National Conference of State Liquor Administrators
When:
Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019 at 1:00 pm
      -to-
Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 at 11:59 pm
 
Where:
Hilton Portland Downtown - block SOLD OUT! Nearby hotels are below.
921 SW Sixth Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204
503-226-1611
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 Steven.marks@oregon.gov

NCSLA 2019 CENTRAL/WESTERN REGIONAL CONFERENCE
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, TravelOregon.com 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 laura.paul@oregon.gov 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 mgaeta@psav.com and phone number is 503-946-9503.

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Matthew D. Botting California Alcoholic Beverage Control General Counsel
Bart Branyon Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Enforcement Chief
Tom Brewer Nebraska Legislature Nebraska State Senator-District 43
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Lara Cunningham South Dakota Department of Revenue Sr. Revenue Agent
Randy Eichacker South Dakota Department of Revenue Revenue Supervisor
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Jason Evans South Dakota Department of Revenue Deputy Director
Shane Flynn Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Sergeant
Brandon Gonzalez County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Administrative Officer
Darci Hamilton Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Enforcement Supervisor
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Harry A. Hoch, Jr. Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Commissioner
Daniel Jacob Honolulu Liquor Commission Corporation Counsel
Nathan Jacobsen Nebraska State Patrol Investigator
Milissa Johnson-Wiles Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Assistant Attorney General
Kim Lowe Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Commissioner
John Lowe Nebraska Legislature Nebraska State Senator-District 37
DeMario Luttrell Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division
Steve Marks Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission Executive Director
Brad McDowell Mo. Div of Alcohol and Tobacco Control Deputy Chief of Enforcement
Cody McGee Nebraska State Patrol Investigator
Melanie Musial Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission Director of Administrative Hearings Div.
Glen Parks Nebraska Attorney General's Office Assistant Attorney General
Nicola Reid Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board Compliance and Adjudications Manager
Patrick Roy Nebraska Legislature Legislative Aide to Senator John Lowe
Hobert Rupe Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Executive Director
Leo Sandoval Kauai Liquor Control Commission, County of Kauai Director
Rosetta Shatkin Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission Government Relations Manager
Audra Shughart Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Licensing Manager
Rebecca Smith Washington State Liquor & Cannabis Board Director of Licensing and Regulation
Stephanie Strauss Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Government Relations Officer
Todd Suchsland Nebraska State Patrol Investigator
Herbert Sutton, Jr. Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Chief of Operations
Paula Thomas Gotshalk County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Liquor Commissioner
Brandon Viterna Nebraska State Patrol Investigator
David Adelman Iowa Wholesale Beer Distributors Association Executive Director
Nicole Alvarado Delicato Vineyards Director Trade Practices Compliance
Eric Anderson InfoLawGroup LLP Partner
Jacob Appelsmith Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Senior Counsel
Denis Bechac Yoti USA Inc. Director, Public Sector, North America
Donovan Borvan Webster Law Partners Attorney
Matthew D. Botting California Alcoholic Beverage Control General Counsel
Bart Branyon Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Enforcement Chief
Tom Brewer Nebraska Legislature Nebraska State Senator-District 43
Kristi Brown Distilled Spirits Council Of The United States (DISCUS)
Clayton Byrd Amazon Services LLC Senior Manager, Public Policy
Christopher Coleman Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois Vice President of Government Relations
Kristin Crawford Associated Beverage Distributors of Nebraska President
Jim Darwin eStrategy Solutions, Inc. Consultant
Maribel Delgado E. & J. Gallo Winery
Jessica Dunker Iowa Restaurant Association President & CEO
Dacia English Montana Department of Revenue Outreach and Education Coordinator
Pamela Frantz NCSLA Executive Director
Travis Gibbons Amazon Services LLC
Deni Hansberry Federal Express Corporation Senior Counsel
John Harris GrayRobinson, P.A. Government Consultant
Steven Harrison Zero Link Markets, Inc. (DBA Vinoshipper) President & CEO
Katie Hatfield E. & J. Gallo Winery Compliance Analyst
Richard Haymaker Illinois Liquor Control Commission Legal Counsel
Anna Hirai Honolulu Liquor Commission Acting Administrator
Bahaneh Hobel Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty Partner and Head of Alcohol Beverage Law and Compliance
Ryan Irsik Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Director-Public Affairs & Government Relations
Sally Jefferson Wine Institute Director, Western States
Milissa Johnson-Wiles Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Assistant Attorney General
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Sean Kelley Kelley Plucker, LLC Attorney
Harry G. Knight Flairsoft Ltd. Senior Advisor
Joseph Kohout Associated Beverage Distributors of Nebraska Lobbyist
Geralyn Lasher Wine Institute Director, Great Lakes States
John Lowe Nebraska Legislature Nebraska State Senator-District 37
Theresa Marchetti Flairsoft Ltd. Senior Director of Product Development and Delivery
Steve Marks Oregon Liquor and Cannabis Commission Executive Director
John Matthews eStrategy Solutions, Inc. President/CEO
Stephanie Meier Amazon Services LLC Sr. Corporate Counsel, Alcohol
Branden P. Mello Delicato Vineyards Staff Attorney - Contracts and IP
Claire Mitchell Stoel Rives LLP Attorney
Robert Myers Associated Beer Distributors of Illinois President
Bourcard Nesin Rabobank Food and Agribusiness Research Beverage Analyst
Jennifer Niesen Christopoulos Law Group, LLC Associate Attorney
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 Attorney
Glen Parks Nebraska Attorney General's Office Assistant Attorney General
Paul E. Pisano National Beer Wholesalers Association Sr. Vice President Industry Affairs & General Counsel
Harlan Powell Powell Junia P.C. Partner
Marcus Powers Zipline Brewing Co. Co-founder and CEO
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Patrick Roy Nebraska Legislature Legislative Aide to Senator John Lowe
Tyler Rudd Wine Institute Central States Counsel
Kara Ruecker Amazon Services LLC Public Policy, Alcohol
Hobert Rupe Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Executive Director
Adena Santiago McDermott Will & Emery LLP Partner
Erik Schaeffer Fintech Manager, Regulatory Affairs
Stephenie Shah Diageo North America
Adriana Sherwood Hinman & Carmichael LLP Counsel
Audra Shughart Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Licensing Manager
James Skloda Casey's General Stores, Inc. Assistant General Counsel
Alan R. Steen Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits VP, Government Affairs
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Herbert Sutton, Jr. Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Chief of Operations
Chris Swonger Distilled Spirits Council of the US President & CEO
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