National Conference of State Liquor Administrators
Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Brown Hotel
335 West Broadway
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
502-583-1234 (Group reservations) or toll free at 888-888-5252 and mention "NCSLA Regional Conference."
Reserve your hotel room online! Group Reservations Website
Take a tour of the Brown Hotel.
Conference Room Rate*:
Deluxe $113/night plus taxes.*
Luxury $133/night plus taxes.
Club Deluxe $143/night plus taxes.
State and Government members: a Deluxe room at the government rate of $113/night plus taxes may be reserved with proof of a government ID and/or payment with a government credit card.
*There’s a limited number of rooms at this rate so make your reservation early before they are gone!
Airline Travel
Louisville International Airport (SDF) - located approximately 15 minutes (7 miles) from the Brown Hotel and is serviced by major airlines. Please visit the website for more information.
Airport Shuttle is complimentary and provided by the Brown Hotel. Once you have landed, please call 502-583-1234.
Cab/Uber fares cost approximately $25 to//from Louisville International Airport.
Driving Directions
Hotel Parking Rates:
Valet – $10 per night
Self (or Off-site at lot adjacent to Hotel) - $10 per night
Conference Host – Contact:
Christine Trout, Commissioner, KY ABC at 502-782-1001, or

Louisville, Kentucky


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Business Agenda   |   Presenter Biographies

Conference Information

Welcome to the Bluegrass State and the birthplace of Kentucky Bourbon! Known as the "Derby City," Louisville offers visitors a unique cultural experience with one-of-a-kind attractions, like the legendary Churchill Downs, Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, the Speed Art Museum, and the Muhammad Ali Center.

This year’s regional conference theme is "Raise a Glass to the Shattered Ceiling," a toast to the rise of women leaders in the alcohol industry. Our business agenda will cover a number of diverse issues including advertising and branding, ethics, First Amendment and compliance, social responsibility, and state and local cooperation. You will also hear from women regulators and their challenges and successes in the industry. To view the entire business agenda and partial list of alcohol beverage experts serving as presenters, just click on the links above.

Social Networking
Conference attendees will begin their ‘Urban Bourbon’ experience on Sunday evening with a Welcome Reception at the Distilled Spirits Epicenter & Moonshine University, a one-of-a-kind educational facility that offers classes to entrepreneurs interested in the alcohol production industry. Moonshine University is the only intensive distilling workshop in the Un /ited States that can offer college credit.

Check out Kentucky’s own version of See How it’s Made! Choose one of two optional tours of Bluegrass State’s many distilleries: Angel’s Envy in Louisville and Jim Beam in Bardstown; or Maker’s Mark in Loretto. You’ll get to see a little of Kentucky’s countryside while you are here. There’s a third option that will be conducted at the hotel - Mixology 101 with Molly Wellman. She’s a self-taught mixologist, entrepreneur, and author from Cincinnati, Ohio. Co-owner and operator of Wellman’s Brands, Molly has immersed herself in the knowledge of craft and classic cocktails and fine spirits. Join her in this lively educational session of mixology basics. Limited tickets are available so act fast!

A night at the Frazier History Museum is also on tap for the President’s Banquet. The museum brings history to life through exhibits, artifacts and live performances every day. The Frazier is the official starting point of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, and hosts the exhibit, The Spirits of the Bluegrass: Prohibition and Kentucky.

We hope the planned events will give conference attendees a taste of Kentucky and a chance to discover why Kentucky’s largest city has been named one of the "Best New Food Cities" in America.

Registration Information

Early conference registration ends Friday, October 13th so don’t delay! The registration fee increases $50 after October 13, 2017. You have the option of paying by credit card or check. The registration fees are outlined below.

