National Conference of State Liquor Administrators
Thu. August 26, 2021 at 6:00 PM
Sun. August 29, 2021 at 12:15 PM
Peppermill Reno Resort
2707 S. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89502
(800) 282-2444 (Group reservations)
Take a tour of the Peppermill Reno Resort.
Conference Room Rate*: $175/night plus taxes (main block); $124/night plus taxes (Government block)
*Rates available 3 days before and after the conference, subject to hotel availability.
Resort Fee of $30 is waived for all NCSLA attendees and includes: complimentary hotel shuttle, business center access, use of the health club, pool, and concierge, local and #800 phone calls, in-room refrigerators, in-room coffee with Keurig coffee maker, two bottles of water per night, and microwaves and cribs available upon request.
Check in time – 3:00 PM
Check out time – 11:00 AM
Group Reservation Website: Main block or government block – make your hotel reservation online!
Public Transportation:
Airline Travel
Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) website – is located approximately 12 minutes (three (3) miles) from the Peppermill Reno Resort and is serviced by major airlines. Please visit the website for more information.
Airport Transfers Hotel shuttle is complimentary, no reservation required. Shuttle departs from the airport every 30 minutes from 4:15 AM to 11:45 PM (pick up at North exit of the baggage claim area); shuttle departs from the hotel every 30 minutes from 4:00 AM to 11:30 PM (pick up at valet area outside hotel lobby). Cab or rideshare fares range from approx. $11 to $20 depending on type of vehicle, time of day, etc.
Driving Directions (from Highway 395 or airport)
Hotel Parking Rates:
No Valet due to COVID-19
Self – Complimentary for hotel guests
Conference Host – Contact:
Pamela Frantz at (847) 721-6410 or pfrantz@ncsla.org

August 26-29, 2021
Reno, Nevada


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Conference Information

With great pleasure, the NCSLA Executive Committee welcomes our members and guests to a long-awaited annual conference "homecoming" at the Peppermill Reno Resort in the Biggest Little City in the World! We look forward to being your hosts, and will be ably assisted by the extraordinary Peppermill staff and event helpers from all four Hawaii county liquor commissions.

We sincerely appreciate our members' continuing support of this organization during this challenging time. In turn, we will place the highest priority on attendee safety and confidence at our first in-person gathering in almost two years, and we are gratified that the Peppermill adheres to robust and comprehensive health/safety protocols. Please read about employee and guest safety measures here and in greater detail here, and see a video presentation here. We expect the Nevada health/safety protocols to evolve over the months leading up to the August event, and we will update all attendees by email and website notices at the earliest opportunity.

Business Meeting

Reconnect, Rethink, Redesign - The annual conference theme accentuates the organization's and industry’s resolutely positive outlook and the continuing need for resiliency in the future. While COVID-19 will continue to play a central role in this and future conferences, the business agenda gives equal time to many other issues of similar importance. The business program begins with a then-now analysis of topics surfaced in the seminal Towards Liquor Control, and segues to emergent issues pertaining to commercial, societal, legal, and ethical norms. To view the entire business agenda and a tentative list of alcohol beverage experts serving as presenters, please click on the links below.

Business Agenda | Presenter Biographies

Social Activities, Socially Distanced

This year, with our attendees’ health and safety being the highest priority, we are not planning the traditional off-premises excursion. Instead, all conference activities will be kept in the most glamorous "bubble" in Reno, where attendees will have ample opportunity to network – catch up – make merry – relax in the Peppermill’s AAA Four Diamond rated property. For those wanting to explore the Reno-Tahoe surrounds on your own, the registration materials will feature an easy way to access information and plan excursions using your smart device (see a preview below).

The banquet night’s event will be a grown-up version of the homecoming dance, with tunes from the 70’s-80’s-90’s, karaoke, award presentations, and installation of NCSLA’s new officers for the 2021-2022 year! Stay tuned for how attendees will participate in some of these activities ahead of the big dance, and extra credit to anyone who attends homecoming wearing era-appropriate attire!

Dining Options What to do? Explore Reno/Tahoe
Dining Options What to do? Explore Reno/Tahoe

Registration Information

Early conference registration ends Thursday, July 22 so don’t delay! The registration fee increases $50.00 after July 22.

