Nebraska Retail Federation President Jim Otto drew praise from those he represents and those he lobbies alike as he was honored as one of the nation’s top state retail association executives at the annual Retail Advocates Summit in Washington this week.
“He does his work … as a friend,” Tom Wright, owner of Wright’s Jewelers in Lincoln, Neb., said. “It’s really amazing what he has been able to do.”
“I’ve never been around another lobbyist who works as hard as he does,” said Nebraska state Senator Dan Watermeier. “He really does carry the load for the state of Nebraska.”
The comments came in a video tribute as Otto was given the National Retail Federation’s J. Thomas Weyant Award Tuesday night. The award, named for a former president of the Pennsylvania Retailers Association, was created by NRF in 1995 to recognize individuals who have committed their professional lives to state retail associations.
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