For Immediate Release: September 27, 2016
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Gov. Scott: I am directing immediate change to the public notification laws following pollution incidents

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Today, following the sewage spill in Pinellas County and the sinkhole at Mosaic's New Wales facility, Governor Scott is directing Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Secretary Jon Steverson to issue an emergency rule that establishes new requirements for public notification of pollution incidents to take effect immediately. This emergency rule will ensure the public, local governments and DEP are notified within 24 hours by all responsible parties following a pollution incident.

Governor Scott will also propose legislation during the next legislative session to ensure the public is kept informed of incidents of pollution that may cause a threat to public health and to Florida's air and water resources. This legislation will amend current law which only requires public notification when pollution moves off-site of where the incident took place and threatens public health. This legislation will put the 24-hour public notification requirements into law as well as increase the fine amounts and penalties on any violators.

Governor Scott said, "It does not make sense that the public is not immediately notified when pollution incidents occur and that is why I am directing DEP to immediately issue an emergency rule implementing strict requirements for public notification within 24 hours. Today, I am demanding any business, county or city government responsible for a pollution incident to immediately tell the public. That is common sense and our residents deserve that.

"While DEP was on-site to investigate the situation at Mosaic in less than 24 hours and followed current state laws to notify the public, our laws are outdated and must immediately be changed. When we find laws, rules and regulations that aren't common sense, it is incumbent on us to immediately make changes like we are doing today. Not only am I directing an emergency rule to begin today, but I will fight for legislation next session to ensure the 24-hour public notification requirements are codified in law and the penalties to any violators are severely strengthened.

"Tomorrow, I will be at Mosaic's New Wales facility to get a briefing from company officials and to view the sinkhole. Last week, I directed DEP to immediately investigate the sewage spill in Pinellas County and also to expedite their investigation into the sinkhole at Mosaic. I also directed DOH to immediately assist DEP to ensure our drinking water is safe. Both of these investigations are still ongoing, and should a violation be found, all responsible parties will be held accountable with appropriate penalties and sanctions once DEP concludes their work. We must do everything we can to ensure residents and visitors have access to clean and safe water, and are informed when incidents occur that could potentially have an impact on their health."

As directed by Governor Scott, the emergency rule will require the owner or operator of any facility, including a city or county government, to provide notification of incidents of pollution within 24-hours to DEP, local governments and the general public through the media.

The new rule will apply regardless of whether the impacts of the pollution remain on-site or not. This will apply to any pollution affecting Florida's air or water resources, such as unauthorized discharges of treated and untreated wastewater and industrial wastewater releases. The emergency rule will last for 90 days. DEP will also simultaneously begin the formal rulemaking process to gather public input and make the rule change permanent.

Secretary Jon Steverson said, "The safety of Floridians and our environment is always a top priority of the department. It is extremely important that Floridians are quickly notified of incidents of pollution that could potentially affect public health and the environment, and this emergency rule will give DEP the authority needed to ensure the public is kept informed when these instances occur."

The following outlines the new notification requirements directed by Governor Scott that will begin immediately:

  • Within 24 hours, DEP, local governments and the general public must be notified of pollution by any and all responsible parties
  • Within 48 hours, DEP, local governments and the general public must be notified of any potential risks to public health, safety or welfare and to surrounding areas by any and all responsible parties; and
  • Within 24 hours of becoming aware pollution has affected areas off-site, adjacent and nearby property owners, in addition to DEP and local governments, must be notified of any potential health risks by any and all responsible parties.

For Immediate Release: June 28, 2016
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Four future leaders recognized for their commitment to academics and continuing education; Winners – hailing from Pembroke Pines, Jacksonville, Eustis & Margate - are part of the petroleum/c- store community

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (FPMA), the state’s premier trade association representing the petroleum and c-store industries, proudly announces the winners of its four 2016 FPMA Scholarships. The winners are:

  • Sydney Klyczek – Pembroke Pines
  • Lucy Rodriguez – Jacksonville
  • Madison Scaringella – Eustis
  • Kathy Weich – Margate

All four will be presented with their $6,000 scholarships at FPMA’s annual Sunshine EXPO taking place July 29-August 1 at the Marriott World Center Orlando. This is the 34th year that FPMA, a division of the Florida Retail Federation, has awarded scholarships to deserving high school seniors and college freshmen. “Our members and their families are what make FPMA and our industry a success, and to be able to recognize deserving students who could be the future of our industry is something we’re proud of,” said FPMA Scholarship Chairman Marc Gomes. “We are looking forward to honoring Sydney, Lucy, Madison and Kathy at the Sunshine EXPO and are excited about what the future holds for each of them.”

