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Our leadership team

Buddy Teaster
Chief Executive Officer & President
As CEO, Buddy uses a mix of entrepreneurship, C-level leadership skills and extensive non-profit experience to lead Soles4Souls, the largest not-for-profit shoe and apparel social enterprise in the US. In addition to the free distribution of new footwear and apparel, Soles4Souls distributes shoes and clothes through its micro-enterprise programs to create sustainable jobs in developing countries…
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Teaster’s experience at Soles4Souls, along with the organization’s global economic impact, is chronicled in his book, Shoestrings: How Your Donated Shoes and Clothes Help People Pull Themselves Out of Poverty (2018).

Prior to Soles4Souls, Buddy was the President/COO of StarKart and the National Association of Local Advertisers where he first encountered Soles4Souls. Before that, he served as Chief Network Officer for Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO), a non-profit organization committed to developing better leaders through education and idea exchange. YPO is the largest CEO network in the world with more than 25,000 CEOs in 130 countries. He has been a YPO member since 2010 and received several awards from the organization, including the “Global Impact Fellow” honor and the “Inclusive Business and Community” Award.

Buddy was also recently named to the National Retail Federation’s 2018 List of People Shaping Retail’s Future.

His extensive speaking experience includes topics ranging from leadership and philanthropy to managing excess inventory and social enterprise. Over the years, he has shared his experience and lessons with groups such as YPO, the Footwear Distributors and Retailers Association; Universities like Belmont, DePaul and William & Mary; and forums including TEDx St. Louis, the Social Enterprise Alliance Summit, the Seattle Council on World Affairs and the Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit.

Buddy earned his BA in Religious Studies and French from Randolph-Macon College in Virginia, and holds an MBA/MA from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He serves on the national board for the Social Enterprise Alliance, as board chair of I.D. Plates in Mesquite, TX and is on the advisory board of GHP Environmental + Architecture in Nashville, TN.

His energy and enthusiasm for work spills over to his passion for running. Having run his first marathon in 1994, Buddy enjoys trail and long-distance running, and has since finished almost 70 ultra-marathons (50K +) including seventeen 100-mile runs. He and his wife Becca have been married since 1992 and have two daughters.

Robert Adams-Ghee
Chief Financial Officer
Robert Adams-Ghee joins Soles4Souls from middle Tennessee’s primary HIV/AIDS services organization, Nashville CARES and brings with him more than 25 years of experience in operations and financial management.
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Adams-Ghee began his career working with the Community AIDS Partnership at United Way of Metropolitan Nashville. In 1992, he shifted his efforts to become the first Business Manager, then CFO and COO at Nashville CARES where he helped build the organization from a budget of $700,000 to more than $30 million.

Adams-Ghee is also a founding member of Planet Nashville — a grassroots non-profit that sends volunteers to do HIV fieldwork in Africa. The same organization just recently created the Robert Adams-Ghee Global HIV/AIDS Education Scholarship to honor his work in the community.

Rod Arnold
Chief Marketing Officer

Prior to joining Soles4Souls, Rod founded Leading Good and served as COO of charity:water, a nonprofit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. He was also President of the Nonprofit/Cause-Related Group at Media Ventures Group, where he helped drive strategic growth for brands, sports and entertainment properties, and nonprofit organizations.

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Rod’s clients have included Ronald McDonald House Charities, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Save the Children, Compassion International, Dr. Oz’s HealthCorps, World Relief, and others. His work has also included developing partnerships with the NFL and NASCAR, as well as with celebrities and brands.

Nancy Youssef
Chief Corporate Development

Nancy Youssef currently serves as Chief Corporate Development Officer for Soles4Souls, a non-profit enterprise based in Nashville. She is also the Founder and President of Curves with Purpose, established in 2017, a women’s e-commerce marketplace celebrating shape diversity, serving sizes up to 5X, curating global brands, utilizing fit tech and helping disrupt the cycle of poverty through charitable partnerships.

