Gordon M. Gough
President & CEO
Ohio Council of Retail Merchants
John T. McGough
McGough and Associates
MSP – Associate Director of Research
UC Economics Center Research Project Manager
PhD – Research Assistant Professor
Ohio Council of Retail Merchants
The Ohio Council of Retail Merchants (OCRM) is one of the most respected state associations in the nation. We have been serving the interests of Ohio’s retail and wholesale industries since 1922. Our 4,000-plus members rely on the expertise and passion of the Council leadership to promote and support initiatives that pave a positive path for the state’s retail community. The Council’s membership includes retailers, wholesalers and distributors, from small businesses to large enterprise organizations. The Council maintains a robust membership that includes more than 4,000 companies that range from Fortune 25 corporations, influential regional businesses, and local enterprises that operate on Main Streets across Ohio.
Economics Center & Applied Economics Research Institute (AERI) at the University of Cincinnati
The Economics Center, founded in 1977, is a leading provider of economic resources for educators,
students, businesses, and public agencies. The Research and Consulting Division of the Economics
Center provides the knowledge building blocks that help clients make better finance, policy and
economic development decisions. Its dynamic approach and critical data analysis empower business
and civic leaders to respond to changing economic conditions, strengthen local economies and improve the quality of life for their communities.
National Retail Federation
As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, NRF’s global membership includes retailers of all sizes, formats and channels of distribution as well as chain restaurants and industry partners from the United States and more than 45 countries abroad. In the U.S., NRF represents an industry that includes more than 3.6 million establishments and which directly and indirectly accounts for 42 million jobs –one in four U.S. jobs. The total U.S. GDP impact of retail is $2.5 trillion annually, and retail is a daily barometer of the health of the nation’s economy.
Under NRF’s retail umbrella, sit 4 association groups including:the Association for Retail Technology Standards, the National Council of Chain Restaurants, the Retail Advertising and Marketing Association and Shop.org. Additional information on these groups can be found at NRF Divsions.
Retail Industry Leaders Association
The Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) is best defined by the companies we represent: America’s leading retailers. RILA proudly counts nine of the top 10 U.S. retailers as members. RILA members also hold the top spot among key retail segments including: apparel, consumer electronics,department stores, home improvement, large format and small format, demonstrating that RILA is truly the association for ‘retail leaders.’In fact, no trade association represents more top retailers than RILA.
The highly sophisticated companies among RILA’s members are experts at reading and responding to consumer demands, and the retail executives that lead these companies join RILA to collaborate with their peers to seek excellence within theirown enterprise and pursue positive changes for the industry at-large.
As the retail industry’s advocate in Washington, RILA is a trusted source dedicated to telling the retail industry’s story and informing lawmakers of the impact and consequences of the decisions they make. On the retail operations side, RILA provides a forum where members can conduct discussions aimed at understanding common operational practices, areas of concern, and pragmatic solutions to problems. And our educational events are second to none.RILA is structured to focus on five core areas where retailers can collaborate to make a difference.
Enterprise Issues (Sustainability, Privacy)