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

Registration fees:
  • State Member = $350 ($400 after July 22)
    TRAVEL BAN? Contact Pam Frantz for details about the NCSLA Travel Subsidy program.
  • Government Associate Member = $400 ($450 after July 22)
  • Associate Member = $500 ($550 after July 22)
  • Invitee of NCSLA President or Conference Host = $500 ($550 after July 22)
  • NCSLA Past President = Fee waived (NCSLA Bylaws Article I, Section 2)
  • NCSLA Past President Spouse = Fee waived (NCSLA Bylaws Article I, Section 2)
  • Spouse/Guest 21 Years Old+ (All meals, receptions & hospitality)= $200 ($250 after July 22)
  • Spouse/Guest (President’s Banquet only, receptions & hospitality) = $100 ($150 after July 22)
  • Guest 3 - 20 Years Old (All meals, receptions & hospitality) = $100 ($150 after July 22)
  • Guest 3 - 20 Years Old (President’s Banquet Only, reception & hospitality) = $50 ($100 after July 22)
  • 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 August 13, 2021.*

CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations are subject to a $200.00 deduction per person. Due to contractual commitments there will be NO REFUNDS AFTER AUGUST 13, 2021. NCSLA Federal Tax ID Number: 52-6043243.

ATTIRE: Attire for all scheduled business and social functions is business casual and resort wear. The exception will be the Banquet/Homecoming Dance, which is more formal but also festive (think prom appropriate attire for all!).

WEATHER: The average high/low temperatures in Reno are 91° / 53° F so be sure to pack for sunny and cool weather!

SPECIAL NEEDS: Individuals with disabilities or special dietary requirements who need special accommodations should email Pam Frantz at pfrantz@ncsla.org to make arrangements. Requests should be made no later than August 13, 2021 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 contact Chad Clarno at the Peppermill to coordinate, and assist you with internet access or electrical needs (e.g. cords, power strips, etc.) and arrange for direct billing. Chad’s email address is cclarno@peppermillreno.com and phone number is (775) 689-7232.