SYDNEY KLYCZEK – PEMBROKE PINES
Sydney recently graduated from Chaminade-Madonna Prep. She plans to attend Florida State University and pursue a degree in Business. Sydney and her father, Richard E Klyczek Jr., both work at Tom Thumb Food Stores, Inc.

LUCY RODRIGUEZ -- JACKSONVILLE
Lucy’s family works for First Coast Energy, LLP and she recently graduated from the Bolles School. She is interested in pursuing a degree in art or design in college.

MADISON SCARINGELLA – EUSTIS
Madison has been dual enrolled at Sumter State College and plans to continue her education at the University of South Florida, majoring in Social Work. Madison’s father is Mike Scaringella, who works for Terra Sonic International.

KATHY WEICH – MARGATE
Kathy graduated from Coral Springs Charter School and plans to attend the University of Florida and pursue a degree in Biology. Kathy’s family works for Lank Oil Company.

For 34 years, FPMA has granted academic scholarships exclusively to owners, employees and their children to attend college and become successors of the family business or entrepreneurs of their own. The winners were selected from a diverse and impressive pool of applicants. Eligible students need a GPA of 3.5 or higher, must be a Florida resident and own or are employed by an FPMA member company, or are a financial dependent of an owner or employee of an FPMA member company or must enroll in a minimum course load of 12 hours.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA PETROLEUM MARKETERS & CONVENIENCE STORE ASSOCIATION
The mission of the Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association is to protect the industry and advocate on its behalf. FPMA strives to promote a growth-oriented business community in the state of Florida and work to ensure that every one of our members reaps the benefits of a fairly regulated and business friendly environment. FPMA’s members receive the benefit of consultations on individual business problems, interpretation of laws and regulations or assistance in negotiation with governmental agencies.

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Convenience Stores Hit Record for In-Store Sales

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For Immediate Release: April 14, 2016
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Florida’s 10,000 c-stores, third most in the nation, helped contribute significantly to the record-breaking $226 billion in sales in 2015

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (FPMA), the state’s premier trade association representing the petroleum and c-store industries and a division of the Florida Retail Federation (FRF), today announced that in-store sales nationally for convenience stores reached a record $226 billion in 2015, an increase of almost six percent from the year prior. The industry’s 2015 metrics are based on the State of the Industry survey from FPMA’s partners at the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS).

“Convenience stores are appealing to a larger and more diverse audience each year by offering a greater selection of food and hot and cold beverages,” said FPMA Executive Director Ned Bowman. “Our members recognize the importance of expanding their offerings, and this new report proves that consumers are responding positively to these changes.”

Convenience stores sell 80% of the fuel purchased in the country and a continued period of low gasoline prices caused the overall sales in the convenience and fuel retailing industry to decrease significantly, dropping 17.4%. However, low gas prices and a recovering economy benefited retailers by driving more consumers inside the store. This resulted in total sales inside of the store reaching a record $225.8 billion in 2015.

Foodservice, a broad category that includes prepared and commissary foods, hot dispensed beverages (coffee) and cold and frozen dispensed drinks, continues to be a key focus for growth in the convenience store channel, contributing 20.8% of in-store sales in 2015 and accounting for 33.7% of gross profit dollars.

Here’s how in-store sales were broken down in 2015:

  • Tobacco (cigarettes and OTP): 35.9% of in-store sales
  • Foodservice (prepared and commissary food; hot, cold and dispensed beverages): 20.8%
  • Packaged beverages (carbonated soft drinks, energy drinks, sports drinks, juices, water and teas): 15.1%
  • Center of the store (candy; sweet, salty and alternative snacks): 10.7%
  • Beer: 7.2%
  • Other: 10.3%

