Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
Tim Holden was first nominated to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board by Governor Tom Corbett on June 14, 2013 and was unanimously confirmed by the state Senate on Nov. 13, 2013. Mr. Holden was named chairman of the PLCB by Governor Tom Wolf on Feb. 17, 2015. Mr. Holden was nominated to a second term by Governor Wolf on May 18, 2016 and was unanimously confirmed by the state Senate on June 29, 2016.
Mr. Holden is a native of St. Clair, Schuylkill County. After attending St. Mary’s Elementary School and St. Clair Area High School, Mr. Holden received an athletic scholarship to Fork Union Military Academy, completing one year of college prep. Mr. Holden earned a football scholarship to the University of Richmond, but an illness cut short his football career. Mr. Holden completed his education at Bloomsburg University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology.
In 1980, he earned his license as an insurance broker and real estate agent. Mr. Holden went on to work as a probation officer, was sergeant-at-arms for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and served as sheriff of Schuylkill County from 1985 to 1992.
Mr. Holden was a member of Congress for 10 terms, representing the Sixth District from 1993 to 2002 and the 17th District from 2003 to 2012. The Sixth District was comprised of Schuylkill and Berks counties, as well as part of Northumberland and Montgomery counties. The 17th District was comprised of Schuylkill, Dauphin, and Lebanon counties, as well as parts of Perry and Berks counties.
Mr. Holden was a member of the House Agriculture Committee since 1993 and served as vice chairman of that committee in the 110th and 111th Congresses. Mr. Holden was named chairman of the committee’s Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research during the 110th and 111th Congresses, and he served on the Livestock, Dairy and Poultry subcommittee. In the 105th Congress, Mr. Holden was appointed to the Transportation and Infrastructure committee.
Mr. Holden and his wife, Gwen, live in St. Clair.
West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration
Mr. Wooton began his career with the West Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control Administration (WVABCA) on Oct. 16, 1991, as an Inspector in the Enforcement Division. Mr. Wooton was promoted to an Enforcement Agent and later to Enforcement Supervisor. In January 2017, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice appointed Mr. Wooton to serve as Commissioner of the WVABCA.
Working with elected leaders and other key stakeholders, the Wooton Administration has achieved significant transformation for the alcohol industry in West Virginia. Beginning in 2017, with the passage of the “Resort Bill”, which was the first major change in 50 years to the “Private Club Act”, and continuing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the WVABCA has implemented dozens of new license types. New opportunities for emerging businesses in West Virginia have occurred based on the new license types. In addition, expanded product availability resulting from Sunday sales for retail liquor outlets, extended hours of operation for on-premises licensees, and West Virginia moving from having 13 “dry'' areas to basically a “wet” state for retail spirits sales has also contributed to growth in the state.
Under Mr. Wooton’s leadership, projects at the WVABCA Distribution Center that have been on the books for nearly two decades are nearly complete and additional modernization, safety improvements and other long-term projects are in various stages.
The WVABCA continues to seek creative and effective solutions to protect the public and our youth with educational programs such as the DUI Simulator, NO School Spirits PSA contest and statewide prevention, enforcement, and education alcohol conferences.
Mr. Wooton currently serves on the Commission for Drunk Driving Prevention and is secretary of the West Virginia Retail Liquor Licensing Board (RLLB). The RLLB successfully conducted bidding for the 2020-2030 licensing period and generated more than $53 million for the WV General Revenue Fund.
A 1984 graduate of the West Virginia University College of Business and Economics with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Mr. Wooton, prior to his career with the WVABCA, worked for nearly 12 years in the hospitality, food and beverage industry. Mr. Wooton resides in Beckley, WV with his wife Debra and enjoys hunting, fishing, golf and is an avid WVU sports fan.
National Alcohol Beverage Control Association
J. Neal Insley became President & CEO of National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA) on October 2, 2021 and served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel since April 2015. He has worked in the area of beverage alcohol law, legislation and/or policy at the state, national and international level. In the private practice of law, he focused on hospitality and beverage alcohol law and policy, government affairs, administrative law and regulatory/policy issues. He also served as the chairman of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board (Va. ABC) and as chairman of NABCA. Neal began his career in law enforcement and held the position of special agent with the Va. ABC while attending law school part-time at nights and weekends. Within the beverage alcohol industry, he has served as a regulator, attorney, administrative law judge, and business leader.
Idaho State Liquor Division
Mr. Anderson serves citizens of the Gem State in two roles. Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter appointed him as Director of the Idaho Lottery on January 9, 2007, and as Director of the Idaho State Liquor Division (ISLD) on April 30, 2010.
