NABI Staff

Robert M. Tobiassen


Robert M. Tobiassen is the President of the National Association of Beverage Importers (NABI), Washington, DC, commencing this position on October 1, 2018.  Prior to that appointment, he was the Principal at Tobiassen Consulting Plus Solutions LLC after a 34-year Federal service career with regulatory, taxation, and administrative and judicial enforcement experience with the domestic and global alcohol industry and served in the career Senior Executive Service (SES).  As Chief Counsel at the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB), U.S. Treasury Department, from 2003 to 2012, he headed a professional and support staff providing comprehensive legal support on taxation, regulatory and administrative law, constitutional law, trial and appellate litigation, international trade and globalization, personnel and equal opportunity, ethics, environmental law, and appropriations and fiscal law.  He was responsible for the drafting and reviewing of regulations, administrative rulings, and legislation; developing and reviewing trade agreements; and evaluating enforcement actions under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and the Federal Alcohol Administration Act. He served as the legal liaison with state alcohol regulators, trade associations, public advocacy groups, other federal agencies, and Members of Congress and their staff, including the Joint Committee on Taxation, and foreign governments and international organizations. He is a frequent speaker at alcohol law seminars and a published expert on legal issues concerning alcohol. Mr. Tobiassen holds an A.B. in Political Science with distinction from the University of California, Berkeley, a J.D. from the Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon where he served on law review, and a LL.M. in Taxation from the Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, DC.  Among other awards, Mr. Tobiassen received the 2003 Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious SES Executives and the 2012 Distinguished Service Award from the Secretary of the Treasury.  

Bernadeen Emamali

NABI Vice President, Assistant Treasurer & Corporate Secretary

 In addition to her other duties, Ms. Emamali is NABI's labeling expert. NABI members submit labels and product formulas to her for review before they are submitted to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) for approval. After her review she hand delivers the paperwork to the TTB for their approval.

 Ms. Emamali has had a distinguished career in the alcohol beverage industry since 1975 and has been with NABI since 1999. She began her career as Special Assistant to the General Counsel of the United States Brewers Association and then went on to work with several Washington DC area law firms. Ms Emamali is an expert in alcohol beverage labeling.

 Ms. Emamali received her paralegal degree from the University of Maryland University College.

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