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Name Organization Title
Warren Arakaki County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Liquor Commissioner
Bruce Bailey Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Commissioner
Steven Barker Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission Deputy Director and General Counsel
Debbi Beavers Kansas Alcoholic Beverage Control Division - Department of Revenue Director
Matthew D. Botting California Alcoholic Beverage Control General Counsel
A. Keith Burt Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission Director
Janelle Christian Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Industry Outreach Program Manager
Ebony Connor Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Legal Associate
Sara Cooley Broschart Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Public Health Liaison
Robert Darrow Liquor Enforcement Division - State of Colorado Agent In Charge
Rodrigo Diaz Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Chief Counsel
Randy Eichacker South Dakota Department of Revenue Revenue Supervisor
Jon Engelman Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Liquor Manager
Susan Evans Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Director, Office of Industry and State Outreach
Jason Evans South Dakota Department of Revenue Deputy Director
Christine Foster Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Staff Attorney
Sidney Fuke County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Liquor Adjudication Board Member
Narsi Ganaban Honolulu Liquor Commission Commissioner
Rick Garza Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Director
Jenn Grentz Oregon Liquor Control Commission Alcohol Licensing Manager
Bryant Haley Oregon Liquor Control Commission Alcohol Spokesperson
Joshua Harrison Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission Prosecutor
Travis G. Hill Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority Chief Executive Officer
Anna C. Hirai Liquor Commission, City and County of Honolulu Assistant Administrator
Eric Hirata California ABC Director
Harry A. Hoch, Jr. Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Commissioner
Michael Hughes County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Liquor Commissioner
Stephen B. Humphress Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Assistant Attorney General
Milissa Johnson-Wiles Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Assistant Attorney General
Howard Kelly County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Liquor Adjudication Board Member
Adam Koenig Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Chair, Kentucky House of Representatives Licensing & Occupations Committee
Darren Lee Honolulu Liquor Commission Commissioner
Ernest Legier Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control Commissioner
Elizabeth Lehman Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board Customer Service Manager
Kim Lowe Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Commissioner
DeMario Luttrell Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Assistant Bureau Chief - Regulatory Compliance
Steve Marks Oregon Liquor Control Commission Executive Director
Joseph McCullough California ABC Chief Deputy Director
Bradley McDowell Missouri Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Control Deputy Chief of Enforcement
Ryan Mercurio Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Assistant Councel
Malama Minn Honolulu Liquor Commission Commissioner
Duane Miyashiro Honolulu Liquor Commission Commissioner
Gary Murai Department of Liquor Control, County of Maui Deputy Corporation Counsel
Franklin Don Pacarro, Jr. Honolulu Liquor Commission Administrator
Linda Pham-Kokinos Louisiana Office of Alcohol and Tobacco Control Attorney
Thomas Philpot Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Chief of Staff
David Postman WA State Liquor and Cannabis Board Chair
LeAnna Prange Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Deputy Director
Denise Roberg Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Program Planner 3
Hobert Rupe Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Executive Director
Becky Schlauch Montana Department of Revenue Administrator, Alcoholic Beverage Control Division
Joshua Stepp Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Staff Attorney
Michelle Stone-Principato Liquor Enforcement Division - State of Colorado Director
Stephanie Strauss Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Government Relations Officer
Nathan Stuart Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Industry Analyst
Steve Swanson Montana Department of Revenue Operations Analyst
Gerald Takase County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Director
Arthur Taniguchi County of Hawaii - Liquor Control Liquor Adjudication Board Member
Dorothy Taylor Missouri Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Control State Supervisor
Christin Templeton Missouri Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Control Chief of Enforcement
Christopher Thiemann Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau Distilled Spirits Program Manager
