Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission
The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission is created under Iowa Code section 123.5 and is comprised of five members appointed by the governor subject to confirmation by the senate. Commissioners are appointed for 5-year staggered terms and are chosen on the basis of managerial ability and experience as business executives. Commissioners are eligible for one 5-year reappointment.
The Commission is required by law to meet by July 1 of each year at the call of the commission chairman or chairwoman or when any three members file a written request for hearing with the chairman or chairwoman. The Commission acts as a policy-making body and serves in an advisory capacity to the Division administrator. Commissioners may review, affirm, reverse or amend all actions of the administrator in the wholesaling of liquor and in the licensing and regulating of Iowa’s alcoholic beverages industry.
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Christine Spratt - Chairperson
Jay Wilson - Vice Chair
Gary Nystrom - Secretary
Gary Nystrom was appointed by former Governor Terry E. Branstad to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission and began his first term on May 1, 2014. Commissioner Nystrom has been in business in the private sector, becoming a partner at Pritchard Brothers Plumbing-Heating & Cooling in 1974. He is a lifelong resident of Boone, where he is joined by his wife, two grown children, and five grandchildren. He has always been active in the Boone community, from serving on the City Council to volunteer work. He is seated on various committees and boards both locally and at the state level. Commissioner Nystrom's current term will expire on April 30, 2024.
John Pauli was appointed by former Governor Terry E. Branstad to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission and began his first term on May 1, 2016. Commissioner Pauli is an engineer with Pella Windows Corporation in Carroll. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Platteville (Industrial Engineering) and Drake University (MBA). He is a past member and Chairman of the Carroll County Conservation Board and has served in a number of volunteer positions in the community, including serving as the coach for the local trap shooting team. Commissioner Pauli's current term will expire on April 30, 2021. He will be eligible for a second five-year term.