National Conference of State Liquor Administrators
Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 at 11:59 pm
Hilton Portland Downtown - block SOLD OUT! Nearby hotels are below.
921 SW Sixth Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204
For the group rate mention “NCSLA regional conference”
Group Reservation Website – reserve a room online!.
Cut-off date is August 18th.
NCSLA - Central/Western Regional Conference
Take a tour of the Downtown Hilton Hotel.
Conference Room Rate*: $179/night plus taxes

*Rates available 3 days before and after the conference, subject to hotel availability.

Nearby Hotels: Duniway Portland Hilton (closest to Hilton Portland), Paramount Hotel, Heathman Hotel, Marriott City Center.
Driving Directions to Hilton Portland Downtown.
Hilton Hotel Parking Rates:
Valet –$52 per day
Self-Parking – Not available
Off-Site Parking –
1000 SW Broadway (entrances on SW Salmon and SW Main) / Open 24 hours
$5.00 per hour / $18.00 daily maximum (Mon. - Fri., 5:00 am-5:00 pm)
$8.00 evenings (after 5:00 pm) and weekends (max $8.00)
$20.00 for overnight parking
Public Transportation:
Airline Travel
Portland International Airport (PDX) – is located approximately 30 minutes (10 miles) from the Downtown Hilton and is serviced by major airlines. Please visit the website for more information.
Airport Shuttle
MAX Light Rail Red Line has easy access to Portland International Airport and stops 1 block from Hilton Portland Downtown Hotel. The trip to/from downtown Portland takes about 38 minutes and costs $2.50 for Adults 18–64.
Blue Star Transportation costs $14 per person one way, or $24 per person round trip.
Cab fares cost approx. $35 to/from Portland International Airport.
Portland is also very Uber and Lyft friendly!
Conference Host – Contact:
Steve Marks at 503-872-5062 or

Portland, Oregon

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Conference Information

Portland Oregon is known for its diverse culture and beautiful landscape. With lush gardens, urban hikes and a bustling downtown along the Willamette River you’re sure to enjoy your stay. As your conference host, we are excited to welcome you to "The City of Roses!"

Business Meeting

Business Agenda | Presenter Biographies

The 2019 Central/Western Regional conference theme is "Spirit of the Wild West" and the program will cover a number of current topics that regulators and industry are dealing with right now. Our goal is to bring you some new faces on our panels and a good balance of industry and regulator perspectives. We are excited to present an exclusive "Craft Oregon" panel which will feature representatives from Oregon’s distilled spirits, beer, wine, and cider!

Some of the featured panel presentations will include one of the first NCSLA reviews of the US Supreme Court decision in the Tennessee Wine & Spirits Retailers Association vs. Blair case. Another panel will tackle the complex issue of sponsorship agreements and their implications for regulation. We'll look at the issue of alcohol delivery and third party vendors. In a separate panel, we will take a deeper dive into the specific application of technology by third party alcohol marketers and vendors.

It's Oregon and a Western conference would be incomplete without a cannabis panel! Another panel will examine the Wild West of CBD marketing as we await federal rulemaking and guidance. And other exciting and compelling hot topic panels! Stay tuned for the entire business agenda and list of experts serving as presenters.

Social Activities

Of course we will be engaging in the usual and customary activities that are bell weathered traditions of the NCSLA, Sunday night will be the conference reception. The hospitality of an exclusive roof top suite each night is a great opportunity for networking. In a culmination of our activities, we will hold a seminal President’s Banquet across the street at the upscale Duniway Hotel and Restaurant.

We are still pulling together some informal tours so watch for future information about craft products tastings, walking tours of Oregon’s distillery row and perhaps a walking tour/education event around cannabis retail stores. For those folks interested in a more extensive stay in the West, is an excellent source of information for planning your extended stay.

Registration Information

Early conference registration ends Thursday August 15th so don't delay! The registration fee increases $50.00 after August 15, 2019.

