Executive Moves: NSRA Adds to Board, Wolverine Promotes

Retailers Assigned to NSRA

Four new retailers have joined the board of directors at the National Shoe Retailers Association, effective Oct. 1.

Jill Hathaway of Hathaway Shoes in Kansas City, Mo., has worked in the footwear industry for several years, previously at H.H. Brown. She currently operates two stores in Missouri.

John Schuler, president and CEO of Schuler Shoes Inc., has grown his company to eight Schuler Shoe locations, four New Balance stores and one SAS store located in Minneapolis. In 2009, he was appointed NSRA’s Retailer of the Year and previously served on the board for nine years.

Tom Schuemann operates two Village Bootery stores out of Florida. He served as the president of Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club, as well as the president of Business Inc. of Palm Beach County.

Hide & Sole owner Scott Sproull purchased his Missoula, Mont.-based store in 1975 and today sells footwear, as well as supplies for leather hobbyists. He was previously the president of the Missoula Downtown Association and holds the presidential position of the Travelers Rest Chapter of the Lewis Clark Train Heritage Foundation.

Hathaway, Schuler and Schuemann will all serve on the Board for three years, while Sproull will hold a two-year term.

New Leadership at Patagonia and Chaco

Wolverine World Wide Inc. has added to its marketing teams at both Patagonia Footwear and Chaco.

As the newly appointed director of marketing and sales at Patagonia Footwear, Jamie Barbor will reconstruct all areas of the business. Sue Harvey-Brown, former marketing manager at Merrell, will become marketing manager at Patagonia, where she will oversee brand management. Harvey-Brown also will be in charge of all environmental initiatives of Wolverine’s Outdoor Group.

Patagonia’s former brand manager, Whitney Conner, was chosen to be the consumer marketing manager at Chaco. She will lead marketing and brand management for the brand, working in conjunction with creative director Brandan Hill.

“As our overall business enjoys increased momentum, we will continue to ensure a strong team is in place to effectively manage the needs of each brand within the Outdoor Group,” Craig Throne, VP of global marketing for the Outdoor Group, said in a statement. “The aim is to effectively blend our team members’ strong backgrounds and experience and put the right people in the right places to clearly represent the ethos of each Outdoor Group brand.”

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