NGA promotes Laura Strange to Vice President of Industry Relations, Communications, and Marketing

Arlington, VA, 2017-Jul-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The National Grocers Association (NGA), the national trade association representing the independent supermarket industry, announced today (Jul 24, 2017) that Laura Strange has been promoted to Vice President of Industry Relations, Communications, and Marketing.

Previously Strange served as Senior Director of Industry Relations, Communications, and Marketing. Strange joined NGA in the fall of 2013, coming from Capitol Hill where she served as communications director for Representative Bob Latta (OH-5), a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Prior to working on Capitol Hill, she held positions in the government affairs department for Yahoo! Inc. and in the communications and marketing division for a state taxpayer trade association. Strange earned a Master’s degree in Public Relations from George Washington University and her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of South Carolina.

Strange will continue in her role overseeing NGA’s communications, media relations, and marketing departments. She will also be responsible for developing and implementing NGA’s strategy on a broad range of important industry relations initiatives.

“Laura has been a key member of the NGA team since she joined our organization over three and half years ago. She has built our communications department into a well-oiled, sophisticated operation that is proactive and works every day to advance the good work of NGA and to tell the great story of our independent supermarket members,” said NGA president and CEO Peter J. Larkin. “Laura has also worked collaboratively to enhance NGA’s marketing efforts, helping to drive member and non-member engagement and produce results that benefit the organization. NGA is fortunate to have a talented team that comes to work each day committed to serving our members and the overall industry. Laura is a key part of our team and will continue to lead our efforts going forward.”

“Laura’s Capitol Hill background has been instrumental in helping to advance many of our public policy priorities through her relationships with reporters and her ability to tell our member’s story. She is a tireless advocate for NGA’s members and for the local, family-owned grocers who are truly the backbone of our organization. In addition, her willingness to accept new challenges and think outside of the box has helped NGA continue to grow each year and better serve its membership. In her new role, she will continue to be a great leader and advocate for our members and industry,” said Greg Ferrara, NGA senior vice president of government relations and public affairs.

Contact:

Tel: (703) 516-0700
Fax: (703) 516-0115

Source: NGA

Albertsons Companies names Christine Wilcox VP, Communications and Public Affairs

BOISE, Idaho, 2016-Nov-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons Companies announced today (November 2, 2016) that it has appointed current Vice President of Corporate Communications Christine Wilcox to the position of Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs. Wilcox is filling a vacancy created when Brian Dowling retired from the company earlier this year.

Wilcox is an 18-year veteran of Albertsons, and for the last ten years has served in both internal communications and public relations roles for the company. As part of Wilcox’s new role with Albertsons Companies, she will lead a newly integrated internal and external communications team and will drive the company’s communications strategy around its growth, trajectory, innovative practices and community involvement – all of which help enable it to run really great stores. As part of the new approach, Albertsons Companies has also partnered with The Glover Park Group, a leading strategic communications firm.

“Chris has been an instrumental leader in our company since we began in 2006, and her passion for our history, employees and loyal customers is self-evident. Chris is yet another example of what we aim to do at Albertsons Companies — empower really talented people and encourage them to grow their careers here,” said Andy Scoggin, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Labor Relations, Public Affairs and Government Relations.

An Idaho native, Wilcox graduated from Idaho State University with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature. She joined Albertsons in 1998 as an editor, and held positions of increasing responsibility, including executive liaison to the Board of Directors, Training Director for Albertson’s, Inc., and Training and Communications Director for two former subsidiaries of Albertson’s, Inc. which were operated separately from the company. Wilcox accepted a role as Southwest Division Communications and Public Affairs Director with Albertson’s LLC in 2006. She was named Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs for Albertson’s LLC in 2013 following the acquisition of stores from SUPERVALU.

About Albertsons Companies
Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. The company operates stores, manufacturing plants and distribution centers across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 19 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. Albertsons Companies is dedicated to helping people across the country live better lives. In 2015 alone, with the help of generous customers, Albertsons Companies and the Albertsons Companies Foundation gave more than $270 million in food and financial support to the more than 2,300 communities they serve, improving the lives of millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities, and veterans outreach. Albertsons Companies is committed to making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood.

Media Contacts:
Christine Wilcox
208.395.4163
christine.wilcox@albertsons.com

Teena Massingill
925.226.5820
teena.massingill@albertsons.com

Source: Albertsons Companies

RILA welcomes Christin Fernandez and Talana Lattimer to its communications and marketing team

Arlington , VA, 2016-Nov-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (11/2/2016), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced the addition of two experienced professionals to its communications and marketing team, Christin Fernandez and Talana Lattimer.

“We are pleased to welcome Christin and Talana to RILA. They are both talented communication professionals with deep experience utilizing traditional and digital communications to advance organizational goals,” said Brian Dodge, RILA’s executive vice president for communications. “With their enthusiasm and experience, Talana and Christin will be a valuable addition to the RILA team.”

