Committees

RILA convenes 60+ special member communities that work with the leading executives in the areas of:

RILA committees and councils gather the top executives of our member companies to network and share information on leading practices, operational challenges, and industry trends. These leaders work collaboratively to identify opportunities that could have a strategic impact of the organizations and provide direction to RILA's efforts in the various functional areas. Participation offers meaningful dialogue and impactful connection with true industry peers.

Committees & Councils

Asset Protection

Retailers are transforming, and so is the field of asset protection. RILA is committed to supporting the AP industry’s efforts to adapt to today’s consumer needs without compromising safety, security, and profit.

Asset Protection Leaders Council

Retail AP pyramid heads address key industry priorities and challenges to advance retail AP and enhance operational effectiveness within their respective companies.

Contact
lisa.labruno@rila.org

Asset Protection Steering Committee

Industry leaders across retail segments work collaboratively to develop the educational content and plan for RILA's annual Retail Asset Protection Conference.

Contact
lisa.labruno@rila.org

Crimes Against Business Committee

Corporate and field investigation managers identify emerging criminal trends, share prevention and response strategies and develop smart practices to mitigate risks.

Contact
kelly.foelber@rila.org

Workplace Safety Committee

Retail safety professionals identify leading practices for minimizing incidents and injuries of employees and customers. The committee maintains strong partnerships with enforcement agencies, supports regulatory compliance and assists in respective legislative efforts.

Contact
lisa.labruno@rila.org

Disaster Recovery and Preparedness Forum

The DRAP Forum is an online discussion board that enables retail executives to exchange information about crisis preparedness, response and business continuity and to identify leading practices for protecting customers, employees, facilities, data and assets.

Contact
lisa.labruno@rila.org

Operational Audit Forum

Efficient audit procedures and effective use of resulting data are key to maximizing operational effectiveness. The Operational Audit Forum is an online discussion board that enables AP practitioners to exchange information about the entire audit process - development, execution analysis and identification of data driven solutions - and to share leading practices to maximize efficiency and results.

Contact
kelly.foelber@rila.org

RTech Asset Protection Advisory Council

Asset protection technology experts work to stimulate technological innovation for the mutual benefit of the retail asset protection industry and the solution providers who offer cutting-edge solutions to problems retailers face in the future.

Contact
lisa.labruno@rila.org

Finance

RILA is focused on serving as a resource for our members as they navigate finance-related challenges and opportunities by maintaining several communities of retail executives operating in accounting, audit, tax, and payments areas of our member companies.

Finance Leaders Council

Chief accounting officers, treasurers and/or controllers discuss positions on issues relating to financial reporting, procedures and audits based on data gathered through benchmarking and best practices. The council communicates to both government and non-government agencies and rule-makers to develop and advance a better and more accurate understanding of retail industry financial practices.

Contact
kathleen.mcguigan@rila.org

Tax Advisory Council

The RILA Tax Advisory Council (RTAC) is comprised of the senior most tax executives of RILA’s retail member companies. This committee serves as the strategic counsel for public policy tax issues and provides input to the Public Policy Steering Committee (PPSC) on priorities and objectives for tax-related public policy.

Contact
david.koenig@rila.org

Internal Audit Committee

Chief Audit Executives or the senior-most audit executives from member companies discuss emerging audit issues and internal controls, as well as block-and-tackle techniques for audit planning, working papers, risk assessments, and report writing. The committee also benchmarks leading practices on a variety of topics, ranging from department structure and staffing to handling more technical issues such as cybersecurity, PCI compliance, data analytics and more.

Contact
kathleen.mcguigan@rila.org

Payments Committee

Financial, payments, legal, and government relations executives provide insight and guidance on issues such as interchange fees, virtual currency, EMV migration, access to credit and gift cards.

Contact
austen.jensen@rila.org

Tax Committee

Retail tax executives focus on federal legislative and regulatory tax issues impacting the retail industry. In order to provide input, feedback, and leadership on the tax issues of the day, the RILA Tax Committee works with the Internal Revenue Service, the Treasury Department and the tax committees of Congress on a routine basis.

Contact
david.koenig@rila.org

Human Resources

Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, providing opportunity for all. RILA advocates for sound policies that support diversity, flexibility, upward mobility, and the power to choose one’s own path.

