Officers & Directors

Officers

Mike Brooks
Chairman of the Board
Mike Brooks has served as Chairman of the Company since January 2005, and before that served as Chief Executive Officer of the Company from January 2005 until July 2011, and from September 2016 until May 2017. Prior to that, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from August 1991 to January 2005. Mr. Brooks is a pattern engineering and shoe design graduate of the Ars Sutoria in Milan, Italy. After employment with U.S. Shoe Corporation and various tanning companies, Mr. Brooks returned to the family shoe business in Nelsonville, Ohio, in 1975, serving first as Manager of Product Development and a national salesman and then, in 1984, becoming President. He has been a director of American Apparel and Footwear Association (formerly Footwear Industries of America) since April 1986 and currently serves on the Executive Board. Mr. Brooks’ education with respect to shoe design and business management experience in product development and strategy development, including decades of service in the footwear industry, qualify him to continue serving as a member of the Board of Directors.
Jason S. Brooks
President, Chief Executive Officer
Jason Brooks has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since May 2017. Prior to that, he served as President, Core Brands, of Rocky Brands US, LLC from February 2016 until May 2017. He previously served as President, U.S. Wholesale Sales, of Rocky Brands US, LLC from March 2011 until February 2016. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice President, U.S. Wholesale from August 2010 until March 2011. From September 2001 until August 2010, Mr. Brooks held various Vice President of Sales positions within the Company. He began his career with the Company in 1997 as an independent sales representative. Mr. Brooks’ position as Chief Executive Officer and his experience in the footwear industry qualifies him to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. Jason Brooks is the son of Mike Brooks.
Thomas Robertson
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Thomas D. Robertson, 33, a CPA (certified public accountant), has served as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer since March 2017. Before that, he served as Senior Financial Analyst since joining the Company in October 2016. Prior to that, from July 2015 until September 2016, he was an audit manager with Deloitte & Touche LLP. From September 2008 until July 2015, he held various audit positions with Schneider Downs & Co., Inc. While practicing with Schneider Downs and Deloitte, Mr. Robertson spent the majority of his time working with publicly-traded footwear companies.
Richard Simms
President of Operations
Richard Simms, 44, has served as President, Operations of the Company since March 2018. Prior to that, he served as President, Digital Resources and Brand General Manager, Georgia Boot since February 2016. He previously served as President of Marketing Services from October 2014 until February 2016, and President, Retail Sales, of Lehigh Outfitters, LLC from March 2011 until February 2016. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lehigh from February 2007 until March 2011, as Senior Vice President, Sales of Lehigh from May 2006 until February 2007, and as Vice President, Key Accounts of Lehigh from October 2005 until May 2006. Mr. Simms began his career with Lehigh in 1994 and held various sales and operations positions with Lehigh until his appointment as Vice President, Key Accounts in October 2005.
David Dixon
President, Manufacturing/Sourcing Operations
David P. Dixon, 53, has served as President, Sourcing and Manufacturing since September 2016. Prior to that, he served as Vice President, Military Liaison Officer since March 2015. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Distribution Operations from 2013 until March 2015, and Senior Vice President, Product Acquisition from 2009 until 2013. Prior to that, he served as Vice President, Manufacturing from 2003 until 2009, as Director of Operations from 1997 to 2003, and as Manufacturing Cost Controller from 1993 to 1997. Mr. Dixon is a nephew of Mike Brooks and a first cousin of Jason Brooks, both by marriage.
Byron Wortham
President, Core Brand Sales, Marketing & P.D.
Byron Wortham, 51, has served as President, Core Brands since June 2017. Prior to that, he served as Vice President, Brand General Manger of Durango since December 2015. He previously served as Vice President, Sales – Western Division from August 2011 to December 2015. Prior to that, he served Manager, National Sales – Western Division from November 2010 to August 2011, Region Sales Manager from September 2009 to November 2010, and Key Account Manager from March 2005 to September 2009. Mr. Wortham began his career with the Company in January 2003 as a Sales Representative.

