Boards of Directors

Bo Brines

Chair

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,

William J. Hallan

President and Chief Executive Officer

William J. Hallan is MRA president and chief executive officer and serves in the same capacity for Michigan Retailers Services and Retailers Insurance Company. The Michigan Society of Association Executives named him a “Rising Leader” among state associations.

Bill Golden

Vice Chair

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.

Peter R. Sobelton

Treasurer, Michigan Retailers Association Board of Directors | Director, Retailers Insurance Company Board of Directors

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 a past board chair of MRA and Retailers Insurance and past president of the Tobacconists Association of America.

Becky Beauchine Kulka

Past Chair, Michigan Retailers Association Board of Directors

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.

Kim Edsenga

Director

Kim Edsenga is Managing Counsel and Director, Compliance with Meijer. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan Ross School of Business and Michigan Law School. Before joining Meijer in 2014,

Ken Hayward

Director

Ken Hayward is executive vice president and managing director of Grand Hotel, the award-winning hotel built on Mackinac Island in 1887. He joined the hotel staff in 1985 and received several promotions.

Dan Marshall

Director, Michigan Retailers Association Board of Directors | Director, Retailers Insurance Company Board of Directors

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,

Orin Mazzoni Jr.

Director

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,

Joseph McCurry

Director

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,

Bryan Neiman

Director

Bryan Neiman is President and CEO of Neiman’s Family Market, with four locations in Alpena, Tawas, St. Clair and Clarkston. His parents, Hal and Jean Neiman, founded the company in 1983 by opening the Alpena IGA store,

Barb Stein

Director

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,

Thomas Ungrodt

Director

Thomas Ungrodt is president of TDU Consulting, LLC. A graduate of Northern Michigan University, he serves on the board of the Northern Michigan University Foundation. He also is a former chair of both the MRA and Retailers Insurance boards.

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.

William J. Hallan

President and Chief Executive Officer

William J. Hallan is MRA president and chief executive officer and serves in the same capacity for Michigan Retailers Services and Retailers Insurance Company. The Michigan Society of Association Executives named him a “Rising Leader” among state associations.

Chad Ayers

Director

Chad Ayers is partner and general manager of Allendale True Value in Allendale. Chad joined the family business in 1998 when it built a new, 20,000-square-foot location. The hardware store also serves as a True Value rental store.

Meredith M. Gremel

Director

Meredith Gremel is responsible for corporate communications for SpartanNash’s family of more than 19,000 associates, four service centers, 19 wholesale and military distribution centers and more than 150 retail stores throughout the United States. 

John Leppink

Director

John Leppink is president of Leppink’s Incorporated, where he oversees the total store operations of four Leppink’s Food Centers, three Leppink’s Pharmacies, 10 Save A Lot food stores, and one North Bank Hardware store with his business partner Richard Cole.

Joe Swanson

Director

Joe Swanson is a consultant with Big Springs Enterprises in Naubinway, in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. He is a retired District Team Leader for Target Corp. Over the years, he played leadership roles for Target stores in the Indianapolis region,

Jean Sarasin

Chair

Jean Sarasin is retired executive vice president and chief operating officer of Michigan Retailers Association and Retailers Insurance. She was first elected to the Retailers Insurance board in 1997.

William J. Hallan

President and Chief Executive Officer

William J. Hallan is MRA president and chief executive officer and serves in the same capacity for Michigan Retailers Services and Retailers Insurance Company. The Michigan Society of Association Executives named him a “Rising Leader” among state associations.

Peter R. Sobelton

Treasurer, Michigan Retailers Association Board of Directors | Director, Retailers Insurance Company Board of Directors

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 a past board chair of MRA and Retailers Insurance and past president of the Tobacconists Association of America.

Jeff Joyce

Past Chair, Retailers Insurance Company Board of Directors

Jeff Joyce is president and co-owner of Mieras Family Shoes, Grand Rapids. The fourth-generation, family owned company founded in 1922 has three stores, four mobile sales vans and a sales unit inside a major manufacturer.

Andrew Gemmen

Director

Andrew Gemmen is president and co-owner of Gemmen’s Home and Hardware in Hudsonville. The business was founded by his grandfather, Al Gemmen, in 1955 and is part of Ace Hardware Corp.,

James P. Hallan

Director

Jim Hallan is retired president and CEO of Michigan Retailers Association. He joined Michigan Retailers as general counsel in 1985. He is a past chair of the board of Delta Dental of Michigan,

Dan Marshall

Director, Michigan Retailers Association Board of Directors | Director, Retailers Insurance Company Board of Directors

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,

Thomas Ungrodt

Director

Thomas Ungrodt is president of TDU Consulting, LLC. A graduate of Northern Michigan University, he serves on the board of the Northern Michigan University Foundation. He also is a former chair of both the MRA and Retailers Insurance boards.

Larry Meyer

Director

Larry Meyer is retired chairman and CEO of MRA. The former U.S. Navy officer has received appointments from three Michigan governors, including director of the Michigan Department of Commerce. He served two terms on the Lansing City Council and was elected in 2009 to the Lansing Community College Board of Trustees.

Rod Phillips

Director

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,