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Median Compensation Requirement Provides Uneven View

Publicly traded companies with a large number of overseas workers or part-time employees, those in retail for example, have disproportionately lower median employee compensation levels than their peers, a reporting requirement of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act shows. Under the provision that went into effect in 2017, proxies filed by public companies must not only provide total compensation details of top executives, but also calculate the median compensation of employees (excluding the CEO’s annual financial package) and offer a CEO Pay to Employee ratio. Nearly 3,600 public companies are being required to file these ratio disclosures. Small reporting companies and those defined as “emerging growth” are exempt as are companies based overseas. 

The ratio data that is filed isn’t perfect given companies are using different methodologies to derive median salary figures. VF Corp. for example, used 39 currencies and 37 different payroll systems to compensate its 56,943 employees across 53 countries in 2017. Skechers, meanwhile, says 77 percent of its U.S. employees are part-time workers at its own retail stores. And Under Armour counts 8,900 part-time and seasonal staff among its 15,800 employees. Nike is expected to make its first CEO pay ratio disclosure with its proxy filing for the fiscal year ending May 31. 

Some suggest the CEO pay ratio reported by public companies may be a strong predictor of how well a company can perform. Investment firm MCSI, for example, discovered that companies with larger CEO-to-employee gaps experienced lower profitability than peers with smaller pay gaps. And while some progressive think tanks have suggested the new reporting requirement will ignite debate about the U.S. business model and its impact on economic health and democracy, some in corporate America and Republicans have attempted to have the CEO pay ratio rule scrapped.  

“[The pay ratio rule] is a cooked-up thing to embarrass firms with a lot of part-time workers,” said Alan Johnson, managing director for the pay consulting firm Johnson Associates. 

Ronald L. Havner, CEO of Public Storage, commented, “Comparing what I do to the median employee is not even apples and oranges…They don’t know how to allocate capital, and their educational level and skill set is vastly different.” 

Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) recently issued a 26-page report on the subject, drawing on the pay ratios from the first 225 Fortune 500 companies to report them in SEC filings. Among the study’s highlights: the average CEO-to-worker pay ratio was 339-to-1 with the highest gap nearly 5,000-to-1 at toymaker Mattel; At 188 reporting companies, the CEO’s pay would cover the salaries of more than 100 workers; and the average CEO-to-worker pay ratio is 977-to-1 for the consumer discretionary segment, the highest of any segment. 

Sports Insight Extra compiled compensation data on 24 publicly traded sporting goods, retail and footwear companies. Among the two dozen entrants, Fitbit, GoPro, Nautilus, Wolverine Worldwide and Callaway reported the highest median employee compensation figures. The companies with the best CEO Pay Ratios are: Camping World, GoPro and Fitbit. The trio of firms with the highest CEO Pay Ratios are: Skechers, VF Corp. and Walmart. Again, it should be noted that the reported figures are skewed by how they are calculated and how many part-time and seasonal worker salaries are used in determining the totals.

Retailer / Company
CEO 
Compensation
Median Employee Compensation
CEO 
Pay Ratio
Fitbit
FIT
$3,624,301
$160,198
23-to-1
GoPro
GPRO
$8000,147
$151,857
5.3-to-1
Nautilus
NLS
$955,737
$72,345
13-to-1
Wolverine Worldwide
WWW
$12,018,559
$64,167
188-to-1
Callaway
ELY
$5,148,643
$53,298
97-to-1
Sturm, Ruger
RGR
$1,747,900
$42,500
41-to-1
Camping World Holdings
CWH
$14,272
$33,048
.43-to-1
Lululemon
LULU
$5,089,999
$22,218
229-to-1
Caleres
CAL
$7,126,554
$21,528
331-to-1
Target
TGT
$8,399,210
$20,581
408-to-1
Walmart
WMT
$22,791,276
$19.177
1,118-to-1
Macy's
MACY
$11,129,922
$13,810
806-to-1
Shoe Carnival
SCVL
$1,309,585
$12,370
106-to-1
Acushnet Cos.
GOLF
$3,989,109
$11,909
335-to-1
Under Armour
UAA
$4,034,341
$10,686
378-to-1
VF Corp.
VFC
$13,736,655
$10,151
1,353-to-1
Dick's Sporting Goods
DKS
$10,035,570
$9,855
1,015-to-1
Big 5 Sporting Goods
BGFV
$911,076
$9,831
93-to-1
Kohl's
KSS
$11,339,206
$8,976
1,264-to-1
Foot Locker
FL
$6,402,450
$8,554
748-to-1
DSW
DSW
$4,864,817
$7,868
618-to-1
Zumiez
ZUMZ
$1,734,763
$6,997
248-to-1
Hibbett Sports
HIBB
$1,168,595
$5,423
215-to-1
Skechers
SKX
$7,773,992
$5,140
1,512-to-1

