National Conference of State Liquor Administrators
Sunday, October 1, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm
Westin Indianapolis
241 W. Washington St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Local Phone Number: 317-262-8100 (select "reservations")
Toll Free Number: 800-228-3000 (ask for "2017 NCSLA Central-Western room block")

NCSLA - Central/Western Regional Conference 2017
Take a tour of the Westin Indianapolis

Conference Room Rate*: $165/night plus taxes
*Rates available 3 days before and after the conference, subject to hotel availability.
Please phone the Westin to check availability.
Group Reservation Website – make your hotel reservation conveniently online for the conference dates. Please phone the Westin Indianapolis if you plan to arrive before Sunday, October 1st, or stay later than Wednesday, October 4th, to inquire if rooms are available.
Public Transportation:
Airline Travel
Indianapolis International Airport (IND) – located approximately 20 minutes (15 miles) from the Westin Indianapolis Hotel and is serviced by major airlines. Please visit the website for more information.
Local Transportation
AIRPORT SHUTTLE cost is $10 per person one way. Go Express Travel will drop you off across the street from the Westin Indianapolis Hotel. Visit their website for details and to book a reservation.
CAB fares are approximately $35 one way.
UBER fares are approximately $25 one way.
For driving directions, please access your mobile map app.
Hotel Parking Rates:
Valet – $45 per day
Self (or Off-site) - $40 per day
Conference Host – Contact:
David Rothenberg at 317.232.2472 or

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Conference Information

Welcome to Indianapolis, the racing capitol of the world - home of the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, and the Indycar Grand Prix. As friends from across the country gather, we look forward to celebrating this time together with a big win for all!!!

The theme for the 2017 Central/Western Regional Conference is "Regulating at the Crossroads of America". Indiana is known as the "Crossroads of America" and each day, regulators and those in the industry find themselves at crossroads. The business agenda will demonstrate "crossroads" on a number of diverse issues that may be new to some of the regulators and industry attendees. Some of the featured panels will discuss regulating sovereign nations, the role of unlicensed third party providers in our industry, mid-western craft trends and where they may be going, the ethical constraints of lying (which should qualify for CLE Ethics accreditation), state of the three tier system featuring discourse between Mike Madigan and Professor Alex Tanford, and much more! To view the entire business agenda and faculty of alcohol beverage experts serving as presenters, just click on the links below.

This year’s regional President’s Dinner will be held at the Eiteljorg Museum (which is approximately two blocks from the Westin). It is one of only two museums that explore both Indian and Western cultures east of the Mississippi – a perfect tie-in with our panel presentation on sovereign nations. In addition to a wonderful dinner and a chance to catch up with friends during the cocktail hour, the galleries will be open for you to explore.

Our downtown is filled with shops and eateries – all within walking distance from the Westin Indianapolis Hotel. So be sure to see the sights on Monday night during your free time or extended visit. We look forward to seeing you in Indy and are sure you will find our city welcoming.
Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission

Business Agenda | Presenter Biographies

Registration Information

Early conference registration ends August 31, 2017, so don’t delay! The registration fee increases $50.00 after that date.

You have the option of paying by credit card or check*. The registration fees are outlined below.

Registration Fees:
  • State Member = $450 ($500 after August 31, 2017)
    TRAVEL BAN? Contact Pam Frantz for details about the NCSLA Travel Subsidy program.
  • Government Associate Member = $475 ($525 after August 31, 2017)
  • Associate Member = $575 ($625 after August 31, 2017)
  • Invitee of NCSLA President or Conference Host = $575 ($625 after August 31, 2017)
  • 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 = $250 ($300 after August 31, 2017)
  • Spouse/Guest (President’s Dinner only) = $125

If you are paying by check* please make it payable and mail to "National Conference of State Liquor Administrators", 543 Long Hill Road, Gurnee, IL 60031 along with a copy of your registration confirmation.

*Please note that payment by check is not available after September 15, 2017.*

CANCELLATION POLICY: All refunds are subject to a $200.00 deduction. Due to contractual commitments there will be no refunds after September 15, 2017. NCSLA Federal Tax ID Number: 52-6043243.

ATTIRE: Attire for all scheduled business and social functions is casual. The average high/low temperatures in Indianapolis are 70° / 50° F so be sure to pack for fall weather!

SPECIAL NEEDS: Individuals with disabilities or special dietary requirements who need special accommodations should email to make arrangements. Requests should be made no later than September 15, 2017 to allow sufficient time for us to meet your needs.

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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
Victoria G Horton California Beer & Beverage Distributors Association President
Gary Horton E. & J. Gallo Winery Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs & Compliance
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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