IRAP educates the public about the role of the three-tier distribution system and the accountability it provides. We also support responsible policies consistent with wholesalers serving as intermediaries for alcoholic beverages produced or imported into Oklahoma.
IRAP is proud to represent beer, wine and spirits distributors in Oklahoma. These majority locally owned companies have served our state for decades, helping producers reach the market and retailers deliver the products their customers enjoy.
IRAP President John Maisch formerly served as a member of Oklahoma’s Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission (ABLE). He coordinates IRAP’s activities and promotes the group’s interests to the public and lawmakers.
Since Prohibition ended, small business owners have formed the backbone of Oklahoma’s alcohol industry. Over the decades, they have provided jobs for thousands of Oklahomans while safely and reliably helping distributors and producers deliver the products adult citizens enjoy.
Three generations of the Naifeh family have helped lead the industry for more than 60 years, first under the Central Liquor Co. brand, and now as a partner of Republic National Distributing Co.
They remain strong advocates for Oklahoma-owned businesses and for creating a state where consumers can purchase the products they want without worry.
Similarly, the Jarboe family has been part of Oklahoma’s alcohol industry since 1959, when Joe R. Jarboe received a wholesale license from the ABLE commission. Joe was elected as the first president of the Oklahoma Wholesalers Association. His descendants remain key members of the community, as their locally owned company works under the Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits umbrella.