The Board of Directors holds the ultimate governing authority and responsibility of the association. ARA holds an orientation for the board at the February meeting, which includes information on the duties and responsibilities of the board as a whole and board members individually. The Board is composed of 22 retailer representatives and 17 industry supplier representatives.
An Executive Committee from the board is named annually, and consists of four officers (Chair, Chair-elect, Vice Chair and Past Chair), all of whom must be retailer representatives, and one representative from each of the four industry supplier categories listed above.
The Executive Committee superintends the conduct of the association within the bylaws and policies enacted by the board. It has full power to act on behalf of the board except in matters concerning major acquisitions, sale of major association assets, or amendment of the bylaws. The Executive Committee employs the President & Chief Executive Officer of the association, who in turn hires staff appropriate to accomplish the association’s mission.