presented by: Texas Retailers Association & Texas Retailers Education Foundation

presented by: Texas Retailers Association & Texas Retailers Education Foundation


The Texas Retailers Forum was at the raceway July 23-24, 2017 at Marriott Champions Circle in Fort Worth, Texas.  Our 2017 educational Forum, hosted by the Texas Retailers Association and the Texas Retail Education Foundation, provided retailers with timely, topical and quality program sessions and speakers. Attendees met with hundreds of retail industry leaders from across the state at networking functions such as our Awards Dinner, networking breaks and, new to this year, a closing night party.  

Keynote Speaker: Mark McKinnon, The Media Guy

Mark McKinnon is a political advisor, reform advocate, media columnist and television producer. He was the co-creator, co-executive producer, and co–‐host of the Showtime’s real‐ time documentary series of the 2016 presidential election: “The Circus, “which achieved the highest ratings of any non‐scripted program in the network’s history. Mark McKinnon will provide his unique perspective on politics and communications during our keynote session. As the former lead media strategist for five winning presidential primary… Please click here to see his full bio.

The Texas Retailers Forum will also feature state as well as federal issue updates, along with topical and timely retail industry educational sessions.

Mark McKinnon Keynote Speaker

We invite all Texas retailers, small to large, independent grocer to corner bakery and everywhere in between to get your motor running and head out on the highway to Fort Worth and the Texas Retailers Forum!

The Texas Retailers Inaugural Forum in 2016 brought together more than 150 retail industry leaders for two days of of targeted training workshops for small retail, large retail, grocery and industry suppliers. We provided sessions regarding organized crime, maximizing your online reputation and participants were made aware of upcoming legislation that could directly affect retailers. Our post event survey showed a 100% satisfaction rate, with 95% stating they’d be interested in coming back in 2017.

Texas Retailers Forum Schedule of Events

Breakout Sessions will target the following topics: Organized Retail Crime, Small Retail, Grocery/Bakery, Social Media Management, Customer Data Security, Taxes, Labor Law, and Regulation.

Sunday, July 23

12:30 PM - 1:45PM: General Session: 85th Session Review featuring Members of the Texas Legislature (Lunch)
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Discussion on Texas Politics with Statewide Advocacy Professionals
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Being Prepared for an Active Shooter: Workplace Violence, Texas Gun Laws and Their Impact on Employers Part 1, presented by Fisher Phillips
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Preventing Slips & Falls at Your Workplace, presented by EMC Insurance Co. & ANCO, Insurance. Co.
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Regulatory Agency Panel featuring Agencies from the State of Texas
6:00 PM - 6:30 PM TRA Industry Awards Dinner Reception
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM TRA Industry Awards Dinner Benefiting the Texas Retailers Education Foundation featuring Keynote Speaker Mark McKinnon "The Media Guy"

Monday, July 24

8:30 AM - 9:45 AM Breakfast & Update on the Texas Retailers Association
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: How to Adapt Your Business Model to a Changing World, presented by GameStop
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Being Prepared for an Active Shooter: Workplace Violence, Texas Gun Laws and Their Impact on Employers Part 2, presented by Fisher Phillips
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM: Tips and Best Practices for Preventing Organized Retail Crime
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM General Session: "The Trump Administration 6 Months In" featuring Government Affairs Leads from National Retail Associations (Lunch)
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Indirect Tax Developments in the Retail Industry, presented by KPMG
1:30 PM - 2:30: The Retail Revolution: How Independent Retailers Can Compete & Win, presented by ECRS
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM: Operation S.T.O.P.P.: How the Texas Retailers Association Put a Dent in Plastic Container Theft
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Customer Privacy: Trends, Tips, and Leading Practices for Managing Customer Data in an Evolving Regulatory and Business Climate, presented by KPMG
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: E-Commerce & You: How Social Media & the Internet Can Work for Retailers, presented by BMUSED Imaging
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM: Round Table Discussion with the Reusable Packaging Association and the Texas Retailers Association
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM Casino-Themed Closing Night Party!

Texas Retailers Forum Sponsors

Your company could be the star of the next Texas Retailers Forum by sponsoring our closing night party or awards dinner.  Receive speaking time in front of an audience of Texas’ best retailers by sponsoring one of our general sessions or have your company information on every hotel key card!  The Texas Retailers Association is a statewide non-profit dedicated to providing education as well as advocacy to the retail industry.
TRA relies on the support of sponsors to fulfill our mission and provide services to retailers and retail suppliers.  Your donation will go directly toward our ability to offer networking, training, and grow the retail community’s legislative efforts at the Capitol.  Contact to reserve your sponsorship or exhibit booth or fill out our form!
Thank you to our sponsors!