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Nancy Youssef currently serves as Chief Corporate Development Officer for Soles4Souls, a non-profit enterprise based in Nashville. She is also the Founder and President of Curves with Purpose, established in 2017, a women’s e- commerce marketplace celebrating shape diversity, serving sizes up to 5X, curating global brands, utilizing fit tech and helping disrupt the cycle of poverty through charitable partnerships. She served as senior vice president, international business development for Destination XL group, the largest omni-channel speciality retailer of big and tall men’s apparel. Prior to Destination XL, Nancy was vice president, international business development for Genesco, Inc. where she pioneered the Fortune 1000 footwear and apparel retailer’s portfolio of brands outside the United States. She currently serves as a director on the Nashville Chamber of Commerce International Business Council, the Mayor’s Advisory Council for Minority and Women Owned Businesses and the Mayor’s Advisory Council for New Americans. Nancy earned her B.S. in Marketing from The Pennsylvania State University and has also completed International Fashion Design studies at the Instituto Marangoni in Milan, Italy which gave her the opportunity to become fluent in her fifth language, adding Italian to Arabic, English, French, and Spanish

Michael Brown
Vice President, Warehouse & Logistics

Michael Brown serves on the front lines of Soles4Souls. As the Vice President of Warehouse and Logistics, Michael manages the daily movement of thousands of to various locations in the United States and around the world. He works closely with our own field officers as well as those from partner agencies to ensure the product arrives on time and is appropriate for the recipients and the local climate. I feel grateful and blessed to be working with a fantastic team and for such a meaningful cause, said Brown. It is incredibly rewarding to think about how many lives are made better each time a shipment leaves our warehouse, and I am motivated every day by the knowledge of how many more people are still in need.

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Michael Brown serves on the front lines of Soles4Souls. As the Vice President of Warehouse and Logistics, Michael manages the daily movement of thousands of to various locations in the United States and around the world. He works closely with our own field officers as well as those from partner agencies to ensure the product arrives on time and is appropriate for the recipients and the local climate. I feel grateful and blessed to be working with a fantastic team and for such a meaningful cause, said Brown. It is incredibly rewarding to think about how many lives are made better each time a shipment leaves our warehouse, and I am motivated every day by the knowledge of how many more people are still in need.

Michael has previously served as Director of Logistics and Distribution and Logistics and Compliance Manager of the Alabama warehouse. He was responsible for managing the crew, coordinating the transportation of incoming and outgoing shipments, and streamlining the paperwork process for individuals and organizations as they submitted requests for footwear and/or partnerships. Michael is a native of Nashville, Tennessee and now resides in Wadley, Alabama with his wife Suzanne, and children Lindsey and Bryce.

Kellen Clawson
Vice President, Product Management

Kellen Clawson has been with Soles4Souls since 2017, serving in various positions on the Community Partnerships team before becoming Vice President of Product Management. His entire professional career has been in the non-profit sector, with roles at Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee and the American Junior Golf Association. 

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Born and raised in Illinois, Kellen is a graduate of Lewis University, first with a Bachelors in Sport Management in 2010 and a Masters of Business Administration in 2012. He and his wife, Clare, live in Old Hickory, Tennessee with their son James and dogs Penny and Bulleit. You can find him on weekends watching the Blackhawks and scouting out rare bourbons across middle Tennessee.

Jamie Ellis
Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Jamie joined Soles4Souls in January 2019 and leads the Marketing and Communications team, which includes all things digital, content, photo and film, media relations, and graphic design. Her professional career has taken her through a variety of industries, including music business, tech, event management and finance, with nearly 8 years at Nashville-based Ramsey Solutions handling public relations and corporate communications.

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Jamie joined Soles4Souls in January 2019 and leads the Marketing and Communications team, which includes all things digital, content, photo and film, media relations, and graphic design. Her professional career has taken her through a variety of industries, including music business, tech, event management and finance, with nearly 8 years at Nashville-based Ramsey Solutions handling public relations and corporate communications.

Originally from Montgomery, Alabama, she is an avid sports fan (War Eagle) and can be found on weekends either working on a DIY project around her house or out in the booming Nashville restaurant scene. Jamie graduated in May 2008 from the University of North Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in Entertainment Industry, Publicity and Promotion. She lives in Nashville with her token British husband, James, and their non-human children, Paddington and Pippa.

