The National Association of Recording Merchandisers (NARM) will present Trans World Entertainment chairman and CEO Bob Higgins with the NARM Presidential Award at the trade group's annual convention, held in San Diego, June 7-10.

Past winners include Clive Davis, Berry Gordy, Jr., Ahmet and Nesuhi Ertegun, Walter Yetnikoff, Dick Clark, Casey Kasem, Don Cornelius, Russ Solomon, Jack Eugster and Eric Paulson.

The Award will be presented on the closing night awards dinner. "I am delighted to honor Bob with our Presidential Award, as he is a visionary entrepreneur who has truly made a positive impact on music retailing," NARM president Jim Donio said in a statement. "Under his leadership, Trans World has evolved and embraced multimedia convergence, progressively blending the realms of brick-and-mortar and digital experiences for consumers."

Over the years, Higgins has received numerous awards and honors for his industry achievements, his lifetime civic service, and his many philanthropic interests. In 2003, he was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Music at Siena College in Albany, NY, in recognition of his many contributions to education and to the community at large. Also in 2003, he was inducted into the Video Business Magazine Video Hall of Fame. Higgins received Billboard magazine's 1997 Video Person of the Year Award, and was inducted to the Business Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2002, he received the Albany Medical Center Distinguished Individual Philanthropist Award for his contributions to the area's medical center.

"I am honored to have been selected for the NARM Presidential Award and to join its esteemed list of past honorees," Higgins said in a statement. "Trans World Entertainment's relationship with NARM goes back 35 years, and during that time we have worked together to address many changes and challenges that have affected our industry. It has been -- and continues to be -- a great partnership and I am most grateful for NARM's recognition."