Roseville, CA, August 7, 2014 — The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) congratulates Wogie Badcock, executive vice president of public affairs and chairman of the board for Badcock Furniture & More, Mulberry-FL for being among the Retail Champion finalists honored by the National Retail Federation (NRF) as part of its Retail Advocates Summit and fly in, July 30.
David French (left) and NRF congratulates (left to right) Ann Wingrove, Wogan Badcock III, Ruthena Fink, Art Potash and Teresa Miller (and of course our emcee (right) Dave Ratner)
Source: National Retail Federation Flickr
“Wogie is not only a great advocate for the members of the NAHFA, but for retail as a whole,” said NAHFA CEO, Sharron Bradley. “He is a member of the NAHFA’s government relations action team and has worked for decades with previous associations to raise the voice of retailers in the states in which his company and dealers do business and in Washington, D.C. We applaud his nomination for Retail Champion. It is a well-deserved honor.”
The NRF celebrated the nominees for their grassroots advocacy and engagement on federal, state and local issues at the Retail Advocates Summit. Retailers met with congressional staff to discuss issues such as internet sales tax, patent litigation reform, data security and rules of overtime. They also heard from NRF speakers and enjoyed the Retail Champion gala. The NRF established the America’s Retail Champions program this year to honor retailers who make their mark on public policy debates and decisions. A total of 44 retailers ranging from mid-size store owners to online sellers were nominated for the national recognition based on their willingness to speak up on the retail industry’s priorities.
Badcock is known in the home furnishings industry for his personal advocacy efforts and he encourages staff across the 79 corporate stores and 228 dealer-owned stores in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, George and Virginia to get involved as well. Badcock & More stores are either members or involved in the NAHFA and NRF as well as the retail associations and chambers in their states.
“We try to make it easy for our dealers to be involved in government affairs,” Badcock said. “That’s what my department deals with; we tell them when they need to take action and what they need to do. You want to be involved in the state issues as well as the federal issues. You find gray areas and try to make them black and white.”
About the North American Home Furnishings Association:
The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) was founded in 2013 with the merger of the three largest home furnishings retailer associations in the U.S. The NAHFA is the nation’s largest organization devoted specifically to the needs and interests of home furnishings retailers, with more than 1,800 members representing more than 7,000 storefronts across all 50 states and several foreign countries. Association offices in the East, West, and Central United States provide its members with programs, resources, services, and a unified voice in government relations by partnering with home furnishings industry suppliers, vendors, affiliates, and other organizations. For more information on the NAHFA visit www.nahfa.org.