He is a member of Governor Otter's Cabinet, a Past-President of the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL) Board of Directors, a Past-Chairman of the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA) Board of Directors, and a Past-President of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries (NASPL) Board of Directors.
Mr. Anderson came to state service after twenty-six years in broadcasting, most recently as Vice President and General Manager of CBS television affiliates KBOI (Boise) and KIDK (Idaho Falls). While in local broadcasting, he was involved in a number of executive board-level posts for the Idaho State Broadcasters Association, including legislative liaison representing the industry’s interests to Congress and the Idaho Legislature. He was the 2001 recipient of the National Association of Broadcasters Service to America Award for Service to Children. Mr. Anderson received his Bachelor of Science, Business Administration degree from California State University, Chico. He is the father of four children, grandfather of four, and resides in Boise, Idaho with his wife of 35 years, Theresa Anderson.
North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission
Hank Bauer was appointed Chairman of the North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission by Governor Roy Cooper in December 2021.
Mr. Bauer was born and raised in North Carolina and brings over 30 years of industry experience to this role. Prior to serving as Chairman of the NC ABC Commission, Mr. Bauer was General Manager at Empire Distributors, where he also served as the Director of Sales and On-Premise Director. He was previously the North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia District Manager for Boston Beer Company and a District Manager and Sales Representative for Blue Ridge Beverage.
Throughout his career, Mr. Bauer has emphasized the importance of strategic budget development, systems optimization, team-building, and enhancing supplier-partner relationships that accelerate growth and profitability.
Mr. Bauer earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Western Carolina University. He currently resides in Charlotte, NC with his wife Moira. Their two children, Henry and Brian, also live and work in Charlotte.
Ohio Department of Commerce, Division of Liquor Control
James "Jim" Canepa is Superintendent of the Division of Liquor Control. He joined the division in February 2017 to provide project leadership for the Liquor Modernization Project (LMP), the state’s effort to modernize systems and processes across the liquor enterprise. Under Canepa’s leadership, the division has replaced a 40-year-old inventory system with the Microsoft Dynamics AX system, added 17 new Liquor stores towards the goal of 20 by January 2019, reduced delisted inventory by 58% (75,418 bottles) since November 2017, and has started the process of enterprise-wide merchandise-category optimization with 125 of 465 Liquor stores scheduled to be re-set by October 2018.
Prior to joining the division, Canepa served as Chief of Staff and Legal Affairs for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. In this role, he managed the Agency’s Legal Affairs, regulatory compliance and enforcement, and criminal investigation and enforcement. He has served in numerous leadership roles in Ohio state government, including Chief Legal Counsel with the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Deputy Inspector General with the Office of the Ohio Inspector General and First Assistant Attorney General for the Ohio Attorney General. In these roles, he was responsible for overseeing legal affairs, complex projects and process improvements. Canepa began his career with the Franklin County, Ohio, Prosecutor’s Office, where he served as an Appellate Prosecutor and a Senior Trial Prosecutor. In those roles, he defended felony convictions in the Tenth District Court of Appeals (Ohio) and the Ohio Supreme Court, and supervised and litigated felony criminals in trials in common pleas court, respectively.
Throughout his career, Canepa has been recognized for his exemplary work and was honored with the Outstanding Advocacy award from the National Association of Government Attorneys, the Caulley Award for Outstanding Victims Service and a Resolution of Recognition from the Office of Governor George V. Voinovich. Canepa earned a Juris Doctor from Capital University Law School, and a bachelor of science degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University.
Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Services
Tiffany Clason is an experienced and dedicated public servant. With over 12 years of experience in government at the federal, state, and local level, Tiffany has a reputation for effective stakeholder engagement, nurturing bipartisan relationships, crisis management, data-driven strategies, and building vibrant and respectful work environments. She worked in the U.S. Senate for David Vitter, served as Utah Governor Gary Herbert's Director of Constituent Services, and most recently served as District Director for Utah Congressman Ben McAdams.
Prior to her career in government, Tiffany worked in the food and beverage industry in London. There she successfully executed the launch of a high-end artisan bread line where she developed and deployed best practices in product training programs and brand integrity, expanded market share, and grew retail sales. Tiffany completed a B.A. and M.Ed. at Louisiana State University.
Tiffany lives in Salt Lake County with her husband Stuart and their two children.
Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services
Ms. Durbin joined the Montgomery County Alcohol Beverage Services (Formerly Dept of Liquor Control) in 2002 as a Community Outreach Manager. In 2005, she accepted the position as the Division Chief of Licensure, Regulation and Education supervising alcohol licensure, policy, education, legislative initiatives and compliance. Currently, she is Acting Director of Alcohol Beverage Services, which in addition to its regulatory role, serves as the wholesaler of beer, wine and spirits in the county and operates 26 retail beer, wine and spirits stores.
Early in her career, Ms. Durbin played a major role developing the certified alcohol beverage server training for the Restaurant Association of Maryland Hospitality. Later, as the Executive Director of the Montgomery County Restaurant Association, Kathie worked closely with the business community. She collaborated with local agencies and the executive board to craft meaningful alcohol legislation to benefit small business. Later, as a state certified alcohol prevention specialist, Kathie worked for the Montgomery County Health and Human Services where she managed state grants, mini-grants and the county substance abuse prevention network.
Ms. Durbin is the current President of the Maryland Alcohol Licensing Association (MALA) and a member of the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association Regulatory Committee. She is a longtime board member of the Responsible Hospitality Institute and the Responsible Retailing Forum. She was recognized in 2016 by the National Alcohol Licensing Professional Association (NALCP) for Innovation and Leadership and again in 2017 by the Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP) as Regulator of the Year. She is considered an expert in the field of alcohol regulation, education and policy. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland in Baltimore with a concentration in Social Work/Psychology.
Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Authority Board
Maria Everett serves as Chair of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Authority Board. She was formerly a senior attorney at the Division of Legislative Services and Executive Director and General Counsel of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council. In her role at Legislative Services, she staffed legislative committees including serving as counsel to the House Committee on General Laws. She drafted legislation and staffed numerous study commissions of the General Assembly impacting the regulation and sale of alcoholic beverages, including the ABC Authority legislation. She also drafted and analyzed legislation relating to public procurement and public disclosure. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech and a Juris Doctor degree from the George Mason University School of Law.
Michigan Liquor Control Commission
Patrick M. Gagliardi was appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer as an Administrative Commissioner to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission in August 2019 for a term expiring June 12, 2023. At the time of his initial appointment, he was designated as Chairman of the Commission by the Governor. He is a former member of the House of Representatives where he also served as the Democratic Floor Leader, and chair of the Tourism Committee and the Oversight and Ethics Committee. Since his time in the House of Representatives, he has served as a Commissioner on the Michigan Liquor Control Commission, consultant and owner of Gagliardi Associates, LLC, and director of corporate and foundation relations for Lake Superior State University. Gagliardi earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Lake Superior State University.
Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board
Mr. Gipson is serving his second term (7th year) as the administrator of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. As administrator, Mr. Gipson oversees more than 800 employees, who work in the central office and warehouse, and 176 retail and wholesale stores statewide. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Gipson served four terms in the Alabama House of Representatives, representing Autauga and Elmore counties. During his legislative service, he was a member of the Travel and Tourism Committee and was instrumental in crafting the state education budget as a member of the House Education Appropriations Committee. A United States Army veteran, Gipson is the retired CEO of Gipson’s Auto Tire in Prattville and Millbrook. Mr. Gipson is a member of American Legion Post 122, and a member of the Prattville YMCA Board of Management. Mr. Gipson ºis married to Brenda Dumas Gipson and together they have six children, Hannibal (Hoot) M. Gipson, III, Meg Gipson Lowry, Bob Gipson, Jo Ella Gipson McIntosh, the Honorable W. Ross Ashley III and Lt. Col. (Ret.) John R. Ashley.
Department of Revenue, State of Mississippi
On July 13, 2020, Governor Tate Reeves named Chris Graham as Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Revenue for a partial term ending in 2022. Governor Reeves reappointed Mr. Graham to a full six-year term in 2022. The Mississippi Senate unanimously confirmed both appointments.
As Commissioner of Revenue, Graham works with a staff of over 600 employees who are responsible for collecting tax revenues that support state and local governments in Mississippi as well as titling and registration of motor vehicles, monitoring ad valorem assessments throughout the state, enforcement of Mississippi's Prohibition and Local Option Law, operating as the wholesale distributor of alcoholic beverages, and enforcement of Mississippi’s Medical Cannabis Act. He also serves as an ex-officio board member of the Mississippi Lottery Corporation and the Mississippi License Tag Commission.
Mr. Graham serves as the gubernatorial appointee on the board of trustees for the Public Employees Retirement System of Mississippi which is responsible for administering retirement benefits for all state and public education employees, sworn officers of the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol, other public employees whose employers have elected to participate, and elected members of the Mississippi Legislature.