Footwear Insight
Rockport Group’s New Owner Should Be Known By Mid-July

Stalking horse bidder CB Marathon Opco, LLC, an affiliate of Charlesbank Equity Fund IX, is currently the frontrunner with its $150 million asset purchase cash offer for the bankrupt West Newton, MA footwear company minus its North American retail assets. The pending deal, which includes Rockport’s global wholesale assets, ecommerce platform and retail operations in Europe and Asia, is subject to certain working capital adjustments or a $4.5 million “break-up” fee plus reimbursement of expenses up to $2 million if another bidder emerges the winner in a court auction sale scheduled for July 10.  

According to court documents filed last week, bids for The Rockport Group, whose portfolio includes the Rockport, Aravon and Dunham brands, will be accepted until 5 p.m. on June 29. Two days after filing for Chap. 11 bankruptcy protection May 14, listing $287 million in debt, the company issued a public statement to ensure customers and clients that its businesses around the world were open and “operating in the normal course.” Immediately after the filing, Rockport secured interim approval for up to $10 million in new debtor-in-possession financing from existing noteholders besides its existing $60 million credit facility. 

Court documents show that a new suitor for the company has been sought since December 2017 when Houlihan Lokey contacted 110 potential strategic and financial acquirers to gauge interest in the company started in 1971 and previously owned by both Reebok and the adidas Group. By mid-January, the investment banker had received 10 Indications of Interest (IOIs) from interested parties. By early March, there were six interested parties in Rockport that dwindled to four, including CB Marathon Opco, by early April.

Berkshire Partners and New Balance acquired Rockport from the adidas Group in January 2015 for $280 million. Adidas inherited the brown shoe company when it bought Reebok International in 2006. Adidas and Reebok are Rockport’s second and third largest unsecured creditors currently, owed more than $70.6 million in aggregate.

sports Insight
What’s Next for Academy?

That’s the million-dollar question following the appointment of company director and retail industry veteran Ken C. Hicks as Chairman and CEO. Hicks, the former Chairman and CEO of Foot Locker whose career stops also included JC Penney, Payless ShoeSource and May Dept. Stores, replaces departing CEO J.K. Symancyk, who leaves for another unspecified executive position after 30 months leading the KKR-controlled retailer.

With Symancyk perhaps headed back to his home state of Arkansas and a position within Walmart’s corporate structure (he previously worked for Sam’s Club), Hicks inherits an everyday-low-price retailer that has spent the last 10 months cost-cutting and may now be on the selling block. KKR, which pulled an $80.5 million dividend out of the 245-door sporting goods and outdoor retail business in 2016 (after taking debt-funded dividends of $486 million and $200 million in 2012 and 2015, respectively) suffered the majority of its 2017 “unrealized losses” from Academy.  

Highly leveraged Academy, Ltd., facing increased pressure to its largely regional business from national player Dick’s Sporting Goods entry into its home Houston market and the rising influence of ecommerce. Academy, which had its debt rating lowered by Moody’s in mid-September 2017, eliminated 100 positions at its corporate HQ in July 2017 followed by 197 in January that were mostly related to the outsourcing of IT and truck-driving positions. Last year, the chain also suffered unspecified losses related to the impact of Hurricane Harvey on Texas markets.

Among other personnel moves last week: 
Saucony named Ann Cavassa, most recently SVP of marketing and apparel for Brooks Running Co., as president of the Wolverine Worldwide-owned brand.

RG Barry Corp. named Scott Erdman, most recently chief merchandising officer for eBags, as president of Baggallini, the handbag, totes and travel accessories brand; and Joseph Bean, most recently as VP of internet wholesale North America for The Rockport Co., as SVP of ecommerce wholesale.

