Michigan Retailers Association Board of Directors

Dan Marshall

Chair

Dan Marshall is president of Marshall Music Company, one of the largest full-line music retailers in the country. The Lansing-based, family owned company was established in 1948 and operates stores in Lansing, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Troy, West Bloomfield, Allen Park and Traverse City. A graduate of the University of Colorado, he is a former board member of the National Association of Music Merchants and past chair of the Retailers Mutual board. He was first elected to the MRA board in 2008.

James P. Hallan

President and Chief Executive Officer

Jim Hallan became president and CEO of Michigan Retailers Association in 2008 after serving as president and chief operating officer since 1989. He also serves as president and CEO of Retailers Mutual. He joined Michigan Retailers as general counsel in 1985. He serves as a member and former chair of the Board of Directors of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, as chair of the national Council of State Retail Associations and is a former member of the board of Fremont Insurance Company. A former assistant county prosecutor, he is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and the Detroit College of Law.

Orin Mazzoni Jr.

Vice Chair

Orin Mazzoni, Jr. is president of Orin Jewelers, Inc., a family-owned business with stores in Garden City and Northville. He is past president and current member of the Michigan Jewelers Association board, a member of the Garden City Downtown Development Authority and past Garden City Chamber of Commerce president and “Member of the Year.” A graduate gemologist of the Gemological Institute of America, Mazzoni is a former member of the Michigan Retailers Services, Inc. board and was first elected to the MRA board in 2007.

Peter R. Sobelton

Treasurer

Peter Sobelton is owner-partner in several retail property companies and the former owner of two retail businesses, Sundries Plus and Churchill’s Ltd. tobacco and gift stores in Birmingham. He is chair of the Retailers Mutual board, a past chair of MRA, and past president of the Tobacconists Association of America. Mr. Sobelton holds an MBA in finance and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Wayne State University. He currently serves on the board of the downtown Birmingham Principal Shopping District. He was first elected to the MRA board in 1998.

Thomas Ungrodt

Past Chair

Thomas Ungrodt is president and CEO of Ideation, Inc., Ann Arbor, a leading producer of marketing solutions for independent gift retailers across the nation. He also oversees two Michigan gift stores. A graduate of Northern Michigan University, he serves on the board of the Northern Michigan University Foundation. He also is a former chair of the Retailers Mutual board, previously served on the Michigan Retailers Services, Inc. board and was first elected to the MRA board in 2007.

Brian Ducharme

Brian Ducharme is vice president and general manager of the Mobility Division of AT&T for Michigan, Indiana and Ohio. He is responsible for AT&T’s wireless operations in those states, where he oversees all business and financial matters for AT&T’s 187 company-owned retail stores and 120 indirect retail locations in the states. He attended Michigan State University and joined the wireless industry in 1987, eventually working in nine different markets across the country. He was named to the Services board in 2008 and elected to the MRA board in 2012.

William J. Hallan

William J. Hallan is chief operating officer and general counsel and serves in the same capacity for Retailers Mutual Insurance Company.

He joined Michigan Retailers in August 2011 as vice president and general counsel. He expanded his responsibilities to include oversight of the Association’s legislative advocacy program in February 2012 and overall operations in September 2013. His legislative accomplishments include playing a key role in passage of the Organized Retail Crime Act (Public 455 of 2012), and he was appointed by Governor Rick Snyder to the new Organized Retail Crime Board.

Prior to joining Michigan Retailers, he was a litigator in the Dykema Gossett law firm’s Bloomfield Hills office. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Toledo School of Law, where he was Articles Editor for the Law Review, and a graduate of Denison University.

Becky Beauchine Kulka

Becky Beauchine Kulka is founder and CEO of Becky Beauchine Kulka Diamonds and Fine Jewelry located in Okemos. Her community-focused store was selected Michigan Retailer of the Year in 2006 and named one of the “coolest” jewelry stores in the nation by Instore magazine in 2005. She also received the 2002 Entrepreneurial Award from the Greater Lansing Business Monthly. A graduate of the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and Lansing Community College, she serves as president of the Michigan Jewelers Association, is a former member of the Michigan Retailers Services, Inc. board and was first elected to the MRA board in 2011.

Joseph McCurry

Joe McCurry is an executive with Credit Card Group and is based in Georgia. He previously was an executive with the furniture industry’s Dovetail Alliance and The High Point Group and is a retired Detroit district general manager for Sears, Roebuck and Co. He also served as a store general manager for Sears in Illinois and Wisconsin. A former staff sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, he was educated at Governors State University and Husson College. He was first elected to the MRA board in 1997 and is a past board chair.

Larry Mullins

Larry Mullins is owner of Brandon Tire & Auto Service Center in Ortonville and a former district manager for General Tire. He is a former chair of the MRA board and Michigan Retailers Services, Inc. and past president of the Michigan Tire and Vehicle Service Association. A graduate of Lawrence Technological University, Mr. Mullins is also a past board member of the National Tire Industry Association and past president of the North Oakland Chamber of Commerce. He was first elected to the MRA board in 1996.

R.D. (Dan) Musser lll

R.D. (Dan) Musser lll is president of Grand Hotel, the historic 385-room hotel built in 1887 on Michigan’s Mackinac Island, and is responsible for its daily operations. Along with his sister, Mimi, he represents the third generation of Musser family ownership and operation of the world’s largest summer resort. A graduate of Albion College, Mr. Musser is extremely active in the hotel and tourism industries, as well as in state, local and nonprofit service organizations. Boards of directors on which he serves include the Mackinac Bridge Authority and Albion College. He was named to the MRA board in 2010.

Barb Stein

Barb Stein is owner/operator of Great Northern Trading Co., Rockford, a specialty gifts and home décor store she opened in 1977. She is active in the Rockford Area Chamber of Commerce and is chair of the Rockford Downtown Development Association, chair of the HEART of Rockford Business Association and member of the Rockford Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. A graduate of Peirce College in Philadelphia, she has served on the Michigan Retailers Services, Inc., board and was first elected to the MRA board in 2001.

Joe Swanson

Joe Swanson is District Team Leader for Southwest Ontario, Target Canada and is responsible for operations, profitability and human resources for 10 Target stores, with a total of 2,000 employees. A graduate of Michigan State University, he has been a member of the Target team for more than 25 years. He was first elected to the MRA board in 2001.

James Walsh

James Walsh is retired chief financial officer of Meijer, Inc. and an adjunct professor of finance at Aquinas College. He joined the Grand Rapids-based retailer in 1992 after holding executive positions with Warehouse Club, Inc., Household Merchandising, Inc., and Jewel Companies, Inc., all in Illinois. He holds degrees from Loyola University in Chicago and Northwestern University, and is a member of the board of Catholic Charities West Michigan. He was named to the board in 2007 and elected in 2008.

D. Larry Sherman

Board Member Emeritus

D. Larry Sherman is retired president of the former Sherman Shoes, Inc., Birmingham. He is a former chairman of MRA, the former Retailers Fund and the National Shoe Retailers Association. A University of Michigan graduate, he was named “Business Person of the Year” by the Birmingham-Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce in 1992. More recently, he chaired the Michigan Retailers Foundation “Links to a Legacy” fund-raising campaign. He was first elected to the MRA board in 1982.

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