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SSIA Elects New President, Board Members

by Dana Huval, Huval's Boot and Shoe Repair,

Crowley, LA

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This year at our Baltimore convention, we elected three new board members, one from each part of our industry. We also said, “thank you” to three board members who have finished their terms. They were Paul Angelos, a supplier from Angelus Shoe Polish, Billy Konomos with Konomos Distributing and Randy Lipson with Cobblestone Shoe Repair in St Louis.

Our newly installed members are:

  • Don Rinandi, Petronio Shoe Products from Belleville New Jersey – President

  • Bob Berman, Saderma Wholesale Company in Los Angeles CA

  • Raul Odjea, Willie’s Shoe Repair in Los Angeles CA

Our members with two years remaining are:

  • Jim Ambrose, Soletech out of Salem MA

  • Steve Sach – I Sach’s in Chicago IL, Treasurer

  • Gino Mina from Indianapolis

The last year on the board:

  • John McLoughlin, Quabaug/Vibram North Brookfield MA, Vice President

  • Mary Jackson, Southern Leather, Denver CO, Secretary

  • Dana Huval, Huval’s Boot & Shoe Repair, Crowley LA

Our new board will change the way suppliers join the SSIA. They will now pay an association fee in addition to their membership fee before getting approval from the supplier board members. The wholesalers' and repairers' fees will remain the same.

We are also trying to set our convention a little further in weeks from the WSA show in Las Vegas so it is not so hard of the wholesalers, suppliers and repairers that try to attend both shows.

Jimmy Benson has been the SSIA’s show coordinator for the past eight years finding hotels, getting suppliers to show their goods and making sure things run smoothly during our conventions. I am truly grateful to all he has done for the SSIA. We are very lucky to have him.

Finally I would like to thank Mitch Lebovic with Lebovic Communications who is our webmaster and maintains www.ssia.info .Mitch has been a great asset for out website. He has the website separate for members and non-members, giving members a shop talk section where we can post questions, challenges and suggestions on which other members can view and respond.

Click here for photos of the Baltimore convention.

Click here for a review of the exhibitors.
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