2015-2016 Leadership

December 1933

21st Amendment Ratified, Prohibition Ended


December 5, 2017 marks 84 years since the United States ratified the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and paved the way for the modern three-tier beverage alcohol system.

Michelle Korsmo
President and CEO

Michelle L. Korsmo is president and chief executive officer of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA), the national trade association representing the wholesale tier of the wine and spirits industry. Founded in 1943, WSWA has more than 370 member companies that employ over 74,000 workers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. WSWA members distribute more than 80 percent of all wine and spirits sold at wholesale in the U.S. delivering the widest variety and choice of beverage alcohol anywhere in the world.

Korsmo joined WSWA after serving seven years as head of the American Land Title Association (ALTA), the national trade association for real estate settlement services and the land title industry. Among other accomplishments, under her leadership ALTA doubled both its membership and revenues, and tripled fundraising for its industry PAC.

Prior to ALTA, Korsmo served as executive vice president of the Americans for Prosperity Foundation. She was previously deputy chief of staff at the U.S. Department of Labor. In that role, she managed agency heads, served as a member of the budget committee, exercised approval authority on all official action to be published in the Federal Register, and developed an outreach program to the non-profit community.

Following her education at North Dakota State University, Korsmo started her career as a business owner in her home state of North Dakota, where she built a public advocacy and political consulting firm representing a consortium of organizations before the North Dakota Legislature.

She lives in Georgetown with her husband and three daughters.

Kalia Sokos
Executive Assistant to the President and CEO

Kalia Sokos is the Executive Assistant to the President and CEO for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA).

Prior to joining WSWA, Kalia served as the Director of Operations/Scheduler for Congresswoman Barbara Comstock (R-VA) from 2017-2018 and Comstock for Congress where she served as Director of Absentee Voting and GOTV Operations in 2016.

Prior to her work on Capitol Hill, Kalia served as the Chief of Staff to Virginia State Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. from 2012-2017. Kalia began her career in public service as the Communications and Community Outreach Director for Braddock District Supervisor John C. Cook in 2011.

Kalia graduated with a degree in Government and International Politics from George Mason University. She is a native of Athens, Greece and currently living in Alexandria, VA.

Jo Moak
Senior Vice President and General Counsel | Director of WSWA Educational Foundation 

Jo Moak is Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA). She manages internal corporate legal matters, advises on legal and regulatory issues facing wholesalers at both the state and federal levels, is the point person for special projects, and manages the WSWA Educational Foundation.

Prior to joining WSWA, Jo was an associate with Hogan Lovells LLC and Darby & Darby P.C., where she had experience litigating various intellectual property disputes in federal court, including cases regarding trademark, patent, and copyright infringement; unfair competition; and defamation. Additionally, she had experience in various transactional matters, including drafting and negotiating contracts for the commercialization of intellectual property and technology. She also counseled clients on brand protection and clearance issues. Prior to her law career, Jo worked abroad in Europe and Asia.

Jo received her law degree in from the Washington College of Law at American University in Washington, D.C. and her undergraduate degree in English from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, three children, and Golden Retriever.

Dawson Hobbs
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs

Dawson Hobbs is the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA), and oversees the association’s state, federal and regulatory government affairs team. He joined the association in 2006 as Vice President, State Affairs.

In his tenure at WSWA, Dawson has testified before legislative and regulatory bodies in dozens of states and has established extensive relationships with governors, attorneys general, alcohol regulators and industry officials around the country.

A graduate of Texas A&M University with more than 18 years of state government affairs experience Dawson has been an active participant in numerous state legislative battles and has developed relationships with policymakers from across the country. He currently uses that experience to promote WSWA’s positions in support of the three-tier system and effective state regulation of beverage alcohol.

Prior to joining WSWA, Dawson spent seven years working for the National Rifle Association.

Catherine McDaniel
Vice President, Federal Affairs | Director of Women's Leadership Council

Catherine McDaniel is the Vice President, Federal Affairs for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA). Catherine joined WSWA in 2007 and is responsible for the strategic development and growth manager of WSWA-PAC, the political arm of WSWA. Catherine serves as a federal lobbyist and advocate on Capitol Hill. In addition to her important PAC work, she is tasked with managing WSWA’s wholesaler member grass roots activities as well as ongoing political branding activities.

Catherine has re-branded WSWA-PAC, travelled the country educating WSWA membership on the benefits of WSWA-PAC participation and implementing PAC payroll deduction among member companies. Under her tenure, Catherine has increased WSWA’s political presence in Washington by growing WSWA-PAC as a respected Top 15 trade association PAC with receipts equaling $ 2 Million a cycle. Additionally, Catherine participates in a voluntary role as the Vice President of National Association of Businesses Political Action Committee (NABPAC) Executive Committee.

