The National Retail Association (NRA) has just revealed the top 25 finalists in the running to take out the 2015 NRA Young Retailer of the Year Award.
The Young Retailer of the Year competition has been around for close to half a century because retailers acknowledge that the youth of today are the leaders of tomorrow. Employers want to recognise and reward their ambitious employees and the NRA want to showcase this passion to the industry.

“The 2015 finalists have certainly demonstrated the diverse job opportunities available in retail, and the exciting career paths ahead for these savvy young retailers,” Mr Trevor Evans, CEO NRA said.

The finalists are all vying for the top prize, a place on the famous Westfield World Retail Study Tour next year, valued close to $17,000.
The 2014 NRA Young Retailer of the Year winner Joanna Zurzolo has recently returned from the Westfield World Retail Study Tour where she was able to experience first-hand some of the most successful, innovative and cutting edge retail businesses, and build a network to last a lifetime.

“Winning the Award is what a young retailers dreams are made of. It has been exciting, challenging and a real journey of self-growth that has helped to lay the foundation for my rewarding career. As the Young Retailer of the Year my name and story was part of the retail world and it gave me the exposure to accelerate my career. Participating in this Award is a must for those aspiring and driven young retailers seeking their next rewarding challenge,” Ms Zurzolo said.

Congratulations to the 2015 NRA Young Retailer of the Year finalists:

Name Company Position Location
Deana Barducci Perfect Potion Retail Store Manager NSW
Alicia Cale kikki.K Senior Store Manager NSW
Kaitlin Carnell Officeworks Store Business Manager QLD
Medina Cicak Yum! Restaurants International – KFC Graduate Leader – Human Resource Officer and RSC Generalist NSW
Laura Conquer Coles Property Graduate VIC
Jade Dignam Myer Online Content and Promotions Coordinator VIC
Tammy Drew Target Department Manager WA
Mitchell Eaves City Beach Store Manager QLD
Alex Foley Boost Juice Bars Business Manager VIC
Ellen Hamilton Myer Category Buyer’s Assistant Menswear VIC
Brady Hann Peregrine Corporation Trainer and Assessor SA
Gemma Kariotoglou Fossil Group Store Manager NSW
Kristie O’Connor Jeanswest Senior Store Manager WA
Johanna Parker Best & Less Store Manager NSW
Scott Phillips Kmart Store Manager NSW
Jade Purnell-Webb Wallace Bishop Jewellers Assistant Store Leader and Service Department Leader QLD
Thomas Riek The Co-op Trainee Manager QLD
Kristy Rosengren Bardot Area Manager South Australia and Northern Territory VIC
Tierny Silver Trenery Assistant Manager QLD
Shaun Thatcher Specsavers Store Owner and Co-Owner VIC
Luke Van De Wiel Big W Assistant Store Manager SA
Giles Venske Super Retail Group Area Manager QLD
Michelle Webb Supercheap Auto – Super Retail Group Store Manager VIC
Kate Weller PETstock SA Retail Support SA
Duncan Yi Esprit Retail Country Merchandise Manager NSW


Finalists will unite at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth on Monday, 7 September, for the final stage of judging and to network with key influencers in the industry at the NRA Future of Retail Forum. Later that evening, retailers from across the country will attend the Parisian Soiree themed Gala Dinner in anticipation of the winner announcement.

Retail Doctor Group are proud to once again support the annual Young Retailer of the Year Award and Brian Walker, CEO & Founder of Retail Doctor Group will be presenting the Scholarship Award which involves a one year coaching and development program for one young retailer.

Family, friends and colleagues are encouraged to support their finalist and join the industry for an entertaining night out. Both the NRA Future of Retail Forum and Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony are open to the public.

The NRA Young Retailer of the Year 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 of 25 years of age and under.
For more information, and to download a registration form, please visit or phone 1800 RETAIL (738 245).