Mr. Graham is a past president and member of the board of directors of the Southeastern Association of Tax Administrators that includes tax administration agencies of twelve southeastern states. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association which is a national association representing jurisdictions that directly control the distribution and sale of alcohol within their borders.
Mr. Graham previously served as the Senate Budget Officer for the Mississippi Legislative Budget Office and as Assistant Director and Counsel for the Mississippi Ethics Commission. He obtained a Bachelor of Accountancy and Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi, and a Master of Accountancy from Millsaps College. He is married and has two children.
Wyoming Department of Revenue
Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon appointed Brenda Henson Director of the Wyoming Department of Revenue on August 2, 2021. Henson (previously Brenda Arnold) was appointed to serve as Administrator of the Property Tax Division for the Department of Revenue in July 2013 and retired in March of last year. Previously she served as Laramie County Assessor. She began her career in the Assessor’s Office in 1988 and was elected Assessor in 1995, subsequently being re-elected for 4 additional terms of office. In her capacity as Assessor, she was President of the Wyoming County Assessors Association as well as the Legislative Chair. In addition, she served as President of the Wyoming Association of County Officers. Ms. Henson was also chosen to represent Wyoming on the Board of Directors of the National Association of County Officers.
Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division
Stephen Larson was appointed to a third term as the Administrator of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division (IABD) by Governor Kim Reynolds. He was previously appointed by two former Iowa governors – Chet Culver in 2010, and Terry Branstad in 2014 – and was overwhelmingly confirmed in all prior confirmations. This bipartisan support is a testament to his exemplary work in establishing the IABD as a successful state executive branch agency.
During his tenure, he sought to modernize the Division in its dual role as both a governing authority of the alcoholic beverages marketplace and operating as the sole wholesaler of alcoholic spirits as a business. He achieved this through pragmatism, transparency, and a belief that collaboration creates opportunity. No matter the endeavor, he always sought to bring stakeholders to the table to find solutions and solve problems.
Prior to his appointment in 2010, the Alcoholic Beverages Division regulatory compliance program was dormant. Mr. Larson reactivated and rebuilt the program by establishing a Regulatory Compliance Bureau. Today there are six business units’ comprising the bureau – Alcohol Compliance, Tobacco Compliance, Education and Outreach, Alcohol Licensing, Administrative Actions, and Administrative Affairs.
During Mr. Larson’s tenure, the bureau been nationally recognized with various awards issued by state and national organizations for innovation and strategic leadership. Most recently Stateways Best Practices 2020 Best Technology Innovation and in 2019 for Best Distribution/Warehouse Innovation.
He has also been instrumental in reviewing and refreshing Iowa’s alcohol laws to ensure that they meet the needs of the modern marketplace while protecting public health, safety, and welfare. This initiative involved an unprecedented review of Iowa’s alcohol laws. He created a working group of stakeholders representing all three tiers of the alcoholic beverages industry, public safety officials, state public health officials, legislators and the general public. The recommendations became legislation and passed with bipartisan support, with many legislators lauding the collaborative efforts of all involved. In 2017, he along with agency staff continued the review of Iowa’s alcohol laws, focusing on Iowa’s alcohol licensing process, administrative actions, and administrative appeals. Over the course of eight public forums conducted across the state, local licensing authorities, local law enforcement, public health officials, substance abuse prevention groups retail licensees, and others shared how Iowa’s alcohol licensing laws affect their communities and how the process could be improved in the future.
Mr. Larson graduated with honors from William Penn University in Oskaloosa, Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. He resides in Polk City Iowa with his wife Jane, has two sons, and is a proud grandparent of two granddaughters. He enjoys golf, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
Vermont Department of Liquor Control
Mr. Manahan hails from a family rich with a history of community service. Currently, Mr. Manahan serves as the Director of Operations and Business Development for the City of St. Albans City.
Over the last several years he has been deeply involved in the revitalization of downtown St. Albans including a 4 million-dollar streetscape redevelopment, the development of a 5 deck parking garage which services a newly built 84 room Downtown Hampton Inn, and a 40,000 square foot State of Vermont office building. Mr. Manahan has served on the St. Albans City Zoning Board; the Development Review Board; President of the City Council and Mayor of the City of St. Albans for three terms. Mr. Manahan also serves on the Northwest Regional Planning Board, the St. Albans City Downtown Board, Board of Civil Authority and Justice of the Peace.