Russell F. Thomas Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Executive Director
Scherael Thurston-Shell Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Compliance Officer 2 - Administrative Actions
John Yeomans Delaware Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement Chief of Police
Kevin Ainsworth Jones Walker LLP Partner
Eric Anderson InfoLawGroup LLP Partner
Jim Andrews System Automation Corp. Senior Account Manager
Doug Bailey Gopuff VP Corporate Affairs
Shauna A. Barnes Kaleo Legal Partner
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
Chris Becker Better Rhodes Founder
Scott E. Bedwell Bose McKinney & Evans LLP Consultant
Terri Beirne Wine Institute Eastern Counsel
Richard Blau GrayRobinson, P.A. Chair, Alcohol Beverage and Food Department
Annie Bones Wine Institute Regulatory Compliance Manager
Carrie Bonnington Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Partner
Donovan Borvan Webster Law Partners PC
Philip Boykin Virginia Beer Wholesalers Association President & CEO
Dewey Brackin BrackinSchwartz & Associates Partner
Christopher Branch Winelaw.net/KC Branch Firm Attorney
Jeannie Bremer The Wine Group Vice President of Compliance & Public Policy
Michael Brewer Alcoholic Beverage Consulting Service President
Mary Brousseau USA Wine West, LLC Compliance Director
Kristi Brown DISCUS Senior Director, State Government Relations, Central Region
Clayton Bryd Amazon Services LLC Senior Manager, Public Policy
Larry Buckner National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA) Associate Counsel
Robert Budoff DISCUS Senior Vice President for State Regulatory Affairs
Lynna Card Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Regulatory & Compliance
Kristin Carlton Penrose Hill, Limited Director, Compliance
Jeff Carroll Avalara General Manager, Beverage Alcohol
Adam Chafetz Health Communications, Inc. ~ (The TIPS Program) President
Laurence Chaplin Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Vice President
Dimitrios Christopoulos Christopoulos Law Group, LLC Principal
Roger Clayton Strike Kerr & Johns | Alcohol Beverage Law Attorney
Joshua Collier Computronix (U.S.A.) Inc. Solutions Consultant
Larry Cormier Sovos ShipCompliant GM, ShipCompliant
Ashley Cowgill Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman Associate
Alicia Cronbach Cronbach Law Group PC Principal
Christopher Curtin Republic National Distributing Co. Director of Regulatory Affairs
Fred Damuth The Greentree Group Senior Business Advisor
Liz Darrington goPuff Corporate Counsel - Regulated Products
Rob DeVries Computronix (U.S.A.) Inc. Business Development Manager
Chris Delahanty The Greentree Group Senior Developer
Andy Deloney Johnson Brothers Vice President of External Affairs
Kristina Dickens Christopoulos Law Group, LLC Partner
Jerry Dinallo Lobos 1707 Chief Legal Officer
Christine Dower McDermott Will & Emery LLP Attorney
Lara Dunbar Reyes Beer Division Director, Governmental Relations & Public Affairs
R.E. Tuck Duncan Duncan Law Firm Attorney
Danielle Elks Elks Law Attorney
Lorene Epple Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. Paralegal
Pamela Erickson Public Action Management President/CEO
Lucy Farber St. George Spirits, Inc. Operations Manager
Lindsey Farina Skene Law Firm, P.C. Associate
Earl Farkas Gozdecki, Del Giudice, Americus, Farkas & Brocato LLP Senior Partner
Jim Farrell BMI Brand Services President & CEO
Jessica Fike FIFCO USA Regulatory Compliance Specialist
Kristal Fiser United Parcel Service Director State Government Affairs
Pamela Frantz NCSLA Executive Director
Kimberly Frost Martin, Frost & Hill, P.C. Shareholder
Emily Gant Foster Garvey PC Principal
Paul Gatza Brewers Association Senior VP Professional Brewing
Wes Geiselman Post Polak, P.A. Attorney
Kevin Gerow Christopoulos Law Group Associate Attorney
Travis Gibbons Amazon Services LLC Manager, Public Policy
Luis Gonzalez Republic National Distributing Co. VP, Regulatory Affairs & Commercial Counsel
Steve Gross Wine Institute Vice President, State Relations
Bridget Halbur Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. Associate General Counsel
Benjamin A. Halpert Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. Head of Ethics & Compliance
Marc Hantman Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Counsel
Curtis Harrington Belcher Sykes Harrington PLLC Attorney
John Harris GrayRobinson, P.A. Government Consultant
Amy Harrison Amy Harrison Consulting, LLC Consultant
Ryan Haynes Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Tennessee Executive Director
Jake Hegeman Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc. Assistant General Counsel, Legal and Regulatory Affairs
Alison Herman Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits Sr. Counsel
Jay Hibbard DISCUS Senior Vice President, State Public Policy
Henry E. Hildebrand III Belcher Sykes Harrington PLLC Attorney
John Hinman Hinman & Carmichael LLP Partner
Bahaneh Hobel Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty Partner, Head of Alcohol Beverage Law and Compliance
Karen Hoff Southern Glazer's Wine and Spirits Compliance Manager
Victoria G Horton California Beer & Beverage Distributors Association President
