Speakers Announced for BRA Annual Retail Summit

The Board Retailers Association announced an event schedule for it’s annual Retail Summit, which will be held in Huntington Beach from April 22-24, 2009, at the Hilton Waterfront. A keynote address by Tommy Knapp, former founder of Honolua Surf Co. and former SIMA President, will be followed by a presentation from ActionWatch’s Cary Allington and a welcome dinner and reception presented by Volcom.

Charlie Cotton, Quiksilver’s vice president of merchandising, as well as BRA president Mike Duncan, will both give presentations on day two of the summit. According to the press release:

“That afternoon retailers will benefit from a seminar on customer service and employee training, as well as an update from SurfAid, the specialty retail survey results and an ASEC sponsored panel on action sports industry growth amidst a volatile economic environment. That evening, retailers will attend the premiere of the film Waveriders as part of the 2009 Newport Beach Film Festival Action Sports Film Series. Following the screening, retailers will be invited to attend the Action Sports post-party at the Sole Technology loft, hosted by Etnies, the NBFF and ChopShop.”

For more information, visit the official BRA Web site.