Ravenox CEO, Sean Brownlee, recently traveled to the state capitol with the Washington Retail Association to meet with legislators on behalf of the Washington retail community.
The Washington Retail Association represents approximately 4,000 storefronts in every legislative district in Washington State. In 2018, the Retail sector generated a record $170.2 billion in taxable retail sales in Washington - these sales generated more than half of the state's general fund resources.
More importantly, employment in the retail sector has steadily grown with more than 393,100 jobs in Washington supported by the retail industry. Significantly, ninety-eight percent of retailers represent small business, employing fewer than 50 people. These businesses are dedicated to providing quality services for their customers, and to creating and growing jobs in their communities. Although there are many exciting pathways in the industry, retail is where many youths find their first jobs, and where adults can transition back to the workforce.
During this legislative session, the board of directors addressed legislatures about bills impacting retailers. With some of the largest retailers in the world headquartered in Washington State, the rest of the country looks to Washington for leadership. Two of the most impacting bills discussed were the Data Privacy Bill and the Retail Theft Bill. These bills impact retailers, shoppers and the government alike.
Many thanks to the Senators and Representatives below who took the time to meet with Washington Retail's Board of Directors:
Senator Reuven Carlyle (D36-D)
Representative Roger Goodman (D45-D)
Senator Mark Schoesler (D9-R)
Senator Randi Becker (D2-R)
Senator Andy Billig (D3-D)
Representative Larry Springer (D45-D)
Representative J.T. Wilcox (D2-R)
Board of Directors for the Washington Retail Association in the Senate Chamber
Ravenox CEO and Board Vice Chair, Sean Brownlee, with Board Chair J.R. Burke and WR President Renée Sunde
As technology evolves and reshapes the face of retail, Ravenox will be there to help lead the way.