Board Retailers Association Announces New Co-Chairpersons, Appoints New Puerto Rico Board Member For 2011-2013

   The Board Retailers Association (BRA), a non-profit organization representing 600 independently owned surf, skate snow and wake retailers, is pleased to announce that it has elected two new Co-Chairs for the 2011-2013 term. Bruce Cromartie of BC Surf and Sport and Coco Tihanyi of Surf Diva Boutique will replace D. Nachnani of Coastal Edge and Duke Edukas from Surfside Sports, who have served since 2009. Both D. and Duke will retain their positions as Members of the BRA Board of Directors.  “With so much change happening in the industry we need good leaders, and I am super-stoked that Bruce and Coco have taken the reins,” said Duke Edukas. “Being Co-Chairs with D has been an awesome ride. It’s been an honor to serve. I’ve met great people, interacted with a lot of fine companies and am looking forward to the future.” “Duke and D brought two unique geographical perspectives as “East” and “West” Co-Chairmen, and we felt this was important to maintain,” said Mike Duncan, President of BRA. “More importantly, they served as great advisors and mentors to the entire membership as did the Chairmen before them. We are confident Bruce and Coco will continue this service both as advisors and also as liasons with the manufacturers with whom they’ve built such good rapport.”  After showing surf movies up and down the east coast for his first few years out of high school, Bruce Cromartie opened the original BC Surf & Sport in 1977. In 1986, he and a partner opened a store in Littleton, Colorado just as snowboarding started to gain popularity. Since that time, BC has...

Transworld Business Industry & Retail Awards

Congratulations to BRA Co-Chairman Duke Edukas and his partner Paul Burnett of Surfside Sports on being named OVERALL SHOP OF THE YEAR in the 2009 Industry & Retail Awards hosted by Transworld Business. Congratulations also to Dogfunk.com for being named Online Retailer of the Year and Milo Myers at Hanger 94 for being named Hardgoods Retailer of the Year. Keep up the great work guys! What an honor to be recognized by your fellow retailers as well as the industry at large. The following is a list of Regional Shops of the Year, many of which are BRA Members: Rockies – Milosport – Congrats Ben and Cal! California – Surfside Sports Northwest – Snowboard Connection – congrats John and crew! Midwest – The House Mid Atlantic – Pitcrew Skateboard & Snowboard Shop Northeast – Eastern Boarder Southeast – Vertical Urge – congrats BRA Board Member Todd Canipe! South – Faith Skate Supply Congratulations goes out to our friends at Vans as well who were named Brand of the Year and Most Innovative POP. Kudos to Volcom Stone-Age for putting out the Best Specialty Store Specific Product...

Attendee Comments on the BRA Retail Summit

“It (The Retail Summit) gave me the opportunity to meet some new friends and reconnect with some old ones. There was so much good information and healthy interaction that I almost wanted to get back into retail. I look forward to helping further the retail/manufacturer relationship in the future. There is so much to consider with fully vertical retailers, internet sales, domestic and international economy pressures and our customers changing lifestyles. The more we all understand our changing business environment and the effect on each other, the better chance we have to grow our business together. Lets be smart and work hard to keep this open communication and exchange of information going. I’m still reeling from the stoke.” Glenn Brumage, IASC “I had a killer time (in Puerto Rico), learned an assload of stuff, danced with some Puerto Rican babe and met some incredible people.” Shawn Taylor, Santa Cruz Surfboards “I just wanted to say that I got a lot out of the Summit, and the content was extremely rich. I’ve been doing this retail thing for a long time and sometimes it can be quite uninspiring. I walked away from last week feeling re-charged and inspired. I’m not a big group email kind of guy, but I just wanted to say that you did a good job. Keep it up!” Pete Censoplano, Sun Diego “I know that all the Sk8 shops, Sk8 Park owners and retailers that attended were very stoked on [IASC’s] presentation. Your state of Skate combined with the Skate Deck merchandising report and creative thinking exercise were a big hit! I’ve received a ton of...