• Beth Jensen, senior director of sustainable business innovation for the Outdoor Industry Association, was honored with an Environmental Leader 75 award by Business Sector Media. 

Textile Insight
Sourcing Strategies in an Age of Volatility & Uncertainty

The need for speed in today’s consumer-centric market has supply chain execs re-evaluating sourcing strategies and re-examining supplier relations. How information, materials and money flow from one enterprise to the next is rapidly shifting with new business models taking shape built on trust, collaboration, innovation and technology.  

“The pace of change has been astounding,” said John Lund, senior VP, supply chain & operations, at Chico’s FAS, Inc. “To achieve speed and innovation that customers expect, we must improve integration with our suppliers.” 

Lund explained that boundaries are blurring between suppliers, brands and the customer and roles are fundamentally changing. “Smaller, more frequent production runs will be more common, and working closely with suppliers to read and react to what consumers want is necessary. We are moving towards a world of production runs of one,” surmised Lund, who kicked off the recent AAFA sourcing conference in Washington, DC with a keynote titled “Where are We; Where are we Going?”  

Lund urged audience members to learn to do their jobs in harmony for a common goal. And to think of things as “synchronized swimming rather than having separate swim lines.” To that end, it may be more useful to envision a “supply eco-system” rather than a supply chain, according to Lund. “The success of a chain is defined by strength, whereas the success of an ecosystem is defined by resilience; in a word collaboration.”  

New Ideas to Market
 
The value collaborative innovation brings to the sourcing side of business was discussed throughout the daylong event. A focus on collaboration has wrought big change in sourcing strategy at ANN, Inc., parent of Ann Taylor and Loft. “We are leaning on our suppliers to be true partners,” said Philippa Abeles, SVP global sourcing.  

Abeles said collaboration is needed internally as well as externally with suppliers. “We have upped efficiency by making goals very clear and finding the right people to work with, from development to production to shipping, and have decreased development cycle by eight weeks,” said Abeles who noted the company works with 50 suppliers in eight countries.  

She gave as example the decision in 2016 to close a Hong Kong office opened 24 years earlier. The new agent model involves all teams. Now it is a two-way relationship versus a transactional experience, said Abeles, and has increased efficiency and lowered costs.

The company is considering 3D tech as a means to achieve similar results; utilizing digital software to develop, design and approve samples is faster than waiting for physical garments. Abeles said her firm is currently is doing a pilot program with Browswear along these lines.  

Another effort to collapse the supply chain is sourcing more from Jordan and having built a mill in China and Vietnam. “No longer is it us versus them; we are succeeding together,” said Abeles.  

Breaking
Potential Trade War with China on Hold

Planned U.S. tariffs on as much as $150 billion worth of Chinese-made goods imported into the U.S. have been scrapped, at least temporarily, while the two countries continue negotiations following three days of talks last week. It’s unclear if any progress has been made on a U.S. resolve to get China to curb its theft of U.S. business secrets and intellectual property. 

A Trump Administration pronouncement last week that China was preparing to increase its purchase of U.S.-made products by $200 billion by 2020, were de-emphasized over the weekend. U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin only disclosed that specific purchase targets for multiple industries were being ironed out.  

Some published reports today suggest Washington is now pursuing a quicker deal to lower the U.S. trade deficit with China that would avoid an all-out trade war but also relinquish any strategies that focused on reforming the Chinese economy.

The Buzz

Bauer Hockey extends its partnership with Hockey Canada for eight more years. The extended deal will result in a continued collaboration between both parties on opportunities to increase participation, engage existing players and invite in new players to hockey. Since 1996, Bauer Hockey has been the official equipment provider for Hockey Canada’s national teams. And over the last several years, the two organizations have combined resources and expertise to create, launch and expand The Canadian Tire First Shift, a program that welcomes new-to-hockey families to the game.

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance reveals the nominees for its 2018 retailer and vendor awards, which will be named June 13 during the organizations Knoxville, TN buying show. Retail nominees include: Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure, Pinellas Park, FL; The Mountaineer, Keene Valley, NY; Pack Rat Outdoor Center, Fayetteville, AR and Sunlight Sports, Cody, WY. Vendor of the Year nominees are: Astral, Asheville, NC; EXPED, Tacoma, WA; NEMO, Manchester, NH; and Toad & Co., Santa Barbara, CA.