Beyond sales, convenience stores remain an important part of the economy. The convenience and fuel retailing industry employed 2.5 million people in 2015 (a 2.9% increase from 2014). The industry has roughly doubled in size over the last three decades. At year-end 1985, the store count was 90,900 stores, at year-end 1995 the store count was 101,100 stores and at year-end 2005 the store count was 140,665 stores.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA PETROLEUM MARKETERS & CONVENIENCE STORE ASSOCIATION
With more than 10,000 convenience stores in the Sunshine State and hundreds of petroleum-related businesses, the mission of the Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association is to protect the industry and advocate on its behalf. FPMA strives to promote a growth-oriented business community in the state of Florida and work to ensure that every one of our members reaps the benefits of a fairly regulated and business friendly environment. FPMA’s members receive the benefit of consultations on individual business problems, interpretation of laws and regulations or assistance in negotiation with governmental agencies. For more information, visit the FPMA website, and follow FPMA on Facebook and Twitter.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
The Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide one out of every five jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year. For more information, visit the FRF website, and follow FRF on Facebook and Twitter.

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For Immediate Release: April 12, 2016
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Nationally-renowned political and public affairs expert Castellanos will share his thoughts and expectations for the presidential election as well as other important national races during the Southeast’s premier trade show for retailing

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association (FPMA), the state’s premier trade association representing the petroleum and c-store industries and a division of the Florida Retail Federation (FRF), today announced that CNN national Political Analyst Alex Castellanos will serve as the keynote speaker during the 2016 Sunshine EXPO®, the premier trade show for retailing in the State of Florida. Taking place July 29-August 1 at the Orlando Marriott World Center, the EXPO features more than 2,500 attendees, 350 exhibitors and some of the biggest names in the industry gathered to network, learn and showcase new products and technology. Castellanos will speak Saturday, July 30 at Noon.

“We are honored to have someone with the experience and reputation of Mr. Castellanos addressing the thousands of convenience store owners, petroleum marketers and business leaders during the Sunshine EXPO®,” said FPMA Executive Director Ned Bowman. “We look forward to Mr. Castellanos sharing his thoughts on the upcoming national elections and letting our members know what to expect and how their businesses might be impacted.”

With nearly four decades of political and private sector consulting experience in the U.S. and around the globe, Alex Castellanos has developed communications strategies and campaigns for some of the world’s largest companies and helped elect U.S. Senators, Governors and Presidents. Castellanos co-founded Purple Strategies, a bipartisan public affairs firm, appears regularly on Meet the Press and currently serves as a member of CNN’s “Best Political Team on Television.”

In 2007, GQ Magazine named him one of the 50 Most Influential People in D.C. He has been a Fellow at the Institute of Politics at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has also been credited with the discovery of the political “soccer-mom” and called “father of the attack ad.”

“I want to thank Ned Bowman and FPMA for inviting me to address the Florida business and industry leaders who will be in attendance during the EXPO, and allowing me to share my thoughts on where things stand politically in our country and what the future holds,” said Castellanos.

The Sunshine EXPO continues to serve as one of the nation’s premier convenience and fuel retailing events designed to support the industry, including educational programs, renowned speakers and networking opportunities. This year’s EXPO has been expanded to incorporate the popular annual Loss Prevention Conference and the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year events, making the 2016 Sunshine EXPO® the premier trade show for retailing in the state of Florida. With attendees from all across the southeast U.S. and suppliers from around the country, the EXPO is a not-to-miss event for retailers to find new ideas, products and services that help grow and strengthen their business.

For more information, please visit www.sunshineexpo.com.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA PETROLEUM MARKETERS & CONVENIENCE STORE ASSOCIATION
With more than 10,000 convenience stores in the Sunshine State and hundreds of petroleum-related businesses, the mission of the Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association is to protect the industry and advocate on its behalf. FPMA strives to promote a growth-oriented business community in the state of Florida and work to ensure that every one of our members reaps the benefits of a fairly regulated and business friendly environment. FPMA’s members receive the benefit of consultations on individual business problems, interpretation of laws and regulations or assistance in negotiation with governmental agencies.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
Founded in 1937, the Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide three out of every four jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year. In fact, more than three out of four of Florida’s budget dollars come from retail-related activity.

