of Staff
Michael Lewis South Carolina Department of Revenue - Alcohol Beverage Licensing Regulatory Manager
Darren Lopez Department of Liquor Control, County of Maui Liquor Commission Vice Chair
Juana Marine-Lombard Louisiana Department of Revenue - Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner
Joseph McCullough California ABC Deputy Division Chief
Renee C. Metz North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission Chief Counsel
Shelby Nahale-a County of Hawaii Liquor Control Liquor Commissioner
Gary Pacheco County of Kauai Department of Liquor Control Commissioner - Liquor Control Commission
Angel Quintana Pueblo of Pojoaque Alcoholic Beverage Commission Member
Gerald Rapozo County of Kauai Department of Liquor Control Director
Nicola Reid WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board Compliance and Policy Manager
Mary Kay Root New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department - Alcohol and Gaming Division Director
Daniel R. Rubin New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department - Alcohol and Gaming Division Division Attorney
Maureen Shanta Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission Special Agent-In-Charge
Rebecca Smith WA State Liquor & Cannabis Board Director of Licensing & Regulation
Gerald Takase County of Hawaii Liquor Control Director
Robert Tanaka Department of Liquor Control, County of Maui Liquor Commission Chairman
Christopher Thiemann Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Distilled Spirits Program Manager
Christine Trout Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner
Roy Umeno Department of Liquor Control, County of Maui Liquor Commissioner
Robert Wiest Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Deputy Commissioner
Arielle Albert Danow,McMullan & Panoff for Breakthru Compliance Counsel
Krystal Aspey Quarles & Brady LLP Partner
Tony Barnes Founders Brewing Co. Chief Corporate Counsel
Jason Bassett Kum & Go Director of Government Affairs
Terri Beirne Wine Institute Eastern Counsel
Nicholas Bergman Buchman Law Firm, LLP Partner
Richard Blau GrayRobinson, P.A. Chair, Alcohol Beverage and Food Department
Annie Bones Wine Institute State Compliance Specialist
Carrie Bonnington Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Partner
Maggie Boyd Mark Anthony Services, Inc. Compliance Manager
Michael Brewer Alcoholic Beverage Consulting Service President
Mary Brousseau USA Wine West, LLC Compliance Director
K. Kristann Carey Constellation Brands Beer Division SVP, General Counsel
Marc Carmichael Indiana Beverage Alliance President
Adam Chafetz Health Communications, Inc. ~ (The TIPS Program) President
William Cheek, III Bone McAllester Norton PLLC Attorney
Cindy Chen Pernod Ricard USA Senior Counsel, Corporate & Transactions
Dimitrios Christopoulos Christopoulos Law Group, LLC Attorney
Kevin Coates Dill Dill Carr Stonbraker & Hutchings PC Partner
Christopher Coleman Associated Beer Distributors of IL Vice President of Government Relations
Josh Collier Computronix USA
Brad Cook United Parcel Service UPS Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Regulated Goods Director
Joseph Cruz Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Consultant
Keven Danow Breakthru Beverage Group Compliance Counsel
Elizabeth DeConti GrayRobinson, P.A. Attorney
Maribel Delgado E. & J. Gallo Winery Associate General Counsel, Sr. Director of Govt. Affairs
Kristina Dickens Christopoulos Law Group, LLC Associate Attorney
Mark Dickison Lawson & Weitzen, LLP Partner
Melinda Diederich Computronix USA
Rachel Dumas Rey Compli Founder/President
Susan Dworak Real Identities LLC CEO
Kate Echeverria Mark Anthony Services, Inc. Compliance Coordinator
Danielle Elks Elks Law Attorney
Jim Farrell Beverage Merchandising, Inc. President
Pamela Frantz NCSLA Executive Director
Kimberly Frost Martin, Frost & Hill, P.C. Shareholder
Pat Gagliardi Center for Alcohol Policy Consultant
Emily Gant Garvey Schubert Barer Attorney
Jill Gautreaux Kean Miller LLP Attorney
Neal Gidvani Greenspoon Marder Senior Counsel
Marlene Gordon Bacardi North America Corp. VP, General Counsel - North America
Alan Greenspan Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits EVP and General Counsel
Steve Gross Wine Institute Vice President, State Relations
John Guadnola Association of Washington Spirits & Wine Distributors Executive Director
Kim Guieb Constellation Brands, Inc. Director, Regulatory Affairs
Valerie Haber GrayRobinson, P.A. Attorney
Micki Hackenberger Wine & Spirit Wholesalers of Colorado Executive Director
Anna Han Pernod Ricard USA Attorney, Corporate & Sales Compliance
John Harris GrayRobinson, P.A. Government Consultant
Dan Haskell Gullett, Sanford, Robinson, and Martin Attorney
Alex Heckathorn Compliance Service of America - CSA Senior Consultant
Jay Hibbard Distilled Spirits Council Of The United States (DISCUS) Vice President, Eastern Region
