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
Tyler Ackerson Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Public Affairs
Shirley Akita County of Kauai Dept. of Liquor Control Liquor Commission Vice Chair
Nane Aluli Liquor Control, County of Maui Liquor Commission Chair
M. Caitlin Anderson Connecticut Division of Liquor Control Staff Attorney
Warren Arakaki County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Liquor Commissioner
Steven Barker Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission Deputy Director and General Counsel
Debbi Beavers Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division - Department of Revenue Director
A. Keith Burt Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission Director
Janelle Christian Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Industry Outreach Program Manager
John Cocca Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control Director
Karen Dorton Missouri Department of Public Safety - Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Control Administrative Services Manager
Paul Endo County of Kauai Dept. of Liquor Control Liquor Commission Chair
Susan Evans Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Director, Office of Industry and State Outreach
Rick Garza Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Director
William Gibson County of Kauai Dept. of Liquor Control Liquor Commissioner
Geraldine Giffin County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Liquor Adjudication Board Member
Jenna Giguere Rhode Island Department of Business Regulation Deputy Chief of Legal Services
Brandon Gonzalez County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Administrative Officer
Joshua J. Happe Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Bureau Chief-Regulatory Compliance Program
Joseph Heller Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Attorney Advisor
Travis G. Hill Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Chief Executive Officer
Annette Hooper Pueblo of Pojoaque Alcoholic Beverage Commission PPABC Secretary
Steve Humphress KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Attorney
Andrea R. Jones Colorado Department of Revenue - Liquor & Tobacco Enforcement Division Policy Advisor
Stephen Larson Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Administrator
Marc Manley KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Attorney
Steven Marks Oregon Liquor Control Commission Executive Director
Diane Markway Missouri Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Control Fiscal And Administrative Manager
Carol Beth Martin KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Acting Commissioner
Renee C. Metz North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission Chief Counsel, Director of Legal & Product Divisions
Shelby Nahale-a County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Liquor Commissioner
Gary Pacheco County of Kauai Dept. of Liquor Control Liquor Commissioner
Pamela Paziotopoulos Illinois Liquor Control Commission Deputy General Counsel
Angel Quintana Pueblo of Pojoaque Alcoholic Beverage Commission Member
Michael Raine Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control AZ Assistant Attorney General
Gerald Rapozo County of Kauai Dept. of Liquor Control Director
Gail Russell Public Protection Cabinet Secretary
Thomas Schlenhardt Illinois Liquor Control Commission Deputy Director
Karen Sellers KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Deputy Commissioner
Michelle Stone-Principato Colorado Department of Revenue - Liquor & Tobacco Enforcement Division Deputy Director
Stephanie Strauss Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Government Relations Officer
Trina Summers KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Distilled Spirits Administrator
Herbert Sutton Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Bureau Chief - Operations
Dorothy Taylor Missouri Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Control State Supervisor
William Tennill KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Assistant Director
Christopher Thiemann Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Distilled Spirits Program Manager
Brian Turner Colorado Liquor & Tobacco Enforcement Division Agent In Charge of Enforcement
Aubrey Vaughan KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Attorney
Erin Verduyn Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Assistant to the Administrator/Public Affairs
Stephen Walters KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Attorney
David Wilkerson KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Director
Camila Alarcon Gammage & Burnham, PLC Partner
Nicole Alvarado Delicato Vineyards Director Trade Practices Compliance
Jim Andrews System Automation Corp. Senior Account Manager
Michael Arton Direct Wines, Inc. General Counsel
Randy Barnhart Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits VP Governmental Relations Eastern Region & Canada
Steven Becker Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Executive Vice President
Lindsey Beckett DoorDash, Inc. Counsel
Terri Beirne Wine Institute Eastern Counsel
Nicholas Bergman Buchman Law Firm, LLP Partner
Brad Berkman Greenspoon Marder Regulatory Consultant
Richard Blau GrayRobinson, P.A. Chair, Alcohol Beverage and Food Department
Carrie Bonnington Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Partner
Jeannie Bremer The Wine Group Vice President of Compliance & Public Policy
Elizabeth Brogdon Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association of South Carolina Executive Director
Mary Brousseau USA Wine West, LLC Compliance Director
Jeff Carroll COMPLI, INC. Vice President, Product & Marketing
