November 19 - 21, 2024 | Austin Convention Center | Austin, TX


Chris Bentvelzen

Chris Bentvelzen, a seasoned veteran with over two decades of experience as a respected owner and entrepreneur in the shoe industry, is a true visionary in the world of footwear. His journey is deeply rooted in tradition, as he is a proud sixth-generation shoe repair specialist with a genuine passion for quality craftsmanship.

With a rich heritage of shoe expertise passed down through generations, Chris has played a pivotal role in shaping the modern landscape of the industry. He has not only owned and operated successful shoe-related businesses but has also become a renowned consultant for major shoe brands, helping them navigate the dynamic and ever-evolving market.

One of Chris’s notable contributions to the world of footwear is his role as a guest lecturer at the esteemed Samuel L. Merritt School of Podiatry. His insights and knowledge have been instrumental in educating the next generation of podiatrists, ensuring they understand the importance of well-crafted footwear and its impact on foot health.

In recognition of his dedication to the industry and his exceptional leadership, Chris serves as the Vice-Chairman of the National Shoe Retailers Association. In this capacity, he actively contributes to the growth and development of the shoe retail sector, advocating for best practices and fostering innovation within the industry.

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