Industry Issue: Industry Mourns ABL Executive Director Harry G. WilesAugust 25, 2010 By: Donna Hood Crecca
Executive director of the American Beverage Licensees (ABL) and Nightclub & Bar Advisory Board member Harry G. Wiles died unexpectedly on Aug. 18.
Wiles served as ABL’s executive director since 2002, when the National Association of Beverage Retailers and the National Licensed Beverage Association merged. Early in his career, Wiles worked on Capitol Hill, and then joined the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America as senior vice president of federal government relations and senior counsel in 1987. He was inducted into the Sky Ranch Hall of Fame in 2010 and had served on the executive committee of the Sky Ranch Foundation, as well as the boards of the Responsible Hospitality Institute and the Responsible Retailing Forum.
“Not only has our industry lost a leading advocate, we all have lost a dear friend,” said ABL President David Jabour in a statement. “Harry was the consummate industry ambassador and steward, and will be remembered for years to come. He was truly part of our industry family.”
Harry is survived by his wife Cindy; his daughter Heather and husband, Troy Valerius; and four grandsons. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions in Harry’s memory be sent to “Cowboy Heritage Association of Fort Worth” P.O. Box 136639, Forth Worth, TX 76136; or “Sky Ranch for Boys” 10100 Sky Ranch Place, Sky Ranch, SD 57724. A celebration of Harry’s life will take place at a future date with details to follow.