Catherine Murphy, Manager of the Belmont Bookstore, and Matt Reno, Assistant Store Manager and Textbook Buyer, have become Certified Collegiate Retailers.
According to the National Association of College Stores, “achieving the Certified Collegiate Retailer designation demonstrates to your colleagues, your campus community and yourself that you possess the necessary knowledge to successfully manage a college store and effectively provide expertise on collegiate retailing issues. It shows that you are among the leaders setting the tone and direction for the college store industry.”
To obtain certification, retailers must take a 200-question exam covering all areas of collegiate retail. Catherine and Matt had to read 17 books to prepare. Only 97 people worldwide are Certified Collegiate Retailers. There are only 2 others in Tennessee.
In addition to her CCR designation, Murphy was named Tennessee Association of College Stores’ Store Person of the Year for the second year in a row. Murphy was chosen among all bookstore employees across the state.