Pattie Graben
Vice President, Corporate Development

Pattie Graben is Vice President of Corporate Partnerships for Soles4Souls. She spearheads the acquisitions of footwear partnerships for the organization. Pattie brings a unique style to working with brands: finding a balance between getting the I’s dotted and T’s crossed, while also having a lot of fun and keeping things mission-focused. Because of this, she has played a pivotal part in some of our most successful retail campaigns to-date.

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Pattie Graben is Vice President of Corporate Partnerships for Soles4Souls. She spearheads the acquisitions of footwear partnerships for the organization. Pattie brings a unique style to working with brands: finding a balance between getting the I’s dotted and T’s crossed, while also having a lot of fun and keeping things mission-focused. Because of this, she has played a pivotal part in some of our most successful retail campaigns to-date.

Fun fact: Pattie Graben is one of Soles4Souls’ first employees! She started out as Office Manager in 2007 and we just can’t seem to get rid of her. Pattie is originally from Cookeville, Tennessee. Previously she worked as Office Manager for a Nashville-based promotional apparel company. She has two children, Morgan and Megan, and one grandson, Jayden.

Kelly Modena
Vice President, Community Partnerships

Kelly Modena joined Soles4Souls in 2011 after hosting her own local shoe drive and collecting more than 2,500 pairs of shoes. It was a natural fit for her to lead the Community Partnerships team, which concentrates on collecting shoes for Soles4Souls’ micro enterprise program. Kelly and her team create new shoe drive programs, seek new shoe drive partners and are constantly looking for ways to raise awareness for Soles4Souls.

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Kelly Modena joined Soles4Souls in 2011 after hosting her own local shoe drive and collecting more than 2,500 pairs of shoes. It was a natural fit for her to lead the Community Partnerships team, which concentrates on collecting shoes for Soles4Souls’ micro enterprise program. Kelly and her team create new shoe drive programs, seek new shoe drive partners and are constantly looking for ways to raise awareness for Soles4Souls.

Kelly has a degree in Journalism, with minors in English and Health, from Middle Tennessee State University. She lives in Nashville with her husband (who she is openly obsessed with), two amazing daughters and their family dog in a loud, busy house that’s full of life, laughter, and an insane amount of love.

Kristen Reid
Vice President, Travel

Since 2015, Kristen has worked with the travel division of Soles4Souls to grow domestic and international service travel. As the Vice President of Global Experiences, Kristen leads a talented team of travel leaders and over a dozen international partners to facilitate these experiences of humble service, cultural immersion and intentional growth so that volunteers can experience Soles4Souls and its impact firsthand on the ground. With experience of leading over 50 international trips under her belt, Kristen uses her flexible nature, genuine passion, pragmatic creativity and partnership-oriented skills to further key partnerships that move the Soles4Souls mission forward. Along with a small team, she is also spearheading the organization’s first-ever global ambassador program, Sole Tribe.

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Since 2015, Kristen has worked with the travel division of Soles4Souls to grow domestic and international service travel. As the Vice President of Global Experiences, Kristen leads a talented team of travel leaders and over a dozen international partners to facilitate these experiences of humble service, cultural immersion and intentional growth so that volunteers can experience Soles4Souls and its impact firsthand on the ground. With experience of leading over 50 international trips under her belt, Kristen uses her flexible nature, genuine passion, pragmatic creativity and partnership-oriented skills to further key partnerships that move the Soles4Souls mission forward. Along with a small team, she is also spearheading the organization’s first-ever global ambassador program, Sole Tribe. Kristen believes that innovation, collaboration, and accountability are essential to reducing poverty and creating opportunity, and that everyone deserves a seat at the table.

Prior to Soles4Souls, Kristen worked as a Program Manager and Analyst, evaluating diverse U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) programs focused on subjects such as food security, capacity building, youth enterprise, and business, women and economic development. Kristen studied international relations at The College of Wooster, where she also played collegiate basketball. Her husband, Kemar, and her Ohio farming family are her world!

