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Association Welcomes New Board Members

May 15, 2012 by Newsfeed Editor  
Filed under RMMC2012, Top Shelf

One more piece of Association business to tell you about today that comes out of the 2012 Retail Merchandising and Marketing Conference (RMMC). At its annual business meeting, NARMS announced four new directors to the board and thanked departing members for their years of service. This new slate of directors will join the existing board in shaping a new direction for NARMS and providing leadership during a transition that will see a new headquarters staff and a change of location to Broomfield, Colorado.

The gathering recognized the outstanding contributions of departing Board Chair Mary Jo Bastuba of Nintendo, departing Vice Chair Ethan Charas of Stratmar Retail Services and Phil Karl of Performance Sales & Marketing Associates. The current Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will feature new Chair Steve Donzelli of Chuck Latham Associates, new Vice Chair Ed Martin of The Beam Team, new Secretary Jim Hall of Riteway Sales & Marketing and new Treasurer Gregg Morrison of TouchPoint 360.

New members elected to their first term on the board include John Gillis of Action Retail Services, Stefan Midford of Natural Insight and Julie Nichols of Nichols and Associates. Jerry O’Brien, of the University of Wisconsin Kohl’s Department Store Center for Retailing Excellence was elected to his second term.

Jim Fulk of RMSe will fill the vacant seat of Kelly Hampton, who recently resigned from the board. He received the next highest amount of votes and fills the opening based on provisions in NARMS By-Laws. Fulk will fill the last year of the term and will have the opportunity to be elected for a second term. Meeting attendees also took some time to thank Hampton for her service and leadership.

The NARMS Board of Directors will next meet in Broomfield on June 19-20. In the meantime, please contact them or the NARMS staff with any concerns, questions or ideas that you may have for the very exciting weeks, months and years ahead. The next election will take place via ballot just prior to the 2013 RMMC and the results will be announced at the annual business meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona on April 27-20, 2013.


Seeking Next Generation of Leaders

February 10, 2011 by Newsfeed Editor  
Filed under Friday Focus, What's in store

Over the history of NARMS, the at-retail merchandising and marketing service industry has been blessed by the leadership of some of the top professionals in the industry. The calendar once again says it is time to begin the process of finding the next generation of leaders to take our industry into the future. In two separate communications this week, NARMS headquarters informed the membership that nominations for the Board of Directors are now open.

A Nominating Committee has been formed consisting of three current members of the Board of Directors and two other active members of the Association. The 2011 Nomination Committee includes Chair Lance Andersen of CROSSMARK Sales and Marketing, Inc.; Steve Donzelli of Chuck Latham Associates, Inc.; Gregg Morrison of Touchpoint 360, LLC; Kelly Baker of Teters Floral Products; and Julie Nichols of Nichols and Associates, Inc.

In order to be eligible, your nominee must currently act as the ceo, president, vice president or director of a corporation, member, partner, or owner of an active member company, or any individual vested with equal authority by the member company. The qualified candidate will be: able to meet the time commitment, attentive to Association needs, a group decision maker, objective, a good communicator, a person of integrity and absent of serious conflicts of interest.

Nominations are open for the expiring terms of Dave Tucci of CSN Retail Services, who is eligible for re-nomination to an additional two-year term; Kelly Hampton of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, also eligible for re-nomination to an additional two-year term; and Lance Andersen of CROSSMARK Sales & Marketing, Inc., who has served two complete terms. To include your nominee on the slate, you must submit their name to a member of the Nominating Committee by February 14 and copy Ken McKenzie.

When nominations are complete, a ballot will be sent to all NARMS Members. Members will then vote and submit completed ballots no later than seven days before the scheduled annual meeting that takes place at the 16th Annual NARMS Spring Conference. That means the cut-off date for completed ballots this year is Friday, April 1, 2011. Any ballots received after that date will not count.

Always remember that this is your Association. Getting involved by serving on a Division Committee or the Board of Directors is a means of demonstrating leadership. It is a serious commitment, but one that has many personal and professional rewards as you will be helping to guide the growth on an entire industry.


