Rob Wiest brings to the Poppiti Law Firm 30 years of regulatory and administrative experience in alcohol regulation, governmental processes, and decision making including 11 years as an Enforcement Agent with the Delaware Division of Alcohol & Tobacco Enforcement, and 19 years as the Deputy Commissioner for the Delaware Office of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner.
Upon his appointment to Deputy Commissioner, Rob was afforded the opportunity to expand his knowledge and expertise by supervising and directing the office charged with reviewing and issuing licenses to all tiers of the liquor industry. This position is the main point of contact with other State and Federal Agencies, potential and current licensees, industry members, and the general public to ensure accurate, uniform, and consistent communication regarding regulatory information is disseminated to all industry members and stakeholders.
As the Deputy Commissioner, Rob is an 18-year member of the National Conference of State Liquor Administrators (NCSLA). He served the last 5 years on the Executive Board attaining the position of 2nd Vice President. During his tenure at NCSLA, Rob served as a facilitator, moderator, or panelist at both national and regional conferences on topics including tied house, trade practice, social media funding, and liability and complex corporate structures in liquor licensure. Additionally, for 8 years, Rob was a panelist/speaker at the National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals (NALCP) annual conference. Rob spoke to a national audience of licensing specialists, paralegals, and attorneys on the application of Delaware Laws and Rules in the application process, the three-tier system of alcohol sales and distribution, legislative changes, and current and anticipated industry trends.
Rob’s 30 years of experience presented him with the opportunity to develop and utilize his comprehensive practical and theoretical knowledge to develop effective solutions to unique or complex problems. As evidenced in 2019, the NALCP presented Rob the “Regulator Best Practice Award” for extraordinary innovation, dedication, and leadership.