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IMRA’S ROBERT VERDISCO PLANS DEC. RETIREMENT

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Robert J. Verdisco, president of the International Mass Retail Association since 1990, will retire Dec. 31 but continue as a consultant for one year to assist in the leadership transition.<P>The search for a successor is on, but...

ARLINGTON, Va. — Robert J. Verdisco, president of the International Mass Retail Association since 1990, will retire Dec. 31 but continue as a consultant for one year to assist in the leadership transition.

The search for a successor is on, but if one is not in place by Jan. 1, the 59-year-old Verdisco has agreed to remain in the post until the search is completed. Verdisco and his wife, Patricia, plan to reside in North Carolina and Florida after he retires.

“IMRA is a world-class association that provides exceptional value to our members. I am proud to have served our industry in this capacity and proud of our accomplishments, and I look forward to ensuring a smooth transition to new leadership,” Verdisco said in a statement.

“Bob has led and grown our organization for over a decade of enormous change and consolidation in the retail industry. His innovative initiatives have made sure that IMRA is a leading-edge association,” said Joe Scarlett, chairman of IMRA and chairman and chief executive officer of Tractor Supply Co. in Nashville.

As president, Verdisco broadened IMRA’s scope to representing suppliers of products and services, as well as mass retailers, and increased community services. Prior to becoming IMRA president, Verdisco was the association’s vice president of government relations and represented IMRA on legislative and regulatory issues, focusing on international trade, consumer regulation and antitrust matters.

“One of the most rewarding and satisfying aspects of my job has been supporting One-By-One,” which helps disadvantaged kids in Washington, D.C., Verdisco said. “We have made a difference in the lives of these children.”

Earlier, Verdisco was executive assistant and attorney adviser to two chairmen of the Consumer Product Safety Commission; an antitrust trial attorney in the Office of the Executive Legal Director at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and a trial attorney in the Bureau of Competition at the Federal Trade Commission.