National Conference of State Liquor Administrators
Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at 11:30 a.m.
Radisson Hotel & Suites, Austin - Downtown
111 E Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, Texas 78701
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    Conference Room Rates*:
    $189/night plus taxes – Single/Double
    $135/night plus taxes – State/Government members**
    $259/night plus taxes – Suite

    *Rates available 3 days before and 2 days after the conference, subject to hotel availability.
    **Only 30 rooms at Government Rate Sunday-Tuesday; 10 rooms on Saturday the 24th.

    NCSLA Northern/Southern CONFERENCE 2016 - Austin, Texas
    Overlooking Lady Bird Lake in beautiful downtown Austin, the Radisson Suites is perfect for both leisure and business travelers alike. The hotel in downtown Austin is within walking distance of:
    • Austin entertainment, restaurants and festive nightlife available on 6th Street, and in the trendy Warehouse District, and South Congress (SoCo)
    • Congress Street Bridge, the hot spot for the world-famous Austin Bats (watch their flight each night, weather permitting, from Apr-Sep)
    • Central business district
    • Texas State Capitol and state building complex
    • Texas State Governor's Mansion
    Hotel Amenities include:
    • Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms and public space
    • Sleep Number beds in most rooms
    • Heated, saltwater, infinity-edge pool overlooking parkland and Lady Bird Lake
    • On-site parking
    • On-site restaurant
    • Fitness facility open 5:00am – 11:00pm
    • 24-hour Business Center
    • Lake view and city view guest rooms
    • 100% non-smoking facility
    Airline Travel
    Austin - Bergstrom International Airport (ABIA) is located approximately 18 minutes (7 miles) from the Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin - Downtown and is serviced by major airlines. Please visit the website for more information.
    Airport Shuttle is $12 per person one way, or $24 per person round trip.
    Cab fares cost approx. $21-25 to/from Austin - Bergstrom International Airport.
    Driving Directions
    Hotel Parking Rates:
    Valet – $24 per day, no tax
    Self - $10 per day, no tax
    Off-site - $28 per day
    Conference Host – Contact:
    David Brandon at (512) 206-3455 or

    September 25-28, 2016
    Radisson Hotel and Suites, Austin, Texas


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    Business Agenda   |   Social Agenda

    Conference Information

    Welcome to ATX! Get your passport stamped as you participate in the Southern/Northern Regional Conference.

    Located in Central Texas, Austin is the 11th-most populous city in the United States and the fourth-most populous city in Texas. It is the fastest growing of the largest 50 US cities. Across 2nd Street from Austin's City Hall is the new ACL Live @ the Moody Theatre where the long-running PBS program Austin City Limits is filmed. The annual South by Southwest (SXSW) Music, Film and Interactive Festival is located in downtown Austin and includes one of the world's largest music festivals.

    As your conference host, TABC is here to show you what we love about Austin. We will host a conference with

    1. An engaging business agenda designed to keep everyone’s attention;
    2. Entertainment and activities so participants can have fun at their own pace; and,
    3. A Saloon (hospitality suite) available for fun and networking.

    The theme is “Passport to ATX.” But the business agenda is geared toward exploring the opposing forces of Regulation and Innovation. Featured presentations include influencing legislation to improve regulatory practices, alcohol tourism, imports/exports, enforcement, and much more!

    But don’t expect a traditional conference where the panelists do all the talking. We have developed an agenda that includes breakout sessions, facilitated discussions, and brief TED Talk-style presentations. You will be encouraged to actively participate!

    Welcome to the Austin City Limits, where the Welcome Reception overlooks Ladybird Lake and the Congress Street Bridge, the hot spot for the world-famous Austin Bats. As the Live Music Capitol of the World you can expect live music at the Welcome Reception. The banquet Tuesday night will be held at the historical Austin Club – of course with live music.

    Monday evening is a free night to explore Austin on your own. Perhaps you would like to take advantage of Austin entertainment, restaurants and festive nightlife available on 6th Street, in the trendy Warehouse District, or South Congress (SoCo) all within walking distance of the hotel. For a true Austin experience, you can register (additional charge) for a Riverboat Cruise to watch the bat colony take flight at dusk.

    Each evening you can head over to the Saloon (hospitality suite) for snacks or a drink and mingle with longtime friends or new acquaintances.

