Angel Martinez, the President, CEO and Chairman of Deckers Outdoor Corporation, the California-based multiline shoe manufacturer, will be the first recipient of the Footwear Industry Icon Award at the next ENKWSA show.
The newly created award will be presented to him at the event’s opening night party in Las Vegas on Wednesday, July 27. The award honors an individual who has had major influence on his or her own company and the footwear industry in general. Martinez, 53, joined Deckers, which currently produces the brands Ugg Australia, Teva, Tsubo, Simple, Mozo and Ahnu, as CEO and President in April 2005. He was elected Chairman of the Board in May 2008. Before that he served as CEO at the shoe brand Keen, EVP and the Chief Marketing Officer at Reebok International and CEO and President of Rockport.
“Angel’s ability to incubate, nurture and grow brands that truly connect to the consumer combined with the creative leadership he brings to the footwear community are exactly the qualities that WSA wants to highlight for the industry,” says David Kahan, President, ENK Footwear Group.
“I’m honored to be a part of a great night at a great show to celebrate the footwear industry and humbled to receive this award,” says Martinez.
ENKWSA will run July 27 through 29. Producer ENK International reports that more than 1,000 brands from the footwear, handbag and related accessories sectors will participate in next month’s edition.