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 & Tobacco Commission Executive Secretary
Jacob Appelsmith California Alcoholic Beverage Control Director
Zandra Augustiro Honolulu Liquor Commssion Supervising Hearings Reporter
Debbi Beavers Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division - Department of Revenue Director
Matthew D. Botting California Alcoholic Beverage Control General Counsel
Jim Canepa Ohio Department of Commerce Division of Liquor Control Superintendent
Karen Dorton Missouri Department of Public Safety - Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Control Administrative Services Manager
Chimaobi Enyia Illinois Liquor Control Commission Acting Director
Jason Evans South Dakota Department of Revenue Deputy Director
Rick Garza Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Director
Skyler Genest Vermont Department of Liquor Control Chief
Brandon Gonzalez County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Administrative Officer
Marcie Griffin California Alcoholic Beverage Control Division Chief
Joshua Harrison Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission Prosecutor
Anna Hirai Honolulu Liquor Commssion Assistant Administrator
Eric Hirata California Alcoholic Beverage Control Chief Deputy Director
LaKenya Jordan California Alcoholic Beverage Control Director of Legislation and Governmental Affairs
Jeffrey Kelly Maryland Field Enforcement Division Director, Field Enforcement Division
Teresa Knapp Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau District Director, Trade Investigations Division, Western II
Pandy Lagapa Honolulu Liquor Commssion Accountant III
Stephen Larson Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Administrator
Darren Lee Honolulu Liquor Commssion Commissioner
Lolani Lekkas Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Compliance Officer
Steven Marks Oregon Liquor Control Commission Executive Director
Patrick Maroney Colorado Department of Revenue - Liquor & Tobacco Enforcement Division Director
Malama Minn Honolulu Liquor Commssion Commissioner
Dwayne Mukai County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Adjudication Board Member
Daniel Noble Wyoming Department of Revenue - Liquor Distribution Division Director
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
Dawn Raymond County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Liquor Commissioner
Michael Rosenberger Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control Deputy Director
Hobert Rupe Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Executive Director
Daniel Sato Honolulu Liquor Commssion Supervising Liquor Control Investigator
Stephanie Strauss Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Government Relations Officer
Dottie Taylor Missouri Alcohol and Tobacco Control State Supervisor
Christopher Thiemann Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Distilled Spirits Program Manager
Janice Wiebusch Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Commissioner
Robert de Ruyter California Alcoholic Beverage Control Attorney III, RBSTP
Asally Adib-Samadian Live Nation Clubs & Theaters Paralegal
David Andrade E. & J. Gallo Winery Manager, Regulatory Affairs
Kathleen Barnes California Alcoholic Beverage Control Division Chief
Randy Barnhart Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits VP Governmental Relations Eastern Region & Canada
Jason Bassett Kum & Go Director of Government Affairs
Steven Becker Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Executive Vice President
Annie Bones Wine Institute State Compliance Specialist
Carrie Bonnington Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Partner
Christopher Branch Branch Firm Attorney
Michael Brewer Alcoholic Beverage Consulting Service President
Kris Buckner Investigative Consultants President
Kristin Carlton COMPLI, INC. Vice President of Client Services
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
Dimitrios Christopoulos Christopoulos Law Group, LLC Principal
John Cooke Amazon Services LLC Associate General Counsel
Larry Cormier ShipCompliant by Sovos GM, ShipCompliant
Marco D. Costales, Esq. Nossaman LLP Partner & Chair of Business Transactions and Public Policy Dept.
