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.

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Craig Wolf
President and CEO

Craig Wolf has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) since 2006. Founded in 1943, WSWA is a national trade association consisting of 379 wine and spirits wholesalers and brokers whose members operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

As President of WSWA, Craig serves as the voice of the wholesale wine and spirits industry, advocating for wholesalers’ interests with state and federal elected officials, the media, regulators and the law enforcement community. WSWA supports legislation, regulation and public policy at both the state and federal levels that promotes a consumer-focused, accountable and responsible system for the distribution of beverage alcohol, and which serves to prevent underage access.

As CEO of WSWA, Craig manages the day-to-day operations of one of Washington’s most influential trade associations, with an annual budget of eleven million dollars, a staff of twenty-three, and a two million dollar per cycle Political Action Committee (WSWA-PAC).

Prior to taking over the top spot at the association in 2006, Craig held the position of WSWA’s General Counsel for just under seven years. Before joining WSWA, Craig served as Counsel to the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, as a Trial Attorney in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice and for five years worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Allegany County, Maryland.

Craig received his law degree in 1987 from the University of Baltimore School of Law and his bachelor’s degree in 1984 from Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Association Executive (CAE) and graduate of the Institute for Organization Management (IOM).

Craig is a Major in the United States Army Reserve and is currently assigned as an International Law Officer at the 354th Civil Affairs Command. He is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan). He lives in Howard County, Maryland with his wife, Sally. They have two children, Hannah (21) and Zachary (19).

Lisa Bockelman
Executive Assistant to the President and CEO

Lisa Bockelman, a seasoned professional with two decades experience in the nation’s capital, has joined the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) as executive assistant to Craig Wolf, President and CEO.

In addition to supporting the chief executive, Bockelman will help manage a variety of ongoing association projects and strategic initiatives benefitting WSWA members.

A native of Kansas, Bockelman began her career in the office of her home state senator, Robert J. Dole, where she served for four years. She later spent several years in the private sector with two prominent Washington, D.C.-based trade associations.

Bockelman worked for five years at the Georgetown University Medical Center in positions of increasing responsibility, ultimate serving as associate administrator for grants and research in the office of the Chairman and COO. She subsequently worked for Altria Client Services for five years as a specialist.

Lisa Bockelman joins WSWA from Squire Patton Boggs (formerly Squire Sanders), a prominent international law firm where she lobbied on behalf of their government relations clients and provided support and project management for the government relations practice group leader. Bockelman earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Kansas.

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

Catherine McDaniel is Vice President, Federal Affairs for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA). She joined WSWA in 2007 and manages WSWA-PAC, the association political arm along with serving as a registered 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 travels the country educating WSWA members on the benefits of WSWA-PAC participation, importance of incentive programs such as the Sapphire Club spousal giving, and donor payroll deduction.  She elevated its profile as a Top 15 trade association PAC that raises $2 million per election cycle and leads events such as WSWA’s annual “Toast to Congress.”  Catherine was instrumental in establishing the association’s new Women’s’ Leadership Council, a national networking and professional development resource for industry women.

Prior to joining WSWA, Catherine worked for the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA) as Director, Legislative and Political Affairs, overseeing its PAC, fundraisers, compliance and legislative conferences.

She began her career at Lamar Advertising in Baton Rouge, La., in the national sales/marketing department. As a young professional in Washington, she spent her off hours as a retail wine sales specialist where she completed Society of Wine Educators training.

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 Prolago Gormley
Senior Director, Federal Affairs

Alexandria Prolago 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.

Ashley Lantz
Senior Director, Federal Affairs

Ashley Lantz is Senior Director, Federal Affairs for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA). In this role, she serves as a lobbyist for the association with elected officials from both parties in the House and the Senate.

Prior to joining WSWA, Ashley led federal affairs and public policy efforts for the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, where she also managed member engagement initiatives and supported state-level advocacy. She previously served as a senior appropriations and policy advisor to Representative Alan B. Mollohan (D-WV) and on the legislative staff of Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV). Ashley also gained experience representing the business community and membership associations as a lobbyist within the Washington office of a prominent mid-size law firm.

Ashley holds a graduate degree from the West Virginia University College of Media. Ashley resides in Washington, DC and volunteers her time with organizations serving at-risk youth.

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
Director, State Affairs

Heather Calio is 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.

Reid Teschner
Manager, State and Regulatory Affairs

Reid Teschner, Manager, State and Regulatory Affairs, comes to WSWA after spending five years working in issue advocacy and political campaigns including former Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) and Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.).

Teschner earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Tennessee in 2010.

Arielle Broussard
Coordinator, Federal Affairs

Arielle Broussard is Coordinator, Federal Affairs for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA). Arielle joined WSWA from the American Medical Association (AMA) where she served as Staff Assistant for the advocacy team. Prior to AMA, Arielle worked as Field Manager for the Michigan Republican Party and on a U.S. Senate campaign in Alaska.

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

Jo Moak
Senior Vice President and General Counsel

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.

Jeff Solsby
Vice President, Communications and Membership

Jeffrey Logan Solsby is WSWA’s Vice President of Communications and Membership overseeing communications, public affairs, marketing, social responsibility, as well as membership service and development. He joined the association in 2012 from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform where he was Senior Communications Advisor to Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).

Prior to his most recent work on Capitol Hill, Solsby worked for four and a half years as Director of Public Affairs for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), a 5,000-member trade association working to aggressively expand federal transportation infrastructure investment. He managed the association’s equipment manufacturers division, oversaw its young executive development program, and helped run an award-winning advocacy campaign in support of highway/transit investment.

Before joining ARTBA, he worked as a Managing Director in Washington, D.C., for Chlopak, Leonard, Schechter & Associates (now CLS Strategies), a national public affairs firm, where he managed campaigns related to telecommunications, resource development and financial services issues for Fortune 100 companies and large privately-held organizations. For three years, he worked as a public relations account executive and lobbyist in California for Curt Pringle & Associates serving clients including Lennar Corporation, Yamaha Motor Corporation, water and infrastructure districts, government service providers and developers.

From 1997-2001, Solsby worked as Press Secretary for former Rep. James E. Rogan (R-Calif.) including during the congressman’s service as a House Manager for the impeachment hearings and Senate trial of President Clinton. He subsequently worked as Communications Director for former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.). He began his career in the California press office of the Dole-Kemp presidential campaign.

Solsby is a graduate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management (IOM) program for association executives, and earned his bachelor’s degree in History at California State University, Chico. A native of Southern California, he and his wife have three children, and reside in Alexandria, Virginia.

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
Coordinator, Communications and Membership

Emily Magram is the Coordinator, 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
Coordinator, Meetings and Conventions

Ryann Squier is the Coordinator, 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.

Sam Block
Vice President, Finance and Administration

Samuel J. Block, C.P.A., is the Vice President of Finance and Administration for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA). He oversees all of WSWA’s corporate finance, accounting, administration, membership and human resources.

Prior to joining WSWA in 2009, Sam was with the American Electronics Association where he held a similar position. Prior to that, he was with the Washington DC Convention and Tourism Corporation. Sam has more than 20 years of accounting and financial management experience, which includes over 10 years within the non-profit sector.

Mr. Block is a Certified Public Accountant who graduated from the University of Maryland with honors in accounting from the University of Maryland, University College.

Katherine Brown
Office Manager

Katherine Brown is the Office Manager for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA).

Katherine Brown joined the WSWA team in 2012 as the Accounts Payable/ Administrative Assistant and was promoted to Coordinator, Finance and Administration in 2013. Now, as the Manager, Finance and Administration her current responsibilities include project management, processing accounts payable and receivable items, assisting the Meetings and Conventions department, and providing administrative support to the WSWA Educational Foundation College Scholarship Program.

Katherine received her undergraduate degree in Political Science in 2012 from Hobart and William Smith Colleges located in upstate New York.

Phoebe Warren
Financial and Administrative Assistant

Phoebe Warren is the Financial and Administrative Assistant for the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA).

Phoebe received her undergraduate degree in Economics and Classical Civilization from the College of William & Mary in 2017. During her time at the college, she was a marketing intern for William & Mary Tribe Athletics and a McIntyre Fellow for the Muscarelle Museum of Art.

Phoebe lives in Washington, DC.