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Aug 2, 2021

TABC Appoints Kuykendoll to Deputy Executive Director Post

AUSTIN — The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has announced the appointment of a longtime peace officer to serve as the deputy executive director overseeing law enforcement. Victor Kuykendoll was tapped to succeed outgoing Deputy Executive Director Robert Saenz, who retires this month. Kuykendoll previously served as TABC’s chief of law enforcement. Kuykendoll got his start as a TABC Enforcement agent in 2001 following his service as an investigator for the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He was promoted to sergeant in 2008 and earned a second promotion to lieutenant in 2012, overseeing the Waco Enforcement Office. In 2014, Kuykendoll was promoted to major, assuming leadership over TABC’s Enforcement agents across North Texas. He was later assigned to the Austin Regional Office in 2017, where he was appointed to serve as the agency’s chief of law enforcement in 2018. “I’m excited to work with Victor Kuykendoll as deputy executive director for law enforcement,” said Bentley Nettles, TABC executive director. “He’ll continue to build upon the foundation laid by Robert Saenz, whose expertise and dedication to public service are appreciated by all of us at TABC.” As deputy executive director, Kuykendoll will oversee more than 200 TABC agents deployed across the state. TABC agents are commissioned peace officers with responsibilities to uphold the Alcoholic Beverage Code and investigate organized criminal activity, such as human trafficking taking place within licensed businesses. Media Contact: Chris Porter Public Information Officer

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July 27, 2021

TABC Urges Businesses To File 2020 Compliance Reports

Businesses that haven’t yet submitted a compliance report for each of their licensed Texas locations for the Sept. – Dec. 2020 reporting period have until Aug. 1 to file the required reports through the TABC: Compliance Reporting mobile app and avoid further administrative action. Failure to submit your 2020 compliance report may cause your license or permit renewal to be delayed or denied. The compliance reporting period runs from Sept. 1 to Dec. 1 every year. TABC recently issued notices of noncompliance to businesses that hadn’t submitted their compliance report(s). Visit TABC's Compliance Reporting page to get started.

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July 20, 2021

Hall of Honor Nominations Open

Throughout TABC’s history, great leaders and public servants have dedicated their careers to protecting public health and safety while supporting businesses in a vital industry. You can nominate a retired TABC employee, living or deceased, for induction into the agency’s Hall of Honor. The deadline for nominations is Sept. 30, 2021.

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July 6, 2021

TABC Reminds Businesses To Submit New License Applications by July 31

AUSTIN — The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission is reminding businesses to submit their applications for an original, or new, license to the agency before a month-long pause in accepting applications begins Aug. 1. The pause must happen for TABC to prepare new technology that will overhaul the way alcohol industry members conduct business with the agency. The pause begins Aug. 1 and will remain in place until Sept. 1. During that time: TABC will be unable to accept new license or permit applications — including applications for new primary licenses, subordinate licenses and supplemental changes. The agency will continue to process applications for new licenses and permits completed no later than July 31. Applications to renew an existing license or permit will not be affected. TABC will accept applications for temporary events. The pause will allow agency staff to migrate industry members’ data from the current system to the new Alcohol Industry Management System (AIMS), which launches Sept. 1. Businesses should view specific instructions and deadlines now on TABC’s Temporary Licensing Process webpage. AIMS will usher in a new way of working with TABC that’s easier, more efficient and less disruptive to businesses. Texans will be able to apply for a new license or renew their current license entirely online, replacing an old system that required applicants to submit paperwork directly to a TABC office. Business owners can also more easily track their application status, file reports, print out licensing forms and required signs, and apply for other TABC programs and initiatives. “AIMS will revolutionize the way industry members interact with TABC,” Executive Director Bentley Nettles said. “While we’re excited to introduce this new technology to the people of Texas, our first priority is to reduce the overall disruption to businesses as we prepare for these exciting changes.” TABC urges business owners planning to submit an original licensing application to complete their paperwork, as outlined on the TABC 2021 Changes webpages and TABC Rules, and submit payment before July 31. Regular licensing services will resume Sept. 1 using the new AIMS technology. Sept. 1 marks the effective date of several new state laws related to the alcoholic beverage industry, including the merging of multiple license and permit types, as well as changes in malt beverage rules and license fees. To learn more, visit the TABC 2021 Changes webpages. Media Contact: Chris Porter Public Information Officer

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June 22, 2021

Multi-Agency Operation Leads to Arrest of Human Trafficking Suspect and Rescue of Victims

AUSTIN — A multi-agency operation in El Paso has led to the arrest of one alleged human trafficker and the rescue of four victims of human trafficking. On June 15, 35-year-old Mario Josue Escajeda was arrested on aggravated promotion of prostitution, outstanding warrants and charged with unlawfully carrying weapons. Escajeda, the owner of the Outskirts Gentlemen’s Club in El Paso County, allegedly offered to supply women for sex in exchange for money. Agents from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission conducted the operation at an El Paso hotel with the assistance of the El Paso County Attorney’s Office, El Paso Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations. Escajeda arrived at the El Paso hotel with four women and was arrested. He was carrying two concealed handguns and a stash of cash. The four women, whose ages range from 19 to 39, were interviewed by TABC’s victim’s services coordinator and provided assistance. “TABC is committed to using our vital resources to break up these organized criminal enterprises that are preying on women and girls,” TABC Executive Director Bentley Nettles said. “We’re thankful for the hard work of all of the local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies that are partnering with us to bring traffickers to justice and rescue victims.” Following the sting, TABC agents executed a search warrant at the Outskirts Gentlemen’s Club. Additional evidence was found Escajeda was allegedly breaking the law. His club was shut down by the El Paso County Attorney’s Office for operating a sexually oriented business without a license and illegally selling alcohol for nine months without a TABC license. Isaac Salazar, the manager of the club, was also arrested during the warrant execution for sale of alcohol without a permit. The El Paso County Attorney’s Office will decide on what additional charges Escajeda may face. The club will remain closed pending the outcome of a temporary injunction hearing scheduled for June 24. As part of the on-going investigation, anyone who may have been victimized by the suspect or who has information about potential victims, is urged to contact the TABC Victims Services Office at 713-494-5869 to file a report. TABC is a critical part of the fight against human trafficking. As the state’s sole regulator of the alcoholic beverage industry, agents can enter a licensed bar, restaurant, hotel or other alcohol retailer to investigate suspected trafficking. TABC is committed to using its resources to break up organized criminal enterprises and rescue victims. Media Contact: Chris Porter Public Information Officer

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