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The 2016 Annual Meeting is scheduled for September 25, 2016.  Details are as follows:

MRA’s Annual Meeting and Dinner moves to a Sunday afternoon-evening format this year to better accommodate the busy schedules of our members. Be sure to join your fellow retailers for a jam packed afternoon including the annual meeting and officer voting, educational seminars, networking with legislators, dinner and a special performance by award winning Maryland artist Maggie Rose.


Following board and membership meetings, there will be two educational opportunities including a a presentation by Google Business View on how to boost your business online and cost saving partners that can cover your dues and more.


After a cocktail hour networking with legislators, dinner will be highlighted by guest speaker Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Larry Hogan and former legislator and returning this year is the popular MRA All Star Team! Thirty-seven state legislators made our All Star Team to be recognized at the Awards Dinner. This is a great opportunity to interact with your state elected officials and thank them for their support. Additionally, MRA Legislator of the Year Awards will be given to Senators Bobby Zirkin and Wayne Norman as well as a Tri State Legislator of the Year award to Delegate Sid Saab. Our Louis L. Goldstein award will be given to Thomas Cormier of Ahold USA and Law Enforcement Award will be given to Cpl. Justin Blubaugh of Harford County.


New this year is a performance by award winning Maryland artist Maggie Rose. Raised in Maryland, Rose cut her teeth as the leader of a Bruce Springsteen cover band before beginning to write her own songs, drawing on her unique background — including a move to Nashville as a 19 year old — for inspiration. Since then, she’s filled her resume with accolades, awards, and chart hits, including more than 30 appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, an Emmy Award, multiple performances on the nationally-syndicated Bobby Bones Show, and praise from outlets like The New York Times and Vogue.


You don’t want to miss this year’s event as it will not disappoint.

MRA Schedule

12:00 pm-4:00 pm Registration
1:00 pm Board Meeting
3:00 pm Annual Member Meeting and Elections
3:30 pm Break
4:00 pm Google Business View Presentation: Interested in boosting your online presence? Our partners at Google Business View will teach you about Google 360 and the impact it can make on your business.
5:00 pm Cost Savings for Members: Want your dues back and more? Come to this special one hour presentation and find out what membership benefits can save you money.
6:00 pm Cocktail Hour with Legislators
7:00 pm-9:00 pm Awards Dinner


• Keynote Speaker: Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Deputy Chief of Staff, Governor Larry Hogan
• Performance by award winning Maryland artist Maggie Rose
• 2016 Legislator All Star Team Awards
• Law Enforcement Award: Cpl. Justin Blubaugh, Harford County Sheriff’s Department
• Legislator of the Year Awards for MRA and Tri State: Senators Robert A. Zirkin, H. Wayne Norman and     Delegate Sid Saab
• Louis L. Goldstein Service Award: Thomas Cormier, Ahold USA
• Debut of MRA’s Retail Across America Campaign video featuring Governor Larry Hogan and Speaker     Michael E. Busch



Registration with payment must be completed and received by September 12.

Fees: (Members and Spouses per person)
$70.00 – Covers Reception, Awards Dinner and Seminar
$20.00 – Covers Seminar only
Add $20.00 for non-members

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 MRA Sponsors


Altria Client Services      

Ahold USA/Giant Food


Sprague Operating Resources LLC

Wawa, Inc.


MD-DE-DC Beverage Assn.




Chesapeake Employers’ Insurance Company

Target Corporation

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company


Best Buy

Food Lion

Franklin & Prokopik, PC


Kelly Integral Solutions LLC

Sheetz, Inc.


Tri State Jewelers Sponsors


Jewelers of America


Berkley Insurance Company


Rossmann-Hurt-Hoffman & Jewelers Mutual