Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission

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The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission is created under Iowa Code 123.5 (external link) 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 chairperson or when any three members file a written request for hearing with the chairperson. The Commission acts as a policy-making body and serve in an advisory capacity to the 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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Commission Members

Gary Nystrom - Chairperson

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.

Rachel Eubank - Vice Chair

Rachel Eubank was appointed by former Governor Terry E. Branstad to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission and began her first term on May 1, 2015. Currently the president of Sticks, Inc., Commissioner Eubank has served as a volunteer with many organizations, including Chrysalis, the 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 Lueneburg in Germany. She is a native of Des Moines and currently resides there with her husband and three young children. Commissioner Eubank's current term will expire on April 30, 2025. 

John Pauli - Secretary

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, 2026.

Jay Wilson - Member

Jay Wilson was appointed by former Governor Terry E. Branstad to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission and began his first term on May 1, 2013. Commissioner Wilson is the vice president of wine and spirits for Hy-Vee. He was selected as one of six Market Watch Leaders in 2009 by Market Watch magazine. He also started an online wine study program in 2006, intended for employees to increase their wine knowledge and improve performance. Once completing the online program, the employee is a Certified Hy-Vee Wine Specialist. Commissioner Wilson's current term will expire on April 30, 2023.

Sara Winkleman - Member

Sara Winkleman was appointed by Governor Kim Reynolds to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission and began her first term on May 1, 2022. Commissioner Winkleman is the founder and owner of S & B Farms Distillery in Bancroft, IA. She was named 2019 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year by America’s Small Business Development Center - Iowa. She is also involved with veteran causes and her own nonprofit, Beyond the Still. She resides in Bancroft with her husband, Brian, and two children. Commissioner Winkleman's current term will expire on April 30, 2027.