NEW YORK — The National Retail Federation said Wednesday that this year’s Gold Medal Award, recognizing vision and leadership in retailing, will go to Burt Tansky, president and chief executive of The Neiman Marcus Group Inc.

Tansky joined the company in 1990 as chairman and ceo of Bergdorf Goodman and has been in his current post since 2000. Under his leadership, Neiman Marcus has mounted a strategy of expansion, renovations and maintaining a focus on top-quality designer merchandise and strong customer service.

The Gold Medal, along with other prestigious NRF awards, will be presented Tuesday at a luncheon during the NRF’s 93rd Annual Convention & Expo, which runs Sunday through Wednesday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center here.

The NRF Retail Innovator of the Year Award will go to Lew Frankfort, chairman and ceo of Coach Inc.

The NRF International Retailer of the Year is Angel Losada Moreno, chairman and executive president of Grupo Gigante, Mexico’s third-largest retailer and operator of big-box superstores that sell food, clothes and athletic equipment.

The American Spirit Award will be presented to the Army and Air Force Exchange Service for its extraordinary support of U.S. servicemen and women fighting abroad. Kathryn Frost, Major General, U.S. Army and commander and ceo of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, will accept the award.

Speakers at the convention include Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Lee Scott, Wal-Mart ceo.

This story first appeared in the January 8, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.