Ashley Cowgill Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Attorney
Joseph Cruz Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Consultant
Tim Darden National Restaurant Association Product Manager, ServSafe
J Daniel Davis Wine, Beer and Distilled Spirits Law Counsel Attorney
Maribel Delgado E. & J. Gallo Winery Associate General Counsel, Sr. Director of Govt. Affairs
Gerald Dinallo Diageo North America Vice President & Assistant General Counsel
Kellie Duhr Sazerac Company VP, State Government Relations
R.E. Tuck Duncan Duncan Law Firm Attorney
Lucy Farber St. George Spirits, Inc. Operations Manager
Jim Farrell Beverage Merchandising, Inc. President
Tamra Fox Sutter Home Winery, Inc./Trinchero Family Estates Regulatory Affairs Administrator
Pamela Frantz NCSLA Executive Director
Melanie A. Full E. & J. Gallo Winery Assistant General Counsel
Paul Gatza Brewers Association Director
Armando Gonzalez California Alcoholic Beverage Control Deputy Division Chief
Steve Gross Wine Institute Vice President, State Relations
April Harrington Jackson Family Enterprises Senior Compliance Coordinator
John Harris GrayRobinson, P.A. Government Consultant
Dan Hart California Alcoholic Beverage Control Deputy Division Chief
Richard Haymaker Christopoulos Law Group, LLC Attorney
Alex Heckathorn Compliance Service of America - CSA Senior 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
Bahaneh Hobel Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty Partner
Gary Horton E. & J. Gallo Winery Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs & Compliance
Victoria G Horton California Beer & Beverage Distributors Association President
Rick Ishitani Los Angeles Police Dept.-VICE SECTION Detective Supervisor
Catherine Jacoy Wine Institute Western Counsel
Stephen Jamieson Soloman, Saltsman and Jamieson Law Partner
Sally Jefferson Wine Institute Regional Government Affairs Director
Melani Johns Strike & Techel Attorney
Susan Johnson Stoel Rives LLP Partner
Jerry Jolly Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Consultant
Anne Junia Webster Powell PC Attorney
Erin Kelleher Hinman & Carmichael LLP Senior Associate
Tom Kerr Strike & Techel Partner
Jeremy Kruidenier Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois Vice Executive Director
Nidhi Kumar Drizly, Inc. General Counsel and SVP Industry Affairs
Sonya Logman Business, Consumer Affairs & Housing Agency Deputy Secretary, Business & Communications
Karin Matura Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois Executive Director
Jay McPherson Compliance Service of America - CSA Consultant
Robert Myers Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois President
Michael Newman Holland & Knight, LLP Partner
Ed O'Toole California Beer & Beverage Distributors Consultant
William ODonaghue Daley and Georges, Ltd. Partner
Sean OLeary O'Leary Law and Policy Group, LLC President
Rob Patridge Deloitte Consulting, LLC Government Transformation Leader
Dustin Pickens Federal Express Corporation Senior Counsel - 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
Brian Ream Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ltd. Regulatory Affairs Manager
Lee Riegler California Alcoholic Beverage Control Supervising Agent in Charge
Deborah Ringo Diageo North America Director, Regulatory & Technical Affairs
Natalia Romanowski Hemispheres, LLC Compliance Specialist
David Rothenberg McKean Law Firm, P. C. Attorney
Tyler Rudd Wine Institute Central States Counsel
Kara Ruecker Amazon Services LLC Public Policy, Alcohol
Mike Schler Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. Liquor Law Consultant
Stephenie Shah Diageo North America Sr. Director, State Government Relations
Theresa Shircliffe United Parcel Service UPS Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Regulated Goods Manager
Adam Sipos Pernod Ricard USA Counsel, Corporate & Transactions
Charles Smarr Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. Attorney
Stephen Solomon Soloman, Saltsman and Jamieson Law Managing Partner
Rebecca Stamey-White Hinman & Carmichael LLP Partner
Alan R. Steen Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits VP, Government Affairs
Mark Sugeno Pernod Ricard USA Marketing Compliance Manager
Roger Tefft Live Nation Clubs & Theaters Senior Counsel
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, P.C. Senior Partner
Lisa Wells Ready Training Online Director of Marketing and Communications
Laura Wentling Ready Training Online Compliance Coordinator
Curry Wilson ShipCompliant by Sovos Compliance Strategic Partner Manager
Rachele Winningham Buchman Law Firm, LLP Partner

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