Maria Jackson Instacart Director & Associate General Counsel, Regulatory
Sally Jefferson Wine Institute Regional Director
Melani Johns Strike Kerr & Johns | Alcohol Beverage Law Partner
Chris Jones The Greentree Group Principal
Katherine Jost FIFCO USA Counsel
Anne M. Junia Powell Junia P.C. Partner
Lisa Kahler Ready Training Online Business Consultant
Erin Kelleher Hinman & Carmichael LLP Partner
William A. Kelley, Jr. Beer Distributors of Massachusetts Inc. President
Tom Kerr Strike Kerr & Johns | Alcohol Beverage Law Partner
Kirk Kimmelshue Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. Region Vice President, State Government Affairs
Ron Kohler The Greentree Group Program Manager
Jeremy Kruidenier Wine and Spirits Distributors of Illinois Executive Director and General Counsel
Amber Leyva Duckhorn Wine Company Director Regulatory Compliance
Wilhelm Liebmann Dykema Gossett, PLLC Member Attorney
Hunter Limbaugh Wine Institute Southeastern Counsel
Nick Lucca Lionstone International President
Kevin Luckey California Family Beer Distributors Executive Director
Colleen Lyons Darden Restaurants, Inc. Senior Director, Licensing & Liquor Compliance
Michael D. Madigan Minnesota Beer Wholesalers Association President / Legal Counsel
Ayesha Mahapatra Republic National Distributing Co. Vice President and Assistant General Counsel
Matthew Mann WineDirect, Inc. Vice President, Legal
Patrick Maroney Maroney Consulting Services Consultant
Carol Martel Wine Institute Northeastern Counsel
Carol Beth Martin MTX Group, Inc. VP, Government Solutions
Michael Martinez Greenspoon Marder, LLP Senior Counsel
Alva Mather McDermott Will & Emery LLP Partner
Elizabeth McKay goPuff Government Affairs Specialist
Jeffrey A. McKenzie Dentons Bingham Greenebaum LLP Partner and Beverage Alcohol Team Co-Leader
Stephanie Meier Amazon Services LLC Sr. Corporate Counsel, Alcohol
Michael Mercurio Dickenson, Peatman & Fogarty
Jennifer Miller Instacart Product Counsel, Regulatory
Claire Mitchell Stoel Rives LLP Attorney
Jo Moak Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America, Inc. Exec. Vice President and General Counsel
Edward O'Toole CA Beer & Beverage Distributors Assn Consultant
Caroline OConnell Caroline O'Connell Law, LLC Attorney
Robert J. OHara Flaherty and O'Hara, P.C. Attorney
Sean OLeary O'Leary Law and Policy Group, LLC President
Randy Ornstein gopuff Director of Alcohol
David Ozgo Distilled Spirits Council Of The United States (DISCUS) Senior VP, Economic & Strategic Analysis
Pam Paziotopoulos Reyes Beer Division Director, ABC Compliance
Dustin Pickens Federal Express Corporation Senior Counsel
Harlan Powell Powell Junia P.C. Partner
Neil Rhodes Direct Wines, Inc. VP & Chief Financial Officer
Kelly Roberson Center for Alcohol Policy Executive Director
Alan Rosenberg Republic National Distributing Co. General Counsel & Executive Vice President
Marika Rothfeld The Duckhorn Portfolio Corporate Counsel
Tyler Rudd Wine Institute Central States Counsel
Matthew D. Saltzman Saltzman Mugan Dushoff Managing Shareholder
Adena Santiago Husch Blackwell LLP Partner
Mary Jane Saunders Beer Institute Vice President & General Counsel
Ryan Saxe Saltzman Mugan Dushoff Attorney
Erik Schaeffer Fintech Manager, Regulatory Affairs
Christopher Shepard NCSLA Senior Editor, Beer Marketers Insights
Theresa Shircliffe United Parcel Service UPS Corporate Compliance and Ethics, Regulated Goods Manager
Nichole Shustack McDermott Will & Emery LLP Counsel
Charles Smarr Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. Attorney
Adam Smith DISCUS Vice President Government Relations
Marc Sorini Brewers Association General Counsel
Sarah Spiller Cronbach Law Group PC Director, Compliance and Integration
Rebecca Stamey-White Hinman & Carmichael LLP Partner
Adam Stapen Dill, Dill, Carr, Stonbraker & Hutchings, PC Partner
Jessica Starns Jessica Starns Attorney At Law, LLC Partner
Rebecca Stolberg California Beer & Beverage Distributors Association Vice President
Barry Strike Strike Kerr & Johns | Alcohol Beverage Law Partner
Dale Szyndrowski Szyndrowski Consulting, LLC
Louis Terminello Greenspoon Marder, LLP Chair, Hospitality, Alcohol and Leisure Industry Group, Partner
William Tomaszewski Wine.com, Inc. General Counsel
Wendy Turk Fintech Director, Regulatory Affairs
Robert Ueoka Bishop Street Law Group Attorney
Tom Wark National Association of Wine Retailers Executive Director
Bart Watson Brewers Association Chief Economist
James Webster Webster Law Partners PC
Laura Wentling Ready Training Online Government Affairs
Allyssa Wickstrom Duckhorn Wine Company Vice President, Deputy General Counsel
Jay Wiederhold Pennsylvania Beer Alliance President
Robert Wiest Poppiti Law Firm Regulatory Compliance Specialist
Rachele Winningham Buchman Law Firm, LLP Partner
Mike B. Wittenwyler Godfrey & Kahn SC Shareholder
David Wojnar DISCUS Senior Vice President and Head of State Public Policy
Stanley Wolowski Flaherty & O'Hara Attorney
Samuel Wright Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. Associate General Counsel
Ross Yamasaki Capitol Consultants of Hawaii Vice President
Emmanuel Zibakalam Pacific Business Advocates Principal


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