Buddy Teaster

President and CEO

Since October 2012, Buddy has been president & CEO of Soles4Souls. In the last few years, he, along with an amazing team, have rebuilt the board, expanded partnerships and global reach all while doubling down on “disrupting the cycle of poverty.” Combining entrepreneurship, for-profit and non-profit experience, his passion for philanthropy and global change led him to take on the role of leading the largest social enterprise provider of shoes to those in need around the world. 


During Buddy’s time as the President/COO of Executive Business Services (EBS) he first encountered Soles4Souls. Before that, he was the 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 20,000 CEOs in 100+ countries.


His energy and enthusiasm for work spill over to his passion for running. Having run his first marathon in 1994, Buddy enjoys trail and long-distance running and has since finished more than 65 ultra marathons (50K +) including 17 100-mile runs.


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 served as the YPO’s Chair for the Global One Chapter, and Network Chair for the Digital Marketing and Media Network. He was recently elected to the national Social Enterprise Alliance Board of Directors, is active in the Southern Seven Chapter of the Young President’s Organization (WPO), serves as Chair of the YPO-WPO Apparel Network.


He has been honored with several awards, including the “Global Impact Fellow” honor by the YPO-WPO; and the 2015 Social Engagement Network’s “Inclusive Business and Community” Award.


Buddy has extensive speaking experience, including for groups such as YPO and the Footwear Distributors and Retailers Association; universities like Belmont, DePaul, Southern Methodist University and William & Mary; and forums including TEDx St. Louis, the Columbus Council on World Affairs, and the Alleviating Poverty Through Entrepreneurship Summit.


He and his wife Becca have been married since 1992 and have two delightful daughters.