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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    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!

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    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
    Brett Bonin Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control Attorney
    Matthew D. Botting California Alcoholic Beverage Control General Counsel
    A. Keith Burt Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission Director
    James Diana Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Statewide Operations Supervisor
    Michael W. Earnest Georgia Department of Revenue - Alcohol and Tobacco Division Assistant Director
    Rick Garza Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Director
    J. Wesley Geiselman New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety - Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control Counsel to Director
    David Greenwell County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Liquor Commissioner
    Nichole Harvey Alcohol Beverage Control - Idaho State Police Licensing & Litigation Manager
    Travis G. Hill Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Chief Operating Officer
    Robert S. Hill, III Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board General Counsel
    Anna Hirai Honolulu Liquor Commssion Assistant Administrator
    Stephen Humphress KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control General Counsel
    Jeffrey Kelly Maryland Field Enforcement Division Director, Field Enforcement Division
    Adam Koenig KY State Government/LRC Representative
    Ernest Legier Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control Attorney Supervisor
    Bridgette Lester City of Danville Director of Codes Enf/ABC Administrator
    Matt Littleton Georgia Department of Revenue - Alcohol and Tobacco Division Special Agent in Charge
    Carol Beth Martin KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Malt Beverage Administrator
    Renee C. Metz North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission Chief Counsel, Legal Division Director
    Thomas Philpot Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Director
    Teri Quimby Michigan Liquor Control Commission Commissioner
    Christopher Riano New York State Liquor Authority Counsel to the Authority
    Trina Summers KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Distilled Spirits Administrator
    Gerald Takase County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Director
    Christopher Thiemann Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Distilled Spirits Program Manager
    Christine Trout KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner
    Paul Vido KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Director of Enforcement
    Stacie Waltjen County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Liquor Licensing Techincian
    Robert A. Wiest, Jr. Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Deputy Commissioner
    Jennifer Alexander Beam Suntory Inc Director, Global Technical Regulatory
    Brittany Allison Willett Distillery
    Bryan Alvey Kentucky Distillers Association Sr. Director of Governmental & External Affairs
    Eric J. Anderson InfoLawGroup LLP Partner
    Jessica Bae Pepper Hamilton LLP Attorney
    Jason A. Baird The Limestone Group Founder
    Jason Bassett Kum & Go Director of Government Affairs
    Terri Beirne Wine Institute Eastern Counsel
    Nicholas Bergman Buchman Law Firm, LLP Partner
    Jeff Carroll COMPLI, INC. Vice President, Product & Marketing
    William Cheek, III Bone McAllester Norton PLLC Attorney
    Cindy Chen Pernod Ricard USA Senior Counsel, Corporate & Transactions
    Susan Clare Brown-Forman Corporation Sr. Trade Practice Specialist
    Justin D. Clark Top Shelf Lobby, LLC
    Joseph Cruz Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Consultant
    Suzanne DeGalan Hinman & Carmichael LLP Partner
    Kristina Dickens Christopoulos Law Group, LLC Partner
    William Earle National Association of Beverage Importers, Inc. President
    Pamela Erickson Public Action Management President/CEO
    Jim Farrell Beverage Merchandising, Inc. President
    Pamela Frantz NCSLA Management Consultant
    Kimberly Frost Martin, Frost & Hill, P.C. Shareholder
    Paul Gatza Brewers Association Director
    Eric Gregory Kentucky Distillers Association President
    Steve Gross Wine Institute Vice President, State Relations
    Anna Han Pernod Ricard USA Attorney, Corporate & Sales Compliance
    John Harris GrayRobinson, P.A. Government Consultant
    Alison Herman Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Senior Counsel - Regulatory and Compliance
    Gary Horton E. & J. Gallo Winery Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs & Compliance
    J. Neal Insley National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA) Sr. VP, General Counsel
    Sally Jefferson Wine Institute Regional Government Affairs Director
    Anqueisha Jones LewisFox LLLP Paralegal
    Ken Judd Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. Associate General Counsel
    Anne Junia Webster Powell PC
    Joetta King Constellation Brands Beer Division Manager, Regulatory & Compliance
    Alex Koral Sovos Compliance Industry Outreach Advisor
    Dwayne Kratt Diageo North America Sr. Director State Government Relations
    Nidhi Kumar Drizly, Inc. SVP and General Counsel
    Linda Lewis Beam Suntory Inc. Technical Regulatory Manager
    Hunter Limbaugh Wine Institute Southeastern Counsel
    Carol Martel Wine Institute Northeastern Counsel
    Alva Mather Pepper Hamilton LLP Partner
    Evadne Maxwell LewisFox LLP Paralegal
    Jessica McElrath E. & J. Gallo Winery Assistant Staff Counsel
    Daniel Meyer Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky Executive Director & General Counsel
    Jo Moak Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc. Sr. Vice President and General Counsel
    J. Chris Nolan MML&K Government Solutions Assistant Director
    Caroline OConnell Lawson & Weitzen, LLP Partner
    Christopher OConnor E. & J. Gallo Winery Assistant General Counsel
    Debi Pender LewisFox LLLP Consultant
    Travis H. Phillips Top Shelf Lobby, LLC Director of Client Services
    Robert Pinson Bone McAllester Norton PLLC Attorney
    Paul E. Pisano National Beer Wholesalers Association Sr. Vice President Industry Affairs & General Counsel
    Deborah Ringo Diageo North America Director, Regulatory & Technical Affairs
    Tyler Rudd Wine Institute Central States Counsel
    Mary Jane Saunders Beer Institute Vice President & General Counsel
    Joshua Segal Lawson & Weitzen, LLP Partner
    Charles Smarr Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. Attorney
    Kevin Smith Beam Suntory Inc. VP KY Beam Bourbon Affairs
    Steve Thompson Kentucky Artisan Distillery
    James Webster Webster Powell Senior Partner
    Lisa Wells Ready Training Online Strategic Alliance & Marketing Manager
    Laura Wentling Ready Training Online Compliance Coordinator
    Lauren Whitney Sovos - ShipCompliant Regulatory Counsel - ShipCompliant
    Mary Beth Williams Williams Compliance & Consulting Group, LLC President
    Curry Wilson Sovos - ShipCompliant Technology Partner Manager - ShipCompliant
    Craig Wolf Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc. President & CEO
    Russ Woodward Capital Link Consultants Director of State Legislative Affairs


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