JP and The Poobah are back from The Running Event in Austin with insights and observations. We also speak with Fleet Feet CEO Joey Pointer, On Running CEO Caspar Coppetti, and Diversified Communications EVP Bill Springer.
JP was on the Hill lobbying Senators to pass the PHIT Act. Neil was out at Winter OR where he interviewed the founder of Brooklyn Boulders Lance Pinn and Theranco Outdoor President Bill Hackett. We also discuss Facebook pop-ups at Macy’s, Allbirds’ new high-tops, adidas’ work culture, and the Poobah awards a comeback brand of they year.
Our guest Anne Mahlum is the founder and CEO of [solidcore]. She was also recognized as a CNN Hero for having founded the non-profit Back On My Feet. A former first lady listens to Anne regularly, so you should too!
On this episode, the guys interview Expert Voice CEO Tom Stockham after bantering about the tipping point of fashion’s influence over sneakers, REI swap meets, and the latest Piper Jaffray Survey.
After taking a couple weeks off, the guys are back to interview Nathalie Sonne from the leAD Sports Accelerator in Berlin,Germany. Berlin is far from our studio, so please excuse the echo. They also yap about their time together in Denver for the SFIA Industry Leaders Summit and Startup Challenge, unpack the pending Yeti IPO, and have a lightening around of news.
On this episode, we speak with PLAYSIGHT Head of Marketing Jeff Angus. We also tackle Nike's decision to make Colin Kaepernick the face of their campaign celebrating the 30th anniversary of JUST DO IT. It took Colin Kaepernick to get the three of us to agree on something.
On this podcast, the guys speak with Ellen Schmidt-Devlin, the Co-Founder and Director of the Sports Product Management Program at the University of Oregon. Neil is given plenty of runway. JP’s most recent on-line purchase disappoints. Gügs just tries to land the plane.
Ellen Schmidt-Devlin, University of Oregon
On this episode, the guys speak with Marisa Gardini and David McTague from ED, the Ellen DeGeneres lifestyle brand. JP expresses his desire to rock anything with a gorilla on it if it goes to support their safety and well being. Neil guesses wildly wrong as to what Marisa sports on her feet to get around Manhattan. Gügs needs to get out more having just discovered Todd Snyder New York.
Marisa Gardini's fabulous choice in Footwear
On this episode, the guys speak with Greg Thomsen the head of adidas Outdoor at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Denver. JP hangs out at the new Nike shop on Melrose in Los Angeles. Neil gets on his soap box about golf the week before Tiger nearly won his first major in 10 years. Gügs gets lost in Jimmy Buffet country, lower Alabama.
Greg Thomsen, Head of adidas Outdoor for North America
The guys take the show on the road to the Outdoor Retailer Show in Denver, Co. where they sit down with Birkenstock CEO David Kahan.
David Kahan, CEO for Birkenstock North America
On this episode, the guys speak with outdoor industry legend Larry Harrison. Larry is the Director of Brand Development at the Outdoor Retailer Show which starts Monday July 23rd in Denver. JP suggest Gügs could benefit from a smart mirror. The Poobah reminds us that he's banned from Instagram.
Given the White House's recent announcement of new tariffs on nearly $200B in Chinese goods, we have special guest Bill Sells, the head of Government Relations for the Sports & Fitness Industry Association on the podcast to explain how the trade war might impact the sporting goods industry.
On this episode, the guys speak with industry influencer David Knies. David is the Chief Growth Officer at Breakaway in Boston. Gügs sounds like he's in a fishbowl. JP declares that he'd pair adidas Yung1's with his Chubbies. And Neil finally gets his Allbirds. Will Instagram be next?
On this episode, the guys speak with StockX CEO Josh Luber, learning much more than Dan Gilbert's favorite sneaker. Gügs relishes the time he has left in LA, while Neil is sticky in Boca and JP is soaked in DC. They also manage to cover Jay Z, Facebook, and Neil's appreciation of Beyonce's "All the single ladies."
On this episode the guys speak with industry influencer Mark Sullivan from Formula 4 Media. Neil takes ownership of a summer cold, compelling the non-Jew to volunteer sending him soup, which throws Neil's Jewish world upside down. Neil then gives Gügs a lesson in rhythmic counting.
JP’s love for the Rock exposes Neil as the Kardashian’s biggest fanboy. Gügs thinks he’s clever by suggesting ROI should stand for “return on Instagram.” The guys also discuss World Cup and soccer participation in the U.S. before speaking with labor expert and attorney Irwin Aronson.
Irwin Aronson, Partner at the Law Firm of Willig, Williamson and Davidson
JP and the "Grand" Poobah agree way too much this episode, yet find plenty of ways to get under one another's skin. Gügs had too many Sazeracs the last time he was in New Orleans to remember wheeling Neil around the French Quarter. The guys also take aim at Dick's Sporting Goods earnings, Canada Goose flying East to China, and Lululemon crushing Q1. They have a very timely conversation with international trade expert David Cohen from Sandler, Travis, & Rosenberg, P.A. in Washington, D.C.
David E. Cohen is a member of Sanders, Travis & Rosenberg P.A. in Washington, DC
On this episode, Neil teaches us how to spell Bris. JP reinforces that he's cheap unless purchasing a pair of Allbirds. Gügs reminds everyone that he's blind. The guys also discuss non-traditional activations, Kohl's earnings, and what is trending.
On this episode, the guys discuss sports betting, David Stern leading investment into Shot Tracker, and Vans momentum in the age of Dad shoes. They also speak with industry influencer Mark Daniels, the former Head of U.S. Sports at adidas.
Mark Daniels, VP/DMM of Team Sports at Dick’s Sporting Goods
On this episode, the guys discuss Kohl's experiment with Amazon return Kiosk, banning tackle football at the youth level, Under Armour's shareholder meeting, and the loaded topic of guns.