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."
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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
Brett Bonin Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control Attorney
Brett A. Bonin Louisiana Department of Revenue - 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
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 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
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
Jessica Bae Pepper Hamilton LLP Attorney
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
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
Steve Gross Wine Institute Vice President, State Relations
Anna Han Pernod Ricard USA Attorney, Corporate & Sales Compliance
John Harris GrayRobinson, P.A. Government Consultant
Gary Horton E. & J. Gallo Winery Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs & Compliance
Sally Jefferson Wine Institute Regional Government Affairs Director
Ken Judd Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. Associate General Counsel
Anne Junia
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
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
Caroline OConnell Lawson & Weitzen, LLP Partner
Christopher OConnor E. & J. Gallo Winery Assistant General Counsel
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
James Webster Webster Powell
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


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