2012 legislative Conference

The 2015 NBWA Legislative Conference will be held April 26-29 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill.

Each year, the Legislative Conference provides distributors with the opportunity to hear from industry leaders and to educate members of Congress about the importance of effective state-based alcohol regulation, the role of beer distributors and the regulatory, economic and commercial value that distributors deliver to their communities. 


Online registration has now closed, but registration is available on site at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Contact NBWA Sr. Manager, Registration Diane Mahoney at dmahoney@nbwa.org with any registration questions.

Hotel Reservations

Reserve your room at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill online, or call (888) 421-1442. The negotiated room rate is $302+tax per night. There are still a few rooms available, but the hotel will sell out. Make your reservations today!

Conference Issues

Read about the legislative issues for the 2015 NBWA Legislative Conference:

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Consult the app for a detailed conference schedule, including speaker information; talking points; and a congressional directory. After your meetings on the Hill, relay information to NBWA using the app's meeting feedback survey.

To download the app, visit the App Store or Play Store on your mobile device and search "NBWA Advocacy." Or, download the app on your mobile device using the links below.


Schedule of Events

Sun., April 26
Noon - 6:30 p.m.       
Registration Desk Open
Regency Foyer
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Welcome Reception
Regency Ballroom
8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Communicators Group Dinner (By Invitation Only - Ticket Required)
Thornton Room
8:00 - 10:00 p.m. Next Generation Group Event (By Invitation Only) Pinstripes
Mon., April 27    
7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Registration Desk Open Regency Foyer
7:00 - 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Buffet Columbia Ballroom
8:30 a.m. - Noon

General Session

Welcome Remarks
Eric Best, General Manager/Partner, Bob Hall LLC; Chairman of the Board, NBWA
President's Remarks
Craig Purser, President & CEO, NBWA
Warehouse Visits: Showcasing the System
Laurie Knight, Executive Vice President, Government Affairs, NBWA
State of the States
Reid Wilson, Washington Post Political Analyst
Highlighting Economic and Commercial Value
Lester Jones, Chief Economist, NBWA
Rebecca Spicer, Senior Vice President, Communications & Public Affairs, NBWA
Inside the Industry
Moderator: Craig Purser
John Bodnovich, Executive Director, American Beverage Licensees
Bill Earle, President, National Association of Beverage Importers
Jim McGreevy, President and CEO, Beer Institute
Bob Pease, CEO, Brewers Association
Next Generation Group Update
Adam Vitale, President, G & M Distributors Inc.; Chairman, Next Generation Group
Conversation With Tom Long
Tom Long, CEO, MillerCoors LLC
Craig Purser
Concluding Remarks
Eric Best and Craig Purser
Regency Ballroom
Noon - 1:30 p.m. Networking Luncheon Columbia Ballroom & Capitol Room
Noon - 2:00 p.m. Next Generation Group Luncheon (By Invitation Only) Johnny's Half Shell
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. Distributor Member Meeting (NBWA Distributor Members Only - Ticket Required) Regency Ballroom
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. State Coordination Meetings  
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Distributor Reception Article One - Hyatt Lobby Level
Tues., April 28    
7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Registration Desk Open Regency Foyer
7:00 - 8:00 a.m. Breakfast Buffet Columbia Ballroom
8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Legislative Briefing

Opening Remarks
Eric Best and Craig Purser
Featured Speakers
Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (ND)
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (UT)
Regency Ballroom
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Capitol Hill Visits  
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Chairman's Circle Reception (By Invitation Only) Congressional A
6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Cheers: A Celebration of Beer & Food

Eastern Market

Wed., April 29    
8:00 a.m. - Noon Registration Desk Open Regency Foyer
9:00 a.m. - Noon Capitol Hill Visits  


Media Registration

To request media credentials and registration for the conference, please email NBWA Editorial Assistant Sara Neiman at sneiman@nbwa.org with your name, title, publication and full contact information. Read the full media guidelines here.

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For further information, please contact the Membership and Meetings Department at 800-300-6417.