RG Barry's Tunney to Head FDRA Leadership Team

RG Barry's Tunney to Head FDRA Leadership Team

NEW YORK – Tuesday, June 4, 2013 – Greg Tunney, President and Chief Executive Officer of Pickerington, OH-based accessories marketer RG Barry Brands has been named Chairman of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA).

As the oldest, largest, and most effective footwear trade association in the U.S., FDRA represents the full breadth of the footwear industry, supporting more than 100 companies and over 200 brands. It advocates for lower costs for consumers, allowing its members to sell more footwear and create more jobs.

Joining Tunney on the FDRA leadership team as Vice Chairman is Nick Grayston, Senior Vice President and President of Footwear and Home at Sears Holdings. FDRA President Matt Priest and FDRA Treasurer Rick Muskat will continue in their roles. Tunney replaces Blake Krueger, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Wolverine Worldwide, as FDRA chairman.

“I am honored to be selected,” Tunney said. “I’ve enjoyed working with Blake as his vice chairman and I’m eager to build upon his outstanding work.  One of my main goals will be to grow our membership and create new innovative services and products for the footwear industry.  I have no doubt we can make that happen.”

“I am proud of all FDRA has accomplished over the past two years,” said Krueger.  “There is no doubt that FDRA is the footwear industry’s indispensable arm in Washington and leader in providing training and intelligence to our member companies.  I expect under the strong leadership of Greg, Nick, Rick, and Matt, FDRA will grow larger and stronger.”

“FDRA is extremely fortunate to have almost all of the footwear industry’s leading executives on its board to help guide it,” said Priest  “Our outgoing chairman, Blake Krueger, has done an amazing job of helping build the our brand and expand our services and membership base.  I’m excited about our new leadership because I think Greg will push FDRA to new heights, especially in our advocacy efforts in Washington and in working to increase our dominance in providing the most in-depth business intelligence and service of any footwear trade association.”

About RG Barry

RG Barry develops great accessories brands that provide fashionable, solution-oriented products that touch consumers. Our primary brands include: Dearfoams slippers dearfoams.com; baggallini handbags, totes and travel accessories baggallini.com; and Foot Petals premium insoles and comfort products footpetals.com.  To learn more, visit us at rgbarry.com.

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