AAFA Forma Footwear Action Committe
(Washington, D.C.) – The American Apparel & Footwear Association today announced it will establish the AAFA Footwear Action Committee to develop and implement information, policies, programs, and initiatives focused on helping AAFA members who make, distribute, and sell shoes.
“This new working group will enable AAFA to further the great services we already provide our members on footwear. This committee will serve as a dedicated and formalized platform for members to discuss issues unique to the production, sourcing, and selling of shoes,” said Rick Helfenbein, AAFA’s president and CEO.
Helfenbein made the announcement during his first days as AAFA president and CEO and appointed Nate Herman, AAFA’s vice president of international trade, to lead the group. Herman, a former footwear industry analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce, brings more than 16 years of footwear experience and has been leading the AAFA’s footwear work since 2001.
The member-led AAFA Footwear Action Committee will focus on three areas: 1) producing footwear-specific products/tools; 2) driving footwear-focused policy; and 3) creating a forum for discussion and feedback on footwear issues.
The first agenda item for the AAFA Footwear Action Committee will be discussions on potential policy options already under development that AAFA could work with Congress to pursue this year.
AAFA members interested joining the new group or learning more should contact Nate Herman at (202) 853-9351 or firstname.lastname@example.org.