The award honors the work of alcohol regulators who oversee the alcohol industry and promote public safety. Advisory Council member and former Arizona alcohol regulator Jerry Oliver presented Insley the award at CAP’s Sixth Annual Alcohol Law Symposium held at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C., last week.
“Neal deserves this prestigious recognition,”
Insley initiated and oversaw the first comprehensive review of ABC regulations since the mid-1990’s. The review updated the provisions, removing many obsolete references and consequently made the regulations more pertinent to today’s marketplace.
In his role as NABCA chairman, Insley’s experience in law enforcement and his understanding of alcohol issues have been highly beneficial to the organization and its board as it participates in conversations about the impact of alcohol on citizens and control state agencies.
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 VABC. 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 VABC 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 has represented clients in an array of alcohol beverage control related issues ranging from small, solo-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 VABC board. He has served on the NABCA board since that time.