"APLF is a great meeting point for the shoe producing and distribution sectors. The annual retail event spans the global shoe retail space, offering insights from Asia, EU and the Americas. Not to be missed."
Managing Director and founder of Global Footwear Partnerships (GFP), he is a recognized authority on the global footwear sector, having served from 1981 to 2009 as president of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA), the largest shoe trade association in the U.S. He has extensive experience in the shoe business including retailing, sourcing, logistics, factory social responsibility, product safety, customs, labeling, and government regulation of the international trade. GFP has many clients including the footwear associations in Asia, Europe, US and Latin America, as well leading shoe retailers and brands, who he advises on strategies for expanding in the US shoe market. He was the principal organizer of the 2011 World Footwear Congress (WFC) Rio de Janeiro; consultant to the organizing committee of the 2014 WFC, Leon, Mexico; organized the Global Footwear Sustainability Summits (GFSS) in Shanghai 2013-2016; he is currently preparing the August 2017 GFSS. He has served as a member of the UNIDO Leather Panel and for more than 30 years served as an official advisor to the U.S. government on international trade negotiations. He graduated from Fordham University and from Union University’s Albany Law School, worked at the New York State Legislature in various capacities, and practiced law with the New York City firm of Weil, Gotshal and Manges, moving to the Associated Merchandising Corporation, as Divisional VP for Government Relations in Washington, DC, before joining FDRA. He founded GFP in 2009.