Registration Fees:

  • State Member = $425 ($475 after October 13, 2017)
  • 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 13, 2017)
  • Associate Member = $575 ($625 after October 13, 2017)
  • Invitee of NCSLA President or Conference Host = $575 ($625 after October 13, 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 = $300 ($350 after October 13, 2017)

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 30, 2017.*

CANCELLATION POLICY: All refunds are subject to a $200.00 deduction. Due to contractual commitments there will be no refunds after October 23, 2017. 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; cocktail attire for women). The average high/low temperatures in Louisville are 57 degrees/37 degrees F, so be sure to pack for fall weather!

SPECIAL NEEDS: Individuals with disabilities or special dietary requirements who need special accommodations should email Jan Lile at to make arrangements. Requests should be made no later than Oct. 30, 2017, to allow sufficient time for us to meet your needs.


Name Organization Title
Matthew D. Botting California Alcoholic Beverage Control General Counsel
John H. Cordrey Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner
Charles Ehart NCSLA NCSLA Past President
Susan Evans Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Director, Office of Industry and State Outreach
Jenna Giguere Rhode Island Division of Commercial Licensing - Liquor Enforcement and Compliance Deputy Chief of Legal Services
Travis G. Hill Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Chief Executive Officer
Robert S. Hill, III Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board General Counsel
Jeffrey Kelly Maryland Field Enforcement Division Director, Field Enforcement Division
Thomas Kirby Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Chief, Bureau of Law Enforcement
Ernest Legier Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control Deputy Assistant Secretary
Juana Marine-Lombard Louisiana Department of Revenue - Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner
Perry Mathis South Carolina Department of Revenue - Alcohol Beverage Licensing ABL Administrator
Marcia Matsui Department of Liquor Control, County of Hawaii Accountant
Fitzgerald K. Mosby Georgia Department of Revenue - Alcohol and Tobacco Division Special Agent-in-Charge (SAC)
Thomas Philpot Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Director
Teri Quimby Michigan Liquor Control Commission Commissioner
Christopher Riano New York State Liquor Authority General Counsel
Andy Smith South Carolina Department of Revenue - Alcohol Beverage Licensing Deputy Director
Gerald Takase County of Hawaii Liquor Control Director
Christine Trout Van Tatenhove Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner
Robert Wiest Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Deputy Commissioner
John A. Yeomans Delaware Alcoholic Beverage Control Director of Enforcement
Danielle Balmelle Accela, Inc. Business Development Executive
Randy Barnhart Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits VP Governmental Relations Eastern Region & Canada
Steven Becker Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Executive Vice President
Siobhan Beere Post, Polak, Goodsell & Strauchler, P.A. Attorney
Terri Beirne Wine Institute Eastern Counsel
James Bennett New Jersery Licensed Beverage Association President
Nicholas Bergman Buchman Law Firm, LLP Partner
Richard Blau GrayRobinson, P.A. Chair, Alcohol Beverage and Food Department
Mary Brousseau USA Wine West, LLC Compliance Director
Adam Bucon Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services LSW, State Opioid Treatment Authority for New Jersey
Will Cheek Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP Partner
John Cooke Amazon Services LLC Associate General Counsel
Larry Cormier ShipCompliant by Sovos Compliance GM, ShipCompliant
Joseph Cruz Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Consultant
Kristina Dickens Christopoulos Law Group, LLC Partner
Michelle Draper Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Senior Compliance Analyst
Danielle Elks Elks Law Attorney
David Epstein Post, Polak, Goodsell & Strauchler, P.A. Attorney
