American Beverage Licensees (ABL) announced that it will return to Washington, DC for the 2014 ABL Conference on June 8-10, 2014. The 2014 conference will mark ABL's 12th anniversary and bring together beer, wine and spirits retailers from across the country as well as representatives from all three tiers of the beverage alcohol industry.
"We are thrilled to once again host the ABL Annual Conference in Washington, DC for a second consecutive year," said ABL Executive Director John Bodnovich. "ABL members will have a great opportunity to flex the retail tier's grassroots muscles on Capitol Hill while also learning about the issues affecting their businesses from a range of industry leaders, elected officials and policy experts."
The 2014 ABL Conference will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in the heart of Washington, DC. Registration for the 2014 ABL Conference will open soon with an early bird rate of $199 per person. After March 31, the registration rate will increase to $225 per person. ABL has secured a discounted hotel rate of $219* per night for conference attendees at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Rooms are limited and must be booked by May 13 to receive the ABL rate.
Program and speaker announcements for the 2014 ABL Conference will be made in the coming months, but general session and seminar presentations will focus on some of the most pressing topics facing independent beverage alcohol licensees. These issues include the evolving regulatory landscape for alcohol; emerging policy initiatives on drunk driving including proposals to lower the BAC from 0.08% to 0.05% or lower; the impact of new healthcare laws on small business; and the movement for legalized recreational marijuana.
"Unlike other retail trade shows, the ABL Conference is a unique opportunity for retail beverage licensees because in addition to exploring regulatory, legislative and legal aspects of their businesses and industry, the conference will give attendees a chance to act as citizen lobbyists by meeting with Members of Congress to discuss the issues that matter to them," said Bodnovich.