Ashley Sain
Vice President, Development

Ashley joined Soles4Souls in 2019 and is leading the Development team. Before joining S4S, she served as the Director of Development for the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Ashley has also worked as the Senior Regional Development Representative for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Denver, Colorado. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Project Connect in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Ashley joined Soles4Souls in 2019 and is leading the Development team. Before joining S4S, she served as the Director of Development for the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. Ashley has also worked as the Senior Regional Development Representative for ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Denver, Colorado. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Project Connect in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ashley has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Mississippi. She loves the outdoors, as well as spending time with her nephews and her golden doodle, Winston. Through her work, she’s found a love for travel. Her favorite place to go is anywhere that specializes in coffee production, particularly in Latin America.

Our board

Keith Alper
CEO, Co-Founder / CPG Agency

With more than 30 years of experience, Keith Alper is a producer, entrepreneur and champion for free enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurial leadership.

He founded many businesses and organizations, including Nitrous Effect, Evntiv, UPBrand Collaborative, Vidzu, CPG and Geniecast.

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An expert in entertainment, digital, and marketing he has deep roots in event production and has produced special events, meetings, video/film, broadcast and major entertainment projects around the world.

Keith has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Inc., Fortune, and has received numerous awards, including the Inc. 500, “Top 100 Multimedia Producers” award, and the Event Marketer It List. In addition to over 200 industry awards.

 

As a champion of innovation and entrepreneurship, he has served on the boards of YPO, EO, Kauffman Advisory Board and served as the International Chairman of EO.

Keith has served on several company boards and non-profits.

Steve is currently a Board member of Feeding America, the National Retail Federation Foundation, the University of Mount Union, and PwC’s Charitable Foundation. In addition, Steve is a member of the Soles4Souls Advisory Council.

Steven Barr
Consumer Markets Leader at PwC

Steve leads PwC’s Consumer Markets sector which includes the retail, consumer packaged goods, transportation and logistics, and hospitality and leisure practices. He has served the most iconic and industry leading global brands and retailers, including various innovative new entrants and disruptors.  Steve is a well recognized thought leader in the retail space and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNBC, Fortune, Bloomberg, Financial Times, Associated Press, Reuters, USA Today, and Women’s Wear Daily, among others. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes and a frequent guest host on NRF’s Retail Gets Real podcast where he discusses industry trends and the future of retail with industry luminaries.

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Steve leads PwC’s Consumer Markets sector which includes the retail, consumer packaged goods, transportation and logistics, and hospitality and leisure practices. He has served the most iconic and industry leading global brands and retailers, including various innovative new entrants and disruptors.  Steve is a well recognized thought leader in the retail space and has been quoted in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNBC, Fortune, Bloomberg, Financial Times, Associated Press, Reuters, USA Today, and Women’s Wear Daily, among others. He is also a regular contributor to Forbes and a frequent guest host on NRF’s Retail Gets Real podcast where he discusses industry trends and the future of retail with industry luminaries.

Steve is currently a Board member of Feeding America, the National Retail Federation Foundation, the University of Mount Union, and PwC’s Charitable Foundation. In addition, Steve is a member of the Soles4Souls Advisory Council.

George Bellino
Retail Advisor
George Bellino is a retired retail executive with over forty years experience with extensive background in all aspect of the retail business. George’s expertise is in growth companies and turning around under performing retail chains, by developing merchandise teams, and working with management to enhance operating efficiency and profitability.
Aaron Belville
VP, Retail HR/ Dollar General
Aaron Belville is Dollar General’s Vice President, Retail Human Resources where he leads the HR function for DG’s 120,000+ retail employees. Prior to his current role, he oversaw HR at the company’s Store Support Center and was responsible for Corporate and International HR, HR Shared Services, Administrative Services and HR Operations.
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Aaron joined Dollar General in 2008 and has held roles of increasing responsibility since that time in areas of employee relations, compensation, field HR and corporate HR. Aaron was previously responsible for all HR generalist activities for Comdata and Stored Value Solutions, both wholly owned subsidiaries of Ceridian, a global human capital management technology company based in Minneapolis. Before pursuing a career in Human Resources, Aaron was a licensed attorney in Michigan where his practice focused on representing employers in employment law matters. Aaron holds a bachelor’s degree in government and public administration from Lipscomb University, a law degree from the University of Tennessee and an MBA from the University of Mississippi.