    We hope the planned events will give you a real sense of what Keeps Austin Weird – a unique mixture of 70’s hippie culture (think Willie Nelson), urban chic, eclectic style, and outdoor adventure. Come early or stay a few extra days to explore our city - there’s something for everyone!

    Business Agenda   |   Social Agenda

    Registration Information

    Early conference registration ends Sunday, September 11th so don’t delay! The registration fee increases $50.00 starting Monday, September 12th.

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

    Registration Fees:

    • State Member = $425 ($475 after September 11th)
    • 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 September 11th)
    • Associate Member = $575 ($625 after September 11th)
    • Invitee of NCSLA President or Conference Host = $575 ($625 after September 11th)
    • NCSLA Past President = $0.00; Fee waived (NCSLA Bylaws Article I, Section 5B)
    • NCSLA Past President Spouse = $0.00; Fee waived (NCSLA Bylaws Article I, Section 5B)
    • Spouse/Guest for Austin Club banquet only = $150 ($200 after September 11th)
    • Spouse/Guest = $300 ($350 after September 11th)
    • Guest Under 21 Years Old = $200 ($250 after September 11th)

    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 to: NCSLA, P.O. Box 29131, Austin, TX, 78755.
    *Please note that payment by check is not available after September 18th.*

    CANCELLATION POLICY: All refunds are subject to a $200.00 deduction. Due to contractual commitments there will be no refunds after September 18th. 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 Austin are 90°/ 67° F so be sure to pack for hot, sunny weather!

    SPECIAL NEEDS: Individuals with disabilities or special dietary requirements who need special accommodations should email Luann Dickerson at to make arrangements. Requests should be made no later than Friday, September 16, 2016 to allow sufficient time for us to meet your needs.


