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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

Greg Buzek

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Greg Buzek

Greg Buzek runs one of the most influential global advisory firms specializing in technology for the retail industry. But he believes that the industry is less about transactional data and customer retention numbers, and more about making a real difference in people’s lives.

As co-founder of the Retail Orphan Initiative, Greg has helped raise more than $1.8 million for grassroots charities that provide relief and support for foster care, orphanages and rescuing children from human trafficking.

While everyone comes out of school wanting to “change the world,” all too soon the realities of life often encroach. “If we focus only on making a career, we miss the bigger picture,” he says. “What drives me is watching my friends use their skills to make a difference for the next generation of leaders.”

“For me retail is about making a difference. We all come out of school wanting to change the world, but ‘life’ takes over and if we focus only on making a career, we miss the bigger picture.”