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Andy Ellen

President and General Counsel

NCRMA President and General Counsel Andy Ellen has been named one of the top five most effective lobbyists in North Carolina by the North Carolina Public Policy Institute for the last three bienniums, as well as a recipient of the 2014 Triangle Business Journal’s Corporate Counsel Awards.

Andy has overall responsibility for leading NCRMA and its 11 affiliated companies. He is passionate about achieving the Association’s mission of promoting a positive legislative and regulatory environment for the retail industry in order to enhance members’ opportunities for success.

Originally from Southern Pines, North Carolina, Andy is a 1992 graduate of Elon University. He received his Juris Doctorate from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University in 1997, and became licensed to practice law in North Carolina that same year. He lives in Wake Forest with his wife, Tricia, and their two daughters, Julia and Jenna.

Government Relations

Elizabeth Robinson

Senior Director of Government Relations (NC)

Senior Director of Government Relations Elizabeth Robinson is a past president of the Young Lobbyists Association and is the 2017-2018 President of the North Carolina Professional Lobbyists Association.

Elizabeth has worked with your Association since 2006 lobbying the North Carolina General Assembly and regulatory bodies to fend for a positive business climate for retailers in North Carolina. Graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a double-major in Public Policy Analysis and Political Science, Elizabeth began her lobbying career working for Roger Bone and Associates Lobbying Firm and later for the NC Chamber prior to joining NCRMA. She is married to John, has two children, William & Emily.

Lexi Morgan Arthur

Assistant Director of Government Relations (NC)

Born and raised in Asheville, Lexi is a North Carolina native. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree and majored in both Marketing and Management, with a concentration in Entrepreneurship. She has experience in various fields, including consulting, marketing, writing and editing, and government relations. Lexi and her husband, Corwin, live in Raleigh.

Lisa McGill Sweatman

Director of Government Relations (SC)

SCRA Director of Government Relations Lisa McGill is a graduate of Clemson University and has worked in and around government affairs in Columbia since 2004. For the previous six years, she lobbied for the Medical University of South Carolina. Lisa resides in Columbia with husband Mark and their three children Abi, Henry, and McGill.


Todd Baitsholts

Chief Financial Officer

Todd brings over 20 years of financial and investment expertise to our staff. Originally from upstate New York, Todd is a graduate of Vermont’s Green Mountain College and has been a resident of North Carolina since 1990. Todd currently resides in North Raleigh with his wife, Michele and their two daughters, Tara and Shelby.

Jill Crawford

Financial Administrator

Prior to joining NCRMA, Jill has over 20 years of finance experience in the telecommunications industry. A North Carolina native, Jill earned her BS and MBA from Meredith College, Raleigh. She is married to Barry and has two children, Lee and Kaitlyn. Outside of work, Jill is very active in her church and enjoys bike riding, boating, and beach trips.

Association Management

Lindsey Kueffner

Executive Director of Related Associations
Carolinas Food Industry Council (CFIC) & South Carolina Retail Association (SCRA)

Lindsey oversees the day-to-day activities of these two organizations. Prior to her current position, Lindsey was the Director of Research and Education at the North Carolina Forum for Research and Economic Education (NCFREE), where she analyzed financial data, election results, and district information to predict the outcome of statewide and state legislative races. Born and raised in San Diego, California, Lindsey came to North Carolina to attend Wake Forest University, where she earned her degree in Political Science with a minor in Latin American Studies. She now resides in Raleigh with her husband Chris and their son Colin.

Brenna Favara

CFIC Assistant Director

Brenna Favara has worked with our organization since 2009 handling a variety of responsibilities. Most recently Brenna’s primary focus is on the Carolinas Food Industry Council. A SUNY Farmingdale graduate with a major in business management and a background in advertising sales, Brenna is also a certified Pilates instructor. She is married to Joe and has two daughters, Brielle and Jolene.

Jessica Young Edwin

Association Management Coordinator

Jessica was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, but moved up to Massachusetts as a young child. Always a Carolinian at heart, Jessica came back to North Carolina to go to school at Elon University. Prior to this position, Jessica worked as a retail manager, both in furniture and clothing. Jessica lives in Morrisville, NC, where she resides with her husband, Matt.