    Name Organization Title
    Zackary W. Blair Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Assistant Director
    Matthew D. Botting California Alcoholic Beverage Control General Counsel
    David Brandon Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Assistant Director, Information Resources Division
    Clayton Byrd Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Executive Director
    Joe Cavazos Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
    Sherry Cook Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Executive Director
    John H. Cordrey Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner
    Michael W. Earnest Georgia Department of Revenue - Alcohol and Tobacco Division Assistant Director
    Jacqueline Flug New York State Liquor Authority General Counsel
    Rick Garza Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Director
    Thomas Graham Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Director, Tax & Marketing Practices
    Amy Harrison Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Director, Licensing Division
    Janet Hartman Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Deputy Director
    Shaun Jordan Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Licensing Supervisor
    JoAnn Joseph Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Deputy Director, Licensing Division
    Jeffrey Kelly Maryland Field Enforcement Division Director, Field Enforcement Division
    Steve Marks Oregon Liquor Control Commission Executive Director
    Mariann Morelock Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Director, Governmental Relations
    Rob Patridge Oregon Liquor Control Commission Chairman
    Thomas Philpot Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Director
    Teri Quimby Michigan Liquor Control Commission Commissioner
    Carla Rios Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
    Melanie Scarbrough Georgia Department of Revenue - Alcohol and Tobacco Division Executive Administrative Assistant
    Ed Swedberg Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Deputy Executive Director
    Jay Webster Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission Director, Information Resources Division
    Robert A. Wiest, Jr. Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Deputy Commissioner
    Nicole Alvarado Delicato Vineyards Corporate Compliance BRM-Sales & Marketing
    Jennifer Anderson E. & J. Gallo Winery Asst. General Counsel
    Sean Angeles Neubus, Inc. Project Manager
    Winn Atkins Diageo North America Senior Director, State Government Relations
    Barry Becton Diageo North America Senior Director, State Government Relations
    Terri Beirne Wine Institute Eastern Counsel
    Nicholas J. Bergman Buchman Law Firm, LLP Partner
    Benjamin Boehm Fintech VP Finance
    Dewey Brackin Gardere Wynne Sewell Partner
    Christopher Branch Branch Firm Attorney
    Vic Brooks Republic National Distributing Co. Vice President
    Mary Brousseau USA Wine West, LLC Compliance Director
    Brandi Brown Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP Partner
    Mara Carlton Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ltd. Regulatory Compliance Manager
    Kristin Carlton COMPLI, INC. Vice President of Client Relations
    Adam Chafetz Health Communications, Inc. ~ (The TIPS Program) President
    William Cheek, III Bone McAllester Norton PLLC Attorney
    Cindy Chen Pernod Ricard USA Senior Counsel, Corporate & Transactions
    Dimitrios Christopoulos Christopoulos Law Group, LLC Attorney
    Anna Laura Collier Beverage Law Group LLP - Strike and Techel Associate
    Edward Cooper Total Wine & More VP, Public Affairs and Community Relations
    Rhonda Culp Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Paralegal, Corporate and Licensing
    Maribel Delgado E. & J. Gallo Winery Associate General Counsel, Sr. Director of Govt. Affairs
    Kyle Dufour Law Office of William C. Dufour Attorney
    Susan Dworak Real Identities LLC CEO
    Danielle Elks Elks Law Attorney
    Pamela Erickson Public Action Management President/CEO
    Jim Farrell Beverage Merchandising, Inc. President
    Pamela Frantz NCSLA Executive Director
    Kimberly Frost Martin, Frost & Hill, P.C. Shareholder
    Neftali Garcia McLane Beverage Distribution, Inc. VP, Government Affairs
    Steve Gross Wine Institute Vice President, State Relations
    Anna Han Pernod Ricard Attorney, Corporate & Sales Compliance
    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
    Jay Hibbard Distilled Spirits Council Of The United States (DISCUS) Vice President, Eastern Region
    Cheri Huddleston Hance Scarborough, LLP Legislative Consultant
    Jerry Jolly Pillbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLC Consultant
    Simone M. Katz-ONeill Delicato Vineyards Senior Staff Attorney
    Erin Kelleher Hinman & Carmichael LLP Senior Associate
    Michael T. Kelly Arent Fox LLP Counsel
    Joetta King Constellation Brands Beer Division Manager, Regulatory & Compliance
    Kevin J. Koch McLane Beverage Distribution, Inc. VP of Accounting, Tax & Finance
    Nidhi Kumar Drizly, Inc. SVP and General Counsel
    Hunter Limbaugh Wine Institute Southeastern Counsel
    Lance Lively Texas Package Stores Association Executive Director
    Nick Lucca Lionstone International President
    Monica Maciag McLane Beverage Distribution, Inc. Government Affairs Specialist
    Carol Martel Wine Institute Northeastern Counsel
    Karin Matura Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois Executive Director
    Keira McCarthy Proximo Assistant General Counsel
    Mignon McGarry Republic National Distributing Co. Consultant
    Mike Moses Siegel & Moses, P.C. Principal
    Sonja Nesbit Arent Fox LLP Senior Government Relations Director
    Helene Nicholson Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Director-Legal & Compliance
    Kent Nowlin Sovos Compliance VP of Product
    Caroline OConnell Lawson & Weitzen, LLP Partner
    Robert J. OHara Flaherty and O'Hara, P.C. Attorney
    Debra B. Pender Greenspoon Marder Law Regulatory Consultant
    Dustin Pickens Federal Express Corporation Senior Attorney - Regulatory Affairs
    Joshua J. Remedios Greenspoon Marder Law Attorney
    Deborah Rossi Deborah Rossi Consultant
    Tyler Rudd Wine Institute Central States Counsel
    Lorene Samson Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. Paralegal
    Dean Sargent Computronix (U.S.A.) Inc. Consultant
    Daniel Smith The Law Office of Daniel R. Smith, PLLC Attorney
    Tom Spilman Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas Executive Vice President
    Rebecca Stamey-White Hinman & Carmichael LLP Partner
    Alan R. Steen Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits VP, Government Affairs
    Ashley Storm Storm Liquor License Owner
    Dale Szyndrowski Distilled Spirits Council Of The United States (DISCUS) Vice President, Central Region
    LaDesia Taylor National Restaurant Association Program Compliance Specialist
    Reid Teschner WSWA Coordinator, State and Regulatory Affairs
    William Tomaszewski, Inc. General Counsel
    Jessica Vega Constellation Brands, Inc. Specialist, Compliance
    Zoe Wedel Sovos Compliance Product Associate
    Mary Beth Williams Williams Compliance & Consulting Group, LLC President
    Ginna Winfree Gullett, Sanford, Robinson, and Martin Associate
    Grace Yang GrayRobinson, P.A. Shareholder


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