Alabama Retail names 2024 officers and directors

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Retail Association has completed its slate of officers and board of directors for 2024. Their terms of office began Jan. 1.

The officers for 2024 are:

Chairman: Michael Gee, president and co-owner, Pants Store, Leeds-based;

Vice Chairman: Susan Anderson, owner and chief financial officer, Eagle Eye Outfitters, Dothan;

Treasurer:  Bob Akers, vice president, Davis Direct, Montgomery;

President: Richard E. “Rick” Brown Jr., Alabama Retail Association, Montgomery;

Gee, Anderson, Akers and Brown serve as Alabama Retail’s executive committee along with:

Immediate Past Chairman: Jodie Stanfield, owner, Local Joe’s, Rainbow City and Albertville; and

Executive Committee Designee: Melissa Cross, president and owner, McAleer’s Office Furniture, Mobile and Foley.

The board secretary is the Alabama Retail Association’s Jennifer Henderson.

The 2024 directors for the Alabama Retail Association are (*also officers, **new director):

Ex-officio directors, who include past presidents and chairmen, are: Rodney Barstein, Retail Specialists LLC, Birmingham; Darrell Bourne (retired), Huntsville; Frederick W. “Ricky” Bromberg, Bromberg & Co. Inc., Birmingham; Peter V. “Greg” Gregerson Jr., Gregerson’s Foods, Gadsden; Claude “Bud” Kitchin IV, Lincoln; Todd Noden, Books-A-Million, Birmingham; Jim Rotenstreich, JHF Holdings Inc., Birmingham; Jacob Shevin, Standard Furniture, Alabama and Tennessee; Jimmy D. Smith (retired) and Jimmy Ray Smith, Jimmy Smith Jewelers, Decatur; Dianne Wammack (retired), Vestavia Hills; and George Wilder, The Locker Room, Montgomery and Auburn.

The Alabama Retail Association represents retailers, the largest private employer in the state of Alabama, before the Alabama Legislature and the U.S. Congress. Through sales of food, clothing, furniture, medicine and more, our 4,300 independent merchant and national company members touch almost every aspect of daily living. Since 1943, we’ve worked to promote what’s best for the retail industry in Alabama. Whether voicing the retail view when public policy is made, educating members about issues that impact them, negotiating rates for benefits and services or communicating the retail story, the Alabama Retail Association and its members are better together.


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