National Conference of State Liquor Administrators
October 23, 2016 at 2:00 pm
October 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm
Park Place Hotel - SOLD OUT!
300 East State Street
Traverse City, MI 49684
Phone: (231) 946-5000 (Group reservations under NCSLA)

NCSLA - Central/Western Regional Conference 2016
Take a tour of the Park Place Hotel

Conference Room Rate*:
Single/Double =$119.00/night plus taxes
Triple/Quad = $129.00/night plus taxes
*Rates available 2 days before and after the conference, subject to hotel availability.
Other Nearby Hotels:
Hotel Indigo
(231) 932-0500
Bayshore Resort
(231) 935-4400
West Bay Beach Resort
(231) 947-3700
Airline Travel
Cherry Capital Airport (TVC)is located approximately 12 minutes (6 miles) from the Park Place Hotel and is serviced by major airlines. Scheduled service is provided by American Eagle, Delta, and United Express via Detroit or Chicago. Please visit the website for more information.
Airport Shuttle
The hotel offers a shuttle service from 8:00am-9:00pm at no charge. After baggage pickup, the hotel may be called at (231) 946-5000.
Cab fares cost approx. $17 to or from Cherry Capital Airport. Cherry Capital Cab Company may be reached at (231) 941-8294 or
Driving Directions
On-site Parking Available at No Charge
More information on Traverse City:
About Traverse City – 20 Best Small Towns 2015
Conference Contact:
Teri L. Quimby, Chair
NCSLA Central Region

NCSLA - Central/Western Regional Conference 2016

2016 Central/Western Regional Conference
Traverse City, Michigan

Bridging the Past to the Future

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Conference Information

Welcome to Traverse City, known as the Cherry Capital of the World! This northern Michigan city was ranked 4th on the Smithsonian’s Top 20 Best Small Towns list to visit in the U.S. in 2015.

Our late October timing should bring colorful landscapes of fall foliage. Located on beautiful Grand Traverse Bay, many destinations are a few steps away for great shopping, great food, and plentiful natural resources. The picturesque Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is close by, and offers stunning views of Lake Michigan. Many tours are available for beer, wine and spirits adventures.

Located on the 45th parallel north, the surrounding countryside is one of the centers of wine production in the Midwest. With more than 10 microbreweries in the area and several distillers, there is something for everyone’s tastes. And don’t forget to stop into the Grand Traverse Pie Company, or Cherry Republic, just to name a few local shops. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission looks forward to welcoming you to our Great Lakes State.

We will kick off the regional conference with a Welcome Reception in the Top of the Park at the Park Place Hotel on Sunday evening at 6:00 p.m. Located on the 10th floor, this area offers a sweeping panoramic view of Grand Traverse Bay, the downtown and surrounding areas. For the President’s Dinner on Tuesday night, we will venture a short drive out of town on chartered buses to Old Mission Peninsula, for a memorable dining experience at the historic Bowers Harbor Inn. The grounds, garden and patio associated with the Peninsula Room provide breathtaking views of West Grand Traverse Bay.

We hope you enjoy your stay in Traverse City and take the time to explore all the things making this city one of the Best Small Towns in America.

The conference theme is "Bridging the Past to the Future." Michigan is a unique state, having two peninsulas. One of the landmarks of Michigan is the Mackinac Bridge, which replaced ferry service between the Upper and Lower Peninsulas in 1957. Serving as a symbol of progress and economic development, especially for reasons of tourism, the bridge makes an appropriate symbol of the 2016 Central/Western Regional Conference. The business agenda covers a wide variety of topics and issues in this ever changing world of alcohol regulation. Featured panel presentations include discussions on the many trends in this industry, economic impacts and regulatory challenges relating to alcoholic beverage licenses, and other current topics as described in the Business Agenda. To view the entire business agenda and a partial list of alcohol beverage experts serving as presenters, just click on the links below.

The social agenda will offer a networking reception in the Top of the Park at the Park Place Hotel, as well as the President’s Dinner at the historic Bower’s Harbor Inn. Monday evening is intentionally left open for you to enjoy the Traverse City area and its many unique offerings. All meals have been carefully planned to offer a nice selection to accommodate every taste and temptation.

Business Agenda | Social Agenda | Presenter Biographies

Registration Information

Early conference registration ends Monday, October 3, 2016 so don’t delay! The registration fee increases $50.00 on Tuesday, October 4, 2016. You have the option of paying by credit card or check*. The registration fees are outlined below.