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

Registration Fees:

  • State Member = $500 ($550 after August 15, 2019)
  • State Member (NCSLA Travel Subsidy Program) = Fee Waived
  • Government Associate Member = $550 ($600 after August 15, 2019)
  • Associate Member = $700 ($750 after August 15, 2019)
  • Invitee of NCSLA President or Conference Host = $700 ($750 after August 15, 2019)
  • Non-member Associate (one time dues waiver) = $900 ($950 after Aug. 15, 2019)
  • 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 = $350 ($400 after August 15, 2019)
  • Spouse/Guest (Tuesday President’s Banquet Only) = $150 ($200 after August 15, 2019)
  • Guest 3 – 20 Years Old = $250
  • Guest 3 – 20 Years Old (Tuesday President's Banquet Only) = $150 ($200 after August 15, 2019)
  • Guest 2 Years Old and Under = Fee Waived

TRAVEL BAN? Contact Pam Frantz for details about the NCSLA Travel Subsidy program.

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 August 30, 2019.*

CANCELLATION POLICY: All refunds are subject to a $200.00 deduction per person. Due to contractual commitments there will be NO REFUNDS AFTER AUGUST 30, 2019. NCSLA Federal Tax ID Number: 52-6043243.

ATTIRE: Attire for all scheduled business functions is business casual with the exception of the Banquet which is semi-formal. The average high/low temperatures in Portland are 77° / 55° F so be sure to pack for warm days and a little cooler in the evening!

SPECIAL NEEDS: Individuals with disabilities or special dietary requirements who need special accommodations should email Laura Paul at to make arrangements. Requests should be made no later than Tuesday, September 3, 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 Exhibitor Services Form and send to Micah Gaeta with PSAV at the Hilton Portland Downtown to coordinate, and assist you with internet access or electrical needs (e.g. cords, power strips, etc.) and arrange for direct billing. Micah’s email address is and phone number is 503-946-9503.