Jim Farrell Beverage Merchandising, Inc. President
Jerry Fischer Post, Polak, Goodsell & Strauchler, P.A. Attorney
Pamela Frantz NCSLA Executive Director
J. Wesley Geiselman Post, Polak, Goodsell & Strauchler, P.A. Attorney
Steve Gross Wine Institute Vice President, State Relations
Anna Han Pernod Ricard USA Attorney, Corporate & Sales Compliance
Katie Hatfield E. & J. Gallo Winery Compliance Analyst
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 Vice President Government Relations
Eric Hildenbrand McLane Beverage Distribution, Inc. General Counsel - Grocery
Kimberly R. Hillman The Winebow Group V.P. and General Counsel
David Hodson E. & J. Gallo Winery Compliance Analyst
Valerie Karasz Buchman Law Firm, LLP Partner
Jae Kim DLA Piper LLP (US) Associate
Ron Kohler The Greentree Group Manager
Alex Koral ShipCompliant by Sovos Compliance Regulatory Counsel
Dwayne Kratt Diageo North America Sr. Director State Government Relations
Nidhi Kumar Drizly, Inc. General Counsel and SVP Industry Affairs
Marbet Lewis LewisFox LLP Partner
Robert Lewis LewisFox Partner
Neel Madhvani Boxed Wholesale Head of B2B and Spirits Marketing
Matthew Mann WineDirect, Inc. Vice President, Legal & Human Resources
Carol Martel Wine Institute Northeastern Counsel
Alva Mather DLA Piper LLP Partner
Evadne Maxwell LewisFox Licensing Paralegal
Jeffrey A. McKenzie Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP Partner and Beverage Alcohol Team Co-Leader
Amanda Miller Federal Express Corporation Senior Counsel - FedEx Ground
Jo Moak Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc. Sr. Vice President and General Counsel
Adrienne Noto Greenspoon Marder LLP Associate
Caroline OConnell Conn Kavanaugh Rosenthal Peisch & Ford, LLP Partner
Robert J. OHara Flaherty and O'Hara, P.C. Attorney
Sean OLeary O'Leary Law and Policy Group, LLC President
Christopher ORourke Moet Hennessy USA, Inc. Vice President and General Counsel
Eric Orlando New Jersey Beer Guild Executive Director
Gena Parker Heineken USA, Inc. Regulatory Affairs Specialist
Debra Pender LewisFox Regulatory Consultant
Dustin Pickens Federal Express Corporation Senior Counsel - Regulatory Affairs
Jamie Queli New Jersey Brewers Association President
Joshua Remedios Greenspoon Marder LLP Senior Counsel
Allen Riley Riley Investigations Private Investigator
Deborah Rossi Deborah Rossi President, Beverage Associates Inc.
Tyler Rudd Wine Institute Central States Counsel
Kara Ruecker Amazon Services LLC Public Policy, Alcohol
Denille Sachs Pernod Ricard USA Counsel, Marketing & Innovation
Robb Sansone Fedway Associates, Inc. Executive Vice President and CFO
Adena Santiago Husch Blackwell LLP Senior Counsel
Megan Scarpelli Heineken USA Incorporated Regulatory Affairs Manager
Joshua Segal Lawson & Weitzen, LLP Partner
Douglas Sherman Post, Polak, Goodsell & Strauchler, P.A. Attorney
Theresa Shircliffe United Parcel Service UPS Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Regulated Goods Manager
Scott Silver Law Office of Scott N. Silver Attorney
Charles Smarr Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. Attorney
Alan R. Steen Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits VP, Government Affairs
Jacqueline Sudano Beverage Law Group LLP - Strike and Techel Associate Attorney
Dale Szyndrowski Distilled Spirits Council of the United States VP State Government Relations
Annmarie Taggart New Jersey Division of Criminal Justice SDAG and Chair, NJ Human Trafficking Task Force
William Tomaszewski, Inc. General Counsel
Trey Tomlinson Diageo North America Counsel - Beverage Alcohol Law
Mary Tortorice Sazerac Company General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
Wendy Turk Fintech Director of Regulatory Affairs
Anthony Valenzano Valenzano Winery and Brotherton Brewing Co. Partner
Jeffrey Warsh Post, Polak, Goodsell & Strauchler, P.A. Attorney
Jerry Waters Flaherty & O'Hara Government Relations
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
Mary Beth Williams Williams Compliance & Consulting Group, LLC President
Curry Wilson ShipCompliant by Sovos Compliance Strategic Partner Manager
Tim Wynn U.S. Marine Corps Veteran Veterans Certified Forensic Peer Specialist in Philadelphia


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