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Update from RIA Executive Director Terry Schalow

Published on | Terry Schalow | News & Updates

I had an engaging conversation recently with a retail member who was looking for resources and some advice about bringing new partners into his business. We talked about that topic and quite a few others, and I enjoyed getting to know him a little better. I absolutely love this kind of connection, which presented an opportunity to provide value to our members beyond the tangible stuff, and underscored the unique camaraderie we have within the RIA.
Runners jumping
Runners jumping

Certainly, RIA membership means access to our growing list of benefits, including the about-to-launch Product Data Collaborative. But RIA membership isn't merely about signing up for discounts, newsletters, market reports, or trade shows. That conversation reminded me that going beyond the transactional aspects of membership fosters a deeper, more personal connection, which is something that the RIA should strive for with each and every one of our members.

So as we move forward, we want the commitment to our members to extend beyond the conventional boundaries of a trade organization. To that end, you are encouraged to reach out to us at any time, whether you have questions, require guidance, or simply want to seek our opinions. It is literally true that the RIA can’t exist without you, and your voice matters. So be sure to email me directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., for any reason, or simply reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We also recognize that the growth of our association is intrinsically tied to the growth of our member businesses. So in the coming months we’ll also take a step further in our commitment to our members, with initiatives directed towards supporting newer retailers and emerging brands. This includes providing them with the necessary tools, mentorship opportunities, peer sharing platforms, and education. We believe that in propelling the next generation of running industry leaders to success, we ensure our own success. 

Thank you for being a part of the RIA. We hope you take pride in your membership, because together we will shape the future of the running specialty channel. 

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