About RAM

RAM has been the voice of the Commonwealth’s retailers for almost 100 years. Our knowledge of retail issues and our understanding of the challenges facing small businesses in Massachusetts today allows us to uniquely serve our members’ needs. We provide our members with valuable regulatory and policy briefings, money saving tools, and highly-effective representation on Beacon Hill. Learn more about how we can help your business. 




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RAM Staff


Jon B. Hurst, President

Jon Hurst has served as President of the Retailers Association of Massachusetts (RAM) since 1990. As CEO of the 4,000-member statewide trade association, Hurst manages the member services, education and public affairs of the organization. RAM was organized in 1918 as the Voice of Retailing in Massachusetts, and today represents stores and restaurants of all types and sizes.

Hurst also serves as Chairman of the Board of the MA Retail Merchants Workers Compensation Group, Inc., a non-profit group organized by RAM in 1991. He also heads the Retailers Association of Massachusetts Health Insurance Cooperative, the first non-profit small business health insurance cooperative authorized in 2012 by the state.

Hurst has served on various state advisory boards, including current roles with the Economic Development Planning Council, the Statewide Healthcare Quality Advisory Committee, the Health Policy Commission Advisory Council, and the Workforce Competitive Trust Fund Advisory Committee. Hurst has served on numerous non-profit boards, including the Beverly YMCA, Beverly Main Streets, the National Retail Federation, and also served as Chairman of the National Association of State Retail Association Executives.

Prior to serving at RAM, Hurst worked in public affairs roles for the Hershey Foods Corporation and the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, as well as at the Ohio House of Representatives. Hurst graduated from the Ohio State University in 1981.

Hurst and his wife Jan have three grown sons and reside in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Bill Rennie, Vice President

Bill joined RAM in March of 2004 as Public Affairs Director for the Association. In May of 2007, he was promoted to Vice President, the position he currently holds.

Bill is a registered Massachusetts lobbyist advocating on behalf of RAM members before all branches of Massachusetts government. In addition to leading the Association’s government relations efforts, his responsibilities also include coordinating media and public relations.

He currently serves on two state advisory councils, sitting as a member on the Massachusetts Department of Revenue’s Advisory Council, and on the Massachusetts Health Connector’s Employer Advisory Council. He also served previously as a member on the Commonwealth’s Special Commission on Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), on the Board of Directors for the Center for Economic Opportunity at the Pioneer Institute, and as a Massachusetts Delegate to the Implementing States Board of the National Streamlined Sales Tax Project.

Prior to coming to RAM, Bill spent nine years working in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, the last eight of those years serving on the staff of the House Committee on Ways and Means. He began his work on Beacon Hill first as a legislative aide, before moving into the role of Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee. During his last four years at the State House, Bill served as the Legislative Liaison for the Committee.

Bill is a former member and Clerk of the Board of Health in the Town of Weymouth for eight years, is a former elected Town Meeting Member in Weymouth, and has worked on many successful election campaigns.

He graduated from Merrimack College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Political Science. Bill and his wife Kate live in Cohasset, Massachusetts, with their four daughters, Erin, Fiona, Maeve and Keira.



Andrea Shea, Membership Director

Andrea joined RAM in March of 2008, where she serves as the Membership Director. Andrea is responsible for membership communications and services that involve RAM members on priority issues by leading the Association's advocacy and grassroots efforts.

Prior to joining RAM, she worked for the National Federation of Independent Business in a variety of capacities starting in the Federal Governmental Relations Department in NFIB's Washington DC office. Upon relocating to Boston in 1995, Andrea assumed the role of Assistant State Director in NFIB's Massachusetts office where, as a registered lobbyist, she advocated on behalf of the Commonwealth's small business owners. In 2004, after a brief departure, Andrea returned to NFIB's Massachusetts office in the capacity of Membership and Grassroots Manager, where she worked throughout New England on numerous issue campaigns, member meetings and political activities.

Andrea received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She, her husband Tim, son Thomas and daughter Tristan live in Salem, Massachusetts.


Ryan Kearney, General Counsel

Ryan joined RAM in February 2011 as General Counsel for the association. As member of the Massachusetts Bar Association and a registered Massachusetts lobbyist, Ryan is responsible for advocating on behalf of RAM members before all levels of state government as well as ensuring association compliance with state statutory and regulatory requirements.  Focus areas include loss prevention, labor issues (minimum wage, overtime, leave requirements, and child labor), food/restaurant, public safety, and alcoholic beverages/tobacco/lottery.  Ryan is also responsible for the management of the association’s small business health insurance cooperative and serves as the staff representative on the association’s Loss Prevention Committee.

Before coming to RAM, Ryan spent five years working for the Joint Committee on Financial Services Committee within the Massachusetts Legislature. He joined the committee staff in 2006 as a policy analyst specializing in property/casualty and life insurance issues.

Ryan attended Suffolk University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and studied law at Suffolk University Law School, graduating in 2009 with a Juris Doctor degree. Ryan resides in Somerville, MA with his wife Meghan, daughters Bronwyn and Greta, and dog Simon.


Audrey Brienza, Finance Manager

Audrey joined RAM in October 2013 as the Finance Manager. Audrey is responsible for the financial transactions required for daily operations of the Association. She also compiles financial documentation and reports.

Prior to joining RAM, she was the Payroll Supervisor at Foodmaster Super Markets for 12 years where she processed the weekly payroll, taxes, 401K, loan payments, medical & dental and garnishment deductions for the employees in the ten stores and the corporate office. She would also interface with the VP of Finance, HR Director, Controller and Store Managers on a daily basis.

Audrey attended Northeastern University and Newbury College where she majored in Business Management. She lives with her family in Saugus.


Joe Barnes, Business Development Director

Joe joined RAM in January of 2016 as Business Development Director. Joe oversees new member acquisition and fostering the growth of product and service offerings to the Association’s members. He will be an active liaison between the Association and its members; holding meetings centered on membership recruitment, services offerings, education issues and grassroots support.

Joe has worked for 30 years in the financial services industry; namely involved with collections and accounts receivable management. He has headed up sales, marketing and client services departments during his career as well as having owned a local collection agency. In his various capacities Joe has worked with Fortune 1000 companies, national and regional financial organizations and federal, state and local government agencies and educational institutions. Joe is active in several charitable and civic organizations including; The ARC of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport, Massachusetts General Hospital Patient Family Advisory Committee and the North Andover Scholarship Foundation.

Joe received his B.S. in Economics from Gettysburg College and his M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell. He lives in North Andover with his wife Nancy and their two daughters, Rachel and Rebecca.