WR welcomes slate of new directors

Jun 19, 2019
Written by Renée Sunde, President & CEO

We are thrilled to welcome four new members to the association’s board of directors.

Together, these talented people reflect the diversity of our membership and promise to add fresh perspectives and leadership on the important issues impacting the retail industry.

Please welcome:

  • Alfonso “Al” Cornish, Director of Government Affairs for Target Corporation holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and manages all advocacy, relationship management and new store support in the Southeastern United States. Al chairs the City of Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights and has coached AAU and high school basketball for more than 15 years.
  • Andy Ryder, owner of Shur-Kleen Car Wash represents a chain of seven environmentally-friendly car washes serving the Puget Sound region. Andy also serves as Mayor of the City of Lacey and represents Lacey as the Chair of the Transportation Policy Board for the Thurston Regional Planning Council. As Mayor he was selected to be the first Honorary Commander of the 446thAirlift Wing stationed at JBLM in 2019.
  • Michelle Markus, holds a degree in Economics from The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. She is Chief People Officer for Mud Bay, the Olympia-based employee-owned pet food and supply retailer with more than 50 locations in Washington and Oregon. She has also consulted for companies including REI, Brooks Sports, Tommy Bahama and Nordstrom.
  • Theresa Signorini Treat serves as Vice President of People Services at Seattle-based Ben Bridge Jeweler. She brings an extensive career in labor relations and negotiations in privately-owned, publicly-traded and equity-purchased companies across various industries. She also has served on the Board of Directors of Athletes for Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of children with disabilities and special needs.

We are pleased to welcome such a high level of talent and business credentials to our board. The addition of these members reflects the reputation of Washington Retail and offers great promise for the future direction of the association.

Just as important, these leaders enhance our diversity and reflect the range of companies we represent, from small to large businesses with local, regional and national markets. Our board covers a wide span of retailers trading in general merchandise, personal services, pet care, clothing, jewelry, auto services and more with locations throughout Washington State.

The leadership of Washington Retail is committed to supporting our members and stakeholders as stewards of Washington’s retail experience.