Our organization brings member companies together to share collective experiences and capabilities to address our common issues.
We have strength in speaking with one voice to industry stakeholders including local, state, and federal legislators and regulators.
We provide self-policing guidelines for appropriate and responsible advertising and promotion of our products.
We provide a public voice for our member companies on issues of mutual interest.
We work and coordinate with other beverage alcohol trade associations to ensure our perspective is heard across the industry.
We are represented by senior executives of our member companies at our meetings to ensure richness of dialogue and that decisions can be made at our meetings.
President / CEO
Ms. McDowell is the President/CEO of the Presidents’ Forum of the Distilled Spirits Industry.
The Presidents’ Forum is a group of leading companies with common interests in manufacturing, importing, and marketing distilled spirits products in the United States and around the world. The member companies represent about 55% of all distilled spirits sales in the United States.
Prior to joining the Presidents’ Forum, Vicky served as the Deputy Administrator of the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) of the U. S. Treasury Department. As Deputy Administrator, she oversaw all headquarters’ and field operations’ functions associated with TTB's excise tax collection and consumer protection responsibilities related to the alcohol and tobacco industries. Prior to her appointment as Deputy Administrator, she was Assistant Administrator for Field Operations. Ms. McDowell was responsible for overseeing the field offices, including taxpayer audits and investigations, and the National Revenue Center, which is responsible for excise tax collections. Ms. McDowell served as the "Deciding Official" for all tax and administrative actions related to unpaid tax liability and violations of applicable statutes and regulations. Vicky also served on the government-wide taskforce on food safety.
Ms. McDowell has several years’ experience directing international programs and consulting to foreign governments on excise taxes and financial management. She co-authored a guidebook on the successful introduction of a specific excise tax on alcohol beverages and has lectured on beverage alcohol regulation.
Ms. McDowell received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Pennsylvania State University.