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
Shirley Akita County of Kauai Department of Liquor Control Liquor Commissioner
Jessica Allen Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission Executive Secretary
Nane Aluli Liquor Control, County of Maui Chair, Liquor Commission
Bruce Bailey Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Commissioner
Debbi Beavers Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division - Department of Revenue Director
Matthew D. Botting California Alcoholic Beverage Control General Counsel
Janelle Christian Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Industry Outreach Program Manager
Jon Engelman Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Liquor Manager
Gerald Enriques County of Maui, Dept. of Liquor Control Deputy Prosecutor
Elizabeth Ashley Freitas Honolulu Liquor Commission Records Management Analyst III
Rick Garza WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board Director
Brandon Gonzalez County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Liquor Control Administrative Officer
David Greenwell County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Liquor Commissioner
Joshua J. Happe Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Bureau Chief-Regulatory Compliance Program
Anna Hirai Honolulu Liquor Commission Assistant Administrator
Todd Jenson County of Kauai Department of Liquor Control Deputy County Attorney
Pandy Lagapa Honolulu Liquor Commission Liquor Control Auditor I
Tyler Larson Oregon Liquor Control Commission Analyst, Legislative Policy and Research Office
Darren Lee Honolulu Liquor Commission Liquor Commissioner
Melissa Leoni Oregon Liquor Control Commission Analyst, Legislative Policy and Research Office
Steve Marks OLCC Executive Director
Gerald Matsunaga County of Kauai Department of Liquor Control Liquor Commissioner
Glenn Mukai Liquor Control, County of Maui Director, Liquor Control
Gary Murai County of Maui, Dept. of Liquor Control Deputy Corporation Counsel
Joy Neely Corporation Counsel Deputy Corporation Counsel
Franklin Pacarro, Jr. Honolulu Liquor Commission Administrator
Gary Pacheco County of Kauai Office of the County Attorney Liquor Commissioner
Gerald Rapozo County of Kauai Department of Liquor Control Director
Denise Roberg Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Education & Outreach / Public Affairs
Michael Rosenberger Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control Deputy Director
Hobert Rupe Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Executive Director
Jane Rushford Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Board Chair
Rebecca Smith Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Director-Licensing and Regulation
Stephanie Strauss Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Government Relations Officer
Dorothy Taylor Missouri Department of Public Safety - Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Control State Supervisor
Tammie Uyechi Honolulu Liquor Commission Administrative Services Officer
Marcy Wilsie Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Liquor Supervisor
Alexander Alpert Buchman Law Firm, LLP Associate Attorney
Jason Barker Holland & Knight, LLP Senior Counsel
Randy Barnhart Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits VP Governmental Relations Eastern Region
Carrie Bonnington Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Partner
Christopher Branch Branch Firm Attorney
Michael Brewer Alcoholic Beverage Consulting Service President
Kristin Carlton Penrose Hill, Limited Head of Compliance
Kristen Catasus Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Counsel
Adam Chafetz Health Communications, Inc. ~ (The TIPS Program) President
Jennifer Chomicki Pernod Ricard USA Marketing Compliance Manager
Dimitrios Christopoulos Christopoulos Law Group, LLC Principal
Christopher Coleman Associated Beer Distributors of IL Vice President of Government Relations
Larry Cormier ShipCompliant by Sovos Compliance Vp & GM, ShipCompliant
Maribel Delgado E. & J. Gallo Winery Associate General Counsel, Sr. Director of Govt. Affairs
Robert Douglas RPD Company President
Lara Dunbar MillerCoors Sr. Director of Government Affairs, Pacific Region
Pamela Erickson Public Action Management President/CEO
Lucy Farber St. George Spirits, Inc. Operations Manager
Jim Farrell Beverage Merchandising, Inc. President
Kristal Fiser United Parcel Service Director State Government Affairs
Jacqueline Flug Drizly, Inc. Vice President, Legal & Industry Affairs
Pamela Frantz NCSLA Executive Director
Mike Freese Oregon Beer & Wine Distributors Association Lobbyist
