National Conference of State Liquor Administrators
When:
Sunday, Sep. 11, 2022 at 1:00 pm
      -to-
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022 at 4:30 pm
 
Where:
Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District
222 N 10th St.
Omaha, NE 68102
 
NCSLA - Central/Western Regional Conference
 
Take a tour of the Omaha Marriott Downtown.
 
Conference Room Rate*:
Group Rate: $164/night plus taxes and fees for single/double occupancy.
Government Rate**: $110 night plus taxes and fees for single/double occupancy.

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

**Must have valid government ID at check-in.

Group Reservation Websites – make your hotel reservation online!
Associate Members Reservations
Government Members Reservations

Last day to book group rate is Sunday, August 21, 2022.

Public Transportation:

Airline Travel: Eppley Airfield (OMA) is located approximately 15 minutes (4 miles) from the Omaha Marriott Downtown at the Capitol District Hotel and is serviced by major airlines. Please visit the website for more information.

Airport Shuttle: There is a complimentary shuttle to and from Eppley. It runs on every hour and half hour. To schedule a pickup, call the Omaha Marriott Downtown front desk at 402-807-8000.

Driving Directions

Hotel Parking Rates:
Valet – $29 per day
Self - $24 per day
Daily Self-parking:
• 0-59 minutes - $7
• 1 hour to hour and 59 minutes - $11
• 2 hours to 2 hours and 59 minutes - $15
• 3 hours to 7 hours 59 minutes - $19
• 8 hours or more - $24

Daily Valet: $20

Conference Host – Contact:
Hobert Rupe at 402-471-2574 or Hobert.rupe@nebraska.gov

NCSLA 2022 CENTRAL/WESTERN REGIONAL CONFERENCE
Omaha, Nebraska

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Conference Information

Nebraska has wonders in every direction: vast river valleys in the east, majestic cliffs and peaks in the west and sand dunes in between, making for a trip as scenic as it is fun. The state is also rich in history, with many opportunities to explore its heritage. When they offer you steak, don’t turn it down.  It’s some of the world’s best, part of a long-standing tradition of heartland comfort food brought in straight from the farm. No matter where you go or where you’re from you’ll always be welcomed with a warm smile.

Business Meeting

The Nebraska Liquor Control Commission welcomes you to Omaha and is pleased to be this year’s conference host. The 2022 Central/Western Regional conference theme is “The Future of a Well-Regulated Industry” 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.

 
Some of the featured panel presentations will include: wholesale challenges post Covid discussing new ways of distribution in a modern society, third party shipping models, and a labeling panel. Other panels will examine unique licenses and all the challenges that they bring, plus a discussion on digital ID’s and information harvesting.  We also have a special presentation by the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office on human trafficking, and a Whiteclay panel updating where the community stands five years post closure of the beer stores.

Business Agenda | Presenter Biographies

Social Activities

Naturally, we will be engaging in the usual and customary activities that are bell weathered traditions of the NCSLA. Join us Sunday night for the conference welcome reception from 6:00-8:00 pm. The hospitality suite is a great opportunity for networking and open each night during the conference. On Monday night we will take a trip to the world-renowned Henry Doorly Zoo for an event with baby elephants and giraffes. Don’t miss it!

Registration Information

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

Registration Fees:

  • Government Member = $300 ($350 after 8/19/22)
    STATE TRAVEL BAN? Contact Pam Frantz for details about the NCSLA Subsidy programs.
  • Associate Member = $450 ($550 after 8/19/22)
  • Non-member Associate (one time dues waiver) = $800
  • Invitee of NCSLA President or Conference Host = $450 ($550 after 8/19/22)
  • NCSLA Past President = Fee waived (NCSLA Bylaws Article I, Section 2)
  • NCSLA Past President Spouse = Fee waived
  • Spouse/Guest = $200
  • Spouse/Guest (Monday’s Zoo event Only) = $100
  • Guest 3 – 20 Years Old = $150
  • Guest 3 – 20 Years Old (Monday’s Zoo event Only) = $100
  • 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 September 1, 2022.

CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations are subject to a $200.00 deduction per person. Due to contractual commitments, there will be NO REFUNDS AFTER SEPTEMBER 1, 2022. NCSLA Federal Tax ID Number: 52-6043243.

ATTIRE: Attire for all scheduled business and social functions is business casual for the entire event. The average high/low temperatures in Omaha are upper 80’s with lows averaging 55-60 degrees Fahrenheit so be sure to pack for sunny comfortable weather!

SPECIAL NEEDS: Individuals with disabilities or special dietary requirements who need special accommodations should email hobert.rupe@nebraska.gov to make arrangements. Requests should be made no later than Tuesday, September 6th, 2022, 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 James Strathman with Encore Global at the Omaha Marriott Downtown to coordinate, and assist you with internet access or electrical needs (e.g. cords, power strips, etc.) and arrange for direct billing. James Strathman’s email address is james.strathman@encoreglobal.com.

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Tyler Ackerson Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Executive Officer
Bruce Bailey Nebraska Liquor Control Commission Commissioner
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
Chuck Crabtree Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Program Planner-Native Manufacturing Lead
Lara Cunningham South Dakota Department of Revenue Sr. Revenue Agent
Randy Eichacker South Dakota Department of Revenue Revenue Supervisor
Dacia English Montana Department of Revenue Outreach and Education Coordinator
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
Richard Haymaker Illinois Liquor Control Commission Legal Counsel
Anna Hirai Honolulu Liquor Commission Acting Administrator
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
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
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
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
Lisa Kahler Ready Training Online
Michael Kelley Kelley Plucker, LLC Attorney
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
Leor Reef goPuff Government Affairs Principal
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
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
Herbert Sutton, Jr. Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division Chief of Operations
Chris Swonger Distilled Spirits Council of the US President & CEO
Wendy Turk Fintech Director, Regulatory Affairs
James Webster Webster Law Partners Partner
Laura Wentling Ready Training Online
Ronnie White Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. Associate General Counsel

 
 

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