New Balance unwrapped an innovative shopping experience for Liverpool FC fans in the U.S. and U.K. last week. Through Snapchat’s Augmented Reality technology, New Balance soccer fans have the ability to virtually wear, and then purchase the Liverpool FC kit. The company worked with HYFN, a Snapchat API partner and insight-driven agency on the initiative.

Tubes of the Week

This week’s videos are nominees for Creative Marketing/Advertising Campaign by the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance. The winner will be announced next month in Knoxville, TN.

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Numbers In Play
The Sports Insight Index is our opinion of what we think are the 30 most important public companies in the industry, 15 vendors and 15 retailers. Space considerations prevent us from tracking more, but we will make changes over time.
Index base of 100 is key to the closing prices of 12/31/14
Retail
Segment rises more than 3 percent for the period, with 13 stocks up and two down, as the Dow is essentially flat over the span. Macy’s initiated a vendor-direct expansion on its website in first quarter that will be completely implemented for Back-to-School. Opening 4- Backstage stores in second quarter and a distribution center dedicated to the concept in Columbus, OH. New mobile checkout, ‘Scan, Pay, Go’ will be available in every door by year-end. Camping World falls as Gander Outdoors re-launch continues. But RV shipments, up 17 percent in first quarter, surpassed 50,000 units in March, a new monthly record. Walmart enjoyed 33 percent e-commerce growth in the first quarter. U.S. comps gained 2.1 percent. Zumiez raises in first quarter operating margin outlook after reporting a 3.7 percent increase in sales for the four weeks ended May 5. Sports Direct has reportedly complained to the U.K. government that inquiries over its alleged “poor working conditions” negatively impacted its stock price and relationships with customers. Kohl’s is piloting a simplified customer rewards program in 100 stores across eight markets this month that will be introduced nationally in 2019.
Brands
Segment nearly doubles up from last week, gaining nearly 3 percent for the period as 13 rise and only two decline. Acushnet, parent of Titleist, reportedly in settlement talks with Costco over dueling golf ball patent lawsuits that center on the warehouse op’s Kirkland Signature brand. Meanwhile, GOLF management tells investors that it’s please with early buzz and interest to its Tour Soft and Velocity golf balls that were launched in January. The AVX golf ball, launched across the U.S. in late April, will debut in markets outside the U.S. after the U.S. Open. GoPro, whose shares are down 2.3 percent year-to-date, intends to completely refresh its core product line for the first time in nearly six years this fall. Nike will sell three special-edition Michael Jordan basketball jerseys May 31 to commemorate MJ’s last NBA title nearly a score ago. Under Armour, whose shares rose to a 10-month high with a largest single-day gain since Feb. 13, introduced the Curry 5 in a new color way on May 18.

