J. Neal Insley, NABCA’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel, has been selected as the next NABCA President and CEO.
“Neal’s experience in enforcement, his legal background, his role as former chairman of the Virginia ABC and his role on the NABCA board, as well as his current position, makes him the perfect candidate to step into this leadership role,” says A.D. Zander Guy, outgoing NABCA Chairman of the Board. “The selection committee felt that his understanding of beverage alcohol from these numerous perspectives will allow him to carry on with NABCA’s vision and mission, and continue to move the Association forward.”
“As we look to the future, we’re confident that Neal is the right person to lead the association in providing the highest level of service and support to the control jurisdictions as well as the industry,” Guy adds.
Insley steps into this post after the retirement of Jim Sgueo, who has been with NABCA for 53 years, serving as its CEO for 28 years.
“It’s been a pleasure to work with Neal over the last 11 years in many different capacities,” says Sgueo. “I am confident he is the right person to lead the association, and feel positive he will provide the highest level of expertise to the control jurisdictions, the industry and other stakeholders.”
Insley began his career in 1993 as a police officer with the Virginia Marine Police. In 1996, he was hired as a special agent with the Virginia ABC. In 1999, he began attending law school and continued to perform his duties as an ABC Special Agent. In 2003, he graduated from law school and was admitted to practice law in Virginia.
He later left law enforcement to work as a state prosecutor in two separate jurisdictions. He then entered the private sector and focused on alcohol beverage law. In his private practice, he represented clients in an array of alcohol beverage control-related issues ranging from small, sole proprietorships to national chain restaurants, distributors and manufacturers of alcohol.
In 2010, Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell appointed Insley to serve as Commissioner and full-time Chairman of the Virginia ABC Board. He served as Chairman of the NABCA Board from 2012-2014. He became the association’s full-time, in-house general counsel in 2015.
Before coming to NABCA, Insley was a Member (partner) in the Hospitality and Government Affairs practice groups for the Richmond office of the law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott, LLC. His focus was on hospitality, government affairs, administrative law and regulatory/policy issues.
“I am extremely thankful to the board for this opportunity and to accept the position as President and CEO to this well-established association,” says Insley. “I truly feel my entire career has paved the way for this position. My goal in leading this organization is to build on the achievements of this dedicated board, while working alongside NABCA’s talented team.”
Insley will assume his position as President and CEO on October 2, 2021.