Communications & Membership

Ann Edmondson

Senior Director of Communications

Ann previously worked at NCRMA for nine years, first as Director of Government Relations and then as Executive Director for the NC Jewelers Association. In the time Ann was gone, she honed her skills in communications and marketing with another statewide trade association, the NC Pork Council. Now she brings that experience, along with her prior knowledge of NCRMA, to work for you. Ann will oversee the development of all communications including newsletters, promotional and educational materials, websites and social media platforms. Born and raised in the NC mountains, Ann came to Raleigh to attend Meredith College, graduating with a double-major in English and Political Science.  She and her husband, Rob, live in North Raleigh with their children, Will and Elise.

Jeanne Eury

Director of Member Services

Jeanne is a native of Concord, North Carolina, attended UNC-W, and has lived in Greensboro, Atlanta and Washington, DC, before returning to Raleigh. Her previous experience in sales, marketing, event management and sponsorship development lead her to partner in a North Carolina-based small business eight years ago. She lives in Raleigh with her husband, their two dogs, and lots of pictures of their three adult sons.

Amanda Wujcik

Director of Events & Social Media

A University of North Carolina State graduate, Amanda Wujcik has a degree in sports management and minor in nonprofit studies.  She has spent the last several years planning events of all sizes for both nonprofit and for-profit companies.  Originally from New York, she has called North Carolina home for the past 20 years.

Stephanie Stafford

Graphic Designer

Stephanie Stafford has worked with NCRMA since September, 2011. Stephanie attended Dutchess Community College in New York where she graduated with an Associate Degree in Business Administration. She moved to Raleigh in 1997 with her husband Dennis and started her career at IBM. Stephanie currently resides in Raleigh with her husband and two sons, Trevor and Justin.


Richard Suddarth, CIC, AIC, AIS

First Benefits Insurance Mutual, Inc.
VP, Marketing & Administration

A North Carolina native, Richard brings over 15 years of insurance experience to First Benefits Insurance Mutual, the workers’ compensation insurance carrier for NCRMA members. Prior to joining our team, he spent time as a claims adjuster and as an independent agent. Having served in multiple roles, his diverse experience is an asset to our agents throughout North Carolina.

Peg Pirrotta, AAI

First Benefits Insurance Mutual, Inc.
Director of Agency Services

Peg has worked with FBIM for over 15 years handling agent appointments and membership affiliations. Peg comes to us from Naples, Florida, via Painesville, Ohio, and is a graduate of Hiram College. She moved to North Carolina in 1992 with her husband, Corey, and has two children, Evan and Sarah.

Angela Lee, CPCU, CIC

First Benefits Insurance Mutual, Inc.
VP, Underwriting

Angela has worked with your team since 2008 and comes to us with 25 years experience. She gives expert advice on class codes, endorsements and provides a competitive quote in record time. Angela is a graduate of Wake Forest University.

Tara Pierce, AU, AIC

First Benefits Insurance Mutual, Inc.
Senior Underwriter

Tara graduated from UNC Charlotte where she studied Risk Management and Insurance. Prior to joining First Benefits, she spent seven years with a regional carrier working in the claims, underwriting, and marketing divisions. Her diverse insurance experience allows her to make knowledgeable underwriting decisions and provide quick, competitive quotes. She recently moved to Cary with her husband Adam and their dog Louie.

Nathan Hawes

First Benefits Insurance Mutual Inc.
Senior Underwriter

Bio coming soon…

Christie Spain

First Benefits Insurance Mutual Inc.

Christie Spain is originally from Washington, DC area, and has been in Raleigh since ’86.  Her insurance background consists of 15 years of long haul commercial auto insurance. She resides in Raleigh with her husband Greg and their three children – Michael, Skylar, and Isabella.

Sarah Cribb

First Benefits Insurance Mutual, Inc.

Accounting and Administrative Assistant

Sarah was born in and raised in the Raleigh area. She attended North Carolina State University, where she received her degree in Accounting. She now resides in Bunn with her husband Brandon, their son Macon, and their two dogs.