2020 Footwear Executive Summit

“This footwear summit is a great way to stay up-to-date on footwear retail trends and innovations that can enhance our operations. It also gives us an up-to-the-minute report on what is happening in Washington so we can prepare for any trade or tax issues that will impact our business.”

—Cliff Sifford, CEO, Shoe Carnival


Chris Cillizza
CNN Politics Reporter and Editor-at-Large
Founding editor of The Washington Post blog “The Fix”

Alper Aydemir
Co-founder and CTO

Kellie Davies
Senior Director, Owned Brand Sourcing and Development

Paul Foley
EVP, Global Sales and Strategy

Dan Friedman
President, Global Sourcing

Leslie Gallin
President, Footwear
Informa Markets

Mario Gallione
President, Journeys Retail

Andy Gilbert
Genesco Licensed Brands

Will Hall
Chief Creative Officer

Jeff Hunt
Founder and CEO

Mike Jeppesen
FDRA Chairman
President, Global Operations
Wolverine Worldwide

Andy Polk
Senior Vice President

Matt Priest
President & CEO

David Sable
Senior Advisor

Josue Solano
Corporate President and Chief Operating Officer
BBC International

Jose Suarez
Founder & CEO

Kate Sweeney
Chief Operating Officer
KEEN Footwear

About This Event

The Footwear Industry’s Executive Summit is held Wednesday–Thursday, March 18–19, 2020 at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC, just steps away from the White House.

200 footwear executives attend this annual summit to network and hear footwear leaders discuss how they are guiding their companies in changing times. We invite you to join us March 18th in Washington, DC for our 2020 summit focused:

  • A 2020 election preview and what it means for footwear companies
  • How voice is transforming online search and retail sales
  • Strategies to prevent counterfeit and increase IP protections
  • Transformation of Brick and Mortar retail
  • New technology transforming back room operations
  • Executives discuss new consumer challenges and innovative solutions

The event is also designed with ample networking time. We will have a networking reception at the same location on March 18 for all Executive Summit attendees!

Last year’s attendees included CEOs and executives from: Wolverine Worldwide, Steve Madden, Shoes.com, Rack Room, Nike,Shoe Carnival, Global Brands Group, RG Barry, Caleres, Off Broadway Shoe Warehouse, SAPICA, BBC, Footlocker, and DSW to name a few.

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Please contact apolk@fdra.org if you are interested in sponsoring this event.