Directors

Mike Brooks
Director and Chairman of the Company
Mike Brooks has served as Chairman of the Company since January 2005, and before that served as Chief Executive Officer of the Company from January 2005 until July 2011, and from September 2016 until May 2017. Prior to that, he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company from August 1991 to January 2005. Mr. Brooks is a pattern engineering and shoe design graduate of the Ars Sutoria in Milan, Italy. After employment with U.S. Shoe Corporation and various tanning companies, Mr. Brooks returned to the family shoe business in Nelsonville, Ohio, in 1975, serving first as Manager of Product Development and a national salesman and then, in 1984, becoming President. He has been a director of American Apparel and Footwear Association (formerly Footwear Industries of America) since April 1986 and currently serves on the Executive Board. Mr. Brooks’ education with respect to shoe design and business management experience in product development and strategy development, including decades of service in the footwear industry, qualify him to continue serving as a member of the Board of Directors.
Jason S. Brooks
Director of the Company
Jason Brooks has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company since May 2017. Prior to that, he served as President, Core Brands, of Rocky Brands US, LLC from February 2016 until May 2017. He previously served as President, U.S. Wholesale Sales, of Rocky Brands US, LLC from March 2011 until February 2016. Prior to that, he served as the Senior Vice President, U.S. Wholesale from August 2010 until March 2011. From September 2001 until August 2010, Mr. Brooks held various Vice President of Sales positions within the Company. He began his career with the Company in 1997 as an independent sales representative. Mr. Brooks’ position as Chief Executive Officer and his experience in the footwear industry qualifies him to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. Jason Brooks is the son of Mike Brooks.
Glenn Corlett
Director of the Company
Glenn E. Corlett was a professor of accounting of the College of Business at Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, from July 1997 until July 2007, and was Dean of the College from July 1997 until he retired on June 30, 2007. From 1993 to 1996, Mr. Corlett was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of N.W. Ayer & Partners, an international advertising agency, headquartered in New York, New York. Mr. Corlett also served as Chief Financial Officer of N.W. Ayer & Partners from 1990 to 1995. Prior to joining N.W. Ayer & Partners, Mr. Corlett had a long history with PricewaterhouseCoopers where he was partner-in-charge for mergers and acquisitions in New York from 1988 to 1990; tax partner-in-charge in Denver from 1984 to 1988 and in Cleveland from 1979 to 1984; and held partner and staff positions from 1971 to 1979. Mr. Corlett also serves on the board of directors of Preformed Line Products Company, an international designer and manufacturer of products and systems employed in the construction and maintenance of overhead and underground networks for energy, communications and broadband network companies. Mr. Corlett’s education and business management experience in the areas of marketing, finance, treasury, accounting, and tax, including the skills and knowledge he developed as an accounting practitioner and educator, qualify him to continue serving as a member of the Board of Directors.
Michael Finn
Director of the Company
Michael L. Finn has served as Chairman of Power Distributors, LLC, a wholesale distributor of outdoor power equipment in Columbus, Ohio, since 2014, and President of Chesapeake Realty Co., a real estate development and management company in Columbus, Ohio, since 1970. Prior to that, he served as President of Central Power Systems, the predecessor of Power Distributors, LLC, from 1985 until 2014. Mr. Finn has also served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Power Source Canada, a Canadian corporation that markets and distributes outdoor power equipment, since 2004. Mr. Finn’s board member experience, operations and management experience in retail and distribution, and business management experience, including his service as a president of both a distribution company and real estate development company, qualify him to continue serving as a member of the Board of Directors.
Courtney Haning
Director of the Company
Courtney Haning has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Peoples National BancShares Inc., a bank holding company, since its formation in 1996. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Peoples National Bank, a community bank in New Lexington, Ohio, from January 1991 until April 2015. He also served as President of Peoples National Bank from January 1991 until January 2015 and President of Peoples National BancShares Inc. from 1996 until April 2015. Mr. Haning’s business management experience in finance, corporate credit, and community relations, including his service as a chief executive officer, qualify him to continue serving as a member of the Board of Directors.
