Since its inception in 1995, the Atlanta Retailers Association (ARA) has grown into an Association of over 1,000 members. ARA is a faith-based organization composed of independent convenience store and gas station owners and operators. The ARA was organized under the laws of the state of Georgia and is governed with by-laws and an elected honorary Board of Directors. The ARA COO and management teamwork for the members by negotiating marketing agreements with key vendor partners. The team stresses honorable compliance with all vendor programs, as well as industry and government (local, state and federal) requirements. The team also strives to deliver best practices in all facets of the business, while providing leadership that is beneficial to local, national and international communities.