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RIA Mastermind Groups – Leverage Data & Peer Wisdom

With technology driving the speed of information and thus business, independent small businesses owners in the run specialty channel are doing their very best to keep up, yet thrive. RIA’s new Mastermind Groups, which will officially launch in 2022, were born out of this need for retailer collaboration and innovation.

Introducing RIA Mastermind Groups; a new RIA member benefit. 

These data-driven, professionally facilitated groups leverage peer wisdom as well as data - RIA’s Weekly Snapshots powered by Upper Quadrant Cadence – to help run specialty store owners solve key challenges and take advantage of opportunities. Whether it's discussing the metrics that expose your store’s strengths and weaknesses, understanding inventory flow standards, direct-to-consumer sales, eCommerce or employee retention, this diverse small group of store owners from non-competing markets will sharpen each other, leverage the groups insights and expertise to come up with solutions - all making themselves and the industry stronger. Additional topics are up to each group but examples of potential topics include relationship selling, marketing, staffing, technology, fitting process, training, inventory management, finance, diversity, vendor relations, employee structure and roles. 

Desired outcomes will be detailed in advance of each session and group members will be encouraged to come prepared. The goal for each session is to:

  • Leave with work done 
  • Gain a new skill set
  • Solve at least one problem
  • Collaborate on best practices of shared issues, concerns, and opportunities

RIA Mastermind Groups Details 

Karnan Associates, who have been facilitating peer-sharing groups for over two decades, will be leading the charge. Their team will convene groups in-person at Runchella in May and then again at TRE in late 2022. 

  • Only open to RIA retailer members Up to 20 non-competing specialty run owners from around the country
  • Meet four times per year
    • Twice virtually
    • Twice in person - Runchella and TRE  
  • Annual cost - $0 

If you are interested in being part of an RIA Mastermind Group please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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