Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control Appoints New Deputy Director

Cade Meier has been appointed as the new deputy director of the Utah Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. With more than 15 years of project and operational management experience, Meier will replace Tom Zdunich who retired in August 2015.

In his new role, Meier will direct and oversee the day-to-day operations of DABC. Meier has worked for the State of Utah at DABC as an information technology project manager and a warehouse general manager. He has been instrumental in budgeting, procedure analysis, and training staff on new technology. As a warehouse general manager, he improved process efficiency as he directed operating functions including shipping, receiving and inventory control. Prior to working for the state, he was a district general manager for CORT Furniture Retail.

Meier received his Bachelor of Science at the University of Utah and his Master of Business Administration from the David Eccles School of Business.

Candidates were vetted through a selection committee process. The hiring committee included Fred Boutwell, Gastronomy; Neal Berube, DABC commissioner; John Southwick, DABC store manager; Chad Whitlock, Governor’s Office of Management and Budget representative; and Salvador Petilos, executive director of DABC.