CRMA Annual Awards Luncheon
2020 – Seizing Opportunities Amidst Uncertainty
During this historic and transformative time for our industry, CRMA remains steadfast in our resolve to advocate for and partner with retail businesses all across Connecticut. Now, more than ever, it is essential that we stay informed, stay connected and work together.
The CRMA Educational Conference & Virtual Annual Meeting, held on November 19, 2020, brought retailers, elected officials and industry leaders together to discuss what’s ahead in 2021. “Seizing Opportunities Amidst Uncertainty” was a well-attend event that offered a range of perspectives and a glimpse of efforts underway and anticipated in the coming months.
The CRMA Virtual Annual Meeting featured an outstanding line-up of guests:
Governor Ned Lamont provided updates on his administration’s view of current circumstances, and expectations for retail to remain open throughout the 4th quarter of 2020 and beyond.
Incoming House Speaker Matt Ritter and Senate Republican Minority Leader Kevin Kelly discussed the upcoming Connecticut legislative session, and what may be ahead.
The federal perspective was provided by U.S. Senator Chris Murphy.
Insights into the state of the retail industry across the U.S. were shared by Matt Shay, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation and Brian Dodge, president of the Retail Industry Leaders Association.
State Capitol journalists Chris Keating of The Harford Courant, Christine Stuart of CTNewsJunkie, and Kevin Rennie, co-host of Face the State and Hartford Courant columnist, discussed changes in the make-up of the Connecticut Senate and House after the 2020 elections.
The Annual Meeting was co-hosted by CRMA Board Chair Abby Jewett and CRMA President Tim Phelan.
The Annual Meeting concluded with a brief video highlighting the efforts of Connecticut retailers during 2020, produced for CRMA by Mind Over Media.
CRMA extends our appreciation to Annamarie Grise and Steve McDermott for expertly coordinating the virtual event.
2019 – Connecticut Retail’s Big Event
The CRMA Annual Awards Luncheon was held on October 16, 2019, with an overflow crowd on hand. The 2019 honorees were Pilgrim Furniture & Mattress City, selected as the Retailer of the Year, and Your CBD Store, chosen as Emerging Retailer of the Year. CRMA also recognized a legislator who has been passionate about the unique legislative and regulatory issues facing the business community. State Rep. Jason Rojas of East Hartford was honored as CRMA Legislator of the Year. Gov. Ned Lamont provided opening remarks at the annual event, held at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford.
2018 – CRMA Annual Awards Ceremony at The Bushnell
Connecticut Retail Merchants Association (CRMA) Board Chair Tom Wholley of Connecticut Mattress (left) and President Tim Phelan (right) flank representatives of the Association’s 2018 retail award recipients: Jason Kloter, Owner, Kloter Farms (Family Retailer of the Year); Brian Knies, Owner/President, Tile America (Retailer of the Year); and Greg Schmidt │Lead Manager, Workforce Initiatives, CVS Health (National Retailer of the Year). Awards were presented at the CRMA Annual Awards ceremony at The Bushnell on October 17, 2018.