National Conference of State Liquor Administrators
Sunday, October 15, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at 11:59 pm
Chateau on the Lake Resort
415 North State Highway 265
Branson, MO 65616
NCSLA - Central/Western Regional Conference
Take a tour of Chateau on the Lake Resort.

Conference Room Rate*:

Group Rate: $169/night plus taxes and fees for single/double occupancy.
Government Rate: $96/night plus taxes and fees for single/double occupancy. Must have valid government ID at check-in.

*Rates available 3 days before and after the conference, subject to hotel availability. Resort fee waived (savings of $25/night plus taxes)!

Group Reservation Websites – make your hotel reservation online!

Associate members & Invitees: Group Reservations

Government members: Government Per Diem Reservations

Last day to book group rate is Saturday, September 23, 2023.

1-888-333-5253 (Toll Free Reservations)

Public Transportation:

Airline Travel
Springfield-Branson National Airport (SGF) is located approximately 60 miles from Chateau on the Lake Resort and is serviced by major airlines. Please visit the website for more information.

Airport Transportation
Rideshare and car rental are available for travel to and from the airport.

Choose AVIS rental car for 5%-10% discount.
Call 1 (800) 331-1600 or reserve online.
Provide AWD # J760733 for group discount.*
*The AWD discount is effective 7 days prior/after the event.

Driving Directions

Hotel Parking Rates*:
Valet – $25 per day plus taxes
Covered Garage Self-Parking - $15 per day plus taxes
Public Self-Parking – Complimentary

*rates are subject to change

Questions? Contact:

Conference Hosts:
Christin Templeton at 573-522-0022 or
Brandi Steele at 573-751-4092 or

Conference Planner:
Erin Dillard at 202-717-2150 or

Branson, Missouri

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Conference Information

Come join us in Branson, Missouri, the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World.” Branson is home to more than 50 theater venues and has more theater seats than Broadway in New York City. Branson is located on the shore of Lake Taneycomo and is also close to Table Rock Lake and Bull Shoals Lake. Whether you’re interested in history, food, music, or outdoor activities, there’s something in Missouri that will suit your interests. Don’t miss out on this chance to see the Live Entertainment Capital of the World – reserve your spot today!

Business Meeting

The Missouri Division of Alcohol and Tobacco Control welcomes you to Branson and is pleased to be this year’s conference host. The 2023 Central/Western Regional conference theme is Show Me the Way” and the program will cover a number of current topics that regulators and industry encounter.

Featured panel presentations will include Cross Tier Privileges, If I Ruled the (Regulator) World, What the Tech, State Systems Automation, Contract Brewing and Alternating Proprietorships, and Can Compliance and Business Objectives Co-Exist. We know that the conference wouldn’t’ be complete if we didn’t hear about State House Litigation and the 2023 Legislative Recap.

To view the business agenda and list of alcohol beverage experts serving as presenters, just click on the links below.

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 will be open each night during the conference. Monday evening is a free night to allow guests to explore the area. Shuttles will be running to and from the Branson Landing where a variety of dining, shopping and entertainment activities are located. On Tuesday night attendees will enjoy the President’s Dinner while getting to experience Dolly Parton’s Stampede.

Registration Information

Early conference registration ends Monday, September 25th so don’t delay! The registration fee increases on September 26th. You have the option of paying by credit card or check. The registration fees are outlined below.

Registration Fees:

  • Government Member = $550 ($600 after September 25th)
    STATE TRAVEL BAN or FINANCIAL HARDSHIP? Contact Pam Frantz for details about the new NCSLA Conference Subsidy Program.
  • Associate Member = $775 ($850 after September 25th)
  • Non-member Associate (one time dues waiver) = $975
  • Invitee of NCSLA President or Conference Host = $775 ($850 after September 25th)
  • NCSLA Past President = Fee Waived (NCSLA Bylaws Article I, Section 2)
  • NCSLA Past President Spouse = Fee Waived
  • Spouse/Guest (Social Events Only) = $450 ($500 after September 25th)
  • Spouse/Guest (Tuesday President’s Banquet Only) = $200 ($250 after September 25th)
  • Guest 3 – 20 Years Old (Social Events Only) = $200 ($250 after September 25th)
  • 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 October 6, 2023.*

CANCELLATION POLICY: All cancellations are subject to a $200.00 deduction per person. Due to contractual commitments there will be NO REFUNDS AFTER OCTOBER 6, 2023. NCSLA Federal Tax ID Number: 52-6043243.

ATTIRE: Attire for all scheduled business and social functions is business casual. The average high/low temperatures in Branson are 72° / 44° F so be sure to pack for cool, fall weather!

SPECIAL NEEDS: Individuals with disabilities or special dietary requirements who need specific accommodations should email Conference Planner, Erin Dillard at to make arrangements. Requests should be made no later than Friday, October 6, 2023 to allow sufficient time for us to meet your needs.

EXHIBITOR INFORMATION: The cost of one (1) 6 ft. skirted table for two (2) consecutive conference days is $500 per table. If you would like to purchase exhibit space please complete the Exhibitor section on the registration form. Exhibitor is responsible for all charges and making arrangements with the hotel. Once exhibitor has registered and paid the fee, Erin Dillard will provide additional exhibitor information.

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Karen Dorton Brydon, Swearengen & England, P.C. Associate
Kevin Dorton Brydon, Swearengen & England, P.C.
R.E. Tuck Duncan Duncan Law Firm Attorney
Susan Evans GrayRobinson, P.A. Consultant
Jaci Flug Greenspoon Marder LLP Partner
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Stephen Rehagen Brydon, Swearengen & England, P.C. Attorney at Law
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