Tradeshow Powerhouses

On the trade show floor or in the halls of the Capitol, these industry players wield serious influence.

Neal Newman
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.

Leslie Gallin
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.

Ron Fromm
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.

Kenji Haroutunian
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.

Cleto Sagripanti
President; Assocalzaturifici

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.

Kirstin Deutelmoser
Director; GDS

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.

Juanita Duggan
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.

Matt Priest
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.

Chuck Schuyler
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.

Buddy Teaster
President, CEO; Soles4Souls

After trimming staff and expenses, Teaster is back in expansion mode, aiming to increase shoe collections by 20 percent.

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