24 year old Medina Cicak, from Frenchs Forest, NSW, was announced as the National Retail Association’s (NRA) 2015 Young Retailer of the Year at the awards gala dinner in Sydney last night.

Medina who is the Graduate Leader – Human Resource Officer and RSC Generalist for Yum! Restaurants International – KFC Australia, for the third year in a row, battled it out against 24 Finalists, through a grueling four-stage judging process, to this time bring home the coveted industry award.

Last year Medina was awarded a 12 month one-on-one retail scholarship program with Retail Doctor Group and has been mentored over the past year by Brian Walker, CEO & Founder of Retail Doctor Group. Brian, who was presenting the scholarship award again at last night’s event said;

“Supporting the next generation of our business leaders is, we believe, a privilege and an honour,  and a small part of putting back into our industry. We are delighted to congratulate our RDG scholarship winner Medina Cicak on her Achievement as the NRA Young Retailer of the Year 2015.” – Brian Walker.

Other award winners included:
Runner Up:  Laura Conquer, 25 years, Property Graduate, Coles, Hawthorn East VIC
Scholarship Award: Gemma Kariotoglou, 24 years, Store Manager, Fossil Group, Castle Hill NSW
Leadership Award: Scott Philips, 24 years, Store Manager, Kmart, Toormina NSW
Rising Star Award: Tammy Drew, 21 years, Department Manager, Target, Success WA

The NRA Young Retailer of the Year Awards program has been around for close to half a century because retailers acknowledge that the youth of today are our leaders of tomorrow. Employers want to recognise and reward their go-getting employees and the NRA wants to showcase this passion to the industry.

The Award is recognised nationally as the highest accolade in retail and serves to acknowledge excellence in ambition, leadership and innovation within the retail discipline, for those under the age of 25.

NRA Chief Executive Officer, Trevor Evans said,

“These future leaders have demonstrated that to compete and prosper in this challenging market, you have to be savvy in all areas and are proving that the retail industry can fulfil Gen Y’s desire for a dynamic and exciting career.”

“We are extremely proud of all our young retailers, as well as the collective achievements of the broader retail sector. Together, we are strengthening the industry for a brighter and more prosperous future,” Mr Evans said.