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Simon Says

April 27, 2015

Five strategies for success from business innovator and leadership expert Simon Sinek.

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Rave On

March 4, 2015

Chris Gallagher, president and CEO of Vionic Group, on why the comfort brand’s market-disrupter premise is drawing rave reviews to the tune of double-digit sales gains.

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Straight from the Source

February 3, 2015

Sourcing expert Larry Paparo, president and CEO of LJP International, licensee for Nine West Kids, Mootsies Tootsies and Robert Graham, on how its recipe of trust, experience, common sense and old-fashioned hard work is driving growth.

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A Life’s Work

January 5, 2015

Now at the helm of the family business, Anthony Diks, CEO of Wolky, discusses how the Euro comfort brand is skewing younger and aiming to be a year-round resource.

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Midwestern Values

December 1, 2014

Diane Butrus, COO of Diba Imports, makers of Diba True and Testosterone, on how the medium-sized fashion house is always looking to fill the market voids.

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Tech Bunch

October 27, 2014

Larry Schwartz, CEO of Aetrex Worldwide, on how its custom orthotics, foot scanning and footwear divisions offer meaningful points of differentiation in an increasingly homogenous comfort footwear landscape.

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Hawaiian Topics

September 4, 2014

The entrepreneurial tale of John Carpenter, owner of Island Slipper, includes hits, misses, epiphanies and, through it all, an unwavering commitment to family and the sandal company’s deep Hawaiian roots.

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Back In The Running

August 19, 2014

Jim Van Dine, president of Hoka One One, discusses why the “oversized” running brand is not the next flash in the pan—it’s just getting started.

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Old Skool Meets New School

July 2, 2014

Kevin Bailey, president of Vans, refuses to let the classic brand rest on its recent laurels—starting with 18 straight quarters of double-digit sales growth—by embracing change and continually adapting and evolving.

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Speak Easy

June 1, 2014

Keith Gossett, president of Easy Street Shoe Company, discusses why its formula of moderately priced comfort styles aimed primarily at middle-aged women may not sound all that sexy, but it sure rings the register.

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