Lemon Joins Footwear Specialties International as Executive Vice President - Sales

Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Footwear Specialties International

    PORTLAND, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Footwear Industry leader Lee Lemon
 joined Footwear Specialties International as Executive Vice President - Sales
 for its industrial footwear divisions of Nautilus Footwear and SkidBuster
 Footwear.
     "We are thrilled to have Lee join our team.  His experience level will
 help us move our industrial division forward in the industry," said Wayne
 Elsey, Chief Executive Officer.  "Lee will work in tandem with our team to
 further grow our account base and to further intensify our market presence,"
 added Elsey.
     Following a year of triple digit growth of its Nautilus Division, FSI
 recently acquired the Third Watch and Skidbuster brands from Chippewa Falls,
 Wisconsin based Mason Shoe.  "These acquisitions have added incremental
 revenue to FSI and have solidified our presence in the public safety and slip
 resistant markets.  Lee will head up sales of the FSI Industrial Division
 which includes the brands of Nautilus and SkidBuster," commented Elsey.
     Lee comes to FSI from the top spot at Berkshire Hathaway's - Carolina Shoe
 Company.  Lee has spent over 6 years with Carolina.  In addition to Carolina,
 Lee has held senior positions at Kenneth Cole and Reebok.  Lee is a graduate
 of University of Minnesota.
     "I am excited about the incredible growth at Nautilus that I 'competed'
 against at Carolina.  Wayne and the FSI team have a solid strategy and
 position in the market that has fueled the growth and I plan on continuing to
 execute the FSI concept in a 'at sleep' competitive set," said Lee Lemon.  "It
 was a tough call to leave the Berkshire Hathaway group but the product,
 strategy and vision is on track to continue the solid growth in the market,"
 added Lemon.
     "Our strategy is simple.  Mean a lot to our customer -- offer the product
 they need, execute unparallel service and deliver the best quality available,"
 said Elsey.  "In addition, we are continuing to search for bolt on
 opportunities that are a good fit for FSI.  Our position is to dominate the
 market in niche markets," added Elsey.
     For more information about Footwear Specialties or its portfolio
 companies, view their website at www.footwearspecialties.com.
 
 

SOURCE Footwear Specialties International
    PORTLAND, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Footwear Industry leader Lee Lemon
 joined Footwear Specialties International as Executive Vice President - Sales
 for its industrial footwear divisions of Nautilus Footwear and SkidBuster
 Footwear.
     "We are thrilled to have Lee join our team.  His experience level will
 help us move our industrial division forward in the industry," said Wayne
 Elsey, Chief Executive Officer.  "Lee will work in tandem with our team to
 further grow our account base and to further intensify our market presence,"
 added Elsey.
     Following a year of triple digit growth of its Nautilus Division, FSI
 recently acquired the Third Watch and Skidbuster brands from Chippewa Falls,
 Wisconsin based Mason Shoe.  "These acquisitions have added incremental
 revenue to FSI and have solidified our presence in the public safety and slip
 resistant markets.  Lee will head up sales of the FSI Industrial Division
 which includes the brands of Nautilus and SkidBuster," commented Elsey.
     Lee comes to FSI from the top spot at Berkshire Hathaway's - Carolina Shoe
 Company.  Lee has spent over 6 years with Carolina.  In addition to Carolina,
 Lee has held senior positions at Kenneth Cole and Reebok.  Lee is a graduate
 of University of Minnesota.
     "I am excited about the incredible growth at Nautilus that I 'competed'
 against at Carolina.  Wayne and the FSI team have a solid strategy and
 position in the market that has fueled the growth and I plan on continuing to
 execute the FSI concept in a 'at sleep' competitive set," said Lee Lemon.  "It
 was a tough call to leave the Berkshire Hathaway group but the product,
 strategy and vision is on track to continue the solid growth in the market,"
 added Lemon.
     "Our strategy is simple.  Mean a lot to our customer -- offer the product
 they need, execute unparallel service and deliver the best quality available,"
 said Elsey.  "In addition, we are continuing to search for bolt on
 opportunities that are a good fit for FSI.  Our position is to dominate the
 market in niche markets," added Elsey.
     For more information about Footwear Specialties or its portfolio
 companies, view their website at www.footwearspecialties.com.
 
 SOURCE  Footwear Specialties International