Alabama Retail names 2018 officers and directors

MONTGOMERY – The Alabama Retail Association has completed its slate of officers and board of directors for 2018. Their terms of office begin Jan. 1.

The officers for 2018 are:

Chairman: Jacob Shevin, owner and president of Standard Furniture in Alabama and Tennessee;

Vice Chairman: Todd Noden, chief financial officer for Birmingham-based Books-A-Million;

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

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

Shevin, Noden, Akers and Brown serve as Alabama Retail’s executive committee along with:

Immediate Past Chairman: Frederick W. “Ricky” Bromberg, president, Bromberg & Co. Inc, Birmingham; and

Executive Committee Designee: Terry Shea, co-founder, Wrapsody, Hoover and Auburn.

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

The other 2018 directors for the Alabama Retail Association are (*denotes new director):

Ex-officio directors, who include past presidents and chairmen, are: Rodney Barstein, Retail Specialists Inc., Birmingham; Darrell Bourne (retired), Huntsville; Peter V. “Greg” Gregerson Jr., Gregerson’s Foods, Gadsden; Ken Hubbard, Western Market, Birmingham; Claude “Bud” Kitchin IV, TechBridge Inc., Lincoln; Jim Rotenstreich, JHF Holdings Inc., Birmingham; Jimmy D. Smith and Jimmy Ray Smith, Jimmy Smith JewelersDecatur; and Dianne Wammack (retired), Vestavia Hills; George WilderThe 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 4,200 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.

MEDIA CONTACT: Melissa Warnke | 334.551.0631 | 256.338.0621

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