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Leadership

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.

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 with the completion of the transition to an authority in 2018.

Virginia ABC Board

Jeff Painter

Jeffrey Painter

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

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.

 

Gregory Holland

Gregory Holland

Gregory F. Holland

A partner at Setliff Law in Glen Allen, Gregory Holland has been a litigator in Virginia for more than 35 years, specializing in personal injury, insurance law and mass tort litigation. He is a member and past president of the Bar Association of the City of Richmond, Virginia State Bar, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys and Defense Research Institute. He was named to the Virginia Super Lawyers list from 2006-2007 and 2010-2017. Holland graduated cum laude from Hampden-Sydney College and earned his Juris Doctor degree at the University of Richmond T.C. Williams School of Law.

 

Beth Hungate-Noland

Beth Hungate-Noland

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

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

Travis Hill

Chief Executive Officer

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 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. 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.

 

John Daniel

John Daniel

Government Affairs Officer

John Daniel is Virginia ABC’s Government Affairs Officer (GAO). In this role, Daniel collaborates with and serves as an advisor to Virginia ABC’s Chief Executive Officer 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 Legal Liaison Office and the Legislative and Fiscal Policy Officer. Daniel acts as a liaison between the Virginia General Assembly and the authority. He advises on internal policies, plans and programs to ensure consistency with corresponding government regulations and laws.

Prior to joining Virginia ABC, Daniel served as a Deputy Attorney General for Virginia where, among other things, he supervised the legal services provided to Virginia ABC. 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.

Following that, Daniel transitioned into the private sector, working for several law firms including McGuireWoods where he worked for nearly a decade, serving as counsel and later being named partner. He subsequently worked as a partner at Mays, Valentine (now Troutman Sanders) and also at Williams Mullen. During his time in the private sector, Daniel represented Virginia ABC licensees at hearings before the agency’s board.

Daniel earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Andrews Presbyterian College. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Richmond.

 

Jerome Fowlkes, CAO Virginia ABC

Jerome Fowlkes

Chief Administrative Officer

Alphonso Jerome Fowlkes serves as Virginia ABC Authority’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 a Master of Business Administration degree from The College of William and Mary.

 

Tom Kirby

Thomas Kirby

Chief Law Enforcement Officer

Thomas Kirby serves as Chief Law Enforcement Officer at the Virginia ABC Authority where he provides leadership and oversight for the agency’s Bureau of Law Enforcement.

Chief Kirby has served in a law enforcement capacity 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, he accepted a position as an ABC Special Agent and worked out of 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.

Chief Kirby’s educational accomplishments include associate and bachelor degrees in criminology from St. Leo University and a graduate certificate from the University of Virginia. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy (FBINA) and the University of Richmond's Professional Executive Leadership Program (PELS).

 

Jeff Reeder

Jeff Reeder

Chief Retail Operations Officer

Jeff Reeder is Virginia ABC’s Chief Retail Operations Officer (CROO). Reeder oversees Virginia ABC’s Logistics, Retail Operations, Marketing and Real Estate divisions. In this role, Reeder manages retail performance and seeks to optimize Virginia ABC’s store network and create an exceptional customer experience. Prior to joining the authority, Reeder served as Director of Gasoline and Retail Operations for Virginia-based Davis Oil Company. He previously served as Executive Director of Retail for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a federally recognized Native American tribe. In addition he worked for 14 years as a marketing manager for 7-Eleven where he functioned as Chief Executive Officer of a 100-store, $150-million business unit. Reeder earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Lynchburg College. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree with a concentration in operational efficiency from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania.

 

Paul Williams

Paul Williams

Chief Information Officer

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.

 

Eddie Wirt

Eddie Wirt

Chief Communications and Research Officer

W. (Eddie) Wirt serves as Chief Communications and Research Officer at Virginia ABC Authority. Wirt began his career at Virginia ABC in 2001 and has worked in various capacities within Research & Planning, Policy Analysis and Education 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, 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 attended the Virginia Executive Institute at VCU with the Performance Management Group in 2013 and the Commonwealth Management Institute 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.

Board Meetings

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