Retail Talent Council

The Retail Talent Council (RTC) formerly known as the Human Resources Leaders Council is comprised of the top human resources executives at leading retailers who oversee all things related to retail employment and have the responsibility to develop strategic visions for their workforce. The RTC focuses on long term trends and vision of the retail workforce and provides thought leadership, research and strategic guidance to help retailers craft the 21st century retail workforce that is diverse, innovative and skilled.

Contact
evan.armstrong@rila.org

Diversity & Inclusion Leaders Council

RILA’s Diversity and Inclusion Leaders Council draws on the collective wisdom, energy and resources of retail leaders to advance workplace and marketplace diversity and inclusion. The initiative is designed by retailers to reflect the unique needs of retailers, support the industry at all points in their D&I evolution, and will emphasize supporting, meaningful progress for retailers rather than a standard definition of success.

Contact
evan.armstrong@rila.org

Health Care Committee

Senior health and benefits executives, as well as government affairs professionals, focused on operational issues, policy development, and federal regulatory and legislative activities regarding ERISA, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and other health care initiatives.

Contact
joe.williamson@rila.org

Labor Steering Committee

This is a steering and advisory committee related to the Labor and Employment Committee.

Contact
evan.armstrong@rila.org

Retail Labor and Employment Committee

Labor & HR executives focus on employment and labor issues affecting retail, such as wage/hour developments, discrimination, labor management matters and unionization issues. Discussions include federal legislative and regulatory action on these and other issues.

Contact
evan.armstrong@rila.org

Legal Affairs and Compliance

RILA provides a network to share best practices and act on the most pressing legal issues of the day. Our programs help leading retailers collaborate and tackle legal and corporate compliance issues specific to retail.

Compliance Council

Chief Compliance Officers address issues that affect the retail environment and its vast scope of transactions, customers, employees, locations, and modes of media as well as the legal environment of compliance with a wide variety of federal and state laws covering many legal areas.

Contact
kathleen.mcguigan@rila.org

General Counsel Committee

The RILA General Counsel Committee addresses the broad array of legal, operational and policy challenges that retail companies face and provides advice and direction to RILA on strategies to assist retailers in meeting these challenges. The Chief Legal Officer or the General Counsel of each RILA retail member is invited to join the committee. The General Counsel Committee meets in-person twice each year and conducts conference calls as needed.

Contact
deborah.white@rila.org

Retail Litigation Center Appellate Division

The Retail Litigation Center Appellate Division (RLC AD) is comprised of litigators from the RLC’s member companies, as well as appellate experts. The RLC AD provides strategic appellate litigation advice and counsel to the RLC. For membership information, contact deborah.white@rila.org.

Contact
deborah.white@rila.org

Retail Litigation Center Board

General counsel of retail member companies help set the strategy and direction of the Retail Litigation Center.

Contact
deborah.white@rila.org

Retail Litigation Center Member

The Retail Litigation Center is a 501(c)(6) membership association and membership is open to all retailers, as well as to related legal service providers. Retail members help us give voice to the retail industry in legal proceedings. For membership information, contact deborah.white@rila.org.

Contact
deborah.white@rila.org

Consumer Products Committee

A forum for quality assurance, product stewardship, sourcing, legal, and government affairs professionals to share information specific to retailers' product safety compliance challenges, including proposed legislation and regulations and new compliance trends.

Contact
autumn.moore@rila.org

Customs Committee

Customs compliance executives come together to discuss and exchange information on customs issues to devise the best policy/government relations strategy to support retail member companies.

Contact
hun.quach@rila.org

Environmental Compliance Committee

Environmental compliance officers convene to advance environmental compliance for the retail industry by educating stakeholders, enriching technical knowledge and leadership skills, sharing leading practices, and communicating with regulators to advocate for retail reform.

Contact
autumn.moore@rila.org

Interchange Litigation Steering Committee

This group operates under a common interest agreement to discuss confidential information and to exchange ideas on litigation strategy relating to the interchange class action settlement.