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For Immediate Release: April 1, 2016
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TALLAHASSEE, FL – Below is a quote from Florida Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association (FPMA) Executive Director Ned Bowman in support of Governor Scott signing SB 912 into law today. FPMA is a division of the Florida Retail Federation and this bill, among other things, helps to protect consumers from illegal gas pump skimmers by establishing increased safety standards for all Florida gas pumps as well as increasing penalties for anyone tampering with gas pumps:

“By signing this important bill into law, Governor Scott is helping to safeguard the financial information of Florida’s consumers, business owners and visitors by ensuring increased security is applied at each of Florida’s more than 6,000 gas pumps. On behalf of our members and Florida’s 10,000+ convenience store owners, I want to thank Governor Scott, Commissioner Adam Putnam, Representative Dana Young and Senator Anitere Flores for their hard work in addressing this issue and doing their part to protect all of us from being victims of gas pump skimmer fraud.”

For Immediate Release: February 22, 2016
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TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association representing retailers for over 75 years, is now accepting nominations for its prestigious Florida Retailer of the Year award, which recognizes an outstanding retailer for sound business practices, and a commitment to their employees, customers and communities. Nominations must be submitted by Friday, March 25.

“Florida’s retail industry plays such an important role in the success of our state, and we are excited to shine the spotlight on those retailers who contribute to that success while also supporting their local community,” said FRF President/CEO Randy Miller. “We ask consumers of these retailers to support their favorite businesses by nominating them for this prestigious award.”

Eligible businesses are those with sales volume of $5 million or less and have a physical presence in the operation and/or management of the retail business. People interested in nominating a retailer may nominate more than one, self-nominations are allowed and the business does not have to be an FRF member. Nominations can be submitted online by filing out this form or by completing this PDF nomination form and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to 227 S. Adams St., Tallahassee, FL 32301.

The business selected as Retailer of the Year will be recognized before a statewide audience during the Retail Smarter Symposium June 8 at the Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club in St. Petersburg. The Florida Retailer of the Year award was started in 1999, and was awarded last year to Jon & Betsy Hughes of the Track Shack in Orlando.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
Founded in 1937, the Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide three out of every four jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year. In fact, more than three out of four of Florida’s budget dollars come from retail-related activity. For more information, visit the FRF website, and follow FRF on Facebook and Twitter.

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For Immediate Release: January 28, 2016
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Almost 10,000 c-stores reside in Sunshine State, third most in the nation

c-stores

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, a division of the Florida Retail Federation (FRF), reports that the convenience store count in both Florida and the U.S. continued to increase as 2015 set a record for the total number of stores. Florida’s convenience stores increased from 9,737 in 2014 to almost 10,000 in 2015, which ranked third among all states according to the 2016 National Association of Convenience Stores/Nielsen Convenience Industry Store Count.

“The convenience store industry in Florida continues to see incredible growth as more drivers rely on the time-saving ease these stores offer drivers to get food, drinks, supplies and gasoline every day,” said FPMA Executive Director Ned Bowman. “Florida’s economy continues to improve and support our industry, and we’re proud of the work FPMA does each year with state and local government to ensure our state’s convenience stores are more environmentally friendly and safer for employees and customers.”

From 2011 to 2015, Florida’s convenience store count increased from 9,348 to 9,910, an increase of more than six percent. Among the states, Florida ranked third behind Texas (15,607 stores) and California (11,540), with New York (8,446) and Georgia (6,765) rounding out the top five. In the past year, the total number of convenience stores nationally increased by more than 1,400 for a total of 154,195.

Within the retail universe that Nielsen tracks, convenience stores account for 34.2% of all outlets in the United States, which is significantly higher than the U.S. total of other retail channels including superettes, supermarket and supercenters (51,055 stores), drug stores (41,969 stores) and dollar stores (27,378 stores). Overall, 80.7% of convenience stores (124,374) sell motor fuels.

The convenience retailing industry continues to be dominated by single-store operators, which account for 63.1% of all convenience stores (97,359 stores total) and 74.3% of store growth in 2015.

