NCSLA ANNOUNCES HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
The National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA) is pleased to announce three inductees to the NCSLA Hall of Fame: Mr. A. Keith Burt of the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission, Ms. Lynne J. Omlie with the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS), and Mr. Charles E. Smarr of the law firm Brydon, Swearengen & England P.C. in Jefferson City, Missouri. They are the newest members of this elite group of 13 and were inducted at the annual Conference. “All three Hall of Fame inductees are very deserving of this prestigious award as long-standing NCSLA members and renowned experts in the alcoholic beverage industry,” stated NCSLA President Anna C. Hirai of Honolulu, Hawaii.
The NCSLA Hall of Fame honors past or present state members or associate members of the NCSLA based on their contributions to the NCSLA and the beverage alcohol industry. Induction into the Hall of Fame requires a vote of no less than three-quarters of the current voting members of the Executive Committee in accordance with the NCSLA By-Laws. To learn more about the NCSLA Hall of Fame program visit www.ncsla.org for details.
Charlie Smarr practices primarily in the areas of alcohol beverage law and liquor licensing. He is a former supervisor of the Missouri Division of Liquor Control, Assistant Attorney General of Missouri and past president of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators. His practice with the firm primarily involves representing interests of members of the alcohol beverage industry by providing corporate, administrative, licensing and regulatory legal services. He is general counsel for the Missouri Beer Wholesalers Association; Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Committee on Beverage Alcohol Practice (Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice); Sustaining Member of the National Association of Alcoholic Beverage Licensing Attorneys (NAABLA); and a Founding Member of The Alliance of Alcohol Industry Attorneys and Consultants. He is also a Member of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA), the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association (NABCA), the National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals (NALCP), and the Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys (AHIA).
About National Conference of State Liquor Administrators, Incorporated:
A national 501(c)(3) corporation founded in 1934, in Chicago, Illinois, NCSLA is composed of state regulators as active members, and associate members consisting of manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, law firms, associations, and other service-related organizations in the alcoholic beverages sector. Currently, regulatory agencies from 41 of 50 states and the District of Columbia are active NCSLA members. The primary focus of NCSLA is education on historical and current issues related to the regulation of alcoholic beverages. Visit www.ncsla.org for more information.