Tammie Hetrick, who joined the Washington Retail Association in 1999, has been named Chief Operating Officer of the organization. Her promotion is effective this month.
As Senior Vice President of Retail Services, Hetrick presided over WRA’s Retail Association Services subsidiary that manages workers compensation claims and various services for WRA members. Membership in WRA’s Retrospective Rating insurance program has grown twentyfold under Hetrick’s leadership.
As COO, Tammie will work with incoming WRA President/CEO Renée Sunde in supporting the organization’s vision and mission established by the WRA Board of Directors and top management. Sunde will succeed Jan Teague, who will be retiring at the end of the year after leading WRA through a steady growth period spanning the past 19 years.
“I’m looking forward to working with our new CEO and continuing to support our team of employees in this transition,” Hetrick said.
Besides overseeing and supporting the work of WRA’s entire staff, Hetrick will continue her lobbying duties and management of labor and workers’ compensation cases. She will also remain active in the crucial rulemaking phase after the Legislature passes bills into law.
Heading forward, Hetrick said she will focus on assuming more growth and direction over the Retail Industry Coalition of Seattle, WRA’s newest initiative of organizing Seattle retailers to better prepare for future regulatory moves by the City Council.