SOURCE: Michigan Retailers Association

Michigan Retailers Association

May 25, 2016 16:06 ET

Grand Rapids Shoe Store Owner Honored as One of America's Retail Champions

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwired - May 25, 2016) - Jeff Joyce, Michigan Retailers Association board member and co-owner of Mieras Family Shoes in Grand Rapids, has been named one of America's Retail Champions by the National Retail Federation.

The champions program recognizes small retailers from across the country for their advocacy on behalf of the retail industry. The recognition took place at NRF's annual Retail Advocates Summit, which brings local retailers to Washington to thank them for their efforts and to meet today with members of Congress on a variety of public policy issues.

More than 100 retailers, ranging from small and mid-size store owners to online sellers, were invited to participate, based on their engagement in public policy discussions on issues ranging from patent reform and online sales tax to data security and workforce issues.

Joyce also was named one of five finalists for the top award of America's Retail Champion of the Year, which went to a ranch supply retailer in South Dakota.

"Jeff's award is well deserved," said MRA's James P. Hallan, president and CEO. "He is a leader in letting our public officials know how their actions directly affect retailers' ability to keep people employed and to create new jobs in their communities."

"The fact that scores of small retailers have taken crucial time away from running their businesses to come to Washington this week speaks volumes about how important public policy issues are to Main Street merchants," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said.

Barb Stein, also a Michigan Retailers Association board member and owner of Great Northern Trading Co., in Rockford, was part of the 2015 class of retail champions.

Note: A photo of Jeff Joyce with his wife, Doreen, is attached.

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