Retail Alliance Foundation

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To develop and coordinate Retail Alliance’s educational and charitable efforts in support of existing and aspiring business owners.


Giving back to the community has always been a major component of our DNA. We believe merchants can and should contribute to the improvement of the community in which they operate. In fact, since 1990, the Retail Alliance has given almost four million dollars to local organizations.

Our charitable giving has included everything from grants and event sponsorship to underwriting economic development efforts and seed money provision for small business growth.

In 2010, the Retail Alliance Board of Directors mandated preservation of these values through the establishment of the Retail Alliance Foundation, created to support the Retail Alliance’s charitable and educational activities.


Social Enterprise Development

In an effort to diversify revenue, nonprofits are entering the retail industry at a greater rate than ever before. The RA Foundation offers tailored services and support to help nonprofit retail efforts succeed. For more information, contact RA Foundation staff.

Social Enterprise Development

Center for Retail Excellence

The Center for Retail Excellence strives to fill the competency gap in retail operations, equipping participants with the education and skills to overcome the challenges inherent in starting or advancing their careers in the retail industry. The mission of the CRE is to be the premier source for retail education and support throughout Southeast Virginia.

For more information about the Center for Retail Excellence, click here.

Center for Retail Excellence

RA Foundation Funders

Patricia and Douglas Perry Foundation


RA Foundation Board of Directors


Jack Plomgren
Board Chair
Cartridge Man

Randall Benjamin

Randall Benjamin, CPP PHR


Jenny Crittenden
Gloucester Main Street Preservation Trust

Robin Gregory
Dollar Bank


Lori Janke
Clothes Mentor/Once Upon A Child


Pamela Katrancha
Garden Gazebo/Hickory Farms
Vice Chairwoman of the Board

Mary Landgrebe
Retail Inventory Solutions


Brock Potter
Potter & Company


Philip M. Scotti
Philip Michael Fashion for Men
Investment Chairman


John Small
Small’s Restaurant & Catering Co.

Rod Watson
Score Hampton Roads

RA Foundation Staff

Raymond J. Mattes, III
Michelle Ellis Young
Director of Center for Retail Education
Tiffany McGee
Development Director, Center for Retail Excellence