FDRA Elevates Matt Priest to CEO

FDRA Elevates Matt Priest to CEO

The Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA) today announced the elevation of FDRA President Matt Priest to the role of Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  In this enhanced role, Matt will continue to lead the 72 year old association ensuring its continued success and key role as the footwear industry’s foremost effective trade association, bar none.

Matt joined FDRA in 2009 as President.  Prior to joining the organization, Matt served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Commerce on Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce.  He also served as a senior legislative aide on Capitol Hill.

“Matt has proven himself to be a thoughtful and extremely effective leader, driving FDRA to new heights in service to our amazing industry,” said Mr. Rick Muskat, Principal at Deer Stags Concepts and FDRA Chairman. “Elevating Matt to CEO is a logical next step in recognition of his invaluable service and continued success as the footwear industry’s chief advocate.”

Matt Priest added, “I am honored and humbled by the trust and confidence FDRA leadership has placed in me as chief executive of this amazing organization.  All of us at FDRA go to work every day focused on being the most impactful and effective organization we can be for our industry.  I can’t wait to continue the hard work ahead of us, ensuring the footwear industry and our members have an invaluable and effective trade association meeting their vital business needs all year long.”

About FDRA: FDRA is THE Voice of the Footwear Industry in Washington. Representing over 80% of the entire industry, the Footwear Distributors Retailers of America (FDRA) is by far the largest and most respected footwear trade association in the U.S.  In all, it supports more than 130 companies and over 200 brands designing, producing and selling great footwear to consumers all over the globe.