On the trade show floor or in the halls of the Capitol, these industry players wield serious influence.
President; Two Ten Footwear Foundation
To mark Two Ten’s 75th anniversary, Newman expanded the Footwear Cares initiative, and the organization’s revamped December gala seeks to raise $2.6 million.
President of footwear; Advanstar Global
Changes are afoot at Advanstar, operator of the Magic Marketplace shows. The firm was sold in October to British event organizer UBM Plc for $972 million.
President, CEO; FFANY
Brown Shoe Co.’s former chairman assumed leadership of FFANY this fall and has said he plans to continue building on the work of predecessor Joe Moore.
Show director; Outdoor Retailer
The Salt Lake City trade show just keeps growing. The most recent event drew roughly 27,000 attendees and 1,600 exhibitors.
The head of the Italian manufacturers’ association had his hands full this year hunting for a new permanent GM for The Micam and The Micam Shanghai trade shows.
Deutelmoser implemented a new format and timing for the German trade show this year to adapt to industry needs.
Laura Conwell O’Brien
Executive director; Southeastern Shoe Travelers
A brutal winter walloped retail attendance early in 2014, but SESTA’s Atlanta Shoe Market rebounded in August with a 20 percent boost.
President, CEO; American Apparel & Footwear Association
The longtime Washington lobbiest took over the helm of AAFA in July and has pursued measures to help brands diversify sourcing, both at home and abroad.
President; Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America
The FDRA turned 70 this year and celebrated in New York. The exec focused on trade and tax issues.
President; National Shoe Retailers Association
Schuyler teamed up with FDRA’s Priest this month to lobby Congress to take action against unfair sales tax policies.
President, CEO; Soles4Souls
After trimming staff and expenses, Teaster is back in expansion mode, aiming to increase shoe collections by 20 percent.