Iowa ABD's Larson to Chair National Alcohol Control Association
For immediate release – Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Contact: Robert Bailey – 515.725.2260
Stephen Larson, Administrator of the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division, assumed the chairmanship of the National Alcohol Beverages Control Association (NABCA) on Thursday, May 21 as part of that organization’s Annual Meeting. His term will last a year.
In his acceptance speech, Larson identified the theme for his chairmanship, “Collaboration Creates Opportunity,” and stressed that, by working with policy makers, other regulators and the adult beverages industry, state alcohol control authorities can more effectively adapt to the many changes and trends occurring in the industry.
Nationally, seventeen states, including Iowa, are the sole wholesalers of liquor and spirits within their jurisdictions. Several states continue to manage and maintain retail outlets for sale to the public and others, such as Iowa, have transitioned to privately-owned liquor outlets.
As NABCA chairman, Larson will oversee various missions focused on contemporary issues such as the sale and distribution of alcohol in today’s marketplace, the continued growth of craft producers, new products like powdered alcohol and how best to operate within the framework of the 3-tier system established following the repeal of prohibition in 1933.
As he spoke of the importance of customer service, Larson said, “It is our job to work together and give them a responsible, modern, convenient and efficient retail or wholesale experience.”
The NABCA Annual Meeting is a dynamic event attended by representatives of the alcohol beverages industry and leaders in public health and prevention in addition to delegates from all 17 states and several Canadian provinces, all of which control the sale of alcohol in their respective jurisdictions.
Larson, a native of West Burlington and a graduate of William Penn University, has spent more than 31 years in public service. In 2010, he was appointed as Administrator of the Iowa ABD and was reappointed to another four-year term by Governor Terry E. Branstad in 2014.
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The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division serves Iowans through the responsible regulation, licensing and distribution of alcohol while providing opportunities for development and education for industry members. Visit the Iowa ABD online at IowaABD.com.