Catherine has been instrumental in establishing a WSWA member-driven initiative called the Women's Leadership Council--a forum for women in wholesale to network, foster relationships with other industry peers and focus on women advancement. Recently, Catherine was named Director, Women's Leadership Council to formalize her role.

Prior to joining WSWA, Catherine worked for the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA) as Director, Legislative and Political Affairs.

Her love for the wine and spirits industry began when she held a part-time position while at OAAA at a wine shop in Arlington, VA called The Curious Grape. For five years, she had onsite training of the wine industry and completed the Society of Wine Educators course. Prior to the OAAA, she worked for Lamar Advertising Corporate headquarters in Baton Rouge, LA in the National Sales/Marketing Department.

Catherine received her Bachelor’s Degree Mass Communication, with minors in marketing and political science from Louisiana State University. She currently resides in Alexandria, VA with her husband, Malloy and three children, Maxwell, Murphy and Vidrine.

Jake Hegeman
Vice President, Legal and Regulatory Affairs

Jake Hegeman is Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA). In this role, Jake works with state and federal regulatory officials on behalf of WSWA and its members. Jake joined WSWA from Stateside Associates, a Virginia based state government affairs firm where he served as Vice President. In this role, Jake managed the company’s regulatory division and worked on advocacy efforts with a wide variety of state regulatory agencies.

Prior to rejoining Stateside Associates, Jake served as National State Liaison at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). As a liaison, Jake worked alongside agency leadership and state agriculture officials to improve regulatory processes and enhance communication and coordination across a range of animal and plant health issues.

Jake previously worked at Stateside Associates from 2004-2008 as Senior Regulatory Counsel where he managed the Regulatory Services Division and managed numerous research and compliance projects in the energy, environment and retail arenas. Jake also helped spearhead a workgroup of state environmental regulators addressing a range of waste and cleanup issues.

Born and raised in upstate New York, Jake earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University and his Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School, both with honors. Jake is a member of the New York State Bar and resides in Washington, D.C.

Ali Gormley
Senior Director, Federal Affairs

Alexandria Gormley is Senior Director, Federal Affairs for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA). Ali serves as a lobbyist for the association with elected officials in both chambers of Congress from both parties.

Ali joined WSWA in 2013, from the office of Rep. Patrick Tiberi (R-Ohio) She began her career in the Congressman’s office in 2007 as a staff assistant and was later promoted to Scheduler and Executive Assistant. A native of Steubenville, Ohio, Ali received her undergraduate degree in Political Science in 2007 from The Ohio State University.

Steve Rebillot
Senior Director, Federal Affairs

Steve Rebillot is Senior Director, Federal Affairs for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA). Steve serves as a lobbyist representing the association to elected officials of both parties in both chambers of congress, as well as to executive branch agencies.

Rebillot joined WSWA from the Associated Builders and Contractors where he lobbied Congress on behalf of the association’s 21,000 member companies. He began his career as an aide to then Congressman, now Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) during his first successful election to the Senate, followed by a period working in the U.S. Senate Chamber under the Senate Sergeant at Arms.

Rebillot later served as a legislative aide to Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) before launching his own consulting company to advise clients - including congressional candidates, lobbying and public affairs firms, and 501(c)(4) organizations - on a wide variety of issues surrounding public policy, federal regulations, and legislation. Clients included: Senate Candidate and current U.S. Small Business Administrator Linda McMahon; the Republican Attorneys General Association; former Georgia Secretary of State, Karen Handel; and former Mayor of Dallas, Tom Leppert, among others.

A native of Georgia, Steve received his degree in Political Science from the University of Georgia, School of Public and International Affairs – recently ranked number one in the world by The Center for World University Rankings. He resides in Washington, DC.

Heather Calio
Senior Director, State Affairs

Heather Calio is Senior Director, State Affairs, for WSWA. She joined the association from the National Rifle Association, where she was a state lobbyist.

She is a native of New York’s Hudson Valley and is a 2008 graduate of Christendom College where she earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science.

Arielle Broussard
Manager, Federal Affairs

Arielle Broussard is Manager, Federal Affairs for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA). She assists with the management of WSWA-PAC, the association's annual legislative fly-in, and ongoing political branding initiatives. Arielle joined WSWA from the American Medical Association's Political Affairs Division, where she helped to support the fundraising efforts and administration of its political action committee (AMPAC). Prior to the AMA, Arielle worked on political campaigns in Alaska and Michigan.