RETAIL: 61

39.29%

BRANDS: 128

28.17%

Retail Name (Ticker Symbol)
Close on 05/10/18
Close on 05/17/18
% change over week
Big 5 Sporting Goods (BGFV)
BGFV
$7.70
$8.05
+4.55%
Sports Direct (LON: SPD)
SPD
$559.82
$571.95
+2.17%
Camping World (CWH)
CWH
$23.15
$21.99
-5.01%
Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS)
DKS
$31.34
$32.07
+2.33%
Finish Line (FINL)
FINL
$13.56
$13.44
-0.88%
Foot Locker (FL)
FL
$41.87
$43.93
+4.92%
Genesco (GCO)
GCO
$42.58
$45.00
+5.68%
Hibbett Sports (HIBB)
HIBB
$27.35
$28.10
+2.74%
Kohl’s (KSS)
KSS
$60.53
$63.72
+5.27%
Macy’s (M)
M
$29.41
$33.84
+15.06%
Sportsman’s Warehouse (SPWH)
SPWH
$4.50
$4.89
+8.67%
Shoe Carnival (SCVL)
SCVL
$24.44
$26.13
+6.91%
Tilly’s (TLYS)
TLYS
$10.95
$11.86
+8.31%
Walmart (WMT)
WMT
$82.67
$84.49
+2.20%
Zumiez (ZUMZ)
ZUMZ
$24.10
$25.15
+4.36%
TOTAL
TOTAL
$983.97
$1,014.67
+3.11%
Brand Name (Ticker Symbol)
Close on 05/10/18
Close on 05/17/18
% change over week
Acushnet Holdings (GOLF)
GOLF
$23.04
$23.77
+3.17%
adidas (ADDYY)
ADDYY
$114.18
$115.12
+0.82%
Amer Sports (AGPDY)
AGPDY
$29.64
$31.29
+5.57%
Callaway (ELY)
ELY
$18.15
$18.29
+0.77%
Columbia Sportwear (COLM)
COLM
$82.38
$85.60
+3.91%
Deckers Brands (DECK)
DECK
$97.61
$100.55
+3.01%
Fitbit (FIT)
FIT
$5.29
$5.19
-1.89%
GoPro (GPRO)
GPRO
$5.56
$5.99
+7.73%
lululemon (LULU)
LULU
$97.91
$102.00
+4.18%
Nautilus (NLS)
NLS
$16.38
$15.70
-4.15%
Nike (NKE)
NKE
$67.93
$70.94
+4.43%
Skechers (SKX)
SKX
$29.23
$30.24
+3.14%
Under Armour (UA)
UA
$16.64
$17.84
+7.21%
VF Corp. (VFC)
VFC
$77.97
$79.96
+2.55%
Wolverine Worldwide (WWW)
WWW
$31.79
$32.38
+1.86%
TOTAL
TOTAL
$713.79
$734.86
+2.95%

Sports Insight Extra Podcast Series

Nikki Barua

The old way of retail is dead, and there is a massive opportunity to re-invent, proclaims the CEO of Beyond Curious in Los Angeles.

Matt O’Toole

President of Reebok dishes on the brand’s mission and objectives from its headquarters in Boston.

Gabriella Santaniello

Retail expert dishes on what’s going right and wrong in industry today and weighs in on the Walmart vs. Amazon tussle.

Guy Yehiav

The CEO of Profitect addresses the right medicine for changing the paradigm of accountability—prescriptive analytics.

Pat Ryan

Batter Up! The global product director for baseball/softball at Wilson Sports details the new USA Baseball standard that took effect January 1 and what it means when you hit the store this spring looking for a new stick for junior.

Patrick Clark

President of Nextwave, a Buford, GA system integrator, discusses benefits of an on-demand apparel microfactory, a bridge to Just In Time manufacturing, from Sourcing at MAGIC in Las Vegas.

Shawn McBride

Ketchum Sports & Entertainment EVP talks Olympics—impact of three consecutive Games in Asia, social media, corporate guerilla marketing and drawing in younger consumers.

Tyson McGuffin

Tennis pro Tyson McGuffin, 28, talks about the rising popularity of pickleball and how he became a champion in the sport.

Bob Mullaney

The 20-year shoe and retail industry veteran, recently named president and CEO of RG Brands, dishes on the comfort footwear business and Barry’s iconic Dearfoams brand.

Bob Smith

The design consultant who began his 20-year career as a graphic artist for Nike dishes on the blur between lifestyle and performance and the importance of Struktur, the creative conference for active, outdoor and urban design.

Rob & Mike Barnes

The co-founders of Selkirk Sports, a Hayden, ID maker of Pickleball paddles and accessories, dish on the rise of the sport that counted 2.5 million participants in 2015.

Brendan Candon

CEO of SidelineSwap, an online marketplace for used sports gear and equipment, dishes on the market and whether it steps on the toes of traditional, full-line retailers.

Dave McGillivray

The long-time race director and long-distance runner weighs in on marathon participation, the future of event marketing and his latest venture that may bring a marathon to a MLB ballpark near you.

Paul Froio

Reebok’s VP of U.S. Retail and Direct-to-Consumer channels talks about the company’s new South Boston headquarters and adjacent global flagship store.

Aquiles M. Bermùdez P.

The former president of the Dominican Association of Free Zone Companies and current member of the National Commission of Footwear addresses the industry, Dominican Republic’s infrastructure and Footwear Technology Institute.

