NSRA Retailer of the Year
|The Retailer of the Year award is presented to an individual NSRA member who, as the owner or co-owner of a footwear retailing business, has demonstrated business vision, principled leadership, and service to NSRA.|
2015 Retailer of the Year (read full press release)
Miklofsky, who has been in the
shoe industry since 1977, owns and operates five stores in Tucson, AZ under the
banners Alan's Shoe House and New Balance Tucson (which employ 50 people). As
the first individual to register "shoes.com” in 1994, Miklofsky has been at the
forefront of internet shoe retailing. His footwear experience also includes a
stint as vice president of The Walking Company, and as president of Oasis
Comfort, then the U.S. distributor of Beautifeel.
In accepting the award, Miklofsky thanked his wife Annette
for working beside him all these years, as well as thanking his fellow NSRA
independent retailers as role models in business.
2014 Retailer of the Year (read full press release)
Brown is President of Brown’s Enterprises, a company with
more than 80 employees, and eight stores: Brown’s Shoe Center, four New Balance
locations, New Balance Kansas City, New Balance Branson, and
WhereFeetLoveUs.com. The business is
headquartered in Washington,
Missouri. Brown’s wife and co-owner, Margit, serves as
company vice president of operations, and their sons Chad
and Kurt are members of the management team with Chad managing Metro Orthotics,
their medical marketing division, and Kurt serving as the company’s vice
president of sales.
Brown spoke on behalf of the family, saying "Through it all we recognize our
good fortune to have the friendships we’ve found – networking and learning
together, have brought a genuine joy to our lives. "Our family not only
celebrates Randy, but we also celebrate the friendships made possible through
NSRA, so thank you friends.” Randy humbly accepted the award, but
accredited his family as being the deserving recipients.
2013 Retailer of the Year (read full press release)
2012 Retailer of the Year (read full press release)
Stan's Fit for Your Feet, established in 1950, and New Balance Milwaukee is a five-location
business headquartered in Brookfield,
WI. Owner, Jim Sajdak, joined the company
founded by his grandfather and father during the 1970s, and served as vice
president for 16 years before becoming president and CEO in 1989. Under his
leadership, Stan's Fit for Your Feet expanded from one store to its current
In accepting this award, Sajdak himself noted that his grandfather was a tanner and
shoemaker and that following his father into retailing taught him many lessons.
He also expressed gratitude that his children have elected to enter in the
family business, adding, "It's humbling to receive this award, I thank you."
Vernon Powell Shoes, established in 1936 by the late Vernon H. Powell, is family-owned-and-operated with locations in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia.
In accepting this award, Phil Wright acknowledged that footwear retailing has changed
since he joined his grandfather in the business more than four decades ago, and that learning from his peers and friends within this organization has been invaluable to their success. Among networking, NSRA services and events, Wright also includes his son Joe as being instrumental to his company's growth.
Vernon Powell Shoes
Comfort One Shoes, founded July of 1993 in Old Town Alexandria, is a locally owned, family business that started with one location and has grown to include locations in Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland.
In accepting this award, Maurice Breton acknowledged that he came out
of corporate America
to enter independent footwear retailing and has
learned a great deal from NSRA and fellow members. Although Breton has given a lot, in terms of service to NSRA, he said the organization gave him back more because when you network with other retailers, you learn, and they teach you how to
become the best.
2010 Retailer of the Year (read full press release)
Lucky Shoes, founded in 1919, is a family business with multiple locations in Ohio. Luck got his start in the family business at the age of 5, "helping out" in his father's store. Tom's son, John, is now the fourth generation Luck in the business.
accepting this award, Luck acknowledged and thanked his family and employees for their consistent
support and enthusiasm for working at Lucky Shoes and its multiple businesses. Luck cited that they haven’t changed their core business, great service and great value
on the best products available, and that the company has survived
because of the talented people he has had the privilege of working with. In addition, Luck said his business has survived and prospered because they keep reinventing themselves before they need to
– looking forward, and adjusting to their customers’ needs and expectations.
Schuler Shoes began in 1889 under Vincent Schuler and is the oldest
family-owned shoe store west of the Mississippi. The
business is in its fourth generation today and operates with multiple locations in Minnesota.
In honor of this award, Schuler Shoes is recognized for many strengths including great customer
service, key brand offerings,
strategic locations, advantageous partnerships
and a focus on comfort. As an individual, Schuler is considered an
inspiration to his peers and looked upon as always having a vision for
his business and being sure to execute it.