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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 Scholarship

James Ostag

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James Ostag Supply Chain Asset Protection Manager, Macy’s, Inc.

James Ostag
Supply Chain Asset Protection Manager
Macy’s, Inc.

Bringing an investigative instinct to data analysis

With a degree in criminal justice, James Ostag knows a thing or two about running an investigation. In fact, during his studies at William Paterson University, he worked for an attorney’s office in New Jersey as an investigator conducting field work and surveillance related to civil and criminal cases.

James soon left the legal world for retail and is now a manager in Macy’s supply chain asset protection department, where he continues to find the truths hidden in data while creating industry-first technologies such as a tablet-based platform for auditing and case management.

“[The] scholarship will help me expedite and achieve my career goals by giving me the knowledge needed to perform and excel on projects that can change the world.”

James intends to seek an MBA from University of Phoenix with his Dream BIG scholarship, empowering him to round out his analytic skills with more management and project management expertise. “This NRF Foundation and University of Phoenix scholarship will help me expedite and achieve my career goals by giving me the knowledge needed to perform and excel on projects that can change the world.”