Nicholas C. Birren

Vice-President at Private Wealth

Nicholas Birren is a Vice President and Financial Advisor in the Nashville office of Bernstein Private Wealth Management. He works closely with business owners, non-profits, and private families on issues ranging from family success and engagement, planned-giving, and 401K & 403B plans.

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Prior to joining the firm in 2019, Nick served as the Director of Development for a marketing technology firm where he helped clients such as Procter & Gamble, McDonald’s, Bridgestone and Netflix optimize their marketing budgets.

He is also a two-time Emmy-nominated television producer for CBS, NBC and the Hallmark Channel, and helped launch OWN: the Oprah Winfrey Network in 2011. Nick lives in Sumner County with his wife and two young daughters.

William Butler
Vice President of Retail Services at Carnival Cruise Line

William Butler currently serves at the Vice President of Retail for Carnival Cruise Line.  As the largest cruise line operator in the world, Carnival Cruise Line features 26 vessels positioned in 16 US home ports, Australia, and Europe; serving over five-million guests per year. William is responsible for executing the global fleetwide strategy for retail with management of six retail concessionaire partners and proprietary onboard retail stores. He drives the strategic vision that delivers a retail experience in-line with the broader vacation experience onboard Carnival Cruise Line vessels. Previous to Carnival Cruise Line, William worked for FAO Schwarz and Macy’s Inc. William earned a BS in Business Management from Virginia Tech and is currently pursuing his Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. 

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William Butler currently serves at the Vice President of Retail for Carnival Cruise Line.  As the largest cruise line operator in the world, Carnival Cruise Line features 26 vessels positioned in 16 US home ports, Australia, and Europe; serving over five-million guests per year. William is responsible for executing the global fleetwide strategy for retail with management of six retail concessionaire partners and proprietary onboard retail stores. He drives the strategic vision that delivers a retail experience in-line with the broader vacation experience onboard Carnival Cruise Line vessels. Previous to Carnival Cruise Line, William worked for FAO Schwarz and Macy’s Inc. William earned a BS in Business Management from Virginia Tech and is currently pursuing his Executive MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. 

Lisa Collier
Executive Vice President, Chief Product Officer / Under Armour
Ms. Collier was previously with the San Francisco-based global denim giant, Levi Strauss & Company (“LS & Co”), where she most recently served as its President of Global Dockers and Chief Transformation Officer. As LS & Co’s Transformation Officer, Ms. Collier spearheaded a comprehensive operational and strategic transformation of the company across all brands, regions, and channels.
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As President of Global Dockers, Ms. Collier managed the brand’s strategic vision and was a member of LS & Co’s worldwide executive leadership team. She joined LS & Co in 2003, holding diverse senior roles of increasing responsibility across the company in sourcing/production, product innovation, merchandising, retail, and international.

Prior to her 13-year career at LS & Co, Ms. Collier was the Vice President of Product Development, Planning & Sourcing at Tarrant Apparel Group. Previously, she spent over a decade in buying and merchandising at The Limited. She began her career in fashion and retail as a trainee at Hess’s Department Stores Inc. Ms. Collier is a graduate of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.

Randy Dunn
VP Sales & Operations / DBH Distributing, Hunt Brothers Pizza
Prior to his role at Hunt Brothers Pizza, Randy spent 38 years with UPS in organizational leadership, strategy, operations, regulatory compliance and state and government affairs. While leading, managing and motivating diverse teams of more than 15,000, Randy specialized in initiating change, process and solutions management, organizational effectiveness, performance and profitability.
Brian Ehrig
Partner / Kearney
Brian’s areas of expertise include business model innovation, merchandising and planning, product development, and operational strategies that enable change. Over his career, Brian has helped numerous companies across the retail and consumer goods industries operate and grow more effectively, helping to create new customer experiences, increase capabilities and improved organizational capabilities.
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He has recently specialized in helping large global brands manage the changes inherent in developing Direct to Consumer (DTC) capabilities, including innovating products and services as well as retail formats, and navigating the complexities of international expansion.

He earned a B.S. in Supply Chain Management from Arizona State University and an MBA from Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia.