Registration Fees:

  • State Member = $400 ($450 after October 3, 2016)
  • State Member (NCSLA Travel Subsidy Program) = Fee Waived
    TRAVEL BAN? Contact Pam Frantz for details about the NCSLA Travel Subsidy program.
  • Government Associate Member = $450 ($500 after October 3, 2016)
  • Associate Member = $525 ($575 after October 3, 2016)
  • Invitee of NCSLA President or Conference Host = $525 ($575 after October 3, 2016)
  • NCSLA Past President (NCSLA Bylaws Article I, Section 5B) = Fee Waived
  • NCSLA Past President Spouse (NCSLA Bylaws Article I, Section 5B) = Fee Waived
  • Guest/Spouse = $300 ($350 after October 3, 2016)
  • Spouse/Guest-President’s Dinner Only (October 25th) = $150 ($200 after October 3, 2016)
  • Guest Under 21 Years Old = $200 ($250 after October 3, 2016)
If you are paying by check*:
  1. make it payable to "National Conference of State Liquor Administrators, 543 Long Hill Road, Gurnee, IL 60031”, and
  2. mail it along with a copy of your registration confirmation to: Teri L. Quimby, Chair, NCSLA Central Region, P.O. Box 14285, Lansing, MI 48901.
*Please note that payment by check is not available after October 14th.

CANCELLATION POLICY: All refunds are subject to a $200.00 deduction. Due to contractual commitments there will be NO REFUNDS AFTER OCTOBER 14, 2016. NCSLA Federal Tax ID Number: 52-6043243.

ATTIRE: Attire for all scheduled business and social functions is business casual. The average high/low temperatures in Traverse City are 65° / 40° F. There is a possibility of rain, so be sure to plan for rain in addition to fall weather!

SPECIAL NEEDS: Individuals with disabilities or special dietary requirements who need special accommodations should email Teri L. Quimby at to make arrangements. Requests should be made no later than Friday, October 14, 2016 to allow sufficient time for us to meet your needs.