Broussard is a 2013 graduate of Rhodes College where she earned a B.A. in International Studies & Political Science.

Communications and Membership
Communications and Membership


Bob Wiggans
Senior Director, Membership

Bob Wiggans is the Senior Director, Membership for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA). Bob joined WSWA in 2008 and is primarily responsible for servicing WSWA members’ needs, developing value-added member benefits, acting as the primary point of contact for general inquiries to the organization, and oversees projects related to member recruitment and retention as well as organization’s CRM member database.

Over the past seven years, Bob has helped develop a package of value-added member benefits to assist current members and successfully attract a number of new small to mid-size range wholesaler members to join WSWA.

Bob has spent his career in non-profit management and brings to WSWA an extensive résumé in association work, and has earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation granted by the American Society of Association Executives. Prior to joining WSWA, he was Director, Membership and Development at the American Boat and Yacht Council. Prior to that, he held member outreach slots at a wide array of organizations, including: the Council on Foundations; the Building Owners and Managers Association; and the National Spa and Pool Institute.

Bob grew up in southern Connecticut and graduated from the University of Maryland and resides in Annapolis, Maryland with his wife Candy. Their son, Brooks, is a recent graduate of the University of Maryland. He and his wife enjoy all things outdoors including cycling, hiking and sailing.

Cassie Boehm
Manager, Advocacy Communications

Cassie Boehm is the Manager, Advocacy Communications for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA).

Prior to joining WSWA, Cassie most recently served as Communications Director for Rep. Tom Rice (R-S.C.) and worked for Tom Rice for Congress, where she handled the planning and execution of the communications strategy for both his official office and his 2016 re-election campaign.

Before working in the House of Representatives, Cassie was Press Assistant to former Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).

Cassie received her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations & Advertising from Saint Louis University in 2014.

She is a native of Illinois and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Emily Magram
Manager, Communications and Membership

Emily Magram is the Manager, Communications and Membership for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA).

Prior to joining WSWA, Emily was a paralegal at Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP, where she worked with the Advertising practice group to advocate on behalf of clients before the Federal Trade Commission.

Emily received her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies from Syracuse University in 2014.

Emily is a native of Texas and currently lives in Washington, DC.

Cindy Nachman-Senders
Senior Consultant, Meetings and Conventions

Cindy Nachman-Senders is the Senior Consultant, Meetings and Conventions for WSWA. She oversees the meetings and conventions department which is responsible for the planning and execution of the WSWA Annual Convention & Exposition, Fall Membership Meeting, Conference for Leadership Development (CLD), and the State Policy Conference.

Cindy has over 25 years of trade association experience in the meetings and conventions field having worked for the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine and the National Food Processors Association before starting her own firm, CNS Consulting Group, in 2001.

Cindy began working with WSWA in 2001 to re-structure the convention. She re-negotiated existing hotel contracts and introduced the convention sponsorship program as well as the lower-level hospitality suite concept. Recently she negotiated the move of the convention from Bally’s/Paris to the newly expanded Caesars Palace and added two tasting competitions to the convention program.

Cindy holds a Bachelors of Science in Public Health with a minor in marketing from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Kari Langerman
Senior Director, Meetings and Conventions

Kari Langerman is the Senior Director, Meetings and Conventions for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA). Kari joined WSWA in 2005 as the Manager, Meetings & Conventions. Her responsibilities include planning and executing small to medium-sized meetings and events for WSWA as well as selling the exhibit hall space, hospitality suites, Taste of the Industry tables and managing over 300 suppliers for the annual convention.

Prior to joining WSWA, Kari was the Meetings Coordinator for The American Resort Development Association (ARDA) where she not only assisted in planning small educational meetings around the country, but also handled organizing over 50 educational sessions at the annual convention.

Kari received her Masters of Tourism Administration (MTA) from The George Washington University in 2012 and her undergraduate degree in Marketing in 2003, also from The George Washington University.

Kari resides in Woodbridge, Virginia with her husband, Mike and daughter Emma.

Ryann Squier
Manager, Meetings and Conventions

Ryann Squier is the Manager, Meetings and Conventions for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA).

Ryann joins us from North Florida, where she worked for Omni Hotels & Resorts, making her way through the Leader in Development program in Amelia Island, to a Sales Manager in Jacksonville. Previous to this, she was an Event Sales Coordinator at Love Catering, Inc., in Los Angeles.

Ryann received her bachelor’s degree in marketing and management with a minor in sociology from Florida Atlantic University.

Ryann lives in Arlington, VA.

Finance and Administration