Rick Brown, CAE

Rick Brown, CAE

President, Alabama Retail Association; Fund Administrator, Alabama Retail Comp


Rick joined the Alabama Retail Association in 1989 with a background that included sales and banking. He served 16 years as Alabama Retail’s vice president . In 2005, the board of directors chose Rick to serve as president of the association.

Under his leadership, membership in Alabama Retail has grown exponentially from some 200 members to a membership today of 4,000. Rick is also fund administrator of Alabama Retail Comp, a self-insured trust that provides workers’ compensation coverage to Alabama’s retailers. In this capacity, Rick is a member of the Alabama Self-Insurers Association board of directors and is chairman of COMP PAC, the official political action committee of the Alabama Self-Insurers Association.

A graduate of the University of Alabama, Rick is a certified association executive as designated by the American Society of Association Executives. In addition, he is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management at the University of Delaware and of Leadership Montgomery.

Rick serves as president of the Business Associations’ Tax Coalition, a group of business and trade associations representing every major business group in Alabama. He also serves as vice chairman of the Alabama Civil Justice Reform Committee, a coalition of businesses and pro-business organizations committed to restoring legal fairness in Alabama. He is a past president of the Alabama Council of Association Executives.