Jeff Kelley was founder, CEO, and President of the Sanuk footwear company from 1997 until it was sold to Deckers in 2011. Jeff serves for general advice on the shoe industry, process and design development, and business deal structure.
Trisha Hegg Footwear & Accessories Executive specializing in Product Management. Including all aspects of Merchandising, Line Building, Strategic Planning, Innovation, Trend and Color forecasting. She began her career in sales at Nordstrom, later transitioning from Sales, into Product Management and Strategic Brand building which she has been focusing on for the past 19 years. Trisha has held executive positions at three iconic Global brands- Reef, OluKai, and Sanuk. She was instrumental in building “best in class” product teams, operational processes, category launches and expansion, and overall incremental growth in a highly competitive marketplace. Currently, she is a Footwear consultant, infusing her expertise with multiple brands in Merchandising, Development, Operations and Production.
David Saltman is a graduate of UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, and was a co-founder of the E! Entertainment Network prior embarking on a cleantech career.
Now, Saltman is a successful executive, cleantech entrepreneur and leading advocate of environmental innovation and sustainable business development. He was Chairman and CEO of Malama Composites, manufacturers of rigid urethane foams made from bio-based resources. Formerly, Saltman was CEO of Open Energy Corporation, creators of the first building integrated photovoltaic roofing tiles and roofing membranes. Prior to this he served as CMO of Flexform Technologies, the first natural fiber composites company in North America.
Saltman also served on the Presidential Task Force that developed green procurement guidelines for the US government. He is a co-founder of CleanTECH San Diego, and served as Executive Director of the Surfrider Foundation, which won the largest Clean Water Act lawsuit in US history. He has received awards from the American Marketing Association, the National Recycling Coalition, and the American Composites Manufacturing Association. Additionally, he is a board member of Pacific Integrated Energy, developers of novel solar electric thin film materials.
Brett Ritter has built a career in the consumer goods space and footwear specific industry by leveraging the power of creativity and innovation to inspire and drive successful business outcomes for over 25 years. Operating as a consultant to the industry for over 15 years now, Big Idea Generation Lab, Inc. focuses on innovation for business by creating unique solutions in category creation / extension, brand strategy, marketing, distribution, and tactical product design strategies - centering on lifestyle product brands and their consumers and markets to bring a fresh perspective on creative influence and the value of innovation in business development and market engagement. Specialized in working with C-Suite and VP level executives, entrepreneurs, and founders of marketing centric brands to help further innovation strategies and implementation, while serving to create harmonic intra-company environments with team minded influence to gain market share and successful business metrics consistently.