December 20, 2012—Talk about man of the decade. Amazon’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is being awarded the National Retail Federation’s most prestige and coveted award next month, the Gold Medal. The trade organization gives out their sought-after award each year to an individual who has served the industry with distinction and achieved a national reputation for excellence. Recipients have also displayed creative genius and inspirational leadership and won the respect of fellow merchants for devotion to the retail craft.

The National Retail Federation (NRF) is also recognizing Crocs, Kohl’s and lululemon with awarding distinction next month at their convention in New York. Each company’s top ranking executives will accept their awards during the Luncheon at NRF’s Annual Convention and EXPO on January 15, 2013. Crocs CEO John McCarvel will accept the Retail Innovator of the Year award. Lululumon athletica CEO Christine Day will accept the International Retailer for the Year and Kohl’s Senior Executive Vice President of Logistics Ken Bonning will receive the Silver Plaque Award.

Recently named Fortune Businessperson of the Year, Jeff Bezos appeared on the Charlie Rose show to share his thoughts on a variety of issues like mobile and social commerce. Asked if Amazon will develop   brick-and-mortar stores in the future, Bezos responded, he would love to, but only if Amazon had a “truly differentiated idea.” When questioned in the interview about the possibility of Amazon creating a mobile phone, Jeff Bezos said, “We’re very reluctant to discuss our future roadmap. I will have to decline to answer that question.”

With over 25,500 retail executives and vendors from more than 75 countries for educational and networking opportunities, Retail’s BIG Show and EXPO is the world’s largest leading retail event. The convention is also ranked as one of the Top 200 events in North America and top 50 fastest-growing events. For more information on the event, visit the National Retail Federation’s website.