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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Gary Nystrom - Chairperson
Gary Nystrom was appointed to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission May 1, 2014, by Governor Terry E. Branstad. Commissioner Nystrom became a partner in Pritchard Brothers Plumbing, Heating and Cooling in 1974 and is currently President of the company. He is a lifelong resident of Boone where he is serving his second four-year term as a City Councilman. He currently serves as Chairman of the Utility Committee and member of the Economic Committee. Commissioner Nystrom's term will expire in April of 2019, and he will be eligible for a second 5-year appointment.
Rachel Eubank - VICE-CHAIR
Rachel Eubank was appointed to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission May 1, 2015 by Governor Terry E. Branstad. Currently the President of Sticks, Inc., she has served as a volunteer with many organizations, including Chrysalis, I Have a Dream Foundation, the Des Moines Art Center and the 20/30 Society. She is a graduate of the University of Iowa and the University of Lueneburg in Germany. She is a native of Des Moines and currently resides there with her husband and three young children. Commissioner Eubank's term will expire in April of 2020 and she will be eligible for a second, 5-year appointment.
John Pauli- SECRETARY
John Pauli was appointed to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission on May 1, 2016. Commissioner Pauli is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin at Platteville and Drake University. He has served on the Carroll County Conservation Board, is a member of Ducks Unlimited and is the coach of the Carroll Area Shooting Club. He is a project engineer with Pella Corporation in Carroll. Commissioner Pauli's term will expire in April, 2021 and he will be eligible for a second 5-year appointment.
Christine Spratt was appointed to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission May 1, 2017, by Governor Terry E. Branstad. She is the General Manager and Vice-President of Golden Eagle Distributing in Mt. Pleasant. She resides in Burlington, Iowa and her term will expire in April 2022 where she will be eligible for a second 5-year appointment.