Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Chairman J. Neal Insley has been selected as co-winner of the inaugural Leadership in Alcohol Regulation Award from the Center for Alcohol Policy (CAP). The award, designed to recognize best practices by alcohol regulators who oversee the alcohol industry and promote public safety, was presented to Insley yesterday by Jerry Oliver, CAP Advisory Council member and former Arizona alcohol regulator, during CAP’s Alcohol Law Symposium at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C.
“I am extremely honored to be selected for this award by such a prestigious organization. This is one of the high points of my career,” said Insley. “I accept this recognition on behalf of the dedicated men and women at ABC who work diligently each day to protect and serve the public through alcohol regulation and enforcement,” he said.
“J. Neal Insley was appointed to his current position with the Virginia ABC in 2010 when he immediately began focusing on a ‘progressive control’ model of leadership, which strived to balance growth in business and state revenue while positively impacting the health and public safety of Virginia communities,” said Oliver. “Under his leadership, numerous illegal alcohol operations – those creating ‘moonshine’ – have been stopped, which has helped state revenues and public health. In addition, Chairman Insley initiated and oversaw the first comprehensive review of ABC regulations since the mid-1990s. The review updated the provisions by removing many obsolete references and consequently made the regulations more pertinent and relevant to today’s marketplace.”
Oliver added, “In July 2012, Chairman Insley assumed the role of Chairman of the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, taking the leadership he’d shown in Virginia to a national level. From operational improvements to industry collaboration, to a focus on education and prevention, Chairman Insley has demonstrated leadership and excellence in his role as an alcohol regulator.”
Insley shared the award with Gloria L. Materre, executive director of the Illinois Liquor Control Commission, who was recognized for vastly improving its customer service to the thousands of liquor license holders across the state, while ensuring compliance and licensing regulations are upheld and enforced. She also worked with the legislature and has been a strong advocate for laws that help prevent underage drinking and a law that ensures a clear separation of the tiers in the independent three-tier distribution system in Illinois.
“This award highlights effective best practices that may serve as examples to alcohol regulators in other states,” said Oliver.
The Center for Alcohol Policy’s mission is to educate policymakers, regulators and the public about alcohol, its uniqueness and regulation. By conducting sound research and implementing initiatives that will maintain the appropriate state-based regulation of alcohol, CAP promotes safe and responsible consumption of alcohol, fights underage drinking and drunk driving and informs key entities and the public about the effects of alcohol consumption.
The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing $1.7 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 344 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees 16,000 ABC licensed establishments while the Hearings and Appeals Division considers more than 700 cases each year. The agency also provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Now in its 80th year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.
ABC Chairman Wins National Leadership Award for Alcohol Regulation