National Conference of State Liquor Administrators
June 11, 2017 at 9:00 am
June 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm
The Westin Denver Downtown
1672 Lawrence Street
Denver, CO 80202
Phone: (303) 572-9100
NCSLA ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017 - Westin Denver Downtown, Denver, Colorado
Take a tour of the Westin Denver Downtown
Conference Room Rate*:
  • Single/Double =$199.00/night plus taxes
  • Triple = $219.00/night plus taxes
  • Quad = $239.00/night plus taxes
*Rates available 3 days before and after the conference, subject to hotel availability.
  • Click here to book a room online.
  • Phone: (303) 572-9100 and mention “NCSLA”
  • Airline Travel
    Denver International Airport (DIA) is located 35 minutes East of Denver. Please visit their website for more information.
  • Airport Shuttle
    Super Shuttle provides transportation from DIA for around $25.00 (Reservations highly recommended). (800) 258-3826
  • Airport Train
    RTD Light Rail – The "A Line" provides easy & affordable transportation between downtown Denver & DIA. Cost: local ($2.60) or airport fare ($9.00) depending on your destination. Train departs every 15 minutes (daily 4:30am-1:00am).
  • Cabs
    Metro Taxi is parked in front of the Westin 24/7, or call (303) 333-3333. The fare from DIA to Downtown runs around $55.00.
  • Driving Directions
    On-site Parking Available for $40.00 a Day.
More information on Denver:
Visit Denver
Conference Contact:
Patrick Maroney, Host
NCSLA Western Region
(303) 205-2306
NCSLA ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017 - Westin Denver Downtown, Denver, Colorado

June 11–14, 2017
Westin Denver Downtown, Denver, Colorado


Login to Register Now!
If you don't have an account, complete the NCSLA User Account Application

Download NCSLA Conference App

Conference Information

Welcome to the Mile High City! Denver is a vibrant city located at the foot of the Rocky Mountains and enjoys over 300 days of sunshine a year. We invite you to explore our city and experience all it has to offer. With seven pro sports teams to the nation’s second-largest performing arts complex, Denver offers a vast array of recreational and cultural activities that include: Denver Zoo, Downtown Aquarium, Denver Botanic Gardens, the Denver Art Museum and the Museum of Nature & Science.

With half of Colorado designated as public land (preserved in dozens of national forests, national and state parks, national monuments) it is less than an hour from downtown Denver to visit the colorful red monuments of Roxborough, the sheer cliffs of Eldorado Canyon, raft down Clear Creek or climb the 14,260-foot summit of Mount Evans (the highest paved road in North America).

Tour for free one of our many breweries, Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre (named the best Amphitheatre in the country), the U.S. Mint (reservations required) or the Colorado State Capitol where you can view 140 miles of snowcapped peaks & mountains from its gold leafed dome. You can even stand on the 13th step which denotes 5280 feet above sea level (exactly one mile high).

Business Meeting

The conference theme is "Regulating Alcohol in Today’s Dynamic Marketplace." An appropriate theme for Colorado as we, like many other states, face challenges with current alcohol laws and regulations. Our business agenda will cover a number of diverse issues that demonstrate the dynamic marketplace of alcohol today. Some of the featured panel presentations include discussions on the economy of the alcohol industry, the three tier system in today’s marketplace, tied house laws and evolving trade practices, modernization and innovation of the digital world, enforcement processes and priorities, hybrid licenses, plus two (2) ethics sessions and much more! To view the entire business agenda and list of alcohol beverage experts serving as presenters, just click on the links below.

Social Activities

The annual conference will kick off with a Welcome Reception on the Warning Track at Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies on Sunday, June 11th, at 6:00pm. Coors Field is an easy walk from the Westin (just 4 blocks away at the corner of 20th and Blake streets).

The social agenda offers a chance to enjoy the finest in Colorado hospitality at Coors Field and an evening nestled in the Rocky Mountains at the AmeriStar Resort in Black Hawk for a Champagne Reception (with awe inspiring views) before the Banquet and Awards Ceremony begins. Monday evening is intentionally left open for you to enjoy Downtown Denver and its many unique offerings. All meals have been carefully planned for you to enjoy to the fullest. Click on the link below to view the entire social agenda.

