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Local NJLSA: View From The 19th Hole

Posted on  | July 3, 2014   Bookmark and Share
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Golf Outing a Hit

The NJLSA-PAC golf outing was not only a great time for everyone who participated, but also a big success for helping raise much needed financial support for our legislative PAC fund.

We would like to acknowledge and thank the NJ Wine & Spirit Wholesalers Association for their support as well as Sobieski Vodka as our Premier Event Sponsors. We would also like to acknowledge the additional support of Miller-Coors as our Lunch Sponsor, Heineken USA as our Dinner Sponsor, Shore Point Distributors as our Beverage Cart Sponsor, Beam Global-Suntory as our Practice Range Sponsor and Air Dynamic Systems as our Putting Green Sponsor, along with everyone else who stepped up supported this event with a Par 3 sampling, T-Sign and/or golfer commitment.

I also would like to acknowledge our NJLSA golf committee: Bruce Hamilton, Juan Negrin, Mike Maro and George Wolfson. We look forward to doing it all over again next year on Monday, June 22nd, 2015 (the day after Father’s Day).

Juan Negrin Honored!

Recently elected NJLSA President Juan Negrin was named the Brown-Forman Retailer of the Year for the off-premise sector in New Jersey at the American Beverage Licensees (ABL) conference in Washington, DC last month. Juan is the owner of Super Wine Warehouse in Paterson and has transitioned over the last three decades from employee to partner to owner, and has been recognized for years as one of our State’s top independent retailers. Please join me in congratulating Juan on his being honored by Brown-Forman and the American Beverage Licensees!

Industry Going to Pot

Hundreds of retailers from across our nation participated with the American Beverage Licenses (ABL) Conference in our nation’s capital in June. All three tiers were represented and many of our industry affiliates participated including Bill Slone (from BevMedia), who was on an Alcohol Industry Media panel that discussed the evolution of media and its impact on our industry.

Unquestionably, the topic of recreational marijuana held the spotlight at the conference. It is clear that the train has left the station, and it will only be a matter of a handful of years before more states CA$H in on the inevitable court of public opinion that has clearly shifted in favor of the decriminalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana.

We are conducting studies and developing models that mirror the alcohol industry with the anticipation that, should the Garden State become enlightened, our licensees would be the most logical suitors for the retail distribution of recreational marijuana.

Get Real…Now

As always, I returned from this annual conference with new fresh perspectives on what we need to do to protect, defend and even grow our livelihoods, while carefully and mindfully keeping a socially responsible handle on the neverending evolution of our industry. One of the speakers told me that any licensee, who feels that they do not need to support their trade association, is someone who thinks they can walk on a high wire with the weight of their store on their shoulders.

My personal analogy for supporting the NJLSA (as well as the ABL) is to look at the $225 annual membership dues as an insurance premium that protects the “value and equity” of my license! Step up and get connected to our efforts NOW, because tomorrow maybe too late and your voice and your effort are needed today more than ever before.

9th Annual NJLSA Fall Holiday Trade Show
Wednesday, October 22nd, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

This show has become one of the largest industry trade shows on the East Coast, and maybe even the country, and we look forward to hosting for the 9th year at the New Jersey Convention & Expo Center at Raritan Center, in Edison, centrally located in the heart of New Jersey! Please be sure to mark your calendars and plan to support this event as many of you have done in the past!


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