National Conference of State Liquor Administrators
Sunday, June 17, 2018 at 1:00 pm
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 11:59 pm
Hilton Waikoloa Village
69-425 Waikoloa Beach Drive
Waikoloa, HI 96738
Take a tour of the Westin Hilton Waikoloa Village.
Conference Room Rate*: $189.00/night plus taxes and fees for single/double occupancy.
*Rates available 3 days before and 3 days after the conference, subject to hotel availability
Tel: 808-886-1234 (Group reservations: 1-800-445-8667) Be sure to reference group code "NCS" or mention "NCSLA 2018" and you should get the group room rate of $189 for the Ocean Tower (property KOATW).
Group Reservation Website:make your hotel reservation online!
ADDITIONAL GUESTS: There is an extra person charge of $50 per 3rd and 4th adult to share the same room. No charge for children 18 years and younger to share the same room using existing bedding. Maximum number of guests per room is four.
DAILY RESORT CHARGE: A daily charge of $10 (discounted from $35 per day) will be added to the room rate and includes: Wi-Fi access; hula, lei making & ukulele lesson; unlimited PS3 movies/games; 20% off Lagoon toy rental; 4x8 keepsake photo; Kid pool activities/scavenger hunt; daily fitness/yoga class; bird talk; pool toy inflation; local/toll-free calls.
CHECK-IN/OUT TIME: Check-in time is 3:00 PM; Check-out time is 12:00 PM. All guests arriving before 3:00 PM will be accommodated as rooms become available. Baggage may be checked at the hotel’s Front Services Department for those arriving early or for guests attending functions on departure day.
EARLY DEPARTURE FEE: If a guest checks out prior to the reserved check-out date the hotel will add an early check-out fee of $100. Guests wishing to avoid an early check-out fee should advise the hotel at or before check-in of any change in planned length of stay.
Airline Travel
Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole (KOA) is located approximately 30 minutes (20 miles) from the Hilton Waikoloa Village and is serviced by major airlines. Please visit the website for more information.
Airport Shuttle
SpeediShuttle provides local transportation between KOA airport and Hilton Waikoloa Village. Cost is approx. $29 per person one way, or approx. $58 per person round trip. Just click on the link to make your reservation online!
SpeediShuttle also offers tours of the Big Island and the other Hawaiian islands. Click on the link for more information.
Other Local Transportation
Cab fares approx. $75 - $85 to/from Ellison Onizuka International Airport at Keahole (KOA).
Car Rental
There is a National Car Rental desk located inside Hilton Waikoloa Village. Choice of vehicles available so you can explore Hawaii your way! Call 808-886-2821 or book online now.
Driving Directions: please visit the website
Hotel Parking Rates:
Valet – $37 per day
Self Parking for REGISTERED GUESTS ONLY - $15 per day (discounted from $27 per day).
Conference Host – Contact:
Marcia Matsui at 808-961-8218 or

June 17-20, 2018
Waikoloa, Hawai‘i


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Conference Information

The Island of Hawai‘i is known as “The Big Island.” While I’m sure, those of you from the mainland will laugh at our definition of “Big,” here we have all of the different topography features that you might find throughout the world, from our beaches and unique coastline with its crystal clear blue waters to our snow-capped mountains (in the winter) and volcanoes that are almost constantly erupting, to our rainforests or the ranchlands of Waimea. As your conference host, County of Hawaii Department of Liquor Control looks forward to sharing the uniqueness of this island with all of the NCSLA members and guests, and making your visit to the Big Island and the Hilton Waikoloa Village a truly memorable one!

Business Meeting

The Beverage Alcohol industry continues to evolve as consumer demands change, and innovation and technology progress. NCSLA is your consistent source for strategic regulatory planning and sharing of best practices in these times of change. Join us for this year’s conference program and theme of “Regulatory Strategies for an Innovative Marketplace.” Diverse panels about timely topics such as “disruption” and direct to consumer sales and shipments will examine various influences confronting the industry. Other subjects include: disaster management planning, Tied House policy objectives and private label challenges, the changing landscape of alcohol sales and marketing, productivity of state task forces, plus an ethics session and much more! To view the entire business agenda and partial list of alcohol beverage experts serving as presenters, just click on the links below.

| Business Agenda |

Social Activities

Come and experience the “aloha” spirit with colleagues and friends at the Welcome Reception on Sunday evening from 6:00-8:00 pm at the Lagoon Lanai. Monday is a free evening to explore the resort and spend time with friends and family, or visit the hospitality suite and make new friends. Tuesday delight in a sunset dinner on the beach at the nostalgic Lava Lava Beach Club. Enjoy a relaxing evening, digging your toes in the sand at this nearby beach club. The conference will close on Wednesday and feature a luau under the stars, with an exciting music and dance-filled “Polynesian Spectacular” by Tihati Productions, in honor of NCSLA President Keith Burt. A nightly hospitality room will also provide several networking opportunities.

We are working with the staff of the Hilton Waikoloa Village to provide you with an opportunity to experience many things that the Big Island of Hawai‘i has to offer, from swimming with the dolphins, to exploring the only live volcano in the United States up close, to stargazing on Mauna Kea. There are also opportunities for golfing, deep sea fishing, helicopter rides and testing your endurance along the Ironman Triathlon course. If you are interested in these activities please call 1-808-886-1234 and ask for assistance from the Activities and Tours desk.

Registration Information

Early conference registration ends Monday, April 30, 2018 so don’t delay! The registration fee increases $50.00 starting May 1, 2018.

