The Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission is created under Iowa Code section 123.5 and is comprised of five members appointed by the governor subject to confirmation by the senate. Commissioners are appointed for 5-year staggered terms and are chosen on the basis of managerial ability and experience as business executives. Commissioners are eligible for one 5-year reappointment.
The commission is required by law to meet by July 1 of each year and at the call of the commission chairman or chairwoman or when any three members file a written request for hearing with the chairman or chairwoman. The commission acts as a policy-making body and serves in an advisory capacity to the Division administrator. Commissioners may review, affirm, reverse or amend all actions of the administrator in the wholesaling of liquor and intoxicating liquor, and in the licensing and regulating of Iowa’s alcoholic beverages industry.
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Rick Hunsaker – Chairperson
Rick Hunsaker was appointed to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission on May 1, 2006, and serves as the current Chairperson for the Commission. Commissioner Hunsaker has also served as Vice-Chair and Secretary. He is a graduate of Drake University, receiving a B.A. in 1988 and a Masters of Public Administration in 1990. He is the Executive Director of Region XII Council of Governments in Carroll, a regional agency serving 6 counties and 61 cities in west central Iowa. Commissioner Hunsaker serves on the Board of Directors for the Iowa Association of Regional Councils, National Association of Regional Councils Carroll Area Development Corporation, Midwest Assistance Program, Inc. (current vice-chair), and Western Iowa Advantage, an eight county cooperative marketing group. Mr. Hunsaker is a member of the Iowa Historic Preservation Alliance. He is a member of Depot Center, Ltd., a local non-profit historic preservation organization. Commissioner Hunsaker resides in Carroll. Governor Branstad appointed him to a second term in 2011, which expires in April of 2016. Commissioner Hunsaker can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tami Doll - Vice-Chair
Tami Doll was appointed to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission May 1, 2012, by Governor Branstad. Employed at Doll Distributing LLC. in Council Bluffs since 1978, Commissioner Doll became Vice President and co-owner in 1985. In addition to her duties at Doll Distributing, she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Loess Hills Chapter of the American Red Cross, Iowa Beer Wholesalers, and Heartland Family Services Ways to Work Committee. Commissioner Doll’s term will expire in April of 2017, but she is eligible for a second 5-year appointment.
Jay Wilson - Secretary
Jay Wilson was appointed to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission May 1, 2013. Commissioner Wilson is the Assistant Vice President of Wine and Spirits for Hy-Vee. He was selected as one of six Market Watch Leaders in 2009 by Market Watch magazine. He also started an online wine study program in 2006, intended for employees to increase their wine knowledge and improve performance. Once the employee completes the online program, they become a Certified Hy-Vee Wine Specialist. Commissioner Wilson's term will expire in April of 2018, but he is eligible for a second 5-year appointment.
Gary Nystrom was appointed to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission May 1, 2014, by Governor Branstad. Nystrom became a partner in Pritchard Brothers Plumbing, Heating and Cooling in 1974 and is currently President of the company. He is a lifelong resident of Boone where he is starting his second four-year term as a City Councilman. He currently serves as Chairman of the Utility Committee and member of the Economic Committee. Commissioner Nystrom's term will expire in April of 2019, but he is eligible for a second 5-year appointment.
Claire Celsi was appointed to the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Commission on May 1, 2010. Commissioner Celsi has served as Secretary, Vice-Chair and Chairperson. Celsi is a graduate of Drake University and a frequent lecturer at her alma mater, where she has taught in the Business School and School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Commissioner Celsi also serves on Drake's School of Journalism and Mass Communication National Advisory Board. She is employed as Director of Public Relations at Spindustry Digital in Des Moines. Commissioner Celsi resides in Des Moines with her husband Jim. Her first term expires in April of 2015, but she is eligible for a second 5-year appointment. Commissioner Celsi can be reached at email@example.com or 515.554.6754.