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The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail.

The NRF Foundation shapes retail’s future by building awareness of the industry through statistics and stories; developing talent through education, experiences and scholarships; and fostering career growth among people who work in retail.

Dream BIG Class of 2014

Ronald Kozak

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Ronald Kozak

Ronald Kozak, LAN coordinator at Boscov’s Department Store, is pursuing a bachelor's degree in business from University of Phoenix.

It’s still possible to dream, even when you’re up all night

When you’re on call 24/7, some people might think it’s hard to find time to dream. Those people don’t know Ronald Kozak. As the LAN Coordinator for Boscov’s Department Store, Ronald handles the installation, operation and troubleshooting of servers, computers, radio frequency scanners and all related software for the department store chain's warehouses and distribution center. Even at a young age, he knew computers would be in his future. And while he’s been making systems run effortlessly and flawlessly for almost 20 years, he’s dreaming of something bigger.

Retail is where I belong. It gives me the opportunity to interact with people and make a difference in my company and community.
Ronald Kozak

“My parents always taught my brother and me that you have to work hard for what you want in life, and they always encouraged us to reach for our dreams,” explains Ronald. With help from a bachelor’s degree in business thanks to a Dream BIG scholarship from University of Phoenix and the NRF Foundation, his goals will now be even closer. He hopes to earn a management position in the store to which he’s dedicated his entire career.

From his beginnings as a sales associate in the store’s garden center to his current position as the LAN coordinator in its warehouses, Ronald has always taken pride in delivering a great experience — whether it was for his customers who constantly returned and asked for him or his fellow employees who know Ronald will help them whenever they need it. “Retail is where I belong,” said Ronald. “It gives me the opportunity to interact with people and make a difference in my company and community.”

But behind every great man is a great woman. Ronald is no different, and he draws inspiration from his wife, Tara. Beyond being a supportive wife, Tara is also a caring mother and savvy businesswoman. “By watching my wife do the day-to-day activities, she inspires me to be a better person and provider for my family.”


The National Retail Federation collaborates with University of Phoenix to offer the Dream BIG Scholarship to people who work in retail. This year, 20 recipients received full-tuition scholarships to help them pursue their big dreams. Meet the Class of 2014 and learn more about the Dream BIG Scholarship.