Board Member Spotlight

Retail Alliance Board of Directors Elected February 2016

The following board of directors for Retail Alliance were elected or reelected in February 2016. For photos, please visit our Board page. CHAIRMAN Ben J. Willis, III Willis Furniture Company VICE CHAIRMAN Joseph Taylor Taylor’s Do It Center (Chair Of Nominating Committee & Chairman of Foundation) PRESIDENT/CEO Raymond J. Mattes, III Retail Alliance SECRETARY Beth… [Read More]

On-Board Interview with Tim Hillegass, HLC Electrical Supplies

Tim Hillegass is a busy and successful businessman. His store, HLC Electrical Supplies, formally known as Hillegass Lighting, has been serving the Tidewater area since 1961. He also sits on the Board of Directors for Retail Alliance. We ask him to share some of his thoughts and experiences… How did you first become involved in… [Read More]

On-Board Interview with Debbie Ross, Business Development Representative, Lynnhaven Mall

On-Board Interview with Debbie Ross, Business Development Representative, Lynnhaven Mall How did you first become involved in Retail Alliance? Back in the 90’s I was the General Manager of Greenbrier Mall. The mall was a member of Retail Alliance and I worked with the organization to introduce them to some of my retailers. That’s when… [Read More]

On-Board Interview with Randall Benjamin, Division Loss Prevention Manager, SUPERVALU/Farm Fresh

Interview with Randall S. Benjamin, CPP, PHR, Division Loss Prevention Manager, SUPERVALU/Farm Fresh. His thoughts, hopes and reflections about his involvement with Retail Alliance. 1. How did you first become involved in Retail Alliance? I initially became involved in Retail Alliance by attending the Loss Prevention Conference after joining Farm Fresh as the Division Loss… [Read More]

On-Board Spotlight with Nathan Benson, Tidewater Finance Company

Interview with Nathan Benson, CEO Tidewater Finance Company and Board Member of Retail Alliance     How did you first become involved in Retail Alliance? We have been an Equifax credit customer of Retail Alliance’s Business Solutions since 1992 when I started Tidewater Finance Company. Old man Mr Peck was around at the time and… [Read More]

On-Board Interview with Tim Wright, Simply Unique Jewelers

1. How did you first become involved in Retail Alliance? I became a member of Retail Alliance when Joyce Smith came into our store and very enthusiastically explained the benefits of the Alliance. Me being a bench jeweler all of my life, I only knew what I picked up as a jeweler about how to run… [Read More]

On-Board Interview with Chris Sink, Hi-Ho Silver

1.         How Did You First Become Involved With Retail Alliance? I became a member of Retail Alliance in 2003. As a brand new retailer, I had a lot of questions about retail for which I needed answers. We were inexperienced in many aspects of retailing and found many of the educational seminars to be very… [Read More]

On-Board Interview with Bob Gurnee, Suburban Asset Management

One-on-one Interview with outgoing Chairman of the Retail Alliance Board How did you first become involved in Retail Alliance? When I was working for Dollar Tree, Tom Bowyer was Dollar Tree’s representative on the Board. He departed the organization in 2003 and I was asked to join in his stead. What committees have you been… [Read More]

On-Board Interview with Dan Ryan, Dan Ryan’s for Men (Virginia Beach)

Thanks to Margie Johnson, I was asked to serve on the Board of Directors of Retail Alliance. I have served on the Board for 10 years, with my time coming to an end in February. I have served on various committees including membership, charitable contributions, investment, and nominating committees. It has been a very rewarding… [Read More]