October 9, 2017

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Keyhub's Vikas Narula delivers the opening keynote at Retail Rally last Wednesday.
Retail Rally Attracts Retailers, Partners And Students   

The Minnesota Retailers Association hosted 175 retailers, partners and students at the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business for its first-ever Retail Rally.  
In addition to keynote speakers and learning track presenters, Minnesota's retail community celebrated 12 outstanding retailers and service partners as part of the new Minnesota's Retail Champions awards and recognition program.  
MnRA extends a special thank you to our lead volunteers and sponsors (listed below) along with our partner and event host, the University of St. Thomas.

Minnesota's Retail Champions Recognized    
The Minnesota Retailers Association was proud to recognize the winners of the 2017 Minnesota's Retail Champion Awards at Retail Rally.

Retailer of the Year
Outstanding Achievement
Maureen Bausch, Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee
Customer Experience
Uffda Shop
Retail Innovation
Duluth Pack
Social Responsibility
Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Vendor Partner of the Year
Master Technology Group
Retail Community of the Year
Hopkins Business & Civic Association
Best Place to Work
Thrifty White Pharmacy
Retail Employee of the Year
Brooke Borg, 36 Lyn Refuel Station
Advocate of the Year
Steven Rush, Holiday Companies
Elected Official of the Year
Minneapolis City Councilmember Blong Yang
Academic Partner of the Year
University of St. Thomas
"We are proud to recognize 12 innovative retailers and partners that rose to the top following a robust process to identify Minnesota's Retail Champions," says Bruce Nustad, Minnesota Retailers Association president. "The retail industry has a deep impact on Minnesota communities, and these award recipients are truly representative of what's great about retail across the state."

Members Matter
MnRA Is Member-Driven: Your Retail Rally Drivers    

The Minnesota Retailers Association thanks these members for their service to the retail community as Retail Rally Committee members or judging panel members:
  • Hillary Feder, Hillary's (event chair)
  • Ruthena Fink, Grand Jete (MnRA Board Chair)
  • Amy Bedeaux, Master Technology Group
  • Lonnie McQuirter, 36 Lyn Refuel Station
  • Glen Thompson, Financial Outfitters
  • Nancy Hylden, Hylden Advocacy and Law
  • Tami Phillippi, FASTFRAME
Thank You Retail Rally Sponsors!
Special thanks to these Retail Rally sponsors and supporters:     
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Minnesota Retailers Associaiton
400 Robert Street North, suite 1540
St. Paul, MN 55101
Tel. (651) 227-6631 - mnretail.org - mnra@mnretail.org