W. Andrew Martin

The managing director for Baird in Charlotte, NC discusses the M&A climate, consumer loyalty to brands today and the impact of private label.

Mark Sullivan

The president of Formula4Media, LLC previews The Running Event conference and trade show set for November 28-December 1 in Austin, Texas.

Bryan Smeltzer

The general manager of Zamst Americas talks sports protectives, dispelling some of the consumer and athlete misconceptions about the category.

Emily Walzer

Formula4Media colleagues Emily Walzer, Textile Insight editor, Jennifer Beaudry-Ernst, footwear specialist, and contributor Kurt Gray, owner of SimplyGrayDesign, dish on key trends from the final Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City.

Judith A. Russell

Shifting consumer purchasing patterns are vital to understanding today’s marketplace. Russell, a marketing and strategic planning professional, offered up her thoughts at TexWorld in New York on a panel with Sports Insight Extra’s Bob McGee.

Will Decker

Family-owned Silicon Valley firm Plug and Play, which dubs itself the “Ultimate Startup Ecosystem,” has raised over $6 billion in venture funding during its 11 years while bringing corporations, venture capitalists and start-ups together.

Matthew Lyon

In the fragmented hydration market, where price points for performance products are on the rise, HydraPak is an OE supplier to numerous brands and has its own lightweight, flexible products.

Eric Hayes

Superfeet Celebrates 40th Anniversary. The employee-owned company introduces footwear and rolls out a 3D printed insole program.

Shawn Neville

BOA introduces New Tech and Names New CEO. Nothing will constrict Boa Technology CEO Shawn Neville from helping the Denver company improve its customized fit solution.

Waingarten and Frydlewski

No strings attached. The married Argentinean couple has raised nearly $20 million for Hickies, a Brooklyn company addressing how athletic shoes are closed around the foot two eyelets at a time.

Michelle Carmichael

The Co-founder and Managing Partner of Partners Growth, which brings premium brands into the U.S. market, talks Finnish children’s wear brand Reima. 

Brian Beckstead

Six-year old Altra is teaming with Utah State University to develop outdoor design talent.

Declan Condron

Let's Go Hyperwear: Former Equinox personal trainer merges the innovative, functional fitness gear from Austin, TX company with programming for schools, camps and institutions.

Hugues Gontier

Sly and Simple. BlueFox.io and its technology enable a retailer to interact with customers in store and track traffic. No beacon required. The CMO explains the benefits of the platform.

Reza Raji

The CEO of Xenio Systems talks about the company’s new platform that tracks where shoppers spend time in physical stores and its patented hyper-positioning technology.

Jacob Torres Espino

The director of export promotion for Mexico’s Guanajuato State government agency addresses the proposed impact of the Border Adjustment Tax by the U.S. and the possibility of a renegotiated NAFTA free trade agreement.

Isabelle Ohnemus

The founder and CEO of EyeFitU, a former investment banker, talks ‘glocal’ assortments, shoppers’ personal sizing and global web payment options.

Tom Cove #2

The president and CEO of the SFIA addresses the most serious threat the industry has faced in the past half-century and the expected re-introduction of the PHIT Act by Congress.

Matteo Scarparo

The Italian global trade expert in footwear talks about the present and future of TheMicam trade show and the potential impact of a Border Adjustment Tax in the U.S. on imported shoes.

Dr. James Eakin

Dr. James Eakin, chief marketing officer and director of U.S. operations for Xenoma, discusses the Japan company’s e-skin shirt and entire wearable category.

Rusty Saunders

Industry senior statesman Rusty Saunders dishes on industry leadership, pressing issues and the inactivity pandemic.

Barbara Barclay

Expert Barbara Barclay, president of RightEye, talks eye-tracking technology and her company’s recent alliance with Major League Baseball and USA Baseball.

Julie Sylvester

Julie Sylvester, Executive Producer at Living in Digital Times, talks trends likely to emerge at Sports and FitnessTech Summit at CES in Las Vegas.

Chris Palmer

Chris Palmer, Founder and CEO of BoxFox, talks excess inventory and solutions for vendors, retailers and distributors.

Susie McCabe

Susie McCabe, SVP of global retail for Under Armour who previously spent 16 years at The Ralph Lauren Corp., dishes on UA’s retail strategy and new Brand House in Boston.

