Retailers Mutual Board of Directors

Peter R. Sobelton

Chair

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 treasurer and a past chair of the MRA board 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 has served on the workers' comp program board since 1984.

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.

Jeff Joyce

Vice Chair

Jeff Joyce is vice president and co-owner of Mieras Family Shoes, Grand Rapids. The fourth-generation, family-owned company has three stores, three mobile sales vans and a unit inside a major manufacturer. Mr. Joyce earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Western Michigan University and has spent more than 25 years working in the family business. He was first elected to the Retailers Mutual board in 2010.

Jean Sarasin

Secretary Treasurer

Jean Sarasin is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Michigan Retailers Association and Retailers Mutual and also serves as secretary of the MRA board. She oversees the Association’s finance, membership and customer service areas and manages its day-to-day operations. She joined MRA in 1981 after working in the banking and bookkeeping fields and was named vice president of finance in 1990, senior vice president in 2001, executive vice president in 2008 and to her current position in 2011. She was first elected to the Retailers Mutual board in 1997.

Dan Marshall

Past 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 operates stores in Lansing, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Detroit and Traverse City. A graduate of the University of Colorado, he is a former board member of the National Association of Music Merchants. He also serves as vice chair of the Michigan Retailers board and was first elected to the Retailers Fund board in 1998.

Larry Meyer

Larry Meyer is retired chairman and CEO of Michigan Retailers Association. A graduate of North Central College in Illinois and the Northwood University MBA program, he is a former U.S. Navy officer and has received appointments from three Michigan governors, including director of the Michigan Department of Commerce. He served two terms on the Lansing City Council, was elected in 2009 to the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees, and currently serves as chair of the LCC board. He also serves on the boards of Partnership for Learning and St. Vincent Catholic Charities. He is an original board member of Retailers Fund.

Mark Miller

Mark Miller is executive vice president of Hylant Group, president of its Ann Arbor office and is also responsible for the Troy and Grand Rapids offices. Hylant is among the largest privately held insurance brokerage firms in the United States and maintains strong international brokerage relationships. Prior to joining Hylant, he was managing director of Marsh USA, Inc. for 20 years, where his responsibilities included serving as chief executive of its Chicago, Milwaukee and Detroit offices, and as client executive practice leader of its Midwest region. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan. He was elected to the Retailers Mutual board in 2012.

Rod Phillips

Rod Phillips is owner of Country Casuals, Petoskey, a small chain of year-round and seasonal ladies’ apparel stores located throughout northwest Michigan. He attended Michigan State University and worked as a commercial pilot before starting the retail business with his wife, Judy, in 1974. He serves as a member of the Petoskey Downtown Development Authority. Mr. Phillips was first elected to the Retailers Fund board in 1999.

Thomas Ungrodt

Thomas Ungrodt is president and chief executive officer 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 NMU Foundation. He is the current chair of the MRA board and is a former chair of the Retailers Mutual board. He was first elected to the Retailers Fund board in 1992.

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