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As the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control transitions to an Authority, a new leadership structure has begun to take shape. While a five-member, part-time board will officially take the helm on July 1, 2018, new board members have already been appointed to serve in the interim. Additionally, Gov. Ralph Northam has appointed Travis Hill as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority, which became effective Monday, January 15.

The governor appointed former Chairman of the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Jeff Painter, to continue his service to the Commonwealth as chair of the authority's board of directors. Gov. Northam also appointed Mark Rubin to serve on the authority board of directors.

During the transition period leading up to July 1, Maria Everett and Beth Hungate-Noland were appointed to fill two of the positions on the department board. Everett will serve as chair of the department board. By virtue of their serving on the department board, Everett and Hungate-Noland will also serve on the authority board of directors. There is one remaining department board appointment to be made by the governor.

Virginia ABC Board

Jeff Painter

Jeff Painter serves as Chair of the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Authority Board. Painter has chaired Virginia ABC's Board of Commissioners since his appointment to that position by Governor McAuliffe in April 2014, after serving as commissioner since January 2014.

On his watch as chairman, Painter has led the agency through significant changes that have resulted in improved services and efficiencies, including the current transition to an authority structure. Since 2014, ABC's annual gross sales have grown from $800 million to $940 million, more than a 17.5 percent increase. In this same time period the agency opened 27 new retail stores, relocated 31 and remodeled 25. Painter is currently serving as chair-elect for the National Alcoholic Beverage Control Association.

Painter has more than 20 years of senior executive leadership experience in the public and private sectors, including serving as Virginia ABC's Legislative and Regulatory Coordinator from 2006 to 2008 and Chief Administrative Officer from 2008 to 2010. His other service includes Executive Director of the Virginia League of Conservation Voters and owner of Property Partners, a small business managing and investing in vacation properties. A native of Page County, Painter received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Emory and Henry College.

Maria J. K Everett

Maria Everett 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.

Beth Hungate-Noland

Beth Hungate-Noland has been 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

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.

Executive Team

Travis Hill

As Chief Executive Officer, Travis Hill serves as the head of the ABC Authority and works with the newly appointed five-member Authority Board to set the course and strategic objectives for the Authority. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Hill served as Virginia ABC's Chief Operating Officer after being appointed to that position by Governor McAuliffe in October 2015.

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. He continues to lead the agency through its transition from an agency to an authority structure.

Before arriving at ABC, Hill previously served as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry, having been appointed by Governor McAuliffe in January 2014 after serving in the same capacity under Governor McDonnell since July 2011. Prior to that, Hill worked eight years 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.

Cort Kirkley

Cort Kirkley is Virginia ABC Authority’s Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). As CAO, Kirkley oversees the Human Resources, Finance and Procurement divisions and reports to Chief Executive Officer Travis Hill. Prior to joining Virginia ABC he served as Chief Operating Officer for the Medical Society of Virginia. While at the Medical Society Kirkley also served as Chief Finance Officer for the MSV Foundation, the MSV Political Action Committee and MSV Insurance Agency. During 2014 he served as MSV's interim CEO. Prior to working at the Medical Society, Kirkley was CFO and Director of Administration of the Rockbridge Community Services Board in Lexington, which serves as a contractor to the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. Kirkley is a Certified Public Accountant with an undergraduate degree in business from Trinity University and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School at Northwestern University. He also has an accounting degree from the VCU School of Business.

William Edward (Eddie) Wirt

William Edward (Eddie) Wirt serves as Chief Communications and Research Officer at Virginia ABC Authority. Wirt began his career at Virginia ABC as a Senior Analyst in 2001. He worked his way up to the Policy and Planning Manager, serving from 2009 to 2012, followed by the Director of Policy, Planning and Education at Virginia ABC before taking his current role as the Chief Communications and Research Officer in 2013. In this role, Wirt oversees the Policy, Planning and Analysis section, Digital and Web Unit, Communications Division, Marketing Division and Education and Prevention Section. He is also responsible for strategic planning and agency-wide performance measures, and is a member of Portfolio Steering Committee, Real Estate Committee and Product Management Committee. Wirt has attended the Virginia Executive Institute at VCU with the Performance Management Group in 2013 and the Commonwealth Management Institute at Virginia Commonwealth University with the Performance Management Group in 2010. 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 education includes an undergraduate degree in marketing and business law and a technology-focused Masters in Business Administration, with both degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Paul Williams

Paul Williams serves as Virginia ABC Authority’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). Prior to joining Virginia ABC, 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 portfolio steering committee to manage the authority’s portfolio of projects and created an IT strategy and roadmap for Virginia ABC systems. He serves as a communications portal between the Board and agency leadership and the IT division. Williams received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Computing from the University of Aston in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

Board Meetings

Please refer to the Commonwealth Calendar for a schedule of upcoming Virginia ABC Board meetings.
View the minutes for recent ABC Board meetings.