China Action Sports Retail Summit

As most of you know, BRA President Mike Duncan along with Glenn Brumage, Todd Roberts of ZJ Boarding House, Tod Swank of Tum Yeto and some other influential skate retailers and manufacturers all spent the past couple of weeks in China at a conference about the the action sports marketplace. Too see video from the event, please visit http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=480489350521&ref=mf and to see pictures, please visit...

Board Retailers Association Mourns Loss of Greg Bennett

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (September 29, 2009) – It is with great sadness that the Board Retailers Association (BRA) announces the loss of Greg Bennett. Greg and his wife Jill owned Birthday Suits, a specialty chain of North Carolina shops focused on swimwear. Greg was a founding member of BRA, a Board Member since 2003, a great retailer, and a close personal friend. He has been in business and active in the industry and his community for 25 years. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. “I have known Greg for almost ten years and I cannot express my deep sorrow for his family’s loss. Greg was an amazing source of inspiration for me personally and the association during our formative years,” said Mike Duncan, BRA President. “We would not be where we are today without his support and I am forever grateful.” Greg’s memorial service was held Monday, September 28th in his hometown on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Relay for Life Outer Banks, c/o Jill Bennett at 322 Sir Chandler Drive, Kill Devil Hills, NC...

Retailers Call ASR Crucial to 2010 Planning

“I cannot imagine a more efficient way to grow our spring business then attending ASR this year.” – D. Nachnani, Coastal Edge and BRA Co-Chair San Juan Capistrano, CA (July 16, 2009) – As the global retail sector prepares for recovery at the start of next year, buyers are making critical choices to position their stores for future success. The ASR Marketplace will bring together thousands of qualified buyers with the strongest emerging and established brands in surf, skate, swim, moto, lifestyle and street wear from September 10-12, 2009. With an understanding of the current strain on buyers’ budgets, ASR is taking big steps to ensure that retailers can make the trip to San Diego, CA for three-days of crucial previewing, order writing and networking. “Specialty retail is the lifeblood of the action sports industry and ASR is committed to doing everything possible to help them succeed,” says Andy Tompkins, ASR Group Show Director. “The opportunity for retailers to meet in person with top executives and preview over 500 brands under one roof is essential to doing business, especially right now.” ASR has devised several programs to help retailers travel to the show including leveraged flight and hotel rates. Not only is ASR working with San Diego hotels to secure the most aggressive discounts, but going even farther to buy down certain hotel blocks, off-setting nightly rates. VIP retailers will have access to breakfast and lunch on-site, free parking and other discounts to make working at ASR more affordable. “Going to ASR gives retailers the opportunity to envelope ourselves in the experience of the surf and skate lifestyle. It...

Board Retailers Association Announces 2009-2011 Co-Chairs

Growing Association Restructures to Provide Bi-Coastal Representation The Board Retailers Association (BRA), a non-profit representing 550 independently owned surf, skate, snow and wake retailers, is pleased to announce Duke Edukas from Surfside Sports in Costa Mesa, CA, and Deepak “D” Nachnani from Coastal Edge in Virginia Beach, VA, as BRA Co-Chairs for the 2009-2011 term. Duke and D. replace Todd Roberts, from ZJ Boarding House in Santa Monica, CA, who successfully served as Chairman since 2007. Todd will retain his position as a Member of the BRA Board of Directors. “It was a pleasure and an experience to represent my fellow retailers as BRA Chairman,” said Todd Roberts. “I have no doubt that Duke and D. will continue to successfully lead the association through these tough economic times into the future.” “Todd was an exceptional Chairman and we are indebted to him for his service to the action sport specialty retail market,” said Mike Duncan, President of BRA. “We are excited to welcome Duke and D. as co-chairs to better represent the diversity of our members geographically, as well as their size and product diversification.” “I am honored to serve as BRA Co-Chair with Duke,” said D. Nachnani of Coastal Edge. “This is the first time in the history of the association that a Chairman has been from the East Coast. Being part of BRA, has helped me to grow personally, network with key industry leaders and grow my business. I look forward to sharing that experience with other retailers,” continued Nachnani. Over the next two years, BRA plans to continue to grow its retail certification program, educational offerings,...

Board Retailers Association Prepares to Host Annual Retail Summit

BRA Releases Event Schedule and List of Speakers and Presentations WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC – April 16, 2009 – The Board Retailers Association (BRA) will host the Retail Summit VI next week in Huntington Beach, April 22 – 24, 2009 at the Hilton Waterfront. The Retail Summit is a three day educational conference with seminars focused on topics ranging from credit and debt management to pricing and discounting, interactive workshops focused on opening a dialogue between retailers and manufacturers, and fun networking opportunities. This is the first time this event has ever been held in the continental United States. The Retail Summit will kick off Wednesday, April 22nd with a keynote address by Tommy Knapp, former Founder of Honolua Surf Co. and former SIMA President, speaking to retailers on strategies for winning in tough times. Since he has been both a retailer and a manufacturer, and is now an Adjunt Professor of Entrepreneurial Studies at USC, he can provide insight into everything from customer service to keeping the passion alive. Following Tommy, retailers will hear a presentation by Cary Allington of ActionWatch, State of the Skate Industry, a retail and manufacturer panel on pricing and discounting as well as a Skatetech Seminar by Professor Schmitt. That afternoon retailers will be treated to a beach demo day where manufacturers and retailers alike take to the water for an afternoon surf session. Later that evening, Volcom is hosting a Welcome Dinner and Reception poolside. On Thursday, April 23rd, retailers will begin the day with a presentation by Dina Cipollaro, from Fundamental Training Solutions. She is going to lead an executive coaching session...