November 28 - 30, 2023 | Austin Convention Center | Austin, TX

Jordan Marie Whetstone

Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Whetstone, a member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, is a fourth generation runner, athlete advocate, community organizer, project manager, filmmaker, founder of Rising Hearts and a mom. Since the 2019 Boston Marathon, she uses her platform – #RunningForJustice, to help raise awareness of missing and murdered Indigenous relatives […]

Jonathan Levitt

Jonathan is a runner, cyclist and podcast host from Boulder, CO who also works at InsideTracker, as a Senior Sales Executive. Jonathan created For The Long Run to explore the why behind what keeps runners running long, strong, and motivated, and how they’ve been able to achieve sustainable excellence. From Olympians to ultramarathoners and business […]

Mark Denkler

Mark Denkler has been active participant in the shoe industry as an independent retailer, and as a board member – and now president – of the National Shoe Retailers Association (NSRA). Mark began his career in the banking industry in Houston, Texas, first as an Auditor and then as a Lender to fortune 500 companies. […]

Michael Wittenstein

Michael, a graduate of the University of Texas, started his career in Finance before joining the family shoe company. He is a third generation operator of 86 year old Karavel Shoes of Austin, one of the largest shoe stores in Texas. He has participated in the NSRA Next Gen program for 10 years.

Joshua Higgins

Josh has been an advocate and business leader in the independent running/footwear channel for over 25 years. Currently Josh serves as the President and Co-Founder of OS1st, a leading sock and compression bracing brand. Most of his spare time is dedicated to travel, anything sport related and spending as much time with his grandchildren, Allison […]

Josh Habre

Josh is the third generation President of the ERHCo Inc., a holding company of 6 Shoe Mill shoe stores started by his grandfather in 1978, as well as Burch’s and Footwise shoe stores. Josh has expanded into the wholesale business distributing and operating the US operations of ZIERA and Django & Juliette shoe brands. Josh […]

Julia Beck-Gomez

Julia is a 5th generation owner of Beck’s Shoes which originated in 1919 and has roots in Denmark in the 1800s. During her leadership, the chain has tripled to 24 stores over 5 states. Beck’s is listed as Inc Magazine’s top 5000 growing companies the last two years. She is on the Board of the […]

Rick Ravel

Rick is President of Karavel Shoe Store in Austin. Opened in 1937 by his father, the 13,000 square foot store is one of the largest in Texas. Rick is a Certified Pedorthist and serves on the Board of Directors of the National Shoe Retailers Association (Past Chairman), the Pedorthic Footwear Association as well as the […]

Kathleen Baker

Kathleen Baker is the Managing Director of the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Runners for Public Lands which builds inclusive running communities dedicated to protecting the environment. Kat is an avid trail runner and the Founder and Race Director of the Mount Laguna Trail Marathon.

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