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"A Message from the President"

Dear WSA Members and Attendees, 

           Welcome to the February 2001 show with over one million square feet of footwear.  Now the largest shoe show in the U.S., World Shoe Association has created four days of excitement that includes a complimentary Networking Party (Friday in the Venetian Hotel Ballroom), the entertainment of Glenn Frey (at The Hard Rock Hotel), high end brands at the Crowne Plaza, fashion trends and financial seminars, and a show floor filled with over 2500 of the hottest brands in the business. 

            This is the market where the footwear industry will make a commitment to the fashion trends for Fall 2001.  And while we are here choosing the shoes the world will wear, let’s also make a commitment to a different industry – the one that give back and supports those in need. 

            Although the primary goal of WSA, and its Board of Directors, has been to provide an interesting and exciting forum for our industry to conduct business, one of our most important missions is to provide assistance, support and encouragement for our fellow members and industry friends.  In addition to providing financial aid to those in need, shoes for underprivileged children and scholarships for education, WSA is committed to and endows the many activities of the Two/Ten Foundation, our industry’s charitable organization.           

            While your participation in our association makes you a part of these activities, I urge you to take additional steps.  I have found that these acts are not just about giving to others; they also help to create meaning in our own lives. 

            As we enter a new year, let us join together to create not just inspirational fashions, but inspirational lives as well.


Dave Darling



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