FN Platform: Calendar of Events

Magic Invitational Golf Tournament
7:30 A.M.-3:30 P.M. Sunday, Feb. 12
Bear’s Best, Las Vegas

Free breakfast, lunch and cocktails served all day. Courtesy transportation and golf club rentals available. By invitation only. RSVP required.

“Selling Is A People Thing”
1:30 P.M., Sunday, Feb. 12
LVCC, South Hall, Room S231

Hosted by the USRA and FN Platform, this sales session features Joe Salzano of The Clarks Cos.addressing how to build a great sales force, establish goals, train a team and develop effective selling techniques.

“Globalizing Your Brand: Selling Overseas in Today’s World”
3 P.M.-4:30 P.M., Sunday, Feb. 12
LVCC, South Hall, Room S229

Hosted by the USRA and FN Platform, panelists include Rick Darling, president of LF USA; Stanley Silverstein, EVP of international strategy and business development at The Warnaco Group Inc.; and Tom Travis, managing partner at Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg. They will discuss managing risk while achieving growth via international expansion, joint ventures, licensing deals, mergers and acquisitions and the launching of retail stores and distribution outlets.

“A View From the Top”
4 P.M., Sunday, Feb. 12
LVCC, South Hall, Room S231

Hosted by the USRA and FN Platform, Sterne Agee’s Sam Poser moderates a panel of retailers and vendors who will weigh in on the future of footwear retailing. The group will include Rick Paterno, president of The Jones Group; Jim Salzano, president of The Clarks Cos.; Gary Weiner, owner of Saxon Shoes; Joe Gradia, co-owner of Hawley Lane Shoes; Dave Astobiza, co-owner of Sole Desire Shoes; and Maurice Breton, owner of Comfort One Shoes.

Networking Cocktail Party
5:30 P.M.-7 P.M., Sunday, Feb. 12
LVCC, South Hall, Room S231

The “Dynamic” Internet: Growing Traffic and Revenue by Reducing Risk and Managing Change
8 A.M., Monday, Feb. 13
LVCC, South Hall, Room S231

The AAFA presents a panel discussion on mitigating digital risk and growing e-commerce channels. Panelists include Brian Winterfeldt, a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP; Eric Mueller, director of global anti-counterfeiting at Levi Strauss & Co.; and Leah Evert-Burks, director of brand protection at Deckers Outdoor Corp.

“Where is Internet Retail Headed? Global, Mobile, Flash and Beyond”
12 P.M., Monday, Feb. 13
LVCC, South Hall, Room S229

Sycamore Marketing Group Inc. President Barbara Ende moderates a panel with Zappos.com’s Fred Mossler, ThisNext.com’s Matt Edelman and Beyondtherack.com’s Yona Shtern. Topics include the challenges of taking a site globally and linking into social and mobile, brand protection, Internet theft and flash sales.

Sweet Treat Event
2 P.M.-3 P.M., Monday, Feb. 13
LVCC, South Hall, InPlay Lounge

Meet the Designers
2 P.M.-3 P.M., Monday, Feb. 13
LVCC, South Hall, FN Booth

The roundtable discussion, hosted by FN editors, features Matt Bernson and 80%20’s Cece Chin. The conversation will be an open forum for bloggers to ask questions and designers to give their inside perspective on the footwear industry, top trends and what to look for at the show. 

Appearance: Mike Rowe from “Dirty Jobs”
4 P.M., Monday, Feb. 13
LVCC, South Hall, CAT Footwear Booth

Opening Night Party
7 P.M.-8 P.M., Monday, Feb. 13
LVCC, South Hall, FN Café Lounge

Peter Monroy Band performs and Ron Fromm receives the first annual FDRA Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sterne Agee Breakfast Series Seminar
8 A.M., Tuesday, Feb. 14
LVCC, South Hall, Room S231

Speaking about boots, trends and inventory levels, this panel discussion features Tarak Hassan, co-owner of The Tannery; Diane Sullivan, CEO of Brown Shoe Co.; Beth Goldstein, senior category specialist of fashion footwear and accessories, The NPD Group Inc.; Pat Devaney, SVP and Stella International; Cliff Sifford, EVP at Shoe Carnival; and Abe Rogowsky, owner of the Shoe Parlor.

Appearance: NASCAR Drivers Angela and Amber Cope
1 P.M.-3 P.M., Tuesday, Feb.14
LVCC, South Hall, Luichiny Booth

Appearance: Mr. Quiggly
1 P.M.-3 P.M., Tuesday, Feb. 14
LVCC, South Hall, Skechers Booth

“Will Work for Shoes” Book Signing
1:30 P.M.-3 P.M., Tuesday, Feb. 14
LVCC, South Hall, Footsteps Lounge
Celebrity PR expert Sarah J. Ashbrook signs copies of her book.

Blogger Panel
2 P.M.-3 P.M., Tuesday, Feb. 14
LVCC, South Hall, FN Booth

The blogger panel invites exhibitors and attendees to join the discussion with FN’s global news director, Katie Abel. Top fashion and footwear bloggers speak about how to communicate and capture the attention of this growing segment of the media community.

Men’s Buyer Cocktail Hour
5 P.M.-6 P.M., Tuesday, Feb. 14
LVCC, South Hall, Camp/Bond Lounge

Cosmo Buyer Cocktail Hour
5 P.M.-6 P.M., Tuesday, Feb. 14
LVCC, South Hall, Cosmo Lounge

Footsteps Cocktail Hour
5 P.M.-6 P.M., Tuesday, Feb. 14
LVCC, South Hall, Footsteps Lounge

WiFi Two Ten Meeting
5:30 P.M.-7 P.M., Tuesday, Feb. 14
LVCC, South Hall, Room S231

FN Platform Booth Awards
10 A.M.-11 A.M., Wednesday, Feb. 15
LVCC, South Hall, FN Platform
Awards will be given for Best New Exhibitor, Most Creative Use of Exhibit Space and Most Innovative Booth Interior.

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