Hampton Roads’ Retail Alliance board elected new officers, four new board members, and re-elected directors.

The 2018-2019 officers are:

  • Joe Taylor (Taylor’s Do It Center), Chairman of the Board
  • Ben Willis, III (Willis Furniture), Immediate Past Chairman of the Board
  • Pam Katrancha (Garden Gazebo/Hickory Farms), Vice Chairperson of the Board
  • Ray Mattes (Retail Alliance), President/CEO
  • Beth Parsons (Retail Alliance), Corporate Secretary


Directors re-elected to a 2 year term to expire in 2020

  • Denise Clarke (Care-A-Lot Pet Supply)
  • Scott Freeman (Auction757)
  • Tom Hartman (Atlantic Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc)
  • Cary E. Patrick (WT Patrick & Sons, Inc)
  • Phil Scotti (Philip Michael Fashion for Men), Investment Committee Chairperson


The four new board directors are as follows:

  • Jenny Crittenden (Gloucester Main Street Preservation)
  • Kathy Knack (Kathy Knack Interior Designs, Inc)
  • Jack Plomgren (Cartridge Man)
  • Brock Potter (Potter and Company)


Current board directors:

  • Randall Benjamin (Farm Fresh/SUPERVALU), Legislative Committee Chairperson
  • Nathan Benson (Tidewater Finance)
  • Carlyle Bland (Second Mouse, Inc – Brown Chicken Brown Cow, Venture Kitchen and Bar & Marker 20)
  • Robert Gurnee (Suburban Capital), Budget Committee Chairperson
  • Lori Janke (Clothes Mentor/Once Upon A Child), Education Committee Chairperson
  • Pam Katrancha (Garden Gazebo/Hickory Farms), Nominating Committee Chairperson and Foundation Chairperson
  • Elaine Luria (Mermaid Factory)
  • Sarah Pishko (Prince Books)
  • Debbie Ross (Lynnhaven Mall), Membership Committee Chairperson
  • John Small (Small’s Restaurant & Catering Co)
  • Joe Taylor, (Taylor’s Do It Center)
  • Ben Willis, III (Willis Furniture), Audit Chairperson
  • Jim Wofford (MacArthur Center) Bylaws Committee Chairperson

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About Retail Alliance

The Retail Alliance, formerly known as the Retail Merchants Association of Tidewater, is a non-profit trade association serving the interests of local retailers in Greater Hampton Roads. The organization promotes and supports the healthy growth of retail businesses and trade through education, advocacy and other products & services.