Over the years Mr. Manahan has also served his local community in a number other of capacities, including youth baseball, football and hockey coach, he has received a number of civic involvement awards and recognition, including the Timothy Bovat Community Service award.
Mr. Manahan lives in St. Albans City with his wife Lisa and four children. Mr. Manahan enjoys spending time hunting the beautiful woods of Vermont or spending time at their camp on Lake Champlain.
Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations
Mineo founded Beviamo Consulting LLC in 2009, dedicated to working with small developing companies in the beverage alcohol industry, specializing in strategic planning and business modeling. This brief period as an industry consultant resulted in adding value to several companies who were expanding their scope of work opportunities with their customers. In addition, he has spent some time with a wine brokerage, representing suppliers and importers who marketed wines from Chile, South Africa and France. While the spirits and wine businesses have been his vocation, his passion for the business comes through in his dedication to logistics and planning. His background in meeting and event planning for more than twenty years has elevated Mr. Mineo to the status of an expert, with an eye toward detail and customer satisfaction. Mr. Mineo’s educational background includes a B.S. degree in psychology from Bethany College and graduate work in economics and accounting. Mr. Mineo is a member of several professional organizations, including NCSLA, The Center for Alcohol Policy, SCORE, International Beverage Network and others. Mr. Mineo lives in Portland, Maine with his wife of 43years, and they have two sons, Justin and Bryan.
New Hampshire Liquor Commission
Mr. Mollica was first appointed to the New Hampshire Liquor Commission (NHLC) in January of 2010 and has served as Chairman since 2011. During his tenure, Chairman Mollica has overseen a consistent growth in sales and transformation of the state’s NH Liquor & Wine Outlet stores into a nationally recognized brand through a combination of extensive store renovations and relocations, investments in customer service training, warehousing and information technology, and by strengthening relationships with brokers, suppliers and licensees.
Since assuming the Chairmanship, NHLC has received numerous accolades, including being named by the Washington Post as the “Best State in the Country for Wine Drinkers,” the “Third best state for buying bourbon” by BreakingBourbon.com and “One of the best places in the country to find rare spirits” by Serious Eats. In 2014, the New Hampshire Winery Association recognized Chairman Mollica as “retailer of the year” for his support of New Hampshire’s emerging winemaking industry which experienced a 76% increase in sales since he assumed leadership. In 2015 and 2016, StateWays Magazine awarded NHLC Control State Best Practice Awards for its first-of-its-kind web-ordering app and best warehouse innovation. In 2017, StateWays recognized the “Granite State’s Greatness” by naming New Hampshire the nation’s top control state.
Prior to his appointment, Chairman Mollica’s background included extensive restaurant ownership experience, successful partnerships with state and local government agencies, and over 25 years as a self-employed entrepreneur. Chairman Mollica holds a Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management from Johnson & Wales University, Providence, RI. Chairman Mollica resides with his wife Allison in East Concord, NH.
Oregon Liquor Control Commission
Paul Rosenbaum became Chairman of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission following Oregon Senate confirmation on September 19, 2017. Mr. Rosenbaum is currently Chief Executive Officer of SWR Corporation and previously served as Chairman of the Board and CEO for Rentrak Corporation as well as Chief partner at Rosenbaum Law Center. He served as a Representative in the Michigan Legislature from 1972-1978, during which time he chaired the House Judiciary Committee and was legal counsel to the Speaker of the House. Under Governor Kulongoski, he was one of nine members on the Board of Commissioners for the Port of Portland, during which he was Vice Chair for four years. Mr. Rosenbaum currently serves on the board for the De Paul Treatment center, Oregon’s largest treatment center for drug and alcohol abuse, is on the Providence Heart & Vascular Institute Foundation Advisory Council, and is the Immediate Past President of Providence St Vincent Medical Foundation Council of Trustees.
Montana Department of Revenue, Liquor Control Division
Mrs. Schlauch became the Administrator of the Department of Revenue’s Liquor Control Division in July of 2017 and is brand new to the liquor industry. Mrs. Schlauch holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration as well as an MBA from the University of Montana. Prior to becoming the Liquor Control Division Administrator, Mrs. Schlauch was the Administrator for the Business and Financial Services Division for the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS). While at DPHHS she earned a Governor’s Award for her role in Medicaid expansion that provided health insurance to an additional 70,000 Montanans. Mrs. Schlauch came to state service after almost 15 years of newspaper finance work where she earned a Lee Enterprises President’s Award. Mrs. Schlauch and her husband, Pat, have six children and four grandchildren.