NRF Announces DICK’S Sporting Goods Executive Chairman Ed Stack as The Visionary 2024

"Throughout his tenure, Ed Stack has stood by his convictions and dedication to making a difference, and NRF is honored to recognize him with The Visionary award."

NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay

WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation today announced that DICK’S Sporting Goods Executive Chairman Ed Stack will receive The Visionary award. Stack will be recognized during the ninth annual NRF Foundation Honors on Jan. 14 in New York City.

“Starting his retail career at a young age, Ed Stack has led DICK’S Sporting Goods through decades of remarkable growth with tremendous business acumen and ingenuity,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “His story demonstrates how retail is unmatched in opportunity. Throughout his tenure, Ed has stood by his convictions and dedication to making a difference, and NRF is honored to recognize him with The Visionary award.”

Presented each year to an outstanding retail leader, The Visionary award honors Stack for his leadership of the largest omnichannel sporting goods retailer in the United States, guiding the company's evolution from two stores in upstate New York to a Fortune 500 company. From 1984 through January 2021, Stack served as the chairman and chief executive officer of DICK’S Sporting Goods.

“I have spent my life in retail, and I am honored and humbled to be recognized as The Visionary by the National Retail Federation,” Stack said. “This recognition is on behalf of the more than 50,000 associates with DICK’S Sporting Goods who have helped build the company over the last 75 years.”

Past recipients of The Visionary award include Lowe's Chairman and CEO Marvin Ellison; Target Corp. Board Chairman and CEO Brian Cornell; former Kohl’s CEO Michelle Gass; Nike Chairman, President and CEO Mark Parker; Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon; and Levi Strauss & Co. President and CEO Chip Bergh.

Additionally, Stack will participate in a fireside chat with Shay on Jan. 14 at NRF 2024: Retail’s Big Show.

Since 2015, the NRF Foundation Honors has raised funds to support the NRF Foundation’s work highlighting retail as an industry of opportunity and providing resources to prepare people for life-changing careers. The event celebrates leaders in retail and features the presentation of the NRF Foundation’s undergraduate scholarships. More information is available at

About NRF
The National Retail Federation passionately advocates for the people, brands, policies and ideas that help retail succeed. From its headquarters in Washington, D.C., NRF empowers the industry that powers the economy. Retail is the nation’s largest private-sector employer, contributing $3.9 trillion to annual GDP and supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 52 million working Americans. For over a century, NRF has been a voice for every retailer and every retail job, educating, inspiring and communicating the powerful impact retail has on local communities and global economies.

About DICK’S Sporting Goods
DICK'S Sporting Goods (NYSE: DKS) creates confidence and excitement by inspiring, supporting and personally equipping all athletes to achieve their dreams. Founded in 1948 and headquartered in Pittsburgh, the leading omnichannel retailer serves athletes and outdoor enthusiasts in more than 850 DICK'S Sporting Goods, Golf Galaxy, Public Lands, Moosejaw, Going Going Gone! and Warehouse Sale stores, online and through the DICK'S mobile app. DICK'S also owns and operates DICK'S House of Sport and Golf Galaxy Performance Center, as well as GameChanger, a youth sports mobile platform for live streaming, scheduling, communications and scorekeeping.

Driven by its belief that sports have the power to change lives, DICK'S has been a longtime champion for youth sports and, together with its Foundation, has donated millions of dollars to support under-resourced teams and athletes through the Sports Matter program and other community-based initiatives. Additional information about DICK'S business, corporate giving, sustainability efforts and employment opportunities can be found on and on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.