Michael I. Halfacre, the former Director of the NJ Division Alcoholic Beverage Control, has been named the Executive Director of the Beer Wholesalers Association of New Jersey, effective January 4, 2016. He will remain Of Counsel to Genova Burns, the law firm he joined upon leaving the ABC last summer. Halfacre is replacing Robert J. Pinard, who is retiring after directing the trade association since 1992.
“Michael Halfacre brings an outstanding record as a legal professional, as well as his regulatory background, that will be vital to leading the Beer Wholesalers Association of New Jersey,” said Mark Kramer, President of Kramer Beverage and Chairman of the associations Executive Committee.
Halfacre, 49, is no stranger to working two jobs. He was the mayor of Fair Haven from January 2007 through January 2012, while running his own law firm, before being appointed by Governor Chris Christie to run the ABC as an Assistant Attorney General.
Founded in 1934, the Beer Wholesalers Association of New Jersey is the trade association for the largest 15 beer distributors in the state. The association controls Credit Compliance Corporation, a non-profit that overseas the credit relationships between alcohol wholesalers and retailers to assure compliance with ABC regulations. Halfacre will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of NJCCC.