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
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
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
Debra Lopez New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department - Alcohol and Gaming Division Deputy Director
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
Bradley McDowell Missouri Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Control Deputy Chief of Enforcement
Ryan Mercurio Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Assistant Councel
Duane Miyashiro Honolulu Liquor Commission Commissioner
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
LeAnna Prange Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Deputy Director
Denise Roberg Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Program Planner 3
Phillip Sanchez New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department - Alcohol and Gaming Division Division Counsel
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
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