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
Nane Aluli Department of Liquor Control, County of Maui Liquor Commissioner
Debbi Beavers Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division - Department of Revenue Interim Director
Matthew D. Botting California Alcoholic Beverage Control General Counsel
David Brandon Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Assistant Director, Information Resources Division
U-Jung Choe Illinois Liquor Control Commission Executive Director
Edward Clemente Michigan Liquor Control Commission Commissioner
David Cook Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission Chairman
Nicholas Courson County of Kauai Dept. of Liquor Control Deputy County Attorney
Andrew Deloney Michigan Liquor Control Commission Chairman
David Edmunds New York State Liquor Authority Deputy Commissioner
Jason Evans South Dakota Department of Revenue Deputy Director
Karen Freund Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Deputy Administrator of Regulatory Affairs
de Ette Fukamizu County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Private Secretary
Rick Garza Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Director
Jason Geissler Michigan Liquor Control Commission Asst. Attorney General
Amy Harrison Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Director, Licensing Division
Anna Hirai Honolulu Liquor Commission Assistant Administrator
Sharon Ito Department of Liquor Control, County of Maui Private Secretary
Kerry Krone Michigan Liquor Control Commission Business Manager
Kaitlin Leeberg Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Licensing Supervisor
Stephen Lopez County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Liquor Control Commissioner
Dusanka Marijan Illinois Liquor Control Commission Director of Licensing
Patrick Maroney Colorado Department of Revenue - Liquor & Tobacco Enforcement Division Director
Sharon Martin Michigan Liquor Control Commission Director, Licensing Division
Don McGehee Michigan Liquor Control Commission Division Chief, Michigan Alcohol & Gambling
Jeanne McShane Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Licensing & Regulation Deputy Director
Douglas Oh Honolulu Liquor Commission Human Resource Specialist IV
Dennis Olshove Michigan Liquor Control Commission Commissioner
Teri Quimby Michigan Liquor Control Commission Commissioner
Gerald Rapozo County of Kauai Dept. of Liquor Control Director
Akiko Reyes Honolulu Liquor Commission Liquor Control Auditor II
David A. Rothenberg Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission General Counsel and Executive Secretary
Stephanie Strauss Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Government Relations
Gerald Takase County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Director
Robert Tanaka Department of Liquor Control, County of Maui Liquor Commission Chairman
Jennifer Waihee-Polk Honolulu Liquor Commission Deputy Counsel
Karilee Yoshizawa Department of Liquor Control, County of Maui Supervising Investigator
Jessica Bahr Constellation Brands Beer Division Director/Senior Counsel
Lindsay Bard Federal Express Corporation Senior Attorney - FedEx Ground
Tony Barnes Founders Brewing Co. Chief Corporate Counsel
Jason Bassett Kum & Go Director of Government Affairs
Nicholas Bergman Buchman Law Firm, LLP Partner
Kevin M. Blair Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP Attorney
Carrie Bonnington Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Partner
Cecilia Cervantes E. & J. Gallo Winery Regulatory Senior Analyst
Adam Chafetz Health Communications, Inc. ~ (The TIPS Program) President
Laurence Chaplin Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Vice President
Joseph Cruz Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Consultant
Stephen Diamond Stephen Diamond Professor of Law
Kristina Dickens Christopoulos Law Group, LLC Associate Attorney
Susan Dworak Real Identities LLC CEO
Kim Edsenga Meijer Senior Counsel
Scott Ellis Michigan Licensed Beverage Association Executive Director
Libby Enright Constellation Brands, Inc. Sr. Specialist, Compliance
Lucy Farber California Artisanal Distillers Guild, Inc. Chair of State Regulatory Committee
Jim Farrell Beverage Merchandising, Inc. President
Pamela Frantz NCSLA Executive Director
Pat Gagliardi Center for Alcohol Policy Consultant
Paul Gatza Brewers Association Director
Scott Graham Michigan Brewers Guild Executive Director
Steve Gross Wine Institute Vice President, State Relations
Anna Han Pernod Ricard USA Attorney, Corporate & Sales Compliance
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
Alison Herman Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Senior Counsel - Regulatory and Compliance
Victoria G Horton California Beer & Beverage Distributors Association President
Sally Jefferson Wine Institute Director, Great Lakes States
Anne M. Junia Cassiday Schade LLP Partner
Zubin Kammula Siegel & Moses, P.C. Partner
Keith Keeler Milestone Brands VP of Sales
Joetta King Constellation Brands Beer Division Manager, Regulatory & Compliance
Kristen Klanow Constellation Brands Beer Division VP, Associate General Counsel
Julia Koestner Quarles & Brady LLP Associate
Alex Koral Sovos Compliance Product Compliance Manager
Jeremy Kruidenier Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois Vice Executive Director
Nidhi Kumar Drizly, Inc. General Counsel and SVP Industry Affairs
Michael Lashbrook Center for Alcohol Policy Executive Director
Karen Manders Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. Associate General Counsel
Kelly Martin Direct Wines, Inc. Vice President
Tony Mitchell Brown-Forman Corporation Regional CAM / VP Michigan Spirits Assoc.
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
Kent Nowlin Sovos Compliance VP of Product
Don Nunn Meijer Licensing Coordinator
Christopher OConnor E. & J. Gallo Winery Assistant General Counsel
Robert J. OHara Flaherty and O'Hara, P.C. Attorney
Michael Olson Beverage Merchandising, Inc. Business Development Manager
Paul E. Pisano National Beer Wholesalers Association Sr. Vice President Industry Affairs & General Counsel
Brian Pizzuti Republic National Distributing Co. VP of Sales - RNDC of Michigan
Jim Purucker Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Indiana Executive Director
Jared Rapp NCSLA Co-Founder & CEO, Traverse City Whiskey Co.
Brian Ream Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ltd. Regulatory Compliance Specialist
Deborah Ringo Diageo North America Senior Regulatory Manager
Brett Schuck Bacardi North America Corp. Market Manager
Stephenie Shah Diageo North America Sr. Director, State Government Relations
Tia Sherringham Instacart Commercial and Product Counsel
Jeremy Siegel Hinman & Carmichael LLP Associate Attorney
Mark J. Sirois Brescome Barton, Inc. Director of Compliance
Roger Slykhouse Real Identities LLC CTO
Charles Smarr Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. Attorney
Toby Spangler Diageo North America Senior Director, Diageo SGR
Rebecca Stamey-White Hinman & Carmichael LLP Partner
Alan R. Steen Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits VP, Government Affairs
Dale Szyndrowski Distilled Spirits Council Of The United States (DISCUS) Vice President, Central Region
Reid Teschner WSWA Coordinator, State and Regulatory Affairs
William Tomaszewski, Inc. General Counsel
Mary Tortorice Sazerac Company Chief Compliance Officer
Wendy Turk Fintech Director of Regulatory Affairs
Lynn Walding Diageo North America Executive Director, Control States
Kelly Ward Meijer Senior Compliance Specialist
Dana Ward Pernod Ricard USA Compliance Manager
James Webster Webster Powell PC Senior Partner
Chris Wittman MillerCoors Associate General Counsel - Commercial
Stanley Wolowski Flaherty & O'Hara Attorney
Kevin Wood William Grant & Sons Inc. Region Manager West Control States

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