Name Organization Title
Jessica Allen Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission Commission Counsel
Debbi Beavers Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division - Department of Revenue Director
Zackary W. Blair Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Assistant Director
Donovan Borvan Illinois Liquor Control Commission Executive Director
Matthew D. Botting California Alcoholic Beverage Control General Counsel
A. Keith Burt Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission Director
Clayton Byrd Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Executive Director
Jeff Cam Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Compliance Officer
Monica Choi Honolulu Liquor Commssion Corporation Counsel
Jodi Cloud South Dakota Department of Revenue Revenue Agent
David Cook Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission Chairman
Nicholas Courson County of Kauai Office of the County Attorney Deputy County Attorney
Jason Evans South Dakota Department of Revenue Deputy Director
Karen Freund Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Executive Officer 2
Rick Garza Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board Agency Director
Brandon Gonzalez County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Administrative Officer
Gregory T. Hembree Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Sr Intel Analyst
Anna Hirai Honolulu Liquor Commssion Assistant Administrator
Sharon Ito Department of Liquor Control, County of Maui Private Secretary
Kaitlin Leeberg WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board Management Analyst
Stephen Lopez County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Liquor Commissioner
Dusanka Marijan Illinois Liquor Control Commission Director of Licensing
Patrick Maroney Colorado Department of Revenue - Liquor & Tobacco Enforcement Division Director
Carol Beth Martin Kentucky Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control Malt Beverage Administrator
Marcia Matsui Department of Liquor Control, County of Hawaii Administrative Services Assistant I
Glenn Mukai Department of Liquor Control, County of Maui Director
Gary Murai County of Maui Department of the Corporation Counsel Deputy Corporation Counsel
Sean OLeary Illinois Liquor Control Commission Chief Legal Counsel
Franklin Don Pacarro, Jr. Honolulu Liquor Commssion Administrator
Teri Quimby Michigan Liquor Control Commission Commissioner
Gerald Rapozo County of Kauai Department of Liquor Control Director
Michael Rosenberger Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control Deputy Director
David A. Rothenberg Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission Executive Secretary
Hobert Rupe Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Executive Director
Daniel Sato Honolulu Liquor Commssion Supervising Liquor Control Investigator
Rebecca Smith WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board Director of Licensing and Regulations
Trina Summers Kentucky Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control Distilled Spirits Administrator
William Takaba County of Hawaii-Liquor Control Liquor Commissioner
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 Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner
Winn Atkins Diageo North America Senior Director, State Government Relations
Tony Barnes Founders Brewing Co. Chief Corporate Counsel
Scott E. Bedwell Bose McKinney & Evans LLP Consultant
Nicholas Bergman Buchman Law Firm, LLP Partner
Kristin Carlton COMPLI, INC. Vice President of Client Services
Marc Carmichael Indiana Beverage Alliance President
Steve Carter Steve Carter Attorney
Adam Chafetz Health Communications, Inc. ~ (The TIPS Program) President
Dimitrios Christopoulos Christopoulos Law Group, LLC Attorney
Christopher Coleman Associated Beer Distributors of IL Vice President of Government Relations
Joseph Cruz Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Consultant
Maribel Delgado E. & J. Gallo Winery Sr. Associate General Counsel, Sr. Director of Govt. Affairs
Stephen Diamond Stephen Diamond Professor of Law
Jennifer Drewry Bose McKinney & Evans LLP Attorney
R.E. Tuck Duncan Duncan Law Firm Attorney at Law
Susan Dworak Real Identities LLC CEO
Pamela Erickson Public Action Management President/CEO
Lucy Farber St. George Spirits, Inc. Operations Manager
Jim Farrell Beverage Merchandising, Inc. President
Pamela Frantz NCSLA Management Consultant
Melanie A. Full E. & J. Gallo Winery Assistant General Counsel
Pat Gagliardi Center for Alcohol Policy Consultant
Steve Gross Wine Institute Vice President, State Relations
Kate Hardy Strike and Techel Partner
John Harris GrayRobinson, P.A. Government Consultant
Jake Hegeman Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc. Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs
Gary Horton E. & J. Gallo Winery Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs & Compliance
Alex Intermill Bose McKinney & Evans LLP Partner
Catherine Jacoy Wine Institute Western Counsel
Sally Jefferson Wine Institute Regional Director
Jerry Jolly Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Consultant
Joetta King Constellation Brands Beer Division Assoc. Manager, Regulatory & Compliance
Alex Koral Sovos Compliance ShipCompliant - Industry Outreach
Jeremy Kruidenier Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois Vice Executive Director
Nidhi Kumar Drizly, Inc. SVP and General Counsel
Erik Lawrence Gaw, Van Male, LLP Attorney
Gloria Materre Materre & Associates, P.C. Principal
Karin Matura Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois Executive Director
Jeff McKean McKean Law Firm, P.C. President
Elizabeth McKenzie Pernod Ricard USA Counsel, Marketing & Innovation
Lisa McKinney Bose McKinney & Evans LLP Partner
Jo Moak Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc. Sr. Vice President and General Counsel
Michael Newman Holland & Knight, LLP Partner
William ODonaghue Daley and Georges, Ltd. Partner
Robert J. OHara Flaherty and O'Hara, P.C. Attorney
Dustin Pickens Federal Express Corporation Senior Attorney - Regulatory Affairs
Paul E. Pisano National Beer Wholesalers Association Sr. Vice President Industry Affairs & General Counsel
Jim Purucker Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Indiana Executive Director
Tyler Rudd Wine Institute Texas Legislative Consultant
Lorene Samson Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. Paralegal
Mike Schler Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. Consultant
Theresa Shircliffe United Parcel Service UPS Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Regulated Goods Manager
Jeremy Siegel Hinman & Carmichael LLP Associate
Adam Sipos Pernod Ricard USA Counsel, Corporate & Transactions
Roger Slykhouse Real Identities, LLC CTO
Charles Smarr Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. Attorney
Carlie Speelman Gaw, Van Male, LLP Legal Assistant
Rebecca Stamey-White Hinman & Carmichael LLP Partner
Alan R. Steen Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits VP, Government Affairs
Reid Teschner Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc. Manager, State and Regulatory Affairs
William Tomaszewski, Inc. General Counsel
Wendy Turk Fintech Director of Regulatory Affairs
Lynn Walding Diageo North America Executive Director, Control States
James Webster Webster Powell Senior Partner
Lisa Wells Ready Training Online Strategic Alliance & Marketing Manager
Laura Wentling Ready Training Online Compliance Coordinator
Mary Beth Williams Williams Compliance & Consulting Group, LLC President
Tyler Winn Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. Associate General Counsel

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