Boards of Directors

Orin Mazzoni Jr.

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,

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.

Becky Beauchine Kulka

Vice Chair

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.

Peter R. Sobelton

Treasurer, Michigan Retailers Association Board of Directors | Past Chair, 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.

William J. Hallan

Secretary

William J. Hallan is MRA executive vice president, chief operating officer and general counsel and serves in the same capacity for Retailers Insurance Company. The Michigan Society of Association Executives named him a “Rising Leader”

Dan Marshall

Past Chair, 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,

Brian Ducharme

Director

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.

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.

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,

Larry Mullins

Director

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,

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,

Joe Swanson

Director

Joe Swanson is District Team Leader for Target Corp.’s Indianapolis, Indiana, region after holding similar positions for Target in Southwest Ontario, Canada, and Southeast Michigan. A graduate of Michigan State University,

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.

James Walsh

Director

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,

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.

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.

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.

Bo Brines

Director

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,

Bill Golden

Director

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.

Emily Matthews

Director

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.

Jeff Joyce

Chair

Jeff Joyce is vice 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.

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.

Peter R. Sobelton

Treasurer, Michigan Retailers Association Board of Directors | Past Chair, 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.

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 Do it Best Corp.,

Dan Marshall

Past Chair, 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,

Jean Sarasin

Director

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.