A five-member, part-time board and Chief Executive Officer Travis Hill, all appointed by Gov. Ralph Northam, provide leadership for the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority.
Virginia ABC Board of Directors
Maria J. K. Everett
Maria Everett serves as chair of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority Board. She was formerly a senior attorney at the Division of Legislative Services and director of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council. She staffed legislative committees including serving as counsel to the
House Committee on General Laws. She has drafted legislation impacting the regulation and sale of alcoholic beverages,
including the Authority legislation. She also drafted and analyzed legislation around state procurement and public
disclosure. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Tech and a Juris Doctor degree from the George
Mason University School of Law.
William “Bill” Euille is the chief executive officer of The Euille Group, LLC, in Alexandria, a business development consulting firm. He served as mayor of Alexandria from 2003-2016 after first being elected to the city council in 1994. He began his career as an accountant with an Alexandria construction company, advancing to vice president/controller. In 1987, he formed WM. D. Euille & Associates, a construction services firm. Euille earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Conn. His numerous community affairs roles include the William D. Euille Foundation; and serving on the boards of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority; the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA), and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership.
Gregory F. Holland
Greg Holland has been a litigator in Virginia for nearly 40 years, specializing in personal injury and insurance law. He is a member and past president of the Bar Association of the City of Richmond. He served on the Judicial Nominations Committee of the Virginia State Bar year for three years, the last year as co-chair. Holland has been chosen a Virginia Super Lawyer for more than ten years. Since 2013, he has been selected each year for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in four categories. Holland graduated from Hampden-Sydney College and earned his law degree at the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law.
Beth Hungate-Noland serves as vice chair of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority Board and is a managing director at Markel Corporation. Prior to joining the Richmond-based diverse financial holding company in 2018, she was a partner at the law firm of Williams Mullen where she specialized in corporate law and governance. She earned a B.A. degree in criminal justice from Roanoke College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Armstrong Atlantic State University. She received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Richmond School of Law.
Mark Rubin is the executive director of the Virginia Center for Consensus Building at Virginia Commonwealth University
and a member of the McCammon Group. He is a former senior advisor and counselor for then-governor Tim Kaine.
He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and earned his Juris Doctor
degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Chief Executive Officer
As CEO, Travis Hill serves as the head of Virginia ABC and works with the five-member board of directors to set the course and strategic objectives for the authority. He has also lead ABC through its transition from an agency to an authority structure. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Hill served as Virginia ABC's chief operating officer after being appointed to that position by Gov. McAuliffe in October 2014. During his time as COO, Hill focused on increased revenue, a modernization of business practices and agency infrastructure and enhancing regulatory service provided by the Bureau of Law Enforcement. Before arriving at ABC, Hill previously served as deputy secretary of agriculture and forestry, having been appointed by Gov. McAuliffe in January 2014 after serving in the same capacity under Gov. McDonnell since July 2011. Prior to that, Hill worked as an attorney in the Richmond office of Williams Mullen representing a wide variety of clients before the Virginia General Assembly, the State Corporation Commission and other regulatory bodies, including Virginia ABC. Hill received both his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Deputy Secretary to the Board
As deputy secretary to the board, Chris Curtis supports the CEO and ABC’s board of directors in the daily operation of the authority to include developing legislative, regulatory and policy proposals. His career with Virginia ABC spans more than four decades. He started with Virginia ABC as a store clerk while he pursued an undergraduate degree in political science at Virginia Tech. After graduating, he accepted a position as a special agent in ABC’s Bureau of Law Enforcement. For nearly 30 years, Curtis held various positions within the bureau, including director until retiring from law enforcement in 2005. He then served as a regional program director at the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation’s National Center for Alcohol Law Enforcement until returning to Virginia ABC in 2011 as deputy secretary to the board. In 2018, Curtis received the Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award from the Center for Alcohol Policy for his experience in the fair and proper regulation of the alcohol industry, the promotion of public health and safety, and the support of a competitive business marketplace.
Government Affairs Officer and General Counsel
John Daniel is Virginia ABC’s government affairs officer and general counsel. In this role, Daniel collaborates with and serves as an advisor to Virginia ABC’s CEO and executive team members through the analysis and interpretation of laws and government policies, considering their potential impact to the authority. Daniel manages the authority’s hearings division, the office of legal counsel, and the legislative and fiscal policy officer. Daniel acts as a liaison between the Virginia General Assembly and the authority. Prior to joining ABC in 2018, Daniel served as a deputy attorney general for Virginia. He began his career with the Division of Legislative Services and the Office of the Attorney General and has also served as Virginia’s deputy secretary of commerce and trade. Most notably, in 1986, Daniel was appointed by then-Gov. Gerald Baliles as the commonwealth’s first secretary of natural resources. Daniel has also held positions in the private sector, working for several law firms including McGuireWoods, Williams Mullen and Mays, Valentine (now Troutman Sanders). Daniel earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Richmond.