HP’s Woodbury Joins Connection Forum

March 22, 2010 by Newsfeed Editor  
Filed under News Finds

Loren Woodbury of HP is the latest participant in the NARMS Manufacturer-Retailer Connection Forum scheduled for Monday, April 19th at NARMS Spring Conference. Others include: Kelly Hampton of 20th Century Fox Entertainment; Joe Wood of Roundy’s Supermarkets; Mary Jo Bastuba of Nintendo and Kelly Baker of Tetter’s Floral.

Connection Session to Include Spieckerman

February 12, 2010 by Newsfeed Editor  
Filed under Friday Focus

carol-headshotThe NARMS Manufacturer-Retailer Connection Forum is taking shape with the recent announcement that Carol Spieckerman of newmarketbuilders will participate. The Connection Forum will happen on Monday, April 19th as part of the NARMS Spring Conference scheduled for April 17-20th at the Saddle Brook Resort in Wesley Chapel, FL. Spieckerman will start the event at 9:00 AM with - Are you Ready for the “Reset? Three Revelations that Will Rock Your Retail Reality – and then will stay on to facilitate the Connection sessions which will run from 10:00 AM until 12:30 PM.

Spieckerman is president of newmarketbuilders and serves as a strategic out-of-enterprise resource to the retail industry for product, brand and marketing campaign launches, and retail best practices. She possesses a unique understanding of macro retail trends and how marketers can translate them into relevant and actionable strategies that resonate with retailers. Spieckerman is a speaker, author and regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Women’s Wear Daily, DSN Retailing Today, Home Channel News, and other national and international media outlets.

The addition of Spieckerman only strengthens what promises to be an exciting and enlightening day. The blue ribbon group of presenters that will participate in the 30 minute Q&A sessions include Kelly Hampton of 20th Century Fox Entertainment, Joe Wood of Roundy’s Supermarkets and Mary Jo Bastuba of Nintendo. Todd Jones, President of Publix will close out the connection theme for the day with an hour long presentation at 4:00 PM.

If you have not already done so, visit the conference center at for more information and to register. The agenda includes not only the Monday Manufacturer and Retailer Connection session, but a whole slate of business building education and networking activities sure to make this a memorable NARMS Spring Conference. 372NARMS2010

Spring Conference to Feature Publix President

January 29, 2010 by Newsfeed Editor  
Filed under Friday Focus

toddjonesA decidedly pointed theme, connecting our members with retailers and manufacturers, has developed as we get closer to the 15th NARMS Spring Conference & Exposition at Saddlebrook Resort in Wesley Chapel, FL on April 17-20, 2010. Clear evidence of that commitment is the recent announcement that we will hold -A Conversation with Todd Jones, President of Publix- at 4:00 PM on Monday, April 19. The address from Jones will cap the 2010 Manufacturer/Retailer Connection Session. Monday at Conference will be a one-stop shopping opportunity to meet manufacturers and retailers.

The Connection Session is a new forum where individual manufacturers and retailers will share news of their new initiatives, new systems and business philosophies with NARMS membership. Others who are currently scheduled to appear at the event include Joe Wood of Roundy’s Supermarkets, Kelly Hampton of 20th Century Fox Entertainment and Mary Jo Bastuba of Nintendo. To add to the excitement, Monday will also feature RORI: Return on Retail Investment in the General Session at 2:00.

The opportunity to hear from Randall “Todd” Jones is chance to glean from his remarkable record of retail excellence. His storybook 30-year ascent to Publix company president began as a part-time front service associate while in high school. Along the way, he progressed through the ranks of retail management, including ten years as a store manager before escalating into operational leadership at various points in the Jacksonville division. In 2005, Jones was promoted to senior vice president of product business development; then moved into the role of company president in 2008 where retains the responsibility for the retail operations and supply chain functions for the supermarket chain. Publix, one of America’s top 100 companies to work for and most admired companies, operates over 1,000 stores in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

The chance to hear from this expert panel is reason enough to head down to Florida in April. But if that isn’t enough to convince you, visit our conference center on to see all of the educational and networking workshops, classes and meetings on the agenda. The 15th NARMS Spring Conference & Exposition is truly a showcase event.


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