NEW YORK — Twenty-five individuals, including Neiman Marcus president and chief merchandising officer Jim Gold, will be celebrated for their contributions to the future of retailing at the NRF Foundation’s inaugural dinner gala, to be held here on Sunday at Pier Sixty.
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The gala, held by the NRF Foundation, the nonprofit arm of NRF, coincides with the group’s convention and exposition, held from Jan. 11 to 14 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The 25 named to the new “List of People Shaping Retail’s Future” are expected to attend. Both the dinner and list are expected to become annual events for the group.
The honorees are divided into five categories — Disruptors, Dreamers, Givers, Influencers and Power Players — with five individuals cited in each.
Neiman Marcus’ Gold and Margarita Arriagada, chief merchant of Sephora Inc., are among those cited in the Power Players category, with Zulily chief executive officer Darrell Cavens honored in the Disruptors group. The Dreamers include Isabella Rose Taylor, the teenage designer and entrepreneur, while the Givers’ honorees include both Shawn Outler, group vice president of leased businesses, vendor collaboration and multicultural business development for Macy’s Inc., and Gary Profit, the retired U.S. Army brigadier general who now serves as senior director of military programs for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
The Influencers’ honorees include Sen. Dick Durbin (D., Ill.); Tonian Hohberg, founder, president and ceo of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising; and David Moin, senior editor, retail, of WWD.
Ellen Davis, senior vice president of NRF and executive director of the NRF Foundation, noted, “Unlike in any other industry, people interact with retail every single day, and these 25 individuals are making today’s innovative, customer-centric and unique shopping experiences possible, collectively making up one of the most impressive groups of professionals in retail.”