RILA appoints Jason Brewer as EVP, communications & state affairs and Brian Rose as director, state affairs & advocacy

Additions Signal Increased Focus On State Affairs

Arlington , VA, 2017-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) recently welcomed the addition of two new members to the public affairs team, Jason Brewer, who will serve as executive vice president, communications & state affairs and Brian Rose, director, state affairs & advocacy.

Jason Brewer, who was previously a member of RILA’s communication’s team, is returning after serving as vice president for government affairs and strategic initiatives at the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA). Prior to joining AHLA, he spent six years playing an integral role in RILA’s communications and campaign activities, and in his new role, will lead the association’s communications and state affairs programs.

Brian Rose joins RILA from DDC Public Affairs, where he served in increasingly senior roles during his four-year tenure. As director of state affairs & advocacy, Rose will be RILA’s day to day lead monitoring state government affairs and will contribute to the execution of RILA’s public policy campaigns.

“We are thrilled to have Jason back on the team, bringing great experience and creativity to the industry’s advocacy efforts,” said Brian Dodge, senior executive vice president, public affairs. “Brian Rose is a talented campaign operative who will be a valuable resource to our members. Working together with our state partners, Jason and Brian will help the industry navigate complex issues at the state and local level.”

In addition to welcoming Brewer and Rose on board, RILA announced that RILA’s Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Joe Rinzel will be departing the association to become a partner at a public affairs firm, Align Public Strategies. In this role, Rinzel will continue to represent RILA as a client of the firm. Rinzel is departing RILA after eleven years overseeing our valued partnerships with state retail associations and guiding efforts on a range of policy issues.

“In his eleven years with RILA, Joe has been a tremendous asset to the team and to our members, both at the state and federal level. We look forward to continuing to rely on his skill and judgement in this new capacity,” added Dodge.

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.

Contact:
Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039
Email: christin.fernandez@rila.org

Source: RILA

RILA comments on Council’s decision to end consideration of scheduling legislation

Arlington , VA, 2016-Sep-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) issued the following statement in response to action taken today by the Washington, D.C. Council to end the consideration of legislation that would have been harmful to retail employees working in the nation’s capital. The Council tabled the measure on a vote of 9-4, ending consideration of the matter for foreseeable future.

“Retailers welcome the Council’s decision to withdraw this harmful proposal from consideration,” said Joe Rinzel, senior vice president for government affairs. “Restrictive scheduling would have hurt economic development in the city, and made it more difficult for students and seniors to obtain part-time or seasonal work with local retailers.”

The proposal, the Hours and Scheduling Stability Act of 2015, stalled in June after a divisive 3-2 vote in subcommittee.

“Retailers have anchored economic development across the city, with newly constructed stores attracting adjacent restaurants, small business and creating thousands of new jobs for local residents. District policymakers clearly recognize that restrictive scheduling legislation would have put this progress in jeopardy.”

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

Liz Hunger joins The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) as Director for State Government Affairs

Arlington, VA, 2015-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced today that Liz Hunger has joined the association as Director for State Government Affairs. In this role, Hunger will manage RILA’s relationships with State Retail Association partners and facilitate communications with RILA member company executives with state government affairs as part of their portfolio.

Prior to joining RILA, Hunger served as the lead on state policy issues for the nation’s largest trade association in the electronic physical security industry, the Security Industry Association.

In previous roles, Hunger provided technical assistance on various USAID-funded global public health projects as a Program Advisor for Futures Group Global and served as a staffer in the U.S. Senate.

Hunger earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy from George Mason University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Spanish Language from the University of Delaware.

“As we continue driving the retail industry’s public policy agenda on both the state and federal level, Liz will ensure our members’ are engaged and their interests well represented among stakeholders across the country,” said Joe Rinzel, RILA’s senior vice president for government affairs. “We are excited to welcome Liz to RILA and know that her talent and experience will provide added value to RILA members and the industry at-large.”

Hunger officially joins RILA today, June 1.

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.

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

The Retail Industry Leaders Association welcomes Nicholas Ahrens as VP of Privacy and Cybersecurity

Arlington, VA, 2014-9-15— /EPR Retail News/ — The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) today announced Nicholas Ahrens will join the association as Vice President of Privacy and Cybersecurity.

Joining the association from the Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Commerce, Ahrens will lead RILA’s privacy and data security agenda and serve as the lead advocate to the government on cybersecurity, privacy, data security and related issues. In addition, Ahrens will work on the continued development and implementation of RILA’s Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Initiative.

Ahrens, who officially joined RILA September 8th, will also staff the RILA Privacy Leaders Council, which is comprised of senior-level executives from America’s largest retailers.

“Nick brings valuable insight into the critical privacy and data security challenges retailers face today. His experience will make him an outstanding advocate for the retail industry and we are excited to have him on the RILA team,” said RILA President Sandy Kennedy.

Ahrens joins RILA after four years with the U.S. Department of Commerce serving in a number of senior roles including Counsel to the General Counsel, where he provided legal and policy advice on a number of privacy and cybersecurity issues. Earlier in his career with the U.S. Department of Commerce, serving as special assistant to the General Counsel, Ahrens worked on the 2012 White House Consumer Data Privacy Blueprint, coordinating efforts for the roll out of the Blueprint in the European Union.

Ahrens will report to Joe Rinzel, senior vice president for government affairs.
“Nicholas will be a tremendous asset to RILA and our member companies, both in his knowledge of privacy and cybersecurity issues and his deep understanding of the current regulatory climate,” said Rinzel.

Ahrens holds a J.D. from Wake Forest University.

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.

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Allie Brandenburger
Director, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2063
Email: allie.brandenburger@rila.org