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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.

The List 2015

Casey Gerald

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Dreamer

Casey Gerald

Casey has always been fascinated by the stories of retail’s big dreamers – people like Sam Walton and Stanley Marcus – who devoted their lives to not just building businesses, but changing lives.

MBAs Across America, the nonprofit he cofounded in 2013 with three of his Harvard Business School classmates, is doing just that. The organization brings teams of MBAs to small businesses around the country to offer free business advice and strategy development – and by extension is helping scores of new leaders realize their own big dreams.

“I’m lucky in my job to come into contact with countless folks doing the same thing in the heart of this country,” he says. “I want to help mobilize a generation of rising business leaders to bring their dreams to life.”

“I’m lucky in my job with MBAs Across America to come into contact with countless folks doing the same thing in the heart of this country, and to be able to mobilize a generation of rising business leaders to help bring their dreams to life.”