WR team attends National Retail Association Conference

Aug 24, 2023
Written by WR Communications


The Washington Retail Association executive team, Renée Sunde, President and CEO, Rose Gundersen, Vice President of Operations, and Mark Johnson, Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs, attended the Council of State Retail Associations (CSRA) national conference held last week in San Diego, California.

WR was joined by associations from across the country and representatives from many of our association member companies. The three-day event provides opportunities for attendees to hear from top national presenters on issues and trends that directly impact the retail industry.

Guest presenters covered the economy and economic outlook, politics and the elections, insights on how to better tell the retail story, and pharmacy issues. A round robin of company-specific issues were discussed, affecting states, whether they tend to be red, blue, or purple.

WR is excited and pleased that our President and CEO, Renée Sunde, was elected by her peers to serve as the Vice President of CSRA. She had previously held the position of treasurer.

The team spent much of their visit sharing and exchanging ideas and resources with fellow associations and returned with tools to help WR better represent our member companies to all levels of government.

The main sponsors of the event were our national partners, the National Retail Federation, and the Retail Industry Leaders Association. Next year’s conference will be held in Stowe, Vermont.

WR was a founding member of CSRA over 17 years ago.


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