The Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) has announced that the organization’s fiscal year 2009, which closed on Sept. 30, will end with $2.20 million in overall revenue compared with $1.93 million in fiscal year 2008, an increase of 14 percent. ARA’s membership dues revenue from fiscal year 2008 to fiscal year 2009 is up 18 percent, increasing from $1.31 million to $1.55 million. There was also a substantial increase in conference revenue as a result of the successful 2008 Conference & Expo held in Austin, TX.
“The success ARA experienced this past year in membership growth and increased conference attendance is directly due to the drive and desire of the late ARA President and CEO Jack Eberspacher," says ARA Vice President of Legislative Policy and Counsel Richard Gupton. "Jack laid out the vision and strong foundation for the organization back in 2001 when he first started working for ARA. All of ARA’s success is the result of his efforts and that of a hard working, dedicated staff that pulled together during challenging times and economic uncertainty for the industry to ensure agricultural retailers and distributors continued to have a strong voice in Washington, D.C. and increased membership services.”
For fiscal year 2010, ARA anticipates another strong year in membership and annual conference attendance. This year’s ARA Conference & Expo will be held Dec. 1-3 at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. There will be a special tribute in honor and remembrance of late ARA President and CEO Jack Eberspacher.
Early registration for the conference ends Oct. 16. Visit the ARA Web site for more information.