National Conference of State Liquor Administrators
June 16, 2019 at 1:00 pm
June 19, 2019 at 12:00 pm
The Seelbach Hilton Hotel
500 South Fourth Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40202
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Conference Room Rate*:
Group Rate: $189.00/night plus taxes for single/double occupancy.
Government Rate: $122.00/night plus taxes for single/double occupancy.
There are a limited number of rooms at this rate so book early! NOTE: your State or Government ID is required at hotel check-in.
*Rates available 3 days before and after the conference, subject to hotel availability.
Reserve by Telephone: Call (502) 585-3200 or toll free (800) 333-3399 and ask for Reservations.
Group Reservation Website: make your hotel reservation online!
State Regulators and Government Associate members room block
Associate members and Invited Guests room block
Public Transportation:
Airline Travel
Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport (SDF) is located approximately 15 minutes (6 miles) from the Seelbach Hilton and is serviced by major airlines. Please visit the website for more information.
Local Transportation
The Seelbach Hilton offers complimentary shuttle service to/from the Louisville International Airport from 5:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Call the Valet at (502) 585-3200 to schedule.
Cab fares cost approximately $25.00 to/from Louisville International Airport.
Driving Directions
Hotel Parking Rates
Valet – $27.00 per day
Self (or Off-site) - $23.00 per day
Conference Host – Contact:
Carol Beth Martin
Call (502) 782-1000 or email

June 16-19, 2019
Louisville, Kentucky


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Conference Information

Louisville. Looeyville. No matter how you say it, Louisville is a colorful southern city rich in tradition yet still vibrant earning its place as one of the top places to travel in the United States.

"If these United States can be called a body, then Kentucky can be called its heart."
                                          - Jesse Stuart

Business Meeting

Regulation of alcoholic beverages and industry practices are now more important than ever. Why you ask? Because the continuous evolution of innovation and technology driven by consumer demands and consolidation, necessitate that every level of government proactively re-evaluate their laws and regulations to thoughtfully yet safely support a level playing field of production, distribution, sales and marketing of products in this unique and transforming industry.

Join us for this year’s business program, titled "Regulation Matters," and learn about the consumer landscape of today and tomorrow in addition to recent regulatory challenges. Various panels about timely topics such as industry "diversity" and "human trafficking and alcohol" will be featured. Other subjects include: evolving industry business models, lessons learned from state software system deployments, what’s next in regulating cannabis businesses, the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court case of TWSRA v. Byrd (a Supreme Court decision is expected by the conference date), a legal update of the year’s influential court cases by Richard Blau, plus an ethics session and much more! NCSLA is your consistent source for strategic regulatory planning and sharing of best practices in these changing times and you won’t want to miss this educational event. To view the entire business agenda and partial list of proficient presenters, just click on the links below.

Business Agenda | Presenter Biographies

Social Activities

The social agenda will include a Welcome Reception Sunday evening at the Jim Beam Urban Stillhouse located in the famous Fourth Street Live! entertainment district. The Bourbon Trail officially begins at the Frazier History Museum and many distilleries now have an urban experience along Whiskey Row. Attendees also have the option of visiting the Muhammad Ali Center and the Louisville Slugger Museum, to name a few. There are many attractions and events in Louisville so check out the opportunities and make plans to explore during your stay. Cue the bugler. The closing night will feature a Derby-themed evening at historic Churchill Downs where attendees will enjoy photos by the iconic Twin Spires, mock racing, and a tour of the track where the "fastest two minutes in sports" happens every May! Of course, everyone knows the Derby is about "Hatitude" and you’ll need a fashionable hat for this event. Don’t have one? Don’t want to pack one? No can make your very own personalized Derby hat upon arrival at Churchill Downs. The cost is $20 per person and you pay at the event. Be sure to select that option on the registration form if you’d like to participate.

Social Agenda

Registration Information

Early conference registration ends Wednesday, May 1, 2019 so don’t delay! The registration fee increases $50.00 starting May 2, 2019.

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

Registration fees:
  • State Member = $400 ($450 after May 1)
    TRAVEL BAN? Contact Pam Frantz for details about the NCSLA Travel Subsidy program.
  • Government Associate Member = $450 ($500 after May 1)
  • Associate Member = $550 ($600 after May 1)
  • Invitee of NCSLA President or Conference Host = $550 ($600 after May 1)
  • 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 = $250 ($300 after May 1)
  • Spouse/Guest (Tuesday Churchill Downs Banquet Only) = $150 ($200 after May 1)
  • Guest 3 – 20 Years Old = $100 ($150 after May 1)
  • Guest 3 – 20 Years Old (Tuesday Churchill Downs Banquet Only) = $75 ($125 after May 1)
  • 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 May 31, 2019.*

CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations are subject to a $200.00 deduction per person. Due to contractual commitments there will be NO REFUNDS AFTER MAY 31, 2019. NCSLA Federal Tax ID Number: 52-6043243.