William Jordan
Director of the Company
William L. Jordan has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of DSW, Inc. since February 2015. DSW is a leading branded footwear and accessories retailer headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, which offers a wide selection of brand name and designer shoes and accessories for women, men and kids. In his current position, Mr. Jordan serves on DSW’s six person executive committee and his direct responsibilities include strategy, supply chain, logistics, human resources, real estate, store design and construction, and legal. He joined DSW in January 2006 as Vice President & General Counsel and was promoted to Senior Vice President in March 2006. He was then promoted to Executive Vice President and General Counsel of DSW in March 2009. Mr. Jordan’s experience in the retail footwear and accessories industry qualify him to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.
Curtis Loveland
Director of the Company
Curtis A. Loveland has served as Secretary of the Company since October 1992. Mr. Loveland has been a practicing attorney for over 40 years and has been a partner in the law firm of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP, Columbus, Ohio since 1979. He has served as a board member, secretary, or counsel for numerous public and private companies in a variety of industries, including technology, medical devices, retailing, and telecommunications. Mr. Loveland’s board member experience and knowledge and skills with respect to corporate governance, public company regulation, and general business law qualify him to continue serving as a member of the Board of Directors.
Robert Moore, Jr.
Director of the Company
Robert B. Moore, Jr. has over 43 years of experience in the footwear and apparel industry. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Bhartiya International, Ltd., headquartered in New Delhi, India from April 2013 through March 2017, and is now serving as a consultant to Bhartiya. Bhartiya is a public company listed on the Mumbai and NSE exchanges, whose customers include many prominent brands and retailers including Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Levi Strauss, and All Saints. At Bhartiya and in his prior positions, Mr. Moore has had executive experience and responsibilities managing several footwear and leather companies. Prior to joining Bhartiya, Mr. Moore was President and CEO of Shanghai Richina Leather Company, Ltd., Shanghai, China, a producer of finished leather for the footwear, handbag and auto seat industries, from March 2009 until February 2013. He also served as President and CEO of Prime Tanning Company, Inc., Berwick, Maine; President of Sperry Topsider, Inc., Lexington, Massachusetts; and President of Bostonian Shoe Company, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Mr. Moore’s experience in the footwear and apparel industry qualify him to serve as a member of the Board of Directors.
James Stewart
Director of the Company
James L. Stewart has served as the proprietor of Rising Wolf Ranch, Inc., East Glacier, Montana, a summer resort and a winter rehabilitation center for teenage boys involved with drug abuse. Mr. Stewart also consults for various retail and catalog companies. Between 1984 and 1991, Mr. Stewart served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dunns Inc. and as the Vice President and General Manager of Gander Mountain Inc. Before that time, he served Sears Roebuck & Co. for 28 years in various management capacities. Mr. Stewart’s business management experience in retail sales and marketing, process management, and corporate leadership qualify him to continue serving as a member of the Board of Directors.
Tracie A. Winbigler
Director of the Company
Ms. Winbigler, age 54, was named Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Amtrak in June 2019. She most recently served as Chief Financial Officer of REI, a cooperative retailer of outdoor apparel, footwear and equipment, from December 2015 until May 2019. From May 2014 to November 2015 she was Chief Operations Officer of National Geographic Society, where she also previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from August 2012 to April 2014. From 1987 through July 2012, Ms. Winbigler was employed in various positions of increasing responsibility by General Electric Company and its subsidiaries, including as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GE Asset Management and as Chief Financial Officer of GE Transportation, NBC Universal, GE Nuclear Energy, and NBC Network. Ms. Winbigler is a 1987 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Delaware, Ohio, where she is a member of its Board of Trustees. She resides in the Washington, DC area.
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