Business Agenda   |   Social Agenda   |   Presenter Biographies

Registration Information

Early conference registration ends Wednesday, May 3, 2017 so don’t delay! The registration fee increases $50.00 on Thursday, May 4, 2017.

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

Registration fees:
  • State Member = $475 ($525 after May 3, 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 = $525 ($575 after May 3, 2017)
  • Associate Member = $725 ($775 after May 3, 2017)
  • Invitee of NCSLA President or Conference Host = $725 ($775 after May 3, 2017)
  • NCSLA Past President (NCSLA Bylaws Article I, Section 5B) = Fee Waived
  • NCSLA Past President Spouse (NCSLA Bylaws Article I, Section 5B) = Fee Waived
  • Guest/Spouse (All Social Agenda events) = $425 ($475 after May 3, 2017)
  • Guest/Spouse (Coors Field Welcome Reception & Ameristar Banquet Only) = $225 ($250 after May 3, 2017)
  • Guest/Spouse (AmeriStar Reception & Banquet Only) = $175 ($200 after May 3, 2017)
  • Guest 3-20 Years Old (All Social Agenda events) = $250 ($275 after May 3, 2017)

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 along with a copy of your registration confirmation to: Sandra Lowman, Colorado Liquor Enforcement Division – Room 108, PO Box 173350, Denver, CO 80217-3350.

*Please note that payment by check is not available after May 26, 2017.

CANCELLATION POLICY: All refunds are subject to a $200.00 deduction. Due to contractual commitments there will be NO REFUNDS AFTER MAY 26, 2017. NCSLA Federal Tax ID Number: 52-6043243.

ATTIRE: Attire for all scheduled business and social functions is business casual. The average high/low temperatures in Denver in June are 85° / 51° F. Remember, we are a mile high and the air is thinner, so plan on drinking a lot of water and wearing sunblock.

SPECIAL NEEDS: Individuals with disabilities or special dietary requirements who need special accommodations should email Sandra Lowman at to make arrangements. Requests should be made no later than Friday, June 2, 2017 to allow sufficient time for us to meet your needs.