ATTIRE: Attire for all scheduled business and social functions is business casual with the exception of the Churchill Downs event, Derby-themed attire is welcome for the President’s Banquet. Churchill Downs Dress Code permits jackets, blazers, vests, shirts with collars, dresses, pantsuits, slacks, and sweaters. Please note that jeans, shorts, tennis shoes and denim are NOT permitted in specified areas of Churchill Downs.

WEATHER: The average high/low temperatures in Louisville are 85° / 65° 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 Jan Lile at to make arrangements. Requests should be made no later than Friday, May 31, 2019 to allow sufficient time for us to meet your needs.

EXHIBITOR INFORMATION: the cost of one (1) 6 ft. or 8 ft. skirted table for two (2) consecutive conference days is $400 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 with the hotel. Please complete the Exhibit Requirement Form and send to Jeremy Miller at the Seelbach Hilton to coordinate and assist you with internet access or electrical needs (e.g. cords, power strips, etc.) and arrange for direct billing. Jeremy’s email address is and phone number is (502) 585-9218.

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Name Organization Title
M. Caitlin Anderson Connecticut Division of Liquor Control Staff Attorney
Matthew D. Botting California Alcoholic Beverage Control General Counsel
John Cocca Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control Director
Rick Garza Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Director
Steve Humphress KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Attorney
Marc Manley KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Attorney
Carol Beth Martin KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Acting Commissioner
Renee C. Metz North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission Chief Counsel, Legal Division Director
Pamela Paziotopoulos Illinois Liquor Control Commission Deputy General Counsel
Michael Raine AZ Assistant Attorney General
Thomas Schlenhardt Illinois Liquor Control Commission Deputy Director
Karen Sellers KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Deputy Commissioner
Michelle Stone-Principato Colorado Department of Revenue - Liquor & Tobacco Enforcement Division Deputy Director
Trina Summers KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Distilled Spirits Administrator
William Tennill KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Assistant Director
Christopher Thiemann Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Distilled Spirits Program Manager
Aubrey Vaughan KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Attorney
Stephen Walters KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Attorney
David Wilkerson KY Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Director
Jim Andrews System Automation Corp. Senior Account Manager
Michael Arton Direct Wines, Inc. General Counsel
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
Nicholas Bergman Buchman Law Firm, LLP Partner
Richard Blau GrayRobinson, P.A. Chair, Alcohol Beverage and Food Department
Jeannie Bremer The Wine Group Vice President of Compliance & Public Policy
Elizabeth Brogdon Wine & Spirits Wholesalers Association of South Carolina Executive Director
Jeff Carroll COMPLI, INC. Vice President, Product & Marketing
Laurence Chaplin Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Vice President
Will Cheek Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP Partner
Kimberly Clark Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis, LLP Attorney
Larry Cormier ShipCompliant by Sovos Compliance GM, ShipCompliant by Sovos
Alicia Cronbach Cronbach Law Group Attorney
Pamela Frantz NCSLA Executive Director
Melanie A. Full E. & J. Gallo Winery Assistant General Counsel
Emily Gant Garvey Schubert Barer Attorney
Jeff Giametta Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Associate
Marc Hantman Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits
Alex Heckathorn Compliance Service of America - CSA Senior Consultant
Alison Herman Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Senior Counsel - Regulatory and Compliance
Maureen Herrera Compli Director of Compliance
Angela Holden Accela, Inc. Marketing Programs Manager
Sally Jefferson Wine Institute Regional Government Affairs Director
Erin Kelleher Hinman & Carmichael LLP Partner; Hinman & Carmichael LLP
Ronald Kohler The Greentree Group Manager
Nidhi Kumar Drizly, Inc. General Counsel and SVP Industry Affairs
Alva Mather DLA Piper LLP Partner
Jay McPherson Compliance Service of America - CSA Consultant
Ed O'Toole CA Beer & Beverage Distributors Consultant
Robert J. OHara Flaherty and O'Hara, P.C. Attorney
Sean OLeary O'Leary Law and Policy Group, LLC President
Neil Rhodes Direct Wines, Inc. VP & Chief Financial Officer
Tyler Rudd Wine Institute Central States Counsel
Adena Santiago Husch Blackwell LLP Senior Counsel
Sara Schorske Compliance Service of America - CSA Consultant
Ken Skelly Lawson & Weitzen, LLP Attorney at Law
Charles Smarr Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. Attorney
Rebecca Stamey-White Hinman & Carmichael LLP Partner; Hinman & Carmichael LLP
Alan R. Steen Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits VP, Government Affairs
Rebecca Stolberg California Beer & Beverage Distributors Association Vice President
Louis Terminello Greenspoon Marder Partner
Arthur Todd The Greentree Group Manager
Wendy Turk Fintech Director of Regulatory Affairs
Curry Wilson ShipCompliant by Sovos Compliance Strategic Partner Manager


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