Mitch Froelich Jackson Family Enterprises Legal Counsel
Emily Gant Garvey Schubert Barer Attorney
Jeff Giametta Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Associate
Travis Gibbons Amazon Services LLC Manager, Public Policy
Steve Gross Wine Institute Vice President, State Relations
John Guadnola Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP Attorney
Bridget Halbur Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. Associate General Counsel
Marc Hantman Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Counsel
John Harris GrayRobinson, P.A. Government Consultant
Richard Haymaker Christopoulos Law Group Attorney
Alex Heckathorn Compliance Service of America - CSA Senior Consultant
Jake Hegeman Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc. Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs
Maureen Herrera Avalara Director of Compliance
Bahaneh Hobel Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty Partner, Alcohol Beverage Law
Gary Horton E. & J. Gallo Winery Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs & Compliance
Anne Huffsmith, Inc. General Counsel
Mike Jacques-O'Gorman Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. Regulatory Counsel
Sally Jefferson Wine Institute Regional Government Affairs Director
Melani Johns Strike & Techel Partner
Susan Johnson Stoel Rives LLP Partner
Lisa Kahler Ready Training Online Director of Marketing and Communication
Simone M. Katz-ONeill Delicato Vineyards Director & Senior Corporate Counsel
Tom Kerr Strike & Techel Partner
Ron Kohler The Greentree Group Manager
Pat Kohler Deloitte Consulting, LLC Specialist Master, Government and Public Service
Alex Koral ShipCompliant by Sovos Compliance Regulatory Counsel
Matthew Mann WineDirect, Inc. VP, Legal
Patrick Maroney Maroney Consulting Services Consultant
Karin Matura Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois Executive Director
Michael McCanse Quarles & Brady LLP Attorney
Katie McClure The Greentree Group Data Integrity Specialist
Andrea McNeely Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP Attorney
Jay McPherson Compliance Service of America - CSA Consultant
Claire Mitchell Stoel Rives LLP Associate
Jo Moak Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc. Sr. Vice President and General Counsel
Patrick Murphy Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty Associate Attorney
Robert Myers Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois President
Michael Newman Holland & Knight, LLP Partner
Robert J. OHara Flaherty and O'Hara, P.C. Attorney
Sean OLeary O'Leary Law and Policy Group, LLC President
Craig Pacheco Stoel Rives LLP Associate
Rob Patridge Deloitte Consulting, LLC Consultant
Jon Phillips Sr. Regulatory Specialist
Dustin Pickens Federal Express Corporation Senior Attorney - Regulatory Affairs
Paul E. Pisano National Beer Wholesalers Association Sr. Vice President Industry Affairs & General Counsel
Jeremy Pisca Idaho Beer and Wine Distributors Association Executive Director
Rachel Ramey Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Regulatory Compliance Specialist
Brian Ream Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ltd. Regulatory Affairs Manager
Danelle Romain Oregon Beer & Wine Distributors Association Executive Director
Alan Rosenberg Republic National Distributing Co. General Counsel & Vice President, Legal
Tyler Rudd Wine Institute Central States Counsel
Dusty Ruffing The Greentree Group Senior Consultant
Tim Ryan E. & J. Gallo Winery Director, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance
Theresa Shircliffe United Parcel Service UPS Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Regulated Goods Manager
Ryan Shortt Hood River Distillers, Inc. Counsel & Compliance
Charles Smarr Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. Attorney
Adam Smith Distilled Spirits Council of the United States VP State Government Relations
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 Un VP State Government Relations
William Tomaszewski, Inc. General Counsel
Duke Tufty Northwest Alcohol Law Partner
Wendy Turk Fintech Director of Regulatory Affairs
Tom Wark National Association of Wine Retailers Executive Director
Laura Wentling Ready Training Online Government Relations
Allyssa Wickstrom Duckhorn Wine Company Vice President and Associate General Counsel
Curry Wilson ShipCompliant by Sovos Compliance Strategic Partner Manager
Kara C. Wilson Instacart Litigation and Product Counsel
Rachele Winningham Buchman Law Firm, LLP Partner
David Wojnar Distilled Spirits Council of the United States VP State Government Relations

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