The Footwear Industries of America is shrinking along with the share of American-made shoes in the market. FIA has closed its offices in Philadelphia and Rosslyn, consolidating into one office on 14th and K streets in the District. The group has lost about one third of its staff members.
Carl W. Bontemps, former president of FIA, has been replaced by Fawn Evenson, previously vice president for national affairs.
Bontemps left FIA after almost two years, because he did not want to leave Philadelphia, his home for the past 30 years. "Soon after Bontemps was hired, it became clear that our members wanted us to consolidate. We decided that we would be more accessible in downtown Washington. Bontemps did not want to move himself," said Evenson.
FIA is a national trade association that represents more than half of the country's nonrubber shoe manufacturers and their suppliers. The group has seen hard times recently as the market share of American-made shoes has dwindled from 78 percent in 1968 to 20 percent this year.
"We are never going to control 80 percent of this market again, but we can hold onto a 25 to 30 percent market share if we quit this siege mentality," said Evenson. "People in this industry are only going to risk long-term investments if they have some hope for the future," she said.
That means stabilizing imports and taking advantage of the technology available for shoe makers, according to Evenson. FIA is lobbying to obtain import control in the trade bill expected to reach the floor of Congress in September.
FIA's technology center, originally located in Philadelphia but soon to move to the District, provides a fully equipped lab where members can test their products and materials for wearability, faults and comfort. FIA gives advice on how to improve a shoe or fix a problem.
"The average wholesale cost of an American factory-made shoe is $14. For imports that price is $6. But once you add in import duties, the cost of shipping, cost of quality control managers, that price jumps up to about $11. Those are numbers we can work with. We can reduce that gap," said Evenson.
FIA's jewel is four computer systems that design shoes. Members can train on the computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) systems in order to decide which system suits their needs.
"We bring in people for in-depth training on all four systems for one week. We discuss the pros and cons of each, and they leave having an idea of what is best for their company and how to use it. It saves them six months of research into the different systems," said Evenson.
Before joining FIA in 1974, Evenson spent six years at the Office of Economic Opportunity and the Cost of Living Council. For the past 13 years, she has lobbied for FIA.
Evenson is in charge of a staff of 20, running the day-to-day operations of FIA, handling national affairs and keeping current members happy while attracting new members to the group.
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Club Managers Association of America appointed Sharon Cannon vice president of administration, Patricia Tiede executive assistant and editor of the monthly newsletter, Frances Feld director of marketing and member services, Kathi Pernell director of public affairs, Karen Miller manager of research and publications, Robert Wilson manager of accounting, Susan Shuey manager of graphics and production and Bonnie Fedchock assistant manager of governmental affairs.
The Virginia Institute of Mortgage Brokers elected Thomas G. Staples president for 1987-1988.
Vince Robison, president of Associated Motor Carriers of Oklahoma, has been elected chairman of the board of the American Society of Association Executives.
The National Apartment Association named Alan J. Campbell vice president and general manager.
BANKING, FINANCIAL SERVICES First American Bank of Maryland named Alice Keeny vice president/middle market joint venture-corporate banking in Baltimore; Barbara Newell branch officer in retail banking; Raymond Ehrlich commercial banking officer in corporate banking/Baltimore; William Hilliard real estate loan officer in real estate; Barbara Kauffmann private banking officer in private banking; Nancy Lewis executive assistant and assistant corporate secretary, office of the president, and Marnie Masotti assistant vice president and corporate secretary, corporate relations, office of the president.
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Barbara Phillips has been named manager of legislative affairs for GTE Corp. in Washington.
Abe M. Brauner joined Waverly Press Inc. as controller for its printing division.
Christopher P. Winner has been named editor of Page Two, the world and national news page of the Journal Newspapers.
COMPUTER, HIGH TECHNOLOGY Anadac Inc. appointed Gloria E. Phillips executive vice president; Jimmie G. Jones senior vice president; Robert E. Clark vice president for Trident logistics programs; Ronald R. DiMambro, Allen J, Standish, Charles W. Clardy and Kerry J. Smith division managers, and Russell T. Urban and Timothy C. Brown project managers.
