IRMA Announces New Executive Vice President of Development

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February 1, 2019

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SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA), which represents over 20,000 retail stores across the state of all sizes and types including chains and family-owned and operated stores as well as pharmacy, grocery, hardware and restaurants, announced today that Gary Lukovich has joined the association as the new Executive Vice President of Development.

Lukovich most recently served as the corporate vice president for Homeowners Choice insurance company where he orchestrated a company-wide plan to enter nine new state markets. With a background in health/life and property/casualty insurance, as well as financial and banking services, Lukovich has a had a long career of creating business growth through sales, marketing and staffing and he has managed multi-million dollar budgets and workforces with as many as 25,000 professionals.

In this new role, Lukovich will be responsible for driving membership growth and ensuring IRMA’s services reach the widest breadth of retailers in Illinois as the industry continues to expand and change.

“Gary’s wealth of experience in expanding sales operations as well as developing marketing and recruitment systems makes him excellent fit to drive membership and program operations at IRMA. As the leading organization representing retailers of all types and sizes across the state, we touch many different workers and are a driving force in state revenue. Gary brings a unique skill set to reach more retailers as the industry continues to evolve,” said Rob Karr, president & CEO, IRMA.


About The Illinois Retail Merchants Association (IRMA)

One of the largest state retail organizations in the United States, IRMA serves as the voice of retailing and the business community in state government. Founded in 1957, IRMA represents more than 23,000 stores of all sizes and merchandise lines. From the nation’s largest retailers to independent businesses in every corner of the State, merchants count on IRMA to fight for the best possible environment in which to do business in Illinois.

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