Foot Locker’s Team Spirit

What makes the retailer a unique and rewarding place to work? Longtime employees weigh in on their experiences.

Jeanine Zocks
VP of strategic alliance and events; Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Footaction, Six:02
Years of service: 20

“I’ve enjoyed interacting with the field teams, particularly during high-profile events such as the NBA All-Star Weekend. I’ve had the great fortune to meet many athletes and celebrities over the years. One of my fondest memories was meeting [former NBA coach] Pat Riley at [Foot Locker’s] 30th anniversary celebration and later, sitting in the crowd as he referenced our meeting during his speech and commented on how much I love working for the company. I also met Michael Jordan in the Chicago Bulls’ locker room.”

Jack Hoida
Field investigator, western region; Foot Locker Inc.
Years of service: 43 (joined Kinney Shoe Corp. in 1971)

“Over the years, Foot Locker has afforded me the opportunity to travel the world, participate in world-class sporting events and meet champion athletes. I’ve run the 2004 New York City Marathon, met iconic players such as Ken Norton, Hank Aaron, José Canseco and Chris Webber, and watched the Rose Bowl from the 50-yard line. I’ve also had the privilege of participating in countless charitable events, working across the U.S., Canada and Guam, where I’ve met thousands of dedicated and inspirational team members.”

Bob Bludgus
Director of sales planning; Foot Locker, Footaction, Kids Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Six:02
Years of service: 41 (joined Kinney Shoe Corp. in 1973)

“I’ve recognized the need to establish good relationships with strong business partners. It’s been rewarding to witness associates I recruited earlier in my career rise into management positions within the company. My tenure also has provided me with the unique opportunity to travel and take part in different athletic and industry-sponsored events, as well as community programs our company supports.”

Christina Sarrat
Regional VP, southern region; Foot Locker, Footaction, Kids Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Six:02
Years of service: 30

“What distinguishes Foot Locker first and foremost is our branding — particularly our iconic striped uniforms. We must always be aware of what our customers are thinking and buying, and understand their expectations of the in-store experience. Among my most memorable personal moments was winning regional VP of the year and sharing that award and experience with my team of district managers.”

Laurie Clark
VP of store operations; Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Footaction, Six:02
Years of service: 34

“It makes me smile to see those I’ve coached, trained or mentored get promoted. My job allows me to work with every department within the company. Being able to touch so many people in the company allows me to continue to grow and learn both personally and professionally.”

Chris Santaella
VP and GMM of footwear; Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Footaction
Years of service: 23

“On my first day on the job in 1991, I bought a pair of [Nike Air Force] Barkley 180s, and I was ready for the next 23 years. [Our] constant challenge is giving our sneaker-obsessed consumers something new and hot. Our passion, leadership and commitment set us apart.”

Douglas Smith
Director of brand marketing; Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker
Years of service: 33

“I’ve been lucky to work on projects that have helped the company execute its core strategies as well as [allowed me to] collaborate with people in different areas both internally and externally. I try not to take anyone for granted or discount their opinions.”

Wilfredo Rodriguez
VP of finance; Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Footaction, Six:02
Years of service: 18

“The fun part of finance is working on a daily basis with operations, our store and field teams, and our HR team. I also will never look at sneakers the same way again. I find myself looking at people’s feet at the airport or on vacation. What drove them to buy that style? More importantly, where did they buy it? Who would have thought a finance guy could be so fashion-savvy?”

Mike Owens
EVP of operations; Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Footaction, SIX:02
Years of service: 33

“Being part of the company’s growth and expansion, there have been so many powerful and wonderful moments because of all the people you come across. I’ve learned the importance of always executing your current strategies while maintaining an eye on the opportunities of the future.”

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