Adam Chafetz Health Communications, Inc. ~ (The TIPS Program) President
Laurence Chaplin Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Vice President
Will Cheek Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP Partner
Dimitri Christopoulos Christopoulos Law Group Principal
Kimberly Clark Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP Attorney
Christopher Coleman Associated Beer Distributors of IL Vice President of Government Relations
Joshua Collier Computronix (U.S.A.) Inc. Solution Consultant
John Cooke Amazon Services LLC Associate General Counsel
Larry Cormier ShipCompliant by Sovos Compliance GM, ShipCompliant by Sovos
Ashley Cowgill Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Attorney
Alicia Cronbach Cronbach Law Group Attorney
Stephen Diamond Stephen Diamond Professor of Law
Kristina Dickens Christopoulos Law Group, LLC Partner
Danielle Elks Elks Law Attorney
Lucy Farber St. George Spirits, Inc. Operations Manager
Jessica Fike FIFCO USA Regulatory Compliance Specialist
Kristal Fiser United Parcel Service Director State Government Affairs
Pamela Frantz NCSLA Executive Director
Ellen Freeman Flaherty & O'Hara, P.C. Attorney
Kimberly Frost Martin, Frost & Hill, P.C. Shareholder
Melanie A. Full E. & J. Gallo Winery Assistant General Counsel
Emily Gant Garvey Schubert Barer Attorney
Paul Gatza Brewers Association Senior VP of Professional Brewing
Jeff Giametta Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Associate
Marc Hantman Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits
Jameel Harb Campari America Senior Counsel
John Harris GrayRobinson, P.A. Government Consultant
Katie Hatfield E. & J. Gallo Winery Compliance Analyst
Alex Heckathorn Compliance Service of America - CSA Senior Consultant
Alison Herman Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Senior Counsel - Regulatory and Compliance
Maureen Herrera Compli Director of Compliance
David Hodson E. & J. Gallo Winery Compliance Analyst
Angela Holden Accela, Inc. Marketing Programs Manager
Anne Huffsmith Nakedwines.com, Inc. Director of Regulatory Compliance and Legal Affairs
Sally Jefferson Wine Institute Regional Government Affairs Director
Sabrina Jenquin William Grant & Sons Commercial Counsel
Valerie Karasz Buchman Law Firm, LLP Partner
Erin Kelleher Hinman & Carmichael LLP Partner; Hinman & Carmichael LLP
Ronald Kohler The Greentree Group Manager
Jeremy Kruidenier Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois Vice Executive Director
Nidhi Kumar Drizly, Inc. General Counsel and SVP Industry Affairs
Yumi Lawlor Instacart Senior Commercial and Product Counsel
Marbet Lewis Spiritus Law Partner
Robert Lewis Spiritus Law Partner, Alcohol Industry Attorney
Hunter Limbaugh Wine Institute Southeastern Counsel
Nick Lucca Lionstone International President
Alva Mather DLA Piper LLP Partner
Karin Matura Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois Executive Director
Jeffrey A. McKenzie Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP Partner and Beverage Alcohol Team Co-Leader
Andrea McNeely Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP Attorney
Jay McPherson Compliance Service of America - CSA Consultant
Daniel Meyer Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky Executive Director & General Counsel
Angela M. Minckler Treasury Wine Estates Americas Company Senior Legal Counsel
Lindsay Moorhead Delicato Vineyards Staff Attorney, Contracts & Operations
Robert Myers Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois President
Michael Newman Holland & Knight, LLP Partner
Mike O'Gorman Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. Regulatory Counsel
Ed O'Toole CA Beer & Beverage Distributors Consultant
Robert J. OHara Flaherty and O'Hara, P.C. Attorney
Sean OLeary O'Leary Law and Policy Group, LLC President
William Payne William Grant & Sons Inc. General Counsel
Paul E. Pisano National Beer Wholesalers Association Sr. Vice President Industry Affairs & General Counsel
Mary Rait Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. Director of Regulatory Compliance & Govt. Relations
Neil Rhodes Direct Wines, Inc. VP & Chief Financial Officer
Tyler Rudd Wine Institute Central States Counsel
Kara Ruecker Amazon Services LLC Public Policy, Alcohol
Mary Jane Saunders Beer Institute Vice President & General Counsel
Sara Schorske Compliance Service of America - CSA Consultant
Theresa Shircliffe United Parcel Service UPS Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Regulated Goods Manager
David Simoni FIFCO USA General Counsel
Ken Skelly Lawson & Weitzen, LLP Attorney at Law
Charles Smarr Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. Attorney
Carlie Speelman Delicato Vineyards Trade Practice Business Relationship Manager
Rebecca Stamey-White Hinman & Carmichael LLP Partner; Hinman & Carmichael LLP
Alan R. Steen Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits VP, Government Affairs
Rebecca Stolberg California Beer & Beverage Distributors Association Vice President
Barry Strike Beverage Law Group LLP - Strike & Techel Partner
Dale Szyndrowski Distilled Spirits Council of the United States VP State Government Relations
Louis Terminello Greenspoon Marder Partner
Arthur Todd The Greentree Group Manager
Wendy Turk Fintech Director of Regulatory Affairs
Tom Wark National Association of Wine Retailers Executive Director
Kara C. Wilson Instacart Litigation and Product Counsel
Mike B. Wittenwyler Godfrey & Kahn SC Shareholder
David Wojnar Distilled Spirits Council of the United States SVP Government Relations
Alissa Yohey Spiritus Law Manager, Alcohol Regulatory Licensing
Jennifer Zenker Breakthru Beverage Group SVP, Government & Regulatory Affairs

 
 

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