The convenience retailing industry has roughly doubled in size over the last three decades. At year-end 1985, the store count was 90,900 stores, at year-end 1995 the store count was 101,100 stores and at year-end 2005 the store count was 140,665 stores.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
Founded in 1937, the Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide three out of every four jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year. In fact, more than three out of four of Florida’s budget dollars come from retail-related activity. For more information, visit the FRF website, and follow FRF on Facebook and Twitter.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF CONVENIENCE STORES
Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 152,000 stores across the country, posted $698 billion in total sales in 2014, of which $483 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

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For Immediate Release: November 5, 2015
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The Governor’s proposed $1 billion tax cut package will mean significant savings for consumers and reductions in expenses for the state's 270,000 retail businesses

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association representing retailers for over 75 years, is providing its full support for Governor Rick Scott’s proposed tax cut package that he announced today. With more than $1 billion in cuts to a number of different taxes, the Governor’s proposed tax cut package will help stimulate Florida’s economy and continue the positive growth the state has achieved during his term.

“As retail business leaders in this state, we support Governor Scott’s proposed $1 billion tax cut package, specifically the reduction of the business rent tax. We expect to reinvest any savings that we’d enjoy from these tax savings into increased wages, benefits and additional jobs,” said FRF Chair Dan Doyle, Chief Human Resources Officer for Beall’s, Inc. “We look forward to doing our part to support the Governor’s proposed tax cut package when it is considered in the upcoming legislative session.”

Part of Governor Scott’s package focuses on supporting local businesses by proposing to eliminate the corporate income tax paid by retailers and manufacturers statewide as well as a one percent reduction in the business rent tax for all Florida businesses. It also provides relief for consumers by proposing a 9-day disaster preparedness sales tax holiday as well as a renewal of the popular 10-day back-to-school sales tax holiday.

“By eliminating the tax on business income for Florida manufacturers - big and small, and all Florida retailers, which include many small businesses all across the state - we are putting job creators on the road to success for years to come. I want Florida to be the small business capital of the world. Our state is already home to 500,000 small businesses. The more we can cut taxes – like the one on commercial lease – the more we can grow our small businesses in Florida and further diversify our economy to invest in our future,” said Governor Scott. “Florida is on a roll. Our businesses have added almost one million new jobs over the last four years, but we have more work to do. We can’t only create jobs when the national economy is good. We must cut taxes and diversify our economy so Florida can grow even when the national economy is bad. Florida must compete with Texas, and diversify our economy to guard against another recession.”

“Governor Scott’s $1 billion tax cut package is important to the continued growth and success of Florida, and we thank him for continuing to focus on helping Florida businesses grow and putting money back in the pockets of Florida families,” said FRF President/CEO Rick McAllister. “Cuts for disaster preparedness and back-to-school shopping, plus the business rent tax and corporate income tax will all have a significant positive impact for both business owners and consumers.”

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
Founded in 1937, the Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide three out of every four jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year. In fact, more than three out of four of Florida’s budget dollars come from retail-related activity. For more information, visit the FRF website, and follow FRF on Facebook and Twitter.

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For Immediate Release: October 28, 2015
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McAllister to retire December 31 after leading the organization to unprecedented success; Longtime FRF Executive VP Randy Miller named new President/CEO

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association representing retailers for over 75 years, announced today that President/CEO Rick McAllister, who has brought unprecedented success, recognition and prestige to the organization, is retiring at the end of the year, concluding 14 years as FRF’s leader. Veteran FRF Executive Vice President Randy Miller was announced as the new President/CEO, and will start in his new position beginning January 1.

“It has been an incredible opportunity to lead the Florida Retail Federation for the past 14 years, and to meet and learn about the diverse retailers that are so instrumental in the success of our state,” said McAllister. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with such a talented and dedicated staff, and I’m confident that Randy will continue our success as he leads FRF in 2016 and beyond.”

Randy Miller has been with FRF since 2004 where he’s been serving as Executive Vice President. Randy is a former Executive Director of the Florida Department of Revenue and served as an association executive and a government consultant for various law firms prior to joining FRF.

“I’m honored to serve as the new President/CEO, and to follow the legacy set by one of the greatest leaders and advocates the retail industry has seen in Rick,” said Miller. “The respect and influence that FRF currently has not just in Florida but nationwide, positions us for continued growth and success as we continue our goal of supporting our members and strengthening the entire retail industry.”

McAllister is only the fourth person to hold the dual titles of President & CEO in the 78 year history of FRF, and he has also served in the same roles for the Georgia Retail Association for the past three years. Under McAllister’s leadership, FRF increased membership totals to record highs and cemented its reputation as one of the most influential and effective associations in the legislative arena. He was instrumental in securing the partnerships between FRF and the Florida Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association and the Georgia Retail Association. Also during his tenure, for the first time in the organization’s history, FRF launched a private health care exchange which will allow its members to provide key benefits to their workforce.

