NEW YORK — William Hass, chairman and a founder of Certified Buying Service, has retired.

He started the company in 1949 with Dick Lewis and Harold Rubin, and headed its sportswear department. The firm is now known as Certified Fashion Guild.

Hass, 76, spent 60 years in the garment industry. In the late Thirties, he started working in retailing, and held various posts at May Department Stores before serving in World War II. Afterward, he worked at IRS Buying Service.

Lewis retired four years ago and Rubin retired 12 years ago. Certified president Paul Kaess said there are no plans to name a new chairman.

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