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

Registration fees:
  • State Member = $450 ($500 after April 30)
    TRAVEL BAN? Contact Pam Frantz for details about the NCSLA Travel Subsidy program.
  • Government Associate Member = $550 ($600 after April 30)
  • Associate Member = $750 ($800 after April 30)
  • Invitee of NCSLA President or Conference Host = $750 ($800 after April 30)
  • 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 (13 Years of Age and older) = $400 ($450 after April 30)
  • Spouse/Guest - Banquet Luau (Wednesday) ONLY = $150 ($175 after April 30)
  • Guest 3 – 12 Years Old = $265 ($315 after April 30)
  • Guest 2 Years Old and Under = Fee Waived

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 June 1, 2018.*

CANCELLATION POLICY: All refunds are subject to a $200.00 deduction. Due to contractual commitments there will be no refunds after May 15, 2018. NCSLA Federal Tax ID Number: 52-6043243.

ATTIRE: Attire for all scheduled business and social functions is casual or Aloha attire (which includes shorts) at all events, including the final night luau. The average high/low temperatures in the Waikoloa area will be high 80s during the day and low 80s/high 70s at night.

SPECIAL NEEDS: Individuals with disabilities or special dietary requirements who need special accommodations should email to make arrangements. Requests should be made no later than Tuesday, May 15, 2018 to allow sufficient time for us to meet your needs.

EXHIBITOR INFORMATION: the cost of one (1) 6 ft. skirted table for two (2) consecutive conference days is $400 per table. Annual Conference option: You may extend the display for an additional conference day at $200/day per table. If you would like to purchase exhibit space please complete the Exhibitor section on the registration form. Exhibitor is responsible for making arrangements directly with the hotel. Please contact James Gomes with PSAV at the Hilton Waikoloa Village to coordinate and assist you with electrical needs (e.g. cords, power strips, etc.) and arrange for direct billing. James’ email address is and his phone number is 808-886-1234 ext. 2628. Please contact Shari Bragalone with IT to arrange your internet needs. Shari’s email address is

When shipping boxes to the Hilton Waikoloa Village, please label your boxes as follows (appropriate charges will apply):


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Name Organization Title
Bruce Bailey Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Commissioner
Debbi Beavers Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division - Department of Revenue Director
Nicole Alvarado Delicato Vineyards Corporate Compliance Business Relationship Director
Steven Becker Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Executive Vice President
Terri Beirne Wine Institute Eastern Counsel
Nicholas Bergman Buchman Law Firm, LLP Partner
Jeannie Bremer The Wine Group Vice President of Compliance & Public Policy
Mary Brousseau USA Wine West, LLC Compliance Director
Marc Carmichael Indiana Beverage Alliance President
Jeff Carroll COMPLI, INC. Vice President, Product & Marketing
Laurence Chaplin Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Vice President
Dimitrios Christopoulos Christopoulos Law Group, LLC Attorney
Kristina Dickens Christopoulos Law Group, LLC Associate Attorney
Susan Dworak Real Identities LLC CEO
Alexander Fox LewisFox Law Partner
Pamela Frantz NCSLA Management Consultant
Jill Gautreaux Kean Miller LLP Attorney
Beth Goldberg GrayRobinson, P.A. Governmental Consultant
Benjamin A. Halpert Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. Associate General Counsel
Alison Herman Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Senior Counsel - Regulatory and Compliance
Jay Hibbard Distilled Spirits Council of the United States VP State Government Relations
John Hinman Hinman & Carmichael LLP Partner
Victoria G Horton California Beer & Beverage Distributors Association President
Mike Jacques-O'Gorman Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. Regulatory Specialist II
Sally Jefferson Wine Institute Regional Government Affairs Director
Ron Kohler The Greentree Group Manager
Marbet Lewis LewisFox LLP Partner
Robert Lewis LewisFox LLP Partner
Nick Lucca Lionstone International President
Karin Matura Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois Executive Director
Jeffrey A. McKenzie Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP Partner and Beverage Alcohol Team Co-Leader
Daniel Meyer Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky Executive Director & General Counsel
Angela M. Minckler Treasury Wine Estates Americas Company Senior Legal Counsel
Ed O'Toole CBBD
Robert J. OHara Flaherty and O'Hara, P.C. Attorney
Lynne Omlie Distilled Spirits Council Of The United States (DISCUS) Senior Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel
Roger Overtuf The Greentree Group Manager
Maryanne Pedersen Real Identities, LLC Senior Project Manager
Debra Pender LewisFox LLP Consultant
Jonathan Phillips Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. Regulatory Specialist
Dustin Pickens Federal Express Corporation Senior Attorney - Regulatory Affairs
Mary Rait Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. Director of Regulatory Compliance and Government Relations
Neil Rhodes Direct Wines, Inc. President
Matthew Saltzman Kolesar & Leatham, Chtd. Shareholder
Roger Slykhouse Real Identities, LLC Chief Technology Officer
Adam Smith Distilled Spirits Council of the United States VP State Government Relations
Rebecca Stamey-White Hinman & Carmichael LLP Partner
Rebecca Stolberg California Beer & Beverage Distributors Association Vice President
Dale Szyndrowski Distilled Spirits Council of the United States VP State Government Relations
LaDesia Taylor National Restaurant Association Program Compliance Specialist
Duke Tufty Northwest Alcohol Law Partner
James Webster Webster Powell PC
Mike B. Wittenwyler Godfrey & Kahn SC Shareholder
David Wojnar Distilled Spirits Council of the United States VP State Government Relations


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