Chief Retail Operations Officer
Mark Dunham serves as Virginia ABC’s chief retail operations officer, directing retail operations, warehouse/logistics, real estate and marketing teams. He oversees a staff of approximately 1,000 full-time and more than 3,000 part-time employees and an annual operating budget of nearly $174 million while generating more than $1 billion in revenue. Prior to joining ABC in 2016 as the director of logistics, Dunham had a 25-year career with Southern States Cooperative where he served in many capacities including retail store manager, project manager and business analyst, and in management positions overseeing master data, customer service, wholesale operations and distribution. Dunham has also served as president of the American Production and Inventory Control Society Richmond chapter, a professional association for supply chain management and a provider of research, education and certification programs. He earned his bachelor’s degree in public management from The State University of New York Polytechnic Institute.
Chief Administrative Officer
A. Jerome Fowlkes serves as Virginia ABC’s chief administrative officer, providing oversight for the authority’s finance and accounting, human resources and procurement divisions. Prior to joining ABC in 2019, Fowlkes was the director of agency services at the Farm Credit Administration. Before that, he provided a variety of financial consulting, analysis and management services for several public and private entities including the U.S. Small Business Administration, BIA Capital Strategies LLC, and the Federal Communications Commission. Fowlkes has also managed financial portfolios first as assistant vice president at Bank of America, and as vice president at SunTrust Bank. In addition to his work in finance, Fowlkes owned Great Clips franchise operations in Ashburn and Manassas, earning regional awards for operating excellence for the Ashburn salon. Fowlkes earned his Bachelor of Science degree from the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. He completed the American Business Association Stonier Graduate School of Banking program and holds an MBA from The College of William and Mary.
Chief Law Enforcement Officer
Thomas Kirby serves as chief law enforcement officer where he provides leadership and oversight for Virginia ABC’s Bureau of Law Enforcement. Chief Kirby has served in law enforcement for nearly 30 years. He began his career as a local police officer in Newport News and Hampton where he worked for nine years before joining Virginia ABC in 2001 as a special agent in the bureau’s Hampton and Richmond regional offices. He was promoted to assistant special agent in charge for the Richmond region in 2009 and to special agent in charge of a newly created Fredericksburg region in 2012. Chief Kirby also served as the special agent in charge of the Hampton region. In 2014, he was promoted to regional agent in charge, leading four regional offices and the bureau’s special operations unit. Two years later he was appointed to the position of deputy chief of field operations, and in 2018 he was named chief. His academic accomplishments include associate and bachelor’s degrees in criminology from St. Leo University and a graduate certificate from the University of Virginia. Chief Kirby is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and the University of Richmond's Professional Executive Leadership program. In 2019, he was elected to serve on the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association’s board of directors and is currently the secretary/treasurer.
Chief Information Officer
Paul Williams serves as Virginia ABC’s chief information officer. Prior to joining ABC in 2015, Williams was an interim CIO for Bowlmor AMF, the largest operator of bowling centers in the world. Before that, he served as CIO or vice president of information technology for several other companies including children’s clothing retailer, The Children’s Place, and Alvarez & Marsal Holdings Inc. Since joining Virginia ABC, Williams has restructured the information technology department into core functions for better efficiency, created a steering committee to manage the authority’s portfolio of projects and created a technology strategy and roadmap for Virginia ABC systems. Williams received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and computing from the University of Aston in Birmingham, United Kingdom.
Chief Communications and Research Officer
W. (Eddie) Wirt serves as chief communications and research officer at Virginia ABC. Wirt began his career at Virginia ABC in 2001 and has worked in various capacities within research and planning, policy analysis and education before taking his current role in 2013. In this role, Wirt oversees the research and planning section, digital and web unit, communications division, and education and prevention section. He is also responsible for strategic planning and agency-wide performance measures, and is a member of the portfolio steering, real estate and product management committees. Between positions at Virginia ABC, Wirt was the deputy director of business research at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles from 2006 to 2009. Wirt’s academic accomplishments include an undergraduate degree in marketing and business law and a technology-focused MBA, both from Virginia Commonwealth University. Wirt has also attended both the Virginia Executive Institute and Commonwealth Management Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University.
Please refer to the Commonwealth Calendar for a schedule of upcoming Virginia ABC Board meetings and for minutes of past meetings.