Name Organization Title
Shirley Akita County of Kauai Department of Liquor Control Commissioner - Liquor Control Commission
M. Caitlin Anderson Connecticut Division of Liquor Control Staff Attorney 2
Dean Argo Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board Government Relations Manager
Debbi Beavers Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division - Department of Revenue Director
Zackary W. Blair Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Assistant Director
Matthew D. Botting California Alcoholic Beverage Control General Counsel
Janelle Christian Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Industry Outreach Program Manager
Charles Ehart NCSLA NCSLA Past President
Paul Endo County of Kauai Department of Liquor Control Commissioner - Liquor Control Commission
Jason Evans South Dakota Department of Revenue Deputy Director, Special Taxes
Donald Fujii Department of Liquor Control, County of Maui Adjudication Board Chairman
Ollie Garrett Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board LCB Board Member
Rick Garza Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Director
William Gibson County of Kauai Department of Liquor Control Vice Chair - Liquor Control Commission
Courtney Glaha City of Greenwood Village Licensing Specialist
Keith Hollingshead-Cook Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Commission Counsel
Mark Honda Department of Liquor Control, County of Maui Deputy Director
Michael Houdyshell South Dakota Department of Revenue Director, Special Taxes
Jean Iida County of Kauai Department of Liquor Control Chair - Liquor Control Commission
Sharon Ito Department of Liquor Control, County of Maui Private Secretary
Edward Kushi, Jr. Department of the Corporation Counsel, County of Maui First Deputy Corporation Counsel
Gerald Langlais NCSLA Administrator, Retired
Ernest Legier Louisiana Alcohol and Tobacco Control Chief of Staff
Darren Lopez Department of Liquor Control, County of Maui Liquor Commission Vice Chair
Juana Marine-Lombard Louisiana Department of Revenue - Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner
Joseph McCullough California ABC Deputy Division Chief
Renee C. Metz North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission Chief Counsel
Gary Pacheco County of Kauai Department of Liquor Control Commissioner - Liquor Control Commission
Gerald Rapozo County of Kauai Department of Liquor Control Director
Nicola Reid WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board Compliance and Policy Manager
Daniel R. Rubin New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department - Alcohol and Gaming Division Division Attorney
Maureen Shanta Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission Special Agent-In-Charge
Rebecca Smith WA State Liquor & Cannabis Board Director of Licensing & Regulation
Robert Tanaka Department of Liquor Control, County of Maui Liquor Commission Chairman
Christopher Thiemann Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Distilled Spirits Program Manager
Christine Trout Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner
Roy Umeno Department of Liquor Control, County of Maui Liquor Commissioner
Arielle Albert Danow,McMullan & Panoff for Breakthru Compliance Counsel
Krystal Aspey Quarles & Brady LLP Partner
Tony Barnes Founders Brewing Co. Chief Corporate Counsel
Terri Beirne Wine Institute Eastern Counsel
Nicholas Bergman Buchman Law Firm, LLP Partner
Richard Blau GrayRobinson, P.A. Chair, Alcohol Beverage and Food Department
Annie Bones Wine Institute State Compliance Specialist
Carrie Bonnington Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Partner
Michael Brewer Alcoholic Beverage Consulting Service President
Mary Brousseau USA Wine West, LLC Compliance Director
K. Kristann Carey Constellation Brands Beer Division SVP, General Counsel
Marc Carmichael Indiana Beverage Alliance President
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
Christopher Coleman Associated Beer Distributors of IL Vice President of Government Relations
Brad Cook United Parcel Service UPS Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Regulated Goods Director
Joseph Cruz Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Consultant
Keven Danow Breakthru Beverage Group Compliance Counsel
Elizabeth DeConti GrayRobinson, P.A. Attorney
Maribel Delgado E. & J. Gallo Winery Associate General Counsel, Sr. Director of Govt. Affairs
Mark Dickison Lawson & Weitzen, LLP Partner
Rachel Dumas Rey Compli Founder/President
Jim Farrell Beverage Merchandising, Inc. President
Pamela Frantz NCSLA Executive Director
Kimberly Frost Martin, Frost & Hill, P.C. Shareholder
Pat Gagliardi Center for Alcohol Policy Consultant
Emily Gant Garvey Schubert Barer Attorney
Jill Gautreaux Kean Miller LLP Attorney
Neal Gidvani Greenspoon Marder Senior Counsel
Marlene Gordon Bacardi North America Corp. VP, General Counsel - North America
Alan Greenspan Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits EVP and General Counsel
Steve Gross Wine Institute Vice President, State Relations
John Guadnola Association of Washington Spirits & Wine Distributors Executive Director
Kim Guieb Constellation Brands, Inc. Director, Regulatory Affairs
Valerie Haber GrayRobinson, P.A. Attorney
Anna Han Pernod Ricard USA Attorney, Corporate & Sales Compliance
