Seasoned Advocates Part of Association’s Robust, Bipartisan Federal Affairs Team
(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America (WSWA) President and CEO Craig Wolf today announced two staff promotions and a new team member who joins the association’s federal affairs team. Over the last year, the association has expanded this team to engage in additional federal issue areas with a broader target list of Representatives, Senators and executive branch officials, and has grown its state affairs advocacy mission in support of members and state wholesaler organizations.
In recognition of their accomplishments at the association, Ashley Lantz and Ali Gormley were each promoted to Senior Director, Federal Affairs.
Lantz joined WSWA in May 2016 as Director, Federal Affairs. Previously, she worked for the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, where she led federal affairs and public policy, and supported state-level advocacy for a network of 949 programs in 49 states. Lantz began her career on Capitol Hill in the office of Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-WV) and later served in the office of Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV). She holds a graduate degree from West Virginia University.
Ali Gormley joined the association in March 2013 and in March 2016 was promoted to Director, Federal Affairs. Previously, she worked for Rep. Pat Tiberi (R-OH) for over six years. A native of Steubenville, she is a 2007 graduate of The Ohio State University.
WSWA hired Steve Rebillot as Senior Director, Federal Affairs, and a new member of the federal affairs team. Rebillot joined WSWA from the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) where he served since January 2015 as Director, Legislative Affairs. Before his tenure at ABC, he ran Intellegens Consulting, LLC for four years serving a variety of elected officials and private clients, and previously served as Policy Director for the U.S. Senate campaign of Linda McMahon in Connecticut. He began his career with then Rep. Johnny Isakson in Georgia before moving to Washington and working in the U.S. Senate Chamber under the Senate Sergeant at Arms. He later spent nearly four years on the staff of Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA). He is a graduate of the University of Georgia.
“Congratulations to Ali and Ashley on their promotions,” said WSWA President and CEO Craig Wolf. “Their promotions reflect our appreciation for their commitment and service to the association as well as their success on our members’ behalf.”
“Steve adds additional scope and talent to our respected, bipartisan, and capable lobbying team, and helps WSWA meet its goal of providing top talent and advocacy expertise on behalf of America’s family-owned wine and spirits wholesalers,” Wolf added.
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WSWA is the national trade association representing the wholesale tier of the wine and spirits industry, dedicated to advancing the interests and independence of wholesalers, distributors and brokers of wine and spirits. Founded in 1943, WSWA has more than 370 member companies in 50 states and the District of Columbia, and its members distribute more than 80 percent of all wine and spirits sold at wholesale in the U.S. Visit www.wswa.org to learn more.