Legal Direct Reports (L2) Committee

The senior-most attorneys, reporting directly to the General Counsel, work collaboratively to exchange information including leading practices, challenges and trends to enhance legal department effectiveness. The committee communicates through meetings, conference calls, benchmarking surveys and educational webinars and presentations.

Contact
kathleen.mcguigan@rila.org

Public Policy

RILA engages policymakers at the federal and state level to advocate for policies on workforce, trade, tax, privacy, competition and other top priorities to allow retailers and the communities they serve in to thrive.

Communications Committee

Senior-most retail communicators network with peers and discuss issues of common interest, including leading communications practices and issues with implications across the industry, such as cybersecurity and disaster response.

Contact
jason.brewer@rila.org

Public Policy Steering Committee

Senior-most government affairs executives from Premier Retail member companies, following the direction of the board, helps set the strategy of RILA's public policy work.

Contact
brian.dodge@rila.org

Tax Advisory Council

The RILA Tax Advisory Council (RTAC) is comprised of the senior most tax executives of RILA’s retail member companies. This committee serves as the strategic counsel for public policy tax issues and provides input to the Public Policy Steering Committee (PPSC) on priorities and objectives for tax-related public policy.

Contact
david.koenig@rila.org

Diversity & Inclusion Leaders Council

RILA’s Diversity and Inclusion Leaders Council draws on the collective wisdom, energy and resources of retail leaders to advance workplace and marketplace diversity and inclusion. The initiative is designed by retailers to reflect the unique needs of retailers, support the industry at all points in their D&I evolution, and will emphasize supporting, meaningful progress for retailers rather than a standard definition of success.

Contact
evan.armstrong@rila.org

Government Affairs Committee

Government relations executives from retail member companies shape RILA's public policy agenda and advocacy efforts at the federal level.

Contact
jennifer.safavian@rila.org

Health Care Committee

Senior health and benefits executives, as well as government affairs professionals, focused on operational issues, policy development, and federal regulatory and legislative activities regarding ERISA, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and other health care initiatives.

Contact
joe.williamson@rila.org

International Trade Committee

Vice presidents, directors, managers and analysts of trade, customs and import compliance from retail member companies focus on trade, both import and export issues, as well as global retailing issues.

Contact
hun.quach@rila.org

Labor Steering Committee

This is a steering and advisory committee related to the Labor and Employment Committee.

Contact
evan.armstrong@rila.org

Payments Committee

Financial, payments, legal, and government relations executives provide insight and guidance on issues such as interchange fees, virtual currency, EMV migration, access to credit and gift cards.

Contact
austen.jensen@rila.org

Retail Labor and Employment Committee

Labor & HR executives focus on employment and labor issues affecting retail, such as wage/hour developments, discrimination, labor management matters and unionization issues. Discussions include federal legislative and regulatory action on these and other issues.

Contact
evan.armstrong@rila.org

State Affairs Committee

State government relations executives share information about trends in state and local governments affecting retail and strategize on RILA's public policy response.

Contact
brian.rose@rila.org

Tax Committee

Retail tax executives focus on federal legislative and regulatory tax issues impacting the retail industry. In order to provide input, feedback, and leadership on the tax issues of the day, the RILA Tax Committee works with the Internal Revenue Service, the Treasury Department and the tax committees of Congress on a routine basis.

Contact
david.koenig@rila.org

Supply Chain

Ubiquitous internet access and evolving consumer preferences have led to unprecedented disruption in retail. RILA is committed to helping the retail supply chain community adapt with knowledge and innovative solutions.

Digital Retail Council

Senior-most executives responsible for the integration of in-store and digital operations come together and improve industry-wide omnichannel capabilities by facilitating information sharing and research through a trusted forum.

Contact
lisa.labruno@rila.org

Supply Chain Leaders Council

The senior-most supply chain executives of retail members gather to network, explore and critique the business implications of a wide spectrum of supply chain issues and to provide RILA with strategic direction in this area.

Contact
jess.dankert@rila.org

Customs Committee

Customs compliance executives come together to discuss and exchange information on customs issues to devise the best policy/government relations strategy to support retail member companies.

Contact
hun.quach@rila.org

Distribution Committee

VPs address operational and policy issues within the distribution space that impact distribution networks/distribution center operations.

