About us

Texas Retailers Association’s main function is to protect businesses before lawmakers and regulatory agencies. This means better protection for your business from burdensome laws, taxes, and other regulations that can affect your bottom line. TRA’s legislative efforts save Texas merchants millions of hard-earned dollars.

Exclusive TRA Member Benefits

National Retail Federation Membership

All members of TRA ,with store locations solely in Texas, are eligible for a free membership to the National Retail Federation. This is a $3,000 savings to eligible TRA members.

www.nrf.com

Government Advocacy & Legislative / Regulatory Assistance

Protection of Texas retail business interests before regulatory agencies and our state’s elected officials is TRA?s primary function. When you join TRA, you hire a full-time lobbying team that provides expert advocacy on legislative and regulatory issues, whether it be at city council, state or federal government, to ensure fair treatment for the retail industry. This means better protection for your business from burdensome laws, taxes, and regulations.

Loss Prevention Solutions: Texas ORCA Initiative

TRA sponsors the Texas Organized Retail Crime Affiliation to allow retailers and law enforcement to post information on subjects conducting Organized Retail Crime activity. This site aims to benefit all retailers and law enforcement across Texas; sponsorships are available. Through your TRA membership, our Association is able to find programs that save you time and money. Retailers need to spend more time on the floor selling and not in the office on issues that are costly and unproductive. Because our members generate volume, TRA is able to find and endorse turnkey, money-saving programs and services to help you run your business.

www.texasorca.org

Insurance Solutions: ANCO Insurance

ANCO insurance is TRA’s endorsed provider for the full range of insurance coverages for your business, including property, general liability, auto, workers compensation, occupational accident, life, group health and disability. You can count on an insurance program customized for your business with a commitment to serving TRA’s membership and providing personal attention to each client. ANCO is known for superior customer service standards, quick response times to calls & emails, along with individual care.

Contact: Gina O’Hara, ohara@anco.com or
Cassie Doolittle, doolittle@anco.com, 512.330.9836 x 6340

www.insuranceforretailers.com

Financial Services Solutions: KPMG

KPMG is TRA’s endorsed provider for financial services. They are a global network of professional services firms providing audit, tax and advisory services. Their ability to combine deep sector knowledge, breadth of services and an integrated global network into a holistic offering that continuously delivers value to their clients is what makes them the leader in their industry.

Contact: Greg McCord, gmccord@kpmg.com, 713.319.2276

www.kpmg.com

Business Personal Property Tax Consulting: Tax Advisors Group

Tax Advisors Group is TRA’s endorsed provider for business personal property tax consulting.

Tax Advisors Group (TAG) is known as the leader in Texas Business Personal Property market value tax filings. Tax Advisors Group TAG It™ system combines a proven market value analysis with third-party appraisal data to ensure that you do not pay more than your fair share of business personal property tax. Simply put, if you are just focused on compliance and not filing market value, you are losing money. TAG’s results are unprecedented in the industry, with annual tax savings averaging more than 30 percent across the entire Texas client base over a fifteen-year period. Boosting the overall net income of your company is their focus.

Contact: Michael Reeves, mreeves@taxadvisorsgroup.com, 972.503.7506, Ext. 26

http://www.taxadvisorsgroup.com/

Energy Solutions: Amerex

A TRA-endorsed service provider since 2002, Amerex is the largest OTC (wholesale) natural gas, electricity and emissions trader in North America. Their real-time involvement in the wholesale energy market and their customized service has consistently yielded significant cost savings to TRA members.

Contact: Brandi Peck, bpeck@amerexenergy.com, 281.340.5308

www.amerexenergyservices.com

Shipping Solutions: Partnership, LLC

TRA members can save up to 27% on a wide variety of FedEx business to business and business to residential services and a minimum 70% discount on freight shipments with several leading national and regional carriers. Partnership delivers a shipping program that combines simplicity, excellent service and great savings, and provides TRA member companies with a dedicated company representative to address their particular shipping needs.

Contact: Harry Centa, hcenta@partnership.com, 800.599.2902 x 2242

www.PartnerShip.com

Employment Law Advice: Fisher Phillips, LLP

TRA members can get discount services on employment law issues from our endorsed provider, Fisher Phillips. Get expert legal advice and representation from a trusted firm that can handle any labor & employment litigation in state and federal courts. One free call per member! 

Collin Warren, Partner (Houston/Dallas), cwarren@fisherphillips.com, 214.220.9100

Pamela Williams, Partner (Houston), pwilliams@fisherphillips.com, 713.292.5622

www.fisherphillips.com

Websites, Branding, Design, & Social Media Solutions: BMUSED Imaging

BMUSED is TRA’s endorsed provider for web design and social media management services.

Massimo Vignelli said, “If you can design one thing, you can design everything.” That’s certainly the approach we take at BMUSED Imaging. Whether we’re talking about branding your company, designing the campaign that promotes your next event, writing the web copy that increases your web following and improves your SEO, or designing band t-shirts, albums, and gig posters, the skill set is the same: knowing how to translate ideas, ideals, & intentions to the visual medium in an attention grabbing way! TRA members get 10% off services.

Contact: Louie Carr, louie@bmusedimaging.com, 512.826.7749

www.bmusedimaging.com

Signage Solutions: Century Graphics

Century Graphics is TRA’s endorsed provider for quality signage. They can help you stay compliant with Texas signage requirements and have an in-house team that can modify and format the signs to fit your specific store’s needs.

Contact: Renee Wesbrooks, renee@centurygs.com, 281.389.7417

www.centurygs.com

TRA Affiliate Partners