Milledge Hart

Board Chair, Chairman at Drake Star Partners

Subsequent to a successful career as an operating executive, Milledge Hart guides multiple organizations as a board member and advisor. Milledge is the Chairman of global investment bank, Drake Star Partners, as well as Chairman of Quarles Petroleum.  He also Chairs the non-profit Soles4Souls which is working to create sustainability through the distribution of shoes and apparel to economically developing communities.  In addition, he is engaged in a variety of impact investing projects including the Hart Family Foundation which he created with his wife and son.

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Subsequent to a successful career as an operating executive, Milledge Hart guides multiple organizations as a board member and advisor. Milledge is the Chairman of global investment bank, Drake Star Partners, as well as Chairman of Quarles Petroleum.  He also Chairs the non-profit Soles4Souls which is working to create sustainability through the distribution of shoes and apparel to economically developing communities.  In addition, he is engaged in a variety of impact investing projects including the Hart Family Foundation which he created with his wife and son.

Milledge began his career at J.P. Morgan prior to moving to Dillon Read & Company. Milledge transitioned to a series of operating roles focused on enhancing shareholder value, three of which resulted in successful sale transactions.  In 2004, he joined Pagemill Partners in Silicon Valley.  Pagemill expanded to become a leading middle-market, technology focused investment bank.  Milledge led the sale of Pagemill to Duff & Phelps in 2012.

Milledge has previously served as the International Chairman of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization, a member of the Board of Visitors at the Public Policy School at Duke University, a Board Trustee of the Texas Business Hall of Fame and a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Milledge holds a degree in Economics and Public Policy from Duke University and, in addition to travel, enjoys his homes in Incline Village, Nevada and Northern California.

Sara Irvani

CEO at Okabashi Brands

Sara Irvani is the CEO of Okabashi Brands, one of the remaining 1% of domestic shoe manufacturers. Established in 1984, and now a third generation family business, Okabashi has sold over 35 million pairs from its Buford, Ga factory. With its closed loop manufacturing and recyclable bio-based footwear, the team is on a mission to prove that sustainable American manufacturing can flourish at scale.

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Sara Irvani is the CEO of Okabashi Brands, one of the remaining 1% of domestic shoe manufacturers. Established in 1984, and now a third generation family business, Okabashi has sold over 35 million pairs from its Buford, Ga factory. With its closed loop manufacturing and recyclable bio-based footwear, the team is on a mission to prove that sustainable American manufacturing can flourish at scale.

Sara has a Bachelors in Philosophy with High Distinction from University of Virginia, a Masters of Finance from University of Cambridge, and a MBA from INSEAD. Sara is an Associate Board Member of the Two Ten Foundation, a 2018 Most Admired CEO by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, a Global Shaper with World Economic Forum, and on the Board of Councilors of The Carter Center.

Clay Jenkins

Senior VP of Worldwide Sourcing, Sourcing Services at Caleres

Clay Jenkins is senior vice president of Worldwide Sourcing, Sourcing Services, for Caleres, a $2.6 billion global footwear company that puts consumers and their needs first, by targeting the strategic Family, Healthy Living and Contemporary Fashion consumer platforms. His responsibilities include factory compliance and social responsibility, supplier relationships, technical services and new business development. He currently represents Caleres on the US Government ITAC-Industry Trade Advisory Committee.

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Clay Jenkins is senior vice president of Worldwide Sourcing, Sourcing Services, for Caleres, a $2.6 billion global footwear company that puts consumers and their needs first, by targeting the strategic Family, Healthy Living and Contemporary Fashion consumer platforms. His responsibilities include factory compliance and social responsibility, supplier relationships, technical services and new business development. He currently represents Caleres on the US Government ITAC-Industry Trade Advisory Committee.

Prior to this role, he was senior vice president of Specialty Brands from 2004-2009, focusing on the daily operations of the company’s Women’s Specialty and Children’s divisions, as well as its Carlos and Fergie Footwear brands. In this role, he was responsible for the company’s private label sales to mass merchandisers as well as its Dr. Scholl’s brand and Women’s Specialty division.

Jenkins joined Caleres in 1989 as an account executive in the Brown/Pagoda division and in 1993 was promoted to national sales manager for the Women’s division.

