Ted Potrikus is the President and CEO of the New York City Retail Council. He oversees its government relations and member service offerings, as well as its business affairs. He joined the Retail Council in 1989 as director of public affairs and was promoted in 1996 to vice president. He was promoted in 2000 to senior vice president and director of government relations and again in 2003 to executive vice president. The Council elected him to its board of directors as vice chairman in 2008. He also serves as chairman of Retail Council Services Corp., the Council’s wholly-owned subsidiary. Representing New York’s retailers for more than 25 years before New York’s state government and its various iterations, he has helped guide the industry through challenges including the successful campaign to make New York the first state to require the collection of sales tax on Internet purchases, the appropriate regulation of gift cards, and, in 2013, co-authored “The Customers’ Bill of Rights,” working with leading civil rights groups to underscore the retail industry’s commitment to shopping equity.
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