The Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America (FDRA) has elevated Thomas Crockett to Vice President, Government Affairs. Crockett has served the last six years as Director Government & Regulatory Affairs. He is currently responsible for managing FDRA’s advocacy on issues impacting the footwear industry, including U.S. international trade policy, global trade barriers, customs, intellectual property protection and product safety.
“During these tumultuous times in our nation’s history as it relates to trade, Thomas has been a guiding force for our membership and the industry as a whole,” states Mike Jeppesen, FDRA Chairman and President of the Global Operations Group at Wolverine Worldwide. “His expertise, professionalism and work ethic have been vitally important to the overall health of our industry and I can’t think of a better guy to assume the role of Vice President, Government Relations for FDRA.”
Matt Priest, FDRA president and CEO, describes Crockett as foundational to the success of FDRA meeting its mandate to serve the industry in every way it can. “He’s an invaluable member of our team and I can’t thank him enough for the continued knowledge, guidance and support he has given me and the entire FDRA team over these past six years,” Priest says. “I can’t think of anyone else I’d rather have in the trenches as we continue to fight for the footwear industry here in Washington and around the world.”