Washington, D.C. - Jim Sinegal, Costco co-founder and board member, will receive the Gold Medal Award in 2014 during the National Retail Federation (NRF) Annual Conference and Expo in New York City. In addition, NRF has named South Korea’s Lotte Shopping as the International Retailer of the Year.
Nike has been named Retail Innovator of the Year, and Half Price Books’ Executive VP and chief strategy officer Kathy Doyle Thomas has been selected as 2014’s Silver Plaque recipient.
The award members are selected each year by the Awards Committee, comprised of select members of the NRF Board. The recipients, two distinguished industry leaders and two renowned retail companies, will accept their awards during the Annual Retail Industry Luncheon at NRF’s Annual Convention and Expo on Monday, Jan. 13. The conference will be held at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City, Jan. 12-15.
“Jim was an obvious choice for NRF’s Gold Award, given his commitment to the industry and Costco, and dedication to creating such a well-respected culture throughout the organization he helped build,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “All of the award winners have successfully been able to cut through the clutter and make an outstanding name for themselves by continuing to innovate and effectively serve their customers in an ever-changing world.”