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ABC Chairman Jeffrey Painter

May 31, 2017

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Virginia ABC Chairman Chosen for National Leadership Role

The National Alcohol Beverage Control Association, Inc. (NABCA) Board of Directors voted Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Chairman Jeffrey Painter to serve as its chairman-elect on May 22. Painter, who has been a member of the NABCA Board of Directors since 2014, assumed responsibilities of this position on May 24 during the association’s annual conference, when former chair-elect Andrew J. Deloney, administrative commissioner to the Michigan Liquor Control Commission (MLCC), became the board’s chairman.

“I am honored to have been selected for a leadership role in this vital association,” said Painter. “I look forward to contributing substantively to its efforts to support member jurisdictions as we strive to protect public health and safety and ensure responsible and efficient systems for beverage alcohol distribution and sales.”

Headquartered in Alexandria, NABCA is the national association representing control state systems—those jurisdictions that directly control the distribution and sale of beverage alcohol within their borders. The association serves its members as an information clearinghouse and as liaison to federal, state and local governments, research and advocacy groups, and other organizations impacting alcohol policy.

“Mr. Painter has served as chairman or vice chairman of nearly all of NABCA’s committees,” said NABCA President and Chief Executive Officer Jim Sgueo. “His active participation and dedicated service on the NABCA board will allow the association to continue the forward momentum in serving its members and providing them with the mentoring for success in the scope of their role in the control state systems we represent and serve.”

In addition to his new role with NABCA, Painter will remain in his full-time role as chairman of Virginia ABC where he has served since his appointment by Governor Terry McAuliffe in 2014. The agency sets the standard and has been recognized as one of the most modern, efficient and profitable state-operated liquor systems in the nation.

With gross sales of nearly $897.8 million in fiscal year 2016, Virginia ABC marked its 18th consecutive record-breaking year for sales and profit transfers. During that period, the agency sent more than $433 million in total contributions to Virginia’s General Fund, and has contributed more than $9.5 billion to the General Fund since its inception in 1934. Virginia ABC operates 365 retail stores and oversees more than 17,000 ABC-licensed establishments throughout the commonwealth.


The Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $1.8 billion to the general fund in the last five years. The agency currently operates 365 state stores. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees more than 17,000 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 marking its 83rd year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its control, service and revenue mission.

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