NRF's America's Retail Champions program celebrates Main Street retailers who advocate on behalf of the industry. The program offers up to 50 small U.S. retailers a complimentary trip to Washington D.C. for the Retail Advocates Summit, where they are recognized at a special reception and meet face-to-face with policymakers to share what's important to them and how legislative decisions are affecting their business. Retail Champions are Main Street business owners who are community leaders and strong retail industry advocates at all levels of government.
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America's Retail Champion of the Year 2018
Florida retailer Lisa Mergel was honored as America’s Retail Champion of the Year at the 2018 Retail Advocates Summit.
Mergel is the owner of Kanvas, a boutique day spa and beauty products store in Tallahassee that she opened in 2007. The business has 10 employees and offers an internship program for Florida State University students studying retail business and merchandising.
“Lisa’s track record speaks for itself,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “She’s an integral member of the Florida Retail Federation and a mentor to college students pursuing a career in the industry. And she has led the charge in advancing critical policy initiatives important to the retail sector at both the state and federal levels.”
Over 40 retailers from across the nation ranging from online sellers to small and mid-size store owners were nominated by state retail associations and their peers based on engagement in public policy discussions at the local, state and national level.
Watch the video below to learn more about the finalists and winner.
“Trudy is a strong grassroots advocate and a leader in the retail industry who ensures that retail’s voice is heard on a wide range of policy discussions," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “By being involved at all levels of government, she helps advance the public policy agenda for retailers, their employees and customers in her community.”
Trombley was selected from a group of five finalists who included Amber Gustafson of Amber’s Designs Fine Jewelry in Katy, Texas; Ken Keiran of Union Farm Equipment in Union, Maine; Jeff Erb of Saneholtz-McKarnsbin in Montpelier, Ohio, and Bill Golden of Golden Shoes in Traverse, Mich. Watch the video to learn more about the finalists.
“Gary is a true grassroots advocate and as a leader in the retail industry, he ensures that retail’s voice is heard in a wide range of policy discussions," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “By staying involved with all levels of government, Gary is helping to advance the public policy agenda for retailers, their employees and customers in communities large and small across America.” Read more about the 2016 program.
Cammack started his ranch supply business over 40 years ago, with his sons later following suit in their own business endeavors. NRF visited the Cammack family as part of Retail Across America's 2014 road trip in South Dakota to see how retailers work in niche markets to provide consumers with unique products and services. Watch the video and check out more retail stories from South Dakota.