The United Group Staff

Jeff Albritton

Jeff has been with THE UNITED GROUP since 2007 and is responsible for our financial well-being. He oversees all the rebate reporting and payments, provides financial projections and direction and prepares growth plans for TUG.

Ty Huffer

Ty's primary responsibilities are recruiting new Members and Suppliers, negotiating contracts and rebate agreements with new and existing Suppliers, managing the TUG Treks Travel Program and acting as liaison with TUG’s affiliate groups. Ty joined TUG in 2014 as VP of Sales.

Debra Norred

Senior Vice President, Corporate Secretary & Conference Manager
Debbie has been with THE UNITED GROUP since 1990 and is always available to assist Member Stockholders and Preferred Suppliers. Just a couple of Debbie's major projects each year are THE UNITED GROUP annual Conference coordination and the TUG Treks annual incentive trip planning.

Stacy Harper

Marketing Allowance Auditor
Stacy joined THE UNITED GROUP in 2007. Her responsibilities include posting rebate checks into the online reporting system, and making sure checks and backup go out every month. She is also TUG's contact to research and resolve any rebate discrepancies.

Tonya Moore

Growth Rebate Auditor
Tonya joined THE UNITED GROUP in 2012. Her responsibilities include assisting Member Stockholders in meeting their growth targets and assisting Debbie with Conference planning and preparation.

Richard Ribakove

Chairman, TUG Board of Directors and President, Mooney-General Paper Co.
Rich Ribakove has been active with The United Group since Mooney-General Paper Co. joined the group in 1993. He has also provided Board oversight to the Website taskforce and now serves as Chairman of TUG’s Board of Directors. His company, MGP, has earned numerous top awards in each three market segments, including recognition as Member of the Year in 2002, 2012 and 2014.

The United Group® (TUG) is a fully member-owned buying group for independent, B2B distributors. Our member companies are small businesses located from coast to coast: from San Diego, California to Portland, Maine, from Amarillo, Texas to Duluth, Minnesota. 

Many are multi-generational, family-owned businesses. Some are young companies and some are longer-lived and well-established. What they have in common is a desire to be more profitable and more effective in their respective endeavors. 
Some Members may have initially joined The United Group solely to recapture profits by earning rebate dollars from our Preferred Suppliers. Over time, many Members have come to value United Group membership as an indispensible component of their annual, quarterly and even daily business plans. 
Many cite the culture of openness and cooperation as the most valuable benefit of The United Group. The ability to share freely with colleagues across the country and to gain insights from their successes, failures and suggestions creates strong professional relationships (and even friendships) within the group.
Our Preferred Suppliers range in size from giants in their industries to niche manufacturers, and they are all vetted for quality of services and products prior to introduction to the group. The United Group executive team fosters strong alliances between suppliers and members by supporting and facilitating relationships and by openly sharing supplier terms with Members. 
Suppliers are free to discuss rebate percentages without exception and are afforded quality, one-on-one meetings with Members at TUG’s annual Conference. Our supplier partners have become some of The United Group’s best supporters and often recommend us to their customers.
The United Group is a friendly, value-oriented organization that champions strong, reciprocal business relationships. We have a special quality that is sometimes hard to define. One Member described TUG as a group “of character,” a testament to our standards and practices of simplicity and honesty.