“Rick has been instrumental in the growth and influence of FRF, and guided the organization through challenging times and economic conditions. Rick was a true visionary in the retail industry. The board of directors is grateful for all of his contributions and accomplishments, and for his distinguished tenure as President/CEO,” said FRF Board Chairman Sandy Fortin of S&J Sports/Play It Again Sports. “We are confident that FRF is well positioned to continue this growth and influence due in large part to Randy’s extensive expertise, leadership and relationships with key strategic partners, as well as the talented team and resources he has supporting him.”

A native of Louisiana, McAllister has over 40 years of retail, manufacturing, consulting, and association experience. His background includes retail chain store ownership, chief operating officer of a publicly traded retail company, a decade of retail consulting, and presidency of two statewide trade organizations. He came to the Retail Federation from the Florida Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association, where he also served as President and CEO.

McAllister has a history of building and providing creative leadership to teams of executives and board of directors. He has won numerous awards including Volunteer of the Year for The Family Source of Florida and Campaign Volunteer of the Year for the Big Bend United Way. He served on the Boards of the Florida Retail Federation, Georgia Retail Association, Florida TaxWatch, Council of State Retail Associations, Florida State University’s Center for Retail Merchandising, University of Florida’s Retailing Advisory Board, and Visit Florida.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
Founded in 1937, the Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide three out of every four jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year. In fact, more than three out of four of Florida’s budget dollars come from retail-related activity. For more information, visit the FRF website, and follow FRF on Facebook and Twitter.

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For Immediate Release: October 26, 2015
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Richter and Boyd recognized for their continued focus on pro-retail issues and passage of key legislation, as well as their overall support for the industry

TALLAHASSEE, FL – The Florida Retail Federation (FRF), the state’s premier trade association representing retailers for over 75 years, and the Florida Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association (FPMA) announced that Senator Garret Richter (D-23, Naples) and Representative Jim Boyd (D-71, Bradenton) were selected as the 2015 FRF & FPMA Legislators of the Year at the FRF/FPMA Fall Meeting held in Naples in front of a room full of board members and industry leaders. Both legislators were recognized for their ongoing support of retailers and the overall retail community and their efforts to push for legislation that enhance and protect the industry.

Senator Richter (l) and
Adam Hinds of Bealls, Inc.

“Senator Richter and Representative Boyd have been true friends of retailers and outstanding members of the Florida Legislature for years. We are proud to recognize and thank them for their efforts to safeguard and support retailers statewide,” said FRF President/CEO Rick McAllister. “Retailers make up more than 270,000 of Florida’s businesses and employ more than 2.7 million people, and Senator Richter’s and Representative Boyd’s efforts strengthen our state and make a big impact on the success of Florida’s families.”

Senator Richter currently serves as President Pro Tempore, and over the past few years he has continually sponsored the Accuracy in Damages bill which provided provide tort reform and relief to member businesses, sponsored the lottery point of sale bill, and helped defend retailers in a debate on bad debt sales tax refunds which led to the ultimate passage of the bill. Senator Richter was presented his award by Adam Hinds, Vice President of NSSC Operations for Chico’s FAS.

Representative Jim Boyd (l) and FRF
Board Chairman Dan Doyle of Bealls, Inc.

Representative Boyd currently serves as the Majority Whip in the Florida House where he has helped FRF and the industry by supporting pro-retail legislation, while also doing his part to stop any bills that increase regulations or may negatively impact retailers. Representative Boyd was presented his award by Dan Doyle, Vice President of Loss Prevention & Human Resources for Bealls, Inc.

ABOUT THE FLORIDA RETAIL FEDERATION
Founded in 1937, the Florida Retail Federation is the statewide trade association representing retailers -- the businesses that sell directly to consumers. Florida retailers provide three out of every four jobs in the state, pay more than $49 billion in wages annually, and collect and remit more than $20 billion in sales taxes for Florida’s government each year. In fact, more than three out of four of Florida’s budget dollars come from retail-related activity. For more information, visit the FRF website, and follow FRF on Facebook and Twitter.

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