Bahaneh Hobel Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty Partner, Alcohol Beverage & Wine Law
Karen Hoff Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Compliance Manager
Gary Horton E. & J. Gallo Winery Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs & Compliance
Brian Howie Quarles & Brady LLP Attorney
Cheri Huddleston Hance Scarborough, LLP Legislative Consultant
Ryan Irsik Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Director-Public Affairs & Government Relations
Sally Jefferson Wine Institute Director, Great Lakes Region
Michelle Jensen Constellation Brands, Inc. Promotions Compliance Manager
Susan Johnson Stoel Rives LLP Attorney
Jerry Jolly Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Consultant
Lisa Jordan MillerCoors Associate General Counsel
Alana Joyce Strike & Techel Associate
Anne M. Junia Cassiday Schade LLP Partner
Tom Kerr Strike & Techel Partner
Joetta King Constellation Brands Beer Division Manager, Regulatory & Compliance
Julia Koestner Quarles & Brady LLP Associate
Jeremy Kruidenier Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois Vice Executive Director
Robert Lewis Greenspoon Marder Shareholder
Marbet Lewis Greenspoon Marder Shareholder
Ryan Malkin Malkin Law PA Principal Attorney
Matthew Mann WineDirect, Inc. General Counsel
Carol Martel Wine Institute Northeastern Counsel
Karin Matura Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois Executive Director
Derek Mayor Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Associate
Michael McCanse Quarles & Brady LLP Attorney
Keira McCarthy Proximo Assistant General Counsel
Jim McGreevy Beer Institute President & CEO
Dawn McNeely Terlato Wines International Director Regulatory Affairs
Jay McPherson Compliance Service of America - CSA Consultant
Lonette Merriman Constellation Brands, Inc. Vice President, Associate General Counsel
Daniel Meyer Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky Executive Director & General Counsel
Lisa Miller Skene Law Firm, P.C. Associate
Jo Moak Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc. Sr. Vice President and General Counsel
Robert Myers Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois President
Michael Newman Holland & Knight, LLP Partner
Edward O'Toole California Beer & Beverage Distributors Consultant
Caroline OConnell Lawson & Weitzen, LLP Partner
Robert J. OHara Flaherty and O'Hara, P.C. Partner
Debra Pender Greenspoon Marder Regulatory Consultant
Jonathan Phillips Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. Regulatory Specialist
April Pyatt Pernod Ricard USA Marketing Compliance Manager
Kathryn Quinn Constellation Brands, Inc. Director, Regulatory Affairs
Brian Ream Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ltd. Regulatory Compliance Specialist
Neil Rhodes Direct Wines, Inc. President
Tyler Rudd Wine Institute Central States Counsel
Matthew Saltzman Kolesar & Leatham, Chtd. Shareholder
Lorene Samson Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. Paralegal
Dean Sargent Computronix (U.S.A.) Inc.
Stephanie Sernau Direct Wines, Inc. Vice President and General Counsel
Theresa Shircliffe United Parcel Service UPS Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Regulated Goods Manager
Mort Siegel Siegel & Moses, P.C. Partner
Phillip Silvestri Greenspoon Marder Senior Counsel
David J. Simoni North American Breweries Senior Counsel
Charles Smarr Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. Attorney
Renee Sotos MillerCoors Assistant General Counsel
Katy Stambaugh Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty Associate Attorney
Adam Stapen Dill, Dill, Carr, Stonbraker & Hutchings, PC Partner
Alan R. Steen Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits VP, Government Affairs
Michael Steppat Wine & Spirit Wholesalers of Colorado Legislative Liaison
Rebecca Stolberg California Beer & Beverage Distributors Association Vice President
Dale Szyndrowski Distilled Spirits Council Of The United States (DISCUS) Vice President, Central Region
LaDesia Taylor National Restaurant Association Program Compliance Specialist
Kristen Techel Strike & Techel Partner
Louis Terminello Greenspoon Marder Shareholder
Reid Teschner Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Manager, State and Regulatory Affairs
William Tomaszewski Wine.com, Inc. General Counsel
Duke Tufty Northwest Alcohol Law Attorney
Wendy Turk Fintech Director of Regulatory Affairs
Martin Voke Bacardi North America Corp. Vice President & Deputy General Counsel
James Webster Webster Powell PC
Matt Weston-Dawkes E. & J. Gallo Winery Deputy General Counsel
Ginna Winfree Gullett, Sanford, Robinson, and Martin Attorney
Mike B. Wittenwyler Godfrey & Kahn SC Shareholder
Chris Wittman MillerCoors Assistant General Counsel - Commercial
Craig Wolf Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc. President & CEO

 
 

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