Tom Cove

On the eve of Election Day, we talk to three leading industry lobbyists on how the results may impact trade in the sporting goods, outdoor and apparel and footwear industries.

Rich Harper

On the eve of Election Day, we talk to three leading industry lobbyists on how the results may impact trade in the sporting goods, outdoor and apparel and footwear industries.

Stephen Lamar

On the eve of Election Day, we talk to three leading industry lobbyists on how the results may impact trade in the sporting goods, outdoor and apparel and footwear industries.

Bill McInnis

The president of Reebok Future discusses the intent of the unit and the brand’s plans to develop footwear in a new way.

Tom Fowler

Polar USA CEO Tom Fowler talks technology and the future of smart wearables.

Paul Schille

TREW CEO Paul Schille dishes on the eight-year old company in the process of completing its Series A round of funding and his dual career.

Jason Kaplan

Milestone Sports CEO Jason Kaplan dishes on the company’s low-cost, wearable pod and how it will help specialty retailers connect.

Duncan Finigan

OOFOS marketing executive talks about the recovery footwear brand and candidly about her courageous personal health journey.

Matt Priest

Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America President Matt Priest the likelihood of the Trans-Pacific Partnership being passed soon.

David and Josh Higgins

ING Source executives dish about compression technology and the Hickory, NC company’s breakthrough OS1st Brace Layer System.

Charles Liberge

Jones & Vining’s Charles Liberge addresses strategies and directions for the iconic brand.

Jim Baugh

PHIT America’s Jim Baugh dishes on the inactivity pandemic.

Sue Dooley and John Daher

Rockport Group senior executives talk about the brand’s fresh start under new ownership that has a major emphasis on versatility.

Josh Shaw

Mission Athletecare CEO Josh Shaw says thermoregulation is the New York company’s singular focus.

Tim Porth

Tim Porth of Octane Fitness talks trends, Zero Runner and the company’s January acquisition by Nautilus Inc.

David Costello

The principal and founder of Rising Tide Associates talks about industry advocate lobbying for the domestic textile and footwear industries.

Steven D’Angelo

The ‘47 brand executive dishes on the Boston company and long-time MLB licensee founded by his father Arthur and his late Uncle Henry.

Pam Gelsomini and CB Tuite

Pam Gelsomini, president, and CB Tuite, VP–sales, discuss the company’s products, partnerships and what’s new for the season ahead.

Kenneth G. Andres

The tradeshowdirector for the American Sportfishing Association casts comments on the activity’s popularity, and trends in fishing.

Dick Sullivan

The principal and founder of Rising Tide Associates talks about industry advocate lobbying for the domestic textile.

Dave Coradini

The VP of sales and sponsorships for Spalding, Dave Coradini talks Shot Tracker and basketball.

Scott McGuire

The executive brand and product innovation leader dishes to F4M’s Emily Walzer on an array of topics.

Kelly Davis

Snow Sports Industries of America’s Kelly Davis talks weather, participation trends and how to handle the psyche.

Kevin Davis

The CEO of Performance Sports Group dishes on new bat standards and Own the Moment.

Gene McCarthy, Pt 2

Gene McCarthy, president of Asics America, speaks to Jen Ernst Beaudry on specialty run and more in the second part of the podcast.

Gene McCarthy, Pt 1

Gene McCarthy, new president of Asics Americas, dishes to F4M’s Jen Ernst Beaudry in the first of a two-part podcast.

Richie Woodworth

Saucony’s Richie Woodworth offers his views on brand’s running business and what it takes to manage through change.

Bruce Cazenave

Bruce Cazenave, CEO of Nautilus Inc., recently ranked 23rd on Fortune’s “Fastest Growing Companies” list.

Tony Armand

Armand is leading USB, created after the April merger of Shock Doctor and McDavid.

Gary Smith

Gary Smith has been at the helm of the Lawrence, MA firm for three years, and his 2016 strategies will broaden Polartec’s scope.

Marty Hanaka

City Sports CEO Marty Hanaka has 42 years in retail, starting at Sears in 1973.

Mike Dowse

Wilson Sporting Goods, one year removed from its 100th anniversary and a major restructuring, has a renewed focus and strategy.