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Jessica Allen Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission Executive Secretary
Nane Aluli Liquor Control, County of Maui Chair, Liquor Commission
Bruce Bailey Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Commissioner
Debbi Beavers Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division - Department of Revenue Director
Matthew D. Botting California Alcoholic Beverage Control General Counsel
Sara Broschart Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Public Health Education Liaison
Janelle Christian Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Industry Outreach Program Manager
Jon Engelman Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Liquor Manager
Gerald Enriques County of Maui, Dept. of Liquor Control Deputy Prosecutor
Chimaobi Enyia Illinois Liquor Control Commission Executive Director
Elizabeth Ashley Freitas Honolulu Liquor Commission Records Management Analyst III
Rick Garza WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board Director
Brandon Gonzalez County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Liquor Control Administrative Officer
David Greenwell County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Liquor Commissioner
Jason Hanson Oregon Liquor Control Commission Director of Licensing
Joshua J. Happe Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Bureau Chief-Regulatory Compliance Program
Anna Hirai Honolulu Liquor Commission Assistant Administrator
Todd Jenson County of Kauai Department of Liquor Control Deputy County Attorney
Pandy Lagapa Honolulu Liquor Commission Liquor Control Auditor I
Tyler Larson Oregon Liquor Control Commission Analyst, Legislative Policy and Research Office
Darren Lee Honolulu Liquor Commission Liquor Commissioner
Melissa Leoni Oregon Liquor Control Commission Analyst, Legislative Policy and Research Office
Steve Marks Oregon Liquor Control Commission Executive Director
Gerald Matsunaga County of Kauai Department of Liquor Control Liquor Commissioner
Glenn Mukai Liquor Control, County of Maui Director, Liquor Control
Gary Murai County of Maui, Dept. of Liquor Control Deputy Corporation Counsel
Joy Neely Corporation Counsel Deputy Corporation Counsel
Franklin Pacarro, Jr. Honolulu Liquor Commission Administrator
Gary Pacheco County of Kauai Office of the County Attorney Liquor Commissioner
Gerald Rapozo County of Kauai Department of Liquor Control Director
Denise Roberg Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Education & Outreach / Public Affairs
Michael Rosenberger Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control Deputy Director
Hobert Rupe Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Executive Director
Jane Rushford Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Board Chair
Rebecca Smith Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Director-Licensing and Regulation
Stephanie Strauss Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Government Relations Officer
Dorothy Taylor Missouri Department of Public Safety - Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Control State Supervisor
Chris Thompson Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Director of Legislative Relations
Tammie Uyechi Honolulu Liquor Commission Administrative Services Officer
Marcy Wilsie Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Liquor Supervisor
Alexander Alpert Buchman Law Firm, LLP Associate Attorney
Jason Barker Holland & Knight, LLP Senior Counsel
Randy Barnhart Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits VP Governmental Relations Eastern Region
Jake Berdine Amazon Services LLC Associate Corporate Counsel
Carrie Bonnington Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Partner
Kristina Bradley E. & J. Gallo Winery Compliance Manager
Christopher Branch Branch Firm Attorney
Michael Brewer Alcoholic Beverage Consulting Service President
Kristin Carlton Penrose Hill, Limited Head of Compliance
Kristen Catasus Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Counsel
Adam Chafetz Health Communications, Inc. ~ (The TIPS Program) President
Jennifer Chomicki Pernod Ricard USA Marketing Compliance Manager
Dimitrios Christopoulos Christopoulos Law Group, LLC Principal
Christopher Coleman Associated Beer Distributors of IL Vice President of Government Relations
John Cooke Amazon Services LLC Associate General Counsel
Larry Cormier ShipCompliant by Sovos Compliance Vp & GM, ShipCompliant
Dezerlee Cornelssen Jackson Family Enterprises Director of Compliance
Fredrick Crombie Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP Partner
Dan Croy Oregon Liquor Control Commission Alcohol Licensing Technician
Maribel Delgado E. & J. Gallo Winery Associate General Counsel, Sr. Director of Govt. Affairs
Margaret Doherty Oregon Legislature Representative
Robert Douglas RPD Company President
Lara Dunbar MillerCoors Sr. Director of Government Affairs, Pacific Region
Susan Dworak Real Identities LLC CEO
Pamela Erickson Public Action Management President/CEO
Lucy Farber St. George Spirits, Inc. Operations Manager
Jim Farrell Beverage Merchandising, Inc. President
Michael Feldman Levy Restaurants Vice President / General Counsel
Greg Felix Accela
Kristal Fiser United Parcel Service Director State Government Affairs
Kiauna Floyd Oregon Liquor Control Commission Commissioner
Jacqueline Flug Drizly, Inc. Vice President, Legal & Industry Affairs
Pamela Frantz NCSLA Executive Director
