MONTGOMERY – The National Retail Federation is recognizing Alabama Retail Association Chairman Ricky Bromberg, president of Bromberg and Co. in Birmingham, and Board Member Terry Shea, co-owner of Wrapsody in Hoover and Auburn, for their contributions to advocacy. They are among America’s Retail Champions. As Retail Champions, Bromberg and Shea will fly to Washington, D.C., next week to take part in NRF’s Retail Advocate’s Summit.
The America’s Retail Champions program, now in its third year, honors retailers who make their mark on public policy debates directly affecting the industry. Bromberg and Shea are among 41 small business retailers throughout the country to be named as a 2016 Champion, and are in the running to be named as a finalist and honored as the America’s Retail Champion of the Year. In 2015, Alabama Retail Immediate Past Chairman George Wilder was named a Top 5 finalist for America’s Retail Champion of the Year.
“Through the America’s Retail Champions program, the National Retail Federation is proud to host hardworking small business owners in Washington, D.C., to recognize our industry’s most engaged retail advocates,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “These men and women truly personify the American Dream, and it is important that Washington lawmakers hear first hand from retail job and opportunity creators in towns large and small across the country.”
Wilder, owner the the Locker Room in Montgomery and Auburn, and another member of the Alabama Retail Association executive committee will travel with Bromberg and Shea to Washington from Monday, May 23, to Wednesday, May 25: Vice Chairman Jacob Shevin, president of Standard Furniture, a chain based in Birmingham. The Alabama Retail Association members and staff will meet with the Alabama congressional delegation over two days.
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 4,100 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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