Hawaii’s Tanna Dang Wins Top Prize in NRF’s “This is Retail” Video Contest -Nearly 1 million public votes were cast between April 3 and April 22-
Washington, May 16, 2012 – Hawaii has a shining star in Ms. Tanna Dang as the Honolulu boutique owner today was awarded the top $25,000 prize in the National Retail Federation’s inaugural “This is Retail” video contest. Florida’s Kim Williams of The Polka Dot press came in second place and took home $15,000 and Illinois’ Susan Kaufman was awarded $10,000 for third place. Nearly 1 million votes were cast by the public through NRF’s Retail Means Jobs website to choose the contest winners.
“These entrepreneurs have an incredible passion for retail and their communities, which came through in their videos and was evident during the voting process,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “We all love the stories the winners have shared with us, and it’s incredible to think there are millions of other retail employees just like Tanna, Kim, Susan and Jim across America, working hard to provide for their families, give back to their communities, and serve their customers every day.”
The award winners were in attendance at NRF’s Washington Leadership Conference at the Gaylord National Harbor this morning when Terry Lundgren, Macy’s Chairman, CEO and President, and Chairman of the NRF Board of Directors, and NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay presented each with their checks. Bill Brand, executive vice president of programming, marketing and business development at HSN and also one of the judges that selected the initial top 20 finalists, announced the winners.
Lundgren and Shay also presented Jim Adams of Falls Road Running Store in Baltimore with the Judges' Choice Award. Jim’s video on how retail powers the economy received the highest score from the original panel of judges who selected the top 20 finalists in March.
NRF’s “This is Retail” video contest is a part of the association’s multi-faceted Retail Means Jobs campaign. The contest, officially announced in January at Retail’s BIG Show, was designed to promote retail as a career and demonstrate the multitude of career choices available within the retail industry.
As the world’s largest retail trade association and the voice of retail worldwide, NRF represents retailers of all types and sizes, including chain restaurants and industry partners, from the United States and more than 45 countries abroad. Retailers operate more than 3.6 million U.S. establishments that support one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.5 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF’s Retail Means Jobs campaign emphasizes the economic importance of retail and encourages policymakers to support a Jobs, Innovation and Consumer Value Agenda aimed at boosting economic growth and job creation. www.nrf.com.