Power Dynamics Corp. of Landover promoted Donald G. Bacon to executive vice president.
Advanced Technology Inc. appointed James M. Rockwell special assistant to the chief operating officer.
SAGE Federal Systems Inc. said that Howard M. Arnold, president and chief operating officer, has been named chief executive officer of the Rockville-based firm.
Iverson Technology elected Richard F. Waid, vice president of Kidder, Peabody and Co., to its board.
GOVERNMENT Frank B. Atkinson has been appointed senior counsel of the U.S. attorney general, Edwin Meese III.
HEALTH Nova Pharmaceutical Corp. appointed Dr. Robert William Griffith vice president of development.
HOTEL, FOOD SERVICES Marriott Corp. has named Leland C. Pillsbury executive vice president and general manager of its newly acquired Residence Inns division. Marriott also named Michael R. Ruffer vice president and general manager of Fairfield Inns, which is aimed at the economy segment of the lodging market.
The Park Terrace Hotel in the District, part of the Radisson Hotel chain based in Minneapolis, named Fred Atlas general manager; Camille Dean assistant general manager and director of sales, and Henry Schweighardt director of catering.
The Willard Inter-Continental hotel appointed Christian Beek director of food and beverage.
INDUSTRIAL, MANUFACTURING Heilig-Meyers Co., a Richmond-based home furnishings chain, elected Arthur D. Charpentier to the company's board of directors.
Figgie International Inc. appointed William J. Kriss president of its Scott Huver Essick division, which manufactures construction and road-building equipment.
Chesapeake Corp. named Sharon R. Miller woodlands manager; Jack C. King woodlands operations manager; Gregory Lock president and general manager of the company's Philadelphia container plant; Edward P. Godsey director of human resources, and Jo Anne Boroughs manager of employment and administration.
NONPROFIT The National Lutheran Home for the Aged has appointed John Boyles director of resource development.
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Planning Research Corp., a wholly owned subsidiary of Emhart Corp., appointed Francesco A. Calabrese senior vice president of PRC and president of PRC Government Information Systems.
USTravel Systems Inc. appointed James R. Nugent Jr. as the company's vice president of acquisitions and general counsel.
Leonard Cooper joined Architectural Interiors in the District.
William A. Butler and Nicholas C. Yost joined the law firm of Dickstein, Shapiro & Morin.
Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand announced Amy L. Bondurant joined the firm.
CLI Productions Inc., a Hyattsville advertising and production firm, named Ferne E. Kornfeld and Michelle A. Highley account executives.
Karen L. Baker, former managing editor of Builder & Contractor, joined the Washington staff of Burson-Marsteller as an account executive.
Christopher L. Simonds was appointed assistant project manager for Spaulding & Slye's Washington office.
McIntyre-Mansy Associates in Alexandria appointed Leslie Kaufmann contract sales manager and Betty Jean Lochlin office manager.
Naron & Wagner, a certified public accounting firm in Baltimore, named Howard D. Jacobs head manager; Brian B. Monks manager, and Mark R. Toplski supervisor in the tax department. In the general accounting area, William C. Martin and Alan B. Brickel were named managers; Robert C. Stuart, Mark R. Topolski, Mindy M. Friedman and Cindy L. Ginsberg were named supervisors.
CR Associates, a Washington government relations and management consulting firm, appointed Rene Lacoste senior associate.
Richard V. Fitzgerald is retiring as chief counsel of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency to become a member of the Washington financial institutions law firm of Muldoon, Murphy & Faucette.
Ad Design Ltd., an advertising and public relations firm in Warrenton, named Richard Pla-Silva art director and Angeleke Damon account administrator.
Martin Reddy Architects named Daniel J. Shewbridge director of architecture, and Richard H. Pointon and Ann Congdon senior associates.
Pagan International Inc., a District-based issue management and public policy development consulting firm, named Alvin B. Biscoe Jr. executive vice president.
Rosenthal, Greene & Campbell appointed Audrey Reid senior account executive for Washington area Marriott Hotels.
GA/Partners Inc. in the District promoted R. Bruce Gamble to the position of vice president and principal and