National Conference of State Liquor Administrators
Sunday, October 28, 2018, at 1:00 pm
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at 4:00 pm (followed by President’s Dinner)
NCSLA - Central/Western Regional Conference
The Westin Pasadena
191 North Los Robles
Pasadena, CA 91101
Westin Reservations: 1-800-937-8461 (1-800-Westin1); Group reservations mention 2018 NCSLA Central/Western Regional Meeting.

Reserve your hotel room online! Group Reservations Website

Take a tour of the Westin Pasadena.

Conference Room Rate*: $155/night plus taxes

*Rates available 3 days before and after the conference, subject to hotel availability.


Airline Travel
The Westin Pasadena is centrally located in the Los Angeles region and is readily accessible from all area airports.

Burbank Airport (BUR) is located approximately 20 minutes (16 miles) from the Pasadena Westin.

Ontario Airport (ONT) is located approximately 40 minutes (37 miles) from the Pasadena Westin.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is located approximately 35 minutes (28 miles) from the Pasadena Westin.

Driving Directions
Hotel Parking Rates:
Valet – $19 per day
Self – $14 per day

Conference Host – Contact:
Jennifer Smiley at (916) 419-2510 or

Pasadena, California

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Conference Information

Business Agenda | Presenter Biographies

In the Chippewa language, "Pasadena" means "Crown of the Valley", and there is no doubt that Pasadena is indeed a crown jewel of the Los Angeles region. Home of the Rose Bowl and world-renown Tournament of Roses Parade, Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena offers much to businesses, visitors, and residents alike. Nestled in the foothills just east of downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena is centrally located to everything the region has to offer. Stay a little longer and spend some time visiting the Pasadena Museum of Art or the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens. Or head to Hollywood and take a look at the famous sign before spending the day at Universal Studios. A relatively short drive will get you to Knott’s Berry Farm or Disneyland. Or, if you prefer, the world-famous beaches of Santa Monica, Venice, Long Beach, Newport Beach, and so many more, are not too far away. There is so much to do . . . before or after the conference.

In keeping with the location of nearby Hollywood, this year’s Central-Western Regional Conference is entitled "Lights, Camera, Action!" . . . and like a blockbuster movie, we will be packing a lot in to a short time. Our business agenda will cover a number of timely and diverse subjects, in which we pull back the curtain on the pressures and challenges facing state officials regulating this most dynamic of industries; visit with some local businesses and law enforcement to explore alcohol issues in the Pasadena area; learn about the hidden world of counterfeit goods and enforcement tools that can be applied to combat this massive economic crime; join some seasoned regulators as they discuss their experiences in regulating the alcoholic beverage industry; be inspired by how data can be effectively utilized to direct licensee education and prioritize resources; and so much more. To review the entire business agenda, click on the link below. The conference will conclude on Tuesday evening, October 30th, after the President’s Dinner.

NCSLA and the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control invite you to join us in Pasadena to learn, to meet with regulators and colleagues, and to enjoy all that this conference and the City of Pasadena have to offer.

Registration Information

Early conference registration ends September 30, 2018, so don’t delay! After that, the registration fee increases $50.00.

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

Registration Fees:

  • State Member = $450 ($500 after Sept. 30, 2018)
  • State Member (NCSLA Travel Subsidy Program) = Fee Waived
    TRAVEL BAN? Contact Pam Frantz for details about the NCSLA Travel Subsidy program.
  • Government Associate Member = $500 ($550 after Sept. 30, 2018)
  • Associate Member = $600 ($650 after Sept. 30, 2018)
  • Invitee of NCSLA President or Conference Host = $600 ($650 after Sept. 30, 2018)
  • 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 = $300 ($350 after Sept. 30, 2018)
  • Guest Under 21 Years Old = $200 ($250 after Sept. 30, 2018)

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.

*Please note that payment by check is not available after October 13th.*

CANCELLATION POLICY: All refunds are subject to a $200.00 deduction. Due to contractual commitments there will be no refunds after October 13, 2018. NCSLA Federal Tax ID Number: 52-6043243.

ATTIRE: Attire for all scheduled business and social functions is business casual, with the exception of the Banquet which is formal (suit/coat and tie for men; resort attire/dress for women). The average high/low temperatures in Pasadena are 80° / 57° F . . . so pretty much perfect!

SPECIAL NEEDS: Individuals with disabilities or special dietary requirements who need special accommodations should email Jennifer Smiley to make arrangements. Requests should be made no later than October 13, 2018, 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
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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