Contact
jess.dankert@rila.org

International Trade Committee

Vice presidents, directors, managers and analysts of trade, customs and import compliance from retail member companies focus on trade, both import and export issues, as well as global retailing issues.

Contact
hun.quach@rila.org

Supply Chain Steering Committee

The top logistics/supply chain executives oversee the structure and programming of the annual Retail Supply Chain Conference.

Contact
jess.dankert@rila.org

Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

Vice presidents and directors address operational and policy issues within transportation and infrastructure areas that affect transportation systems and logistics operations.

Contact
jess.dankert@rila.org

RTech Supply Chain Advisory Council

Supply chain technology experts work to stimulate technological innovation for the mutual benefit of the retail supply chain industry and the solution providers who offer cutting-edge solutions to problems retailers face.

Contact
jess.dankert@rila.org

Supply Chain Security Working Group

Directors and managers of trade, import logistics, supply chain security, and customs assemble on an ad hoc basis to discuss emerging issues and challenges to supply chain security. As issues arise, executives convene to focus on response efforts and strategies influencing supply chain security policies.

Contact
hun.quach@rila.org

Sustainability / Environment

Sustainability initiatives generate environmental, social, and financial value for leading retailers. RILA uses benchmark studies, partnerships, and research to help retailers collaborate and tailor their programs.

Environmental Compliance Committee

Environmental compliance officers convene to advance environmental compliance for the retail industry by educating stakeholders, enriching technical knowledge and leadership skills, sharing leading practices, and communicating with regulators to advocate for retail reform.

Contact
autumn.moore@rila.org

Responsible Sourcing Committee

Retail executives working on responsible and ethical sourcing and social compliance convene to advance the performance of their supply chains, with a specific focus on relationships with suppliers to ensure compliance and drive continuous improvement in existing and emerging sourcing regions. The committee meets twice pear year in person and bi-monthly via conference call.

Contact
erin.hiatt@rila.org

Retail Energy Management Program

Retail energy managers convene to advance the energy efficiency of facilities and electricity procurement practices – including the economical procurement of renewable and alternative energy. The committee meets twice pear year in person and monthly via conference call.

Contact
erin.hiatt@rila.org

Sustainability Committee

Sustainability and CSR executives convene to advance more environmentally sustainable and circular business opportunities, including greenhouse gas emissions reduction, the efficient and responsible use of natural resources, and product- and material-lifecycle value retention. The committee meets twice per year in person and bi-monthly via conference call.

Contact
erin.hiatt@rila.org

Zero Waste Committee

Retail waste management professionals convene to advance materials management throughout their supply chains to improve diversion and explore collaboration on the path to a more circular economy. The committee meets monthly via conference call.

Contact
erin.hiatt@rila.org

Technology and Innovation

The retail innovation ecosystem, which includes RILA’s highly engaged RTech community, works strategically together to address critical retail industry needs.

Digital Retail Council

Senior-most executives responsible for the integration of in-store and digital operations come together and improve industry-wide omnichannel capabilities by facilitating information sharing and research through a trusted forum.

Contact
lisa.labruno@rila.org

Privacy Leaders Council

Chief privacy officers and general counsel executives address privacy issues affecting the retail industry, such as UAS and facial recognition technologies, trans-Atlantics data flows and data breach legislation. In addition to policymaking, RILA’s focus is in facilitating discussions of best practices among peers utilizing meetings, surveys, and where appropriate, creating consensus documents for both internal and external use.

Contact
nicholas.ahrens@rila.org

RTech Council

This council is composed of retail chief innovation officers. The council acts as a pre-competitive forum to share best practices and identify potential collaborative interests and industry needs.

Contact
nicholas.ahrens@rila.org

RTech Asset Protection Advisory Council

Asset protection technology experts work to stimulate technological innovation for the mutual benefit of the retail asset protection industry and the solution providers who offer cutting-edge solutions to problems retailers face in the future.

Contact
lisa.labruno@rila.org

RTech Supply Chain Advisory Council

Supply chain technology experts work to stimulate technological innovation for the mutual benefit of the retail supply chain industry and the solution providers who offer cutting-edge solutions to problems retailers face.

Contact
jess.dankert@rila.org

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