Before joining Caleres, Jenkins was with Bakers Footwear Group serving in a variety of roles including senior vice president and divisional merchandise manager, with responsibility for all retail buying and merchandising for 700 stores.

Jenkins is an honorary board member of FDRA-Footwear Retailers and Distributors of America and involved in several committees. He is also on the board of The Next Step Foundation in St. Louis, whose mission is to help people in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction to complete their education.

Andy Lew

President International, Wholesale and Uniform at Brooks Brothers Group, Inc.

Andy Lew is President International, Wholesale and Uniform at Brooks Brothers.  In his role, he is responsible for the global development of the company’s business and market strategies in over 45 countries, as well as its wholesale and uniform divisions representing 40% of the revenue and over 100% of the companies EBIDTA.  Andy has three business unit CEO’s reporting directly to him as well as four additional divisions with over 1200 employees.  He oversees the global development of the company’s Retail, Digital and Factory business.

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Andy joined Brooks Brothers Group, Inc. in 2011 as Managing Director of the company’s Asia Pacific region where he successfully launched and lead rapid expansion in countries including China, India and Australia. Today this encompasses 450 points of sale for America’s longest established brand.

Andy also serves on the board of Brooks Brothers India, a joint venture with Reliance Brands, Brooks Brothers GCR, a joint venture with Lane Crawford Joyce Group, and Brooks Brothers Far East, the company’s sourcing subsidiary, Brooks Brothers Australia, Singapore and Malaysia all subsidiaries of Brooks Brothers Group. Andy also serves on the board of August Purple Holding Company of Ace Turtle, an E-commerce Solutions company for Asia Pacific and India. 

 

He currently serves as Chairman of the Advisory Council of Soles4Souls, a Non-Profit focused on creating a sustainable opportunity for those in need. 

 

Andy previously held leadership positions at Ermenegildo Zegna where he was a member of their executive team in Greater China and Vice President in North America.  Prior to that he was a Divisional Merchandise Manager for Nordstrom in North America overseeing one of the largest divisions within the organization. 

A native of Los Angeles, California, Andy has spent most of his career in New York and in Washington D.C. before relocating to China. He returned to the United States in 2017 is based at Brooks Brothers’ NYC headquarters.  Andy has two children, a daughter currently attending University and a son who is a media professional in NYC.

Michele Love

Chief Commercial Officer at DSW Inc.

Michele S. Love is a seasoned retail leader who currently leads DSW Inc.’s efforts in innovation and services, as well as the Affiliated Business Group’s (ABG) successful efforts to manage leased footwear departments. She led DSW’s stores and marketing as Chief Operations Officer until February 2019. Love developed a passion for shoes early in life, and began her career working in the stockroom at Nordstrom’s West Side Pavilion in Los Angeles. She worked her way up through the Nordstrom organization as a buyer, store manager, and later Nordstrom’s first-ever female merchandise manager. She later served as vice president of designer and salon shoes and was then named as senior vice president of Stores and Operations for Nordstrom Rack, where she led the division’s growth, opening more than 250 Rack stores across the U.S. She joined DSW in 2017. She holds a B.A. Political Science & B.A. Special Education from the University of Wisconsin.

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Michele S. Love is a seasoned retail leader who currently leads DSW Inc.’s efforts in innovation and services, as well as the Affiliated Business Group’s (ABG) successful efforts to manage leased footwear departments. She led DSW’s stores and marketing as Chief Operations Officer until February 2019. Love developed a passion for shoes early in life, and began her career working in the stockroom at Nordstrom’s West Side Pavilion in Los Angeles. She worked her way up through the Nordstrom organization as a buyer, store manager, and later Nordstrom’s first-ever female merchandise manager. She later served as vice president of designer and salon shoes and was then named as senior vice president of Stores and Operations for Nordstrom Rack, where she led the division’s growth, opening more than 250 Rack stores across the U.S. She joined DSW in 2017. She holds a B.A. Political Science & B.A. Special Education from the University of Wisconsin.

