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Finalists announced for Young Retailer of the Year

The National Retail Association has announced the top 25 finalists in the running to take out the 2015 NRA Young Retailer of the Year Award, with Coles Property Graduate Laura Conquer among those selected.

The NRA Young Retailer of the Year Award is claimed to be recognised nationally as the highest accolade in retail and serves to acknowledge excellence in ambition, leadership and innovation within the retail discipline, for those aged 25 and under.

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

2015 NRA Young Retailer of the Year finalists

Name Company Position State
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 Manager 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

The final stage of judging will be held at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth on September 7, with finalists also given the opportunity to network with key influencers in the industry at the NRA Future of Retail Forum. That evening, retailers from across the country will attend the ‘Parisian soiree’ themed gala dinner in anticipation of the winner announcement.

Finalists are each vying for the top prize of a place on the Westfield World Retail Study Tour next year, valued at close to $17,000.

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