John Harris GrayRobinson, P.A. Government Consultant
Dan Haskell Gullett, Sanford, Robinson, and Martin Attorney
Alex Heckathorn Compliance Service of America - CSA Senior Consultant
Bahaneh Hobel Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty Partner, Alcohol Beverage & Wine Law
Karen Hoff Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Compliance Manager
Gary Horton E. & J. Gallo Winery Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs & Compliance
Brian Howie Quarles & Brady LLP Attorney
Cheri Huddleston Hance Scarborough, LLP Legislative Consultant
Ryan Irsik Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Director-Public Affairs & Government Relations
Sally Jefferson Wine Institute Director, Great Lakes Region
Michelle Jensen Constellation Brands, Inc. Promotions Compliance Manager
Susan Johnson Stoel Rives LLP Attorney
Jerry Jolly Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Consultant
Alana Joyce Strike & Techel Associate
Anne M. Junia Cassiday Schade LLP Partner
Tom Kerr Strike & Techel Partner
Joetta King Constellation Brands Beer Division Manager, Regulatory & Compliance
Julia Koestner Quarles & Brady LLP Associate
Jeremy Kruidenier Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois Vice Executive Director
Robert Lewis Greenspoon Marder Shareholder
Marbet Lewis Greenspoon Marder Shareholder
Ryan Malkin Malkin Law PA Principal Attorney
Matthew Mann WineDirect, Inc. General Counsel
Carol Martel Wine Institute Northeastern Counsel
Karin Matura Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois Executive Director
Derek Mayor Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Associate
Michael McCanse Quarles & Brady LLP Attorney
Keira McCarthy Proximo Assistant General Counsel
Jim McGreevy Beer Institute President & CEO
Dawn McNeely Terlato Wines International Director Regulatory Affairs
Jay McPherson Compliance Service of America - CSA Consultant
Lonette Merriman Constellation Brands, Inc. Vice President, Associate General Counsel
Daniel Meyer Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky Executive Director & General Counsel
Lisa Miller Skene Law Firm, P.C. Associate
Jo Moak Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc. Sr. Vice President and General Counsel
Robert Myers Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois President
Michael Newman Holland & Knight, LLP Partner
Edward O'Toole California Beer & Beverage Distributors Consultant
Robert J. OHara Flaherty and O'Hara, P.C. Partner
Jonathan Phillips Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. Regulatory Specialist
April Pyatt Pernod Ricard USA Marketing Compliance Manager
Kathryn Quinn Constellation Brands, Inc. Director, Regulatory Affairs
Brian Ream Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ltd. Regulatory Compliance Specialist
Neil Rhodes Direct Wines, Inc. President
Tyler Rudd Wine Institute Central States Counsel
Matthew Saltzman Kolesar & Leatham, Chtd. Shareholder
Lorene Samson Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. Paralegal
Stephanie Sernau Direct Wines, Inc. General Counsel
Theresa Shircliffe United Parcel Service UPS Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Regulated Goods Manager
Mort Siegel Siegel & Moses, P.C. Partner
Phillip Silvestri Greenspoon Marder Senior Counsel
David J. Simoni North American Breweries Senior Counsel
Charles Smarr Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. Attorney
Renee Sotos MillerCoors Assistant General Counsel
Katy Stambaugh Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty Associate Attorney
Adam Stapen Dill, Dill, Carr, Stonbraker & Hutchings, PC Partner
Alan R. Steen Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits VP, Government Affairs
Rebecca Stolberg California Beer & Beverage Distributors Association Vice President
Dale Szyndrowski Distilled Spirits Council Of The United States (DISCUS) Vice President, Central Region
LaDesia Taylor National Restaurant Association Program Compliance Specialist
Louis Terminello Greenspoon Marder Shareholder
Reid Teschner Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America Manager, State and Regulatory Affairs
William Tomaszewski, Inc. General Counsel
Duke Tufty Northwest Alcohol Law Attorney
Wendy Turk Fintech Director of Regulatory Affairs
Martin Voke Bacardi North America Corp. Vice President & Deputy General Counsel
Matt Weston-Dawkes E. & J. Gallo Winery Deputy General Counsel
Ginna Winfree Gullett, Sanford, Robinson, and Martin Attorney
Mike B. Wittenwyler Godfrey & Kahn SC Shareholder
Chris Wittman MillerCoors Assistant General Counsel - Commercial
Craig Wolf Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc. President & CEO


  • Host: Colorado Liquor & Tobacco Enforcement Division
  • The Westin Denver Downtown Hotel
  • Denver, Colorado
  • June 11-14, 2017
  • Register Now!
  • Host: Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • The Brown Hotel
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • November 5 – 8, 2017
  • View 2016 Presentations
  • Host: Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission
  • The Westin Indianapolis Hotel
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • October 1 – 4, 2017
  • View 2016 Presentations
Event Management System & On-Line Applications by TactiCom, Inc.