Equally passionate about philanthropic work, Love was a founding board member of Shoes that Fit, a Clairmont, California-based organization that provides brand new shoes to children in need within the U.S. Shoes that Fit has donated more than 2,000,000 pairs of shoes to date. Love also served on the Women’s Auxiliary Board at Swedish Hospital in Seattle, which worked to opened Lytle Center for Pregnancy and Newborns, supporting women’s and infants’ pre- and post-natal health.

Love lives with her husband and six children in Columbus, Ohio.

Parker McCrary

Vice President at Supply Chain Solutions at Transflo

Parker is Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions for Transflo, a transportation technology company.  Parker has three decades of experience in logistics and supply chain management.  Parker has helped create freight transportation services in the US, Europe and Canada, often using technology solutions to drive operational productivity, customer satisfaction, and freight growth.  Parker previously worked for CSX and UPS.  He has an MBA from the Goizueta School of Business, Emory University and a BA in Economics from Davidson College.  Parker serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Soles4Souls.

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Parker is Vice President of Supply Chain Solutions for Transflo, a transportation technology company.  Parker has three decades of experience in logistics and supply chain management.  Parker has helped create freight transportation services in the US, Europe and Canada, often using technology solutions to drive operational productivity, customer satisfaction, and freight growth.  Parker previously worked for CSX and UPS.  He has an MBA from the Goizueta School of Business, Emory University and a BA in Economics from Davidson College.  Parker serves on the Board of Directors for the non-profit Soles4Souls.

Matt Priest

President & CEO, Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA)

Matt Priest is a leader in the footwear and textiles industry and currently serves as President of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA), the largest and most effective footwear association in the United States. In this role, Matt serves as the executive in charge of FDRA’s day-to-day operations, ensuring the association meets and exceeds its advocacy and education goals on behalf of the footwear industry. Priest’s other commitments include membership of the Industry Advisory Board at the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University, Executive in Residence at the College of Textiles, guest lecturer at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and honorary member of the Footwear Youth Leadership Group of the Taiwan Footwear Manufacturers Association. His tenure in the business provides him with the experience and network needed to take Soles4Souls to the next level.

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Matt Priest is a leader in the footwear and textiles industry and currently serves as President of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA), the largest and most effective footwear association in the United States. In this role, Matt serves as the executive in charge of FDRA’s day-to-day operations, ensuring the association meets and exceeds its advocacy and education goals on behalf of the footwear industry. Priest’s other commitments include membership of the Industry Advisory Board at the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University, Executive in Residence at the College of Textiles, guest lecturer at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and honorary member of the Footwear Youth Leadership Group of the Taiwan Footwear Manufacturers Association. His tenure in the business provides him with the experience and network needed to take Soles4Souls to the next level.

Bill Strathmann

Chief Executive Officer at Network for Good

Bill Strathmann is Network for Good’s CEO and a member of its Board of Directors.  Network for Good is the innovative giving platform that makes it easy for collaborators to support any charity, anywhere online.  It offers simple, affordable and effective fundraising software and services (SaaS) to small nonprofits, and the leading back-end giving platform to corporations, such as Capital One, Google, and Facebook.  In the past three years, Network for Good has acquired 3 software companies and spun out a certified B corporation.  The result has been their continued distribution of $1.5 Billion to more than 100,000 small charities.
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Bill Strathmann is Network for Good’s CEO and a member of its Board of Directors.  Network for Good is the innovative giving platform that makes it easy for collaborators to support any charity, anywhere online.  It offers simple, affordable and effective fundraising software and services (SaaS) to small nonprofits, and the leading back-end giving platform to corporations, such as Capital One, Google, and Facebook.  In the past three years, Network for Good has acquired 3 software companies and spun out a certified B corporation.  The result has been their continued distribution of $1.5 Billion to more than 100,000 small charities.
 
Prior to joining Network for Good in 2004, Bill was a management consultant with Andersen Business Consulting where he provided strategic planning and merger integration consulting to corporations and nonprofit organizations across the nation. Bill has also served as Chairman of the Social Enterprise Alliance, and currently serves on the boards of A Wider Circle and Soles 4 Souls. He is a co-author featured in the book, People to People Fundraising – Social Networking and Web 2.0 for Charities.  Bill has a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Haverford College and a master’s degree in business administration from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.
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