Mike Freese Oregon Beer & Wine Distributors Association Lobbyist
Mitch Froelich Jackson Family Enterprises Legal Counsel
Emily Gant Garvey Schubert Barer Attorney
Stephen George Endless West Chief Legal Officer
Jeff Giametta Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Associate
Travis Gibbons Amazon Services LLC Manager, Public Policy
David Gomberg Oregon Legislature Oregon Representative
Steve Gross Wine Institute Vice President, State Relations
Bridget Halbur Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. Associate General Counsel
Josh Hammond Buster's Liquors & Wines President
Michael Harper Oregon Liquor Control Commission Commissioner
John Harris GrayRobinson, P.A. Government Consultant
Richard Haymaker Christopoulos Law Group Attorney
Alex Heckathorn Compliance Service of America - CSA Senior Consultant
Jake Hegeman Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc. Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs
Maureen Herrera Avalara Director of Compliance
Bahaneh Hobel Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty Partner, Alcohol Beverage Law
Gary Horton E. & J. Gallo Winery Senior Manager, Regulatory Affairs & Compliance
Anne Huffsmith, Inc. General Counsel
Brad Irwin Oregon Spirit Distillers President
Mike Jacques-O'Gorman Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. Regulatory Counsel
Sally Jefferson Wine Institute Regional Government Affairs Director
Melani Johns Strike & Techel Partner
Susan Johnson Stoel Rives LLP Partner
Jami Johnson SICPA Business Analyst
Lisa Kahler Ready Training Online Director of Marketing and Communication
Simone M. Katz-ONeill Delicato Vineyards Director & Senior Corporate Counsel
Tom Kerr Strike & Techel Partner
Justin King King Estate Winery Co-Owner
Ron Kohler The Greentree Group Manager
Pat Kohler Deloitte Consulting, LLC Specialist Master, Government and Public Service
Alex Koral ShipCompliant by Sovos Compliance Regulatory Counsel
Matthew Maletis Oregon Liquor Control Commission Commissioner
Matthew Mann WineDirect, Inc. VP, Legal
Patrick Maroney Maroney Consulting Services Consultant
Michael McCanse Quarles & Brady LLP Attorney
Katie McClure The Greentree Group Data Integrity Specialist
Brian McMenamin McMenamins Hotels, Pubs & Breweries Owner
Andrea McNeely Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP Attorney
Jay McPherson Compliance Service of America - CSA Consultant
Claire Mitchell Stoel Rives LLP Associate
Jo Moak Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc. Sr. Vice President and General Counsel
Patrick Murphy Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty Associate Attorney
Laura Murray Alaska Airlines Sr. Paralegal Commercial & Regulatory
Robert Myers Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois President
Michael Newman Holland & Knight, LLP Partner
Saleem Noorani Cork & Bottle Shoppe Owner
Justin Nordhorn Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Chief of Enforcement
Robert J. OHara Flaherty and O'Hara, P.C. Attorney
Sean OLeary O'Leary Law and Policy Group, LLC President
Craig Pacheco Stoel Rives LLP Associate
Rob Patridge Deloitte Consulting, LLC Consultant
Dustin Pickens Federal Express Corporation Senior Attorney - Regulatory Affairs
Laura Pinsky Sazerac Company Manager
Paul E. Pisano National Beer Wholesalers Association Sr. Vice President Industry Affairs & General Counsel
Jeremy Pisca Idaho Beer and Wine Distributors Association Executive Director
Douglas Querin Oregon Attorney Assistance Program Attorney-Counselor
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Brian Ream Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ltd. Regulatory Affairs Manager
Marcus Reed Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. General Counsel
Theodore Reuter Oregon State Bar Assistant Disciplinary Counsel
Danelle Romain Oregon Beer & Wine Distributors Association Executive Director
John Rose Craft Brew Alliance, Inc. Legal and Regulatory Intern
Paul Rosenbaum Oregon Liquor Control Commission Chairman
Alan Rosenberg Republic National Distributing Co. General Counsel & Vice President, Legal
Tyler Rudd Wine Institute Central States Counsel
Kara Ruecker Amazon Services LLC Public Policy, Alcohol
Dusty Ruffing The Greentree Group Senior Consultant
Ferdinand Ruplin Tonkon Torp Associate, Business Department
Tim Ryan E. & J. Gallo Winery Director, Regulatory Affairs and Compliance
Bill Schuette Oregon Liquor Control Commission Chief Financial Officer
Stephenie Shah Diageo North America Senior Director, State Government Relations
Theresa Shircliffe United Parcel Service UPS Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Regulated Goods Manager
Ryan Shortt Hood River Distillers, Inc. Counsel & Compliance
Adam Smith Distilled Spirits Council of the United States VP State Government Relations
Alex Spelman SICPA Vice President
Rebecca Stamey-White Hinman & Carmichael LLP Partner
Alan R. Steen Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits VP, Government Affairs
Chris Swonger Distilled Spirits Council of the United States President & CEO
Dale Szyndrowski Distilled Spirits Council of the Un VP State Government Relations
Dharma Tamm Rogue Ales & Spirits President
William Tomaszewski, Inc. General Counsel
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Molly Troupe Freeland Spirits Master Distiller
Duke Tufty Northwest Alcohol Law Partner
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