Michigan Retailers Services, Inc. Board of Directors

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 Insurance Company. He joined Michigan Retailers as general counsel in 1985. He is a past chair of the board of Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana and current chair of the Delta Dental Foundation. He is also past 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.

Bo Brines

Bo Brines is owner and president of Little Forks Outfitters, an Orvis shop and retailer of quality fly fishing equipment and outdoor clothing, located in downtown Midland. A Midland native, he earned a degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston. He took over an office products supply store from his father in 1989, then started his current business in 1995. He is a board member of the Midland DDA, former president of the Midland Downtown Business Association and was that organization's 2004 “Business Person of the Year.” He was named to the Services board in 2011.

Bill Golden

Bill Golden is co-president, with his brother Craig, of Golden Shoes, a family owned and operated shoe store in downtown Traverse City since 1954 and which succeeded a shoe retailer dating back to 1883. A Traverse City native, he began working in the store at age 14 and joined the store full time in 1981. He is active in numerous community projects and serves on the board of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority. Golden Shoes was honored as Michigan Retailer of the Year in 2005 in the small retail category. He was named to the Services board in 2012.

Emily Matthews

Emily Matthews is manager of the Dart Foundation, overseeing the charitable work of the foundation in mid-Michigan, Sarasota and 33 domestic and international production communities. Previously, she was chief operating officer of the Capital Region Community Foundation in Lansing. She also has served as associate general counsel for Delta Dental and was a partner with the Foster Swift law firm. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and law degree from Indiana University. She and her husband and other business partners are a driving force to revitalize Lansing’s Old Town commercial area, owning and operating Zoobie’s Old Town Tavern, upscale pizzeria Cosmos and The Creole, a New Orleans-style restaurant.

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