Following more than 12 years of service to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the last nine leading Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC), Travis G. Hill has informed Governor Glenn Youngkin of his decision to step down as ABC chief executive officer.
Hill was first appointed to Virginia ABC in 2014 as its chief operating officer when it was a state agency. During Hill’s tenure at Virginia ABC, the organization transformed from a state department to an independent authority, and Hill was appointed its first CEO in 2018. As part of the transformation, Virginia ABC undertook investments to modernize its technology systems, build a new central office and distribution center, and reform its licensing structure.
Over the last nine years, Virginia ABC transferred over $4 billion to the commonwealth in profits and tax collections. Industry publications have recognized ABC as a control state organization leading in innovation, education and enforcement. In its regulatory capacity, the National Liquor Law Enforcement Association (NLLEA) recognized ABC as the Alcohol Law Enforcement Agency of the Year in 2018 and 2021. Hill also contributed to the national conversation on alcohol regulation, serving on the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA) Executive Committee, most recently as its president.
“It has been an honor to be a part of reimagining and innovating Virginia ABC in service to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Together, through dedicated staff and board members, we built a modernized authority that generated significant revenue for Virginia while supporting businesses and fulfilling a commitment to public safety through streamlined regulatory service. While I am excited to write the next chapter in my career, I know the Authority is well positioned to play an integral role in continuing to make Virginia a great place to live, work and raise a family.”
“Over the past nine years, Travis has helped ABC navigate the complex transition from a department to an authority, led the push to modernize operations and established a new state-of-the-art distribution center,” said ABC Board Chairman Tim Hugo. “Under his leadership, ABC has significantly increased its contribution to the Virginia General Fund for important programs and services for all Virginians. ABC and Virginia will always owe Travis Hill a great debt for his outstanding tenure at the helm. Given the importance of ABC’s continued success for all Virginians, the authority will initiate a nationwide search for a replacement to continue its progress and momentum.”
The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority (ABC) is a major source of revenue for the commonwealth, contributing more than $2.7 billion to the general fund in the last five years. Virginia ABC currently operates 397 state stores and provides alcohol education and prevention programs for people of all ages. Its Bureau of Law Enforcement oversees approximately 19,000 ABC licensed establishments. Now marking its 89th year, ABC remains committed to progress and innovation in carrying out its vision of bringing good spirits and excellent service to Virginia.
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