Experienced in production in Korea, Taiwan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brazil, Mexico, Macao, Spain, Italy, Thailand, and the Philippines.
Types of Footwear Experience:
Skate Shoes, Basketball, Cross Training, Running, Tennis, Hiking, Sandals, Womens dress footwear, Mens Casual footwear, Golf, Kids shoes down to crib sizes, Snowboard Boots, Vulcanized, Cold Process, Injection molding.
General Manager Footwear R&D Asian Operations | Director of Footwear R&D Operations | Senior Developer Basketball
Director of Footwear SMU Development & Sales
Director of Footwear SMU Development & Sales | PLM Running/Tennis/Cross-Training
Director of FW Operations
Original member of the Airwalk brand who developed the first Airwalk prototypes, set up an Asian office, designed the first cold process skate shoe, and developed the first snowboots made in Asia.
An accomplished Executive with significant experience in global product development, sales and marketing, and supply chain for the footwear and apparel industries. A skilled relationship builder who has traveled the world and lived in Asia for 10 years to develop key alliances with industry partners in order to meet production and supply demands in constantly changing markets. A strategic planner skilled at developing solutions to resolve potential issues in order to reduce costs, increase productivity, ensure quality, and maximize profitability. An articulate professional and respected leader who relates well with people from diverse backgrounds and motivates team members to improve performance, boost potential sales, and exceed personal and professional goals.
Litigation Support Experience (Expert Witness)
Case: Ugg vs. Bearpaw, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP, 2011. Status: Settled
Project: Dissected numerous Ugg and Bearpaw products to point out material, design, and manufacturing differences.
Case: Skechers vs. Converse, Irell & Manella LLP, 2015, Status: Won by Skechers
Project: Wrote a document on the history of vulcanized shoe production, two declarations, and gave a deposition in Washington DC, testifying at the International Trade Commission (ITC).
Case: Adidas vs. Nike, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, 2016, Status: Pending
Project: Wrote a declaration on patent claims being disputed regarding circular stitching. Deposition in Atlanta.
Case: Skechers vs. Nike design patents, Irell & Manella LLP, 2016, Status: Pending
Project: Searched for prior art, LA Downtown Library, catalog collector in Connecticut
Case: Stride Rite vs. Firebug, lighted shoe patent, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP, 2017, Status: Pending
Project: Participated in preparation of a declaration.
2011 - Present
Offer development and sourcing consulting services for apparel and footwear merchandising and provide expert witness services for litigation. PLM Sales and Installation - Oversee all operations, including sales, marketing, product research and development, merchandising, and quality assurance. Assisted in the design and development of software that manages the development, merchandising, product line management, production, material library, pricing, and quality processes.
Areas of Expertise
Ran all footwear operations, including opening an R&D department, sourcing production in China and Vietnam, and establishing and managing a Logistics Team. Managed inventory demand, warehousing, and inbound products.
2001 - 2011
#8640291 (Issued 2/4/14) “The sole may include a bladder which extends an entire length of a foot.”
#7832118 (Issued 11/16/10) “Footwear providing enhanced protection against extreme landing impacts.”
#8276296 (Issued 7/6/09) “Dynamically responsive shock attenuation system for footwear.”
#7278226 (Issued 10/9/07) “Footwear providing enhanced protection against extreme landing impacts.”
#7020988 (Issued 4/4/06) “Footwear providing enhanced protection against extreme landing impacts.”
#8640291 (Pending) “A vulc style and cupsole style footwear and a method for manufacturing.”