Unclaimed Baggage President Named to Alabama Retail Association Board of Directors

MONTGOMERY – Mike Elkins, president of Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, recently was elected to a two-year-term on the Alabama Retail Association’s board of directors. His term covers 2018 and 2019.

OCS Inc., doing business as Unclaimed Baggage Center, is an only-in-Alabama shopping destination that sells the contents of luggage that end up orphaned on planes, buses, trains, trucks and other modes of transportation. Unclaimed Baggage Center has been an Alabama Retail member since 2016.

Principal and Chief Executive Bryan Owens along with Elkins earned the title of Alabama’s 2016 Gold Retailer of the Year Award in the Annual Sales $5 Million to $20 Million category. The company also was the cover story for the July 2017 issue of Alabama Retailer magazine.

Elkins became president of Unclaimed Baggage five years ago (April 2013) after serving for almost seven years as the Southeast vice president for H&R Block.

His earlier career includes two years as a business owner, two years in sales and 11 years as a store manager for  Lowe’s Home Centers.

Elkins graduated from the University of North Alabama in 1990 with a degree in finance. In 2016, he completed Harvard Business School’s Retail Forum for Senior Leaders, a one-year immersion program for retail executives.

Elkins, 51, was born in Birmingham and grew up in Brilliant, which is in Marion County.

He and his wife, Stephanie, live in Guntersville and have two adult children, Reed and Mary Kate, who attend the University of North Alabama.

For more on Elkins and Unclaimed Baggage Center, go to:

Unpacking Sales: An interview with Bryan Owens, Mike Elkins and Brenda Cantrell of Unclaimed Baggage Center

Retailer that put Scottsboro on the map is Gold Retailer of the Year

>> Full list of ARA directors

The Alabama Retail Association represents retailers, the largest private employer in the state of Alabama, before the Alabama Legislature and the U.S. Congress. Our 4,200 independent merchant and national company members touch almost every aspect of daily living. 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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