An industry veteran of the footwear, apparel and components business, Charles Liberge is known throughout the industry as a proven executive, a respected leader, and a brand builder. Charlie spent 15 years with Stride Rite, directing a $100 million-dollar retail and wholesale business. He managed the successful re-launch of Earth Brand Footwear creating a global brand strategy in 21 countries as well as the re-launch of Kangaroos in the US. Charlie has also served as the Founder and President of KLAS Shoes, EVP for Orthofeet, President of Jones and Vining, and most recently serves as a Founder and Managing Partner of RISE Global Partners. He is well known for his “Retail Centric” philosophy of wholesaling brands, extensive global relationships and his creative approach to business development at all levels.