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Committees

Committee and Task Force Governance

  • RGCA Executive Committee shall establish committees to meet the demands and needs of members and the association.
  • Committee chairs shall be appointed by the RGCA Chair.
    • Committee membership shall be open to all interested members in good standing
  • Committee Chairs may establish Task Forces that are topic focused with defined deliverables.
    • Task Forces shall have a defined life-cycle
    • Task Forces are limited to 5-7 members in good standing
    • No Task Force shall have more than one individual from the same company on is roster; however, such members may tap others in their companies to assist in executing a specific task
  • No individual may serve as chair on more than one committee or task force

 

Standing Committees

Executive Committee          

Mission:  Take timely actions when Board is not convened; oversee relationship with Association Management Company.

Chair:  Marina Hodges, Walmart

Committee Members

  • Vice Chair:  Jayne Stegemiller, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
  • Treasurer:  Tim Anderson, AMC Theatres
  • Chair Emeritus: Nathan Ehrlich, The Home Depot

Finance Committee        

Mission:  Monitor finances, develop annual budget and make recommendations to the Board as needed.

Chair:  Tim Anderson, AMC Theatres

Committee Members

  • Ryan Post, Starbucks

 

Other Committees & Task Forces

Membership Committee               

Mission:  Develop and oversee execution of membership develop plans; make recommendations for new programs and services that enhance RGCA value.

Chair:  Nicole Glass, Gift Card Impressions

Committee Members

  • Yesha Bansal, Macy’s
  • Tom Boucher, CashStar
  • Julie Carter, Regal
  • Colleen Dorwart, Travel Tags
  • Martha Eyman, Orvis
  • Lauren Haus, TJX

 

Government Affairs         

Mission:  Monitor relevant legislative and regulatory matters and report to the membership; oversee legal counsel; prepare and send opinion letters to lawmakers on behalf of RGCA as appropriate when a bill/legislation is under review.

Chair:  Nathan Ehrlich, The Home Depot

Committee Members

  • Carmen Cook, Starbucks
  • Grant Menikoff, Barnes & Noble
  • Brian Gamberini, The Home Depot
  • Nick Johnson, Target
  • Andy Choi, Disney
  • Beth Blasdel, AMC Theaters
  • Bill Hambrook, Kohl’s
  • Elish Myers, Rouse Frets Gentile Rhoades, LLC
  • Frank Julian, Macy’s
  • Frank Squilla, InComm
  • Matt Levy, Target
  • Reed Luhtanen, Walmart
  • Robert Skiba, InComm
  • Kathie Peppi, McDonald’s
  • Jen Porras, Brinker
  • Laura Parker, Best Buy

Fraud Outreach Task Force                                       Co-Chair: Kevin Halvorsen, Macy’s / Nathan Ehrlich, The Home Depot

Mission:  Facilitate discussions and interactions with other Government or Industry related agencies that impact closed-loop gift card industry.

Task Force Members

  • Kevin Halvorsen, Macy’s
  • Nathan Ehrlich, The Home Depot
  • Brian Vranek, Belk


Marketing / Communications Committee        

Mission:  Oversee marketing, PR and communications initiatives; approve annual Fletcher plans.

Chair: Kim Sobasky, Buffalo Wild Wings

Committee Members

  • Susan Bach, JCPenney
  • Martha Weaver, Raise
  • Jayne Stegemiller, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
  • Regina Spielmann, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
  • Yesha Bansal, Macy’s
  • Bill Ralston, Topps Digital Services

Industry Marketing & Sponsorship Task Force           

Mission:  Identify key third-party organizations and develop strategies for engagement, collaboration or to compete.

Chair:  Shawna Nichol

Task Force Members

  • Shawna Nichol, Samsung Pay

Association Brand Management Task Force           

Mission:  Develop brand standard guidelines and define a process for approving the use of the RGCA logos and wordmarks.

Chair:  Shawna Nichol

Task Force Members

  • Shawna Nichol, Samsung Pay
  • Ashley Jackson, The Fletcher Group

Website Task Force      

Mission:  Launch a new RGCA website with modern functionality, database integration and housing robust, relevant content

Chair:  Laura Parker, Best Buy

 Task Force Members

  • Laura Parker, Best Buy
  • Kathy Cook, DSW
  • Laura Velasco, Givex
  • Krista Lee, First Data
  • Erin Maynard, LBrands
  • Erin McCune, Rue 21
  • Stephanie Galioto, Marketing Innovators
  • Tom Niedbalski, Fist Data

 

Knowledge Committee                                       

Co-Chairs:  Erin Wood, Subway / Andy Choi, Disney

Mission:  Set the educational agenda for the year, develop program for Forum, oversight of Knowledge Committee Task Forces. 

Committee Members

  • Beth Blasdel, AMC Theaters
  • Andy Choi, Disney
  • Erin Wood, Subway
  • Kevin Halvorsen, Macy’s
  • Nicole Glass, Gift Card Impressions

Insights Task Force       

Mission:  Set the RGCA research agenda for the year to include internally generated data, procured data from industry partners, and/or paid original research                               

Co-Chairs:  Erin Wood, Subway / Andy Choi, Disney

Task Force Members

  • Martha Weaver, Raise
  • Ken Bott, Darden Restaurants
  • Deborah Merkin, GiftCard Partners
  • Bill Hambrook, Kohl’s
  • Lloyd Parker, Hallmark
  • Michelle Brown, SVS
  • Krista Lee, First Data
  • Ryan Post, Starbucks

Innovations Task Force                                   

Chair:  Nicole Glass, Gift Card Impressions

Mission:  Inform RGCA members of trends across disciplines that directly or indirectly impact the closed loop gift card industry.  Deliver, at a minimum, a quarterly report and/or webinar on one or more innovations newly introduced to the closed loop gift card market

Task Force Members

  • Bill Hambrook, Kohl’s
  • Robyn Wentzel, Macy’s
  • Grant Menikoff, Barnes & Noble
  • Peter Davison, Disney
  • Paul Tappon, First Data
  • Shawna Nichol, Samsung Pay
  • Brian Vranek, Belk

Fraud Task Force                  

Mission:  identify two specific topic areas and develop best practices for each.

Chair:  Kevin Halvorsen, Macy’s

Task Force Members

  • Daisy Ford, Albertsons
  • Jeff Weatherly, Optimum Card Solutions
  • Julee Schmaus, SVM
  • Lesa Hernandez, GameStop
  • Michelle Habrat, Macy’s
  • Brett Glass, Gift Card Impressions
  • Nathan Rantala, CardCash
  • Mo Chaar, Givex

Third Party Task Force           

Mission:  TBD            

Chair:  Beth Blasdel, AMC Theatres

Task Force Members

  • Armineh Sarkissian, Applebee’s
  • Abby Teigland, AMC Theatres
  • Gabe Resendez, Darden Restaurants
  • Stephanie Galioto, Marketing Innovators
  • Brian Vranek, Belk
  • Jen Porras, Brinker

 

Forum     

Mission:  Oversee the planning and execution of annual Forum.

Chair:  Jayne Stegemiller, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store

Committee Members

  • Martha Weaver, Raise
  • Kim Sobasky, Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Colleen Dorwart, Travel Tags
  • Erin Wood, Subway
  • Marina Hodges, Walmart
  • Regina Spielmann, Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
  • Gabe Resendez, Darden Restaurants
  • Andy Choi, Disney
  • Shawna Nichol, Samsung Pay
  • Ryan Post, Starbucks