As Vice President for Communications, Christin Fernandez will serve as RILA’s primary media contact with responsibility for advancing RILA’s objectives to external audiences. Fernandez previously served as Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs at the National Restaurant Association. In that role, Fernandez led press and public communications strategy for several of the association’s priority initiatives, including food and environmental policy, tax and immigration reform, labor and workforce issues, commerce and entrepreneurship and industry reputation. Earlier in her career, Fernandez was a vice president at the public relations firm HDMK and a producer and assignment editor at the Fox News Channel.

Fernandez graduated from Lehigh University in 2007 with a degree in Journalism and Communications.

As Director of Digital Communications, Talana Lattimer will work with peers across the organization to develop strategic digital plans to achieve RILA’s goals and objectives. Previously, Lattimer spent four years with Americans for Safe Access (ASA), rising from Social Media Director to Operations Director. Among her responsibilities at ASA were the development and implementation of the organization’s marketing and public relations strategies. Prior to joining ASA, Lattimer was a Digital Media Coordinator for the Association for Career and Technical Education. Earlier in her career, Lattimer held positions with WHUT-TV, American Forum and the Terry McAuliffe for Governor Campaign.

Lattimer is a 2012 graduate of Howard University with a degree in Radio, TV and Film.

RILA is the trade association of the world’s largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

Contact:

Brian Dodge
Executive Vice President, Communications and Strategic Initiatives
Phone: 703-600-2017
Email: brian.dodge@rila.org

Source: RILA

Four in Ten SME’S seeing signs of Economic Recovery

 

Greenshoots: 42% of SMEs are seeing some signs of economic recovery – but only 1% say the signs are strong

•Recovery time: 27% of SME owners predict six months to a year for their business to recover f r o m the recession, but 26% say it will take more than a year to get back on their feet again

•Growing confidence: 81% of SMEs think they will survive the recession – a 5% increase since February this year

•Trading conditions: 58% still finding it tough, but a small increase in the number now saying that the current trading environment is OK

•Recession headache: cutting costs remains the biggest issue for SMES, but cashflow concerns now taking over f r o m worries about falling demand.

Over four in ten SME owners (42%) report seeing some signs of economic recovery, with a further 1% saying that these signs are strong, according to new research f r o m uSwitchforBusiness.com.

And while the Government has been forced to acknowledge that Britain is still in a recession that is likely to be longer and deeper than originally feared, the findings reveal a small increase in the number of small businesses confident that they will survive. 81% now think that they will get through the downturn, compared with 76% in the first quarter of this year.

However, small business owners expect the recession to have a long lasting impact. Over a quarter (27%) say that it will take their business between six months and a year to get back to normal again, while 26% say that it will take them more than a year. Incredibly though, 32% say it will only take up to six months to recover with 14% of these saying it will take them no time at all to get back on their feet.

The findings come f r o m the latest uSwitchforBusiness.com SME Confidence Survey, which tracks small business confidence over time and highlights current issues and concerns facing Britain’s small traders. It shows that, despite increased optimism, 58% of small companies are finding trading conditions difficult (59% in Q1). However, there has been a small increase in those saying that current trading conditions are OK (40% compared with 38% in Q1).

Earlier in the year, cutting costs was the biggest issue for SMEs and this remains the case today with 58% of companies actively looking for ways to cut back. Similarly, the number of small companies reporting a drop in demand remains unchanged f r o m Q1 (34%). However, 35% are now experiencing cashflow concerns (up f r o m 33%) making cashflow the second biggest concern facing SME owners today.

In Q1, 19% said that the recession was having no impact on their business at all. Today this has dropped to 14%. Overall though, 62% of SME owners report that the recession has been tough, but manageable. Only 18% say that it has been very damaging to their business.

Looking forward to 2010, and with many clearly believing that there is light at the end of the tunnel, SMEs say that their biggest challenges will be increasing sales/turnover (39%), getting over the recession (19%), dealing with regulation and red tape (15%) and overcoming issues with late payments and cashflow (12%).

Jake Ridge, small business expert at www.uswitchforbusiness.com, says: “Despite having the odds stacked against them, Britain’s SMEs have battled to stay afloat and to survive the recession. It has meant making tough decisions and inevitably most small businesses have felt some pain, whether having to lay off staff, find ways to cut costs or learning to combat cashflow concerns. In the first quarter of 2009, 59% were looking for ways to cut costs and this strategy seems to have paid off as most small businesses are now feeling confident about surviving this downturn.

“Small business owners are not feeling complacent though – 43% can see signs of recovery but they know they are not out of the woods yet. They are continuing to keep a tight lid on costs and know that the next challenge comes at the end of the recession when they begin the task of building their businesses back up again.

“In this climate, shopping around for your next energy contract makes sense as no business can afford to be paying more for their energy than competitors. Once they are paying the lowest possible price for the energy they use, businesses can then focus on using less of it – these two simple steps will help them reduce costs substantially and will be a good habit to get into for the challenging times ahead.”

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