Meetings and Conventions

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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Throughout the year, WSWA hosts a number of events and meetings for wholesaler members, including the January Executive Committee Meeting, Fly-In and "Toast to Congress," CLD Meeting, Fall Membership Meeting, and State Policy Conference.

2017 CLD Leadership Skills Conference

July 16, 2017

CLD Leadership Skills Conference (CLD) is WSWA’s annual executive training program for the next generation of industry leaders. It was developed to help build an educational foundation of crucial legislative, public policy, marketing and trend information needed to advance careers in the beverage alcohol industry. The conference also helps to develop connections among the wholesalers as well as suppliers and service providers, peers and current industry leaders.

2017 Brochure

For more information, contact Kari Langerman.

2017 CLD Leadership Skills Conference
July 16-18, 2017
Hotel Van Zandt
Austin, TX

Distributor Productivity Summit

July 31, 2017

Stay on the leading edge of change in the beverage-alcohol wholesale industry!

Join us for:
- Business Solutions
- Educational sessions
- Best practices
- Latest technology
- Networking opportunities

This summit will help you with the most pressing issues in your business. Meet other distributors that have similar questions and can help provide solutions.

For more information,
contact Jo Moak or Emily Magram.

Distributor Productivity Summit
July 31 - August 1, 2017
La Cantera Resort, San Antonio

Early Bird Price $550
*Ends April 30, 2017

2017 Women's Leadership Council (WLC) Conference

September 14, 2017

The inaugural Women's Leadership Council (WLC) Conference will take place September 14-15 in Washington, D.C. This first-of-its-kind event is designed to connect current and future women leaders in the wholesale tier. This is a great opportunity to further educate, inspire and equip WSWA members to expand their role in the beverage alcohol industry. For more information, contact Kari Langerman or Catherine McDaniel.

2017 Brochure

2017 WLC Conference
The Sofitel
Washington, DC
September 14-15, 2017

2017 Fall Membership Meeting

October 16, 2017

The annual Fall Membership Meeting (FMM) is WSWA’s primary annual governance meeting where Board members start determining next year’s agenda and provide direction on legislative, legal and regulatory matters. FMM also offers members the opportunity to network with fellow wholesalers and state association executives as well as engage with a host of interesting speakers.

For more information, contact Kari Langerman.

2017 Fall Membership Meeting
The Ritz-Carlton
Washington, DC
October 16-17, 2017

2017 Winter State Policy Conference

December 6, 2017

The Winter State Policy Conference provides an opportunity for wholesaler state association leaders to discuss the political and legal issues facing wholesalers across the country. By comparing notes and discussing strategy, the meeting increases the effectiveness of state associations and allows wholesalers to speak with a unified voice. The WSWA staff use this as an opportunity to receive input from state associations leaders and the implementation of national legislative and legal goals.

2017 Winter State Policy Conference
The Ritz-Carlton
San Francisco, CA
December 6-8, 2017

For more information, contact Kari Langerman.

Upcoming Meetings and Conventions

May 1, 2018

Mark Your Calendars:

75th Annual Convention & Exposition
April 30 - May 3, 2018
Caesars Palace
Las Vegas, NV

76th Annual Convention & Exposition
March 31 - April 3, 2019
Grande Lakes Orlando
Orlando, FL

77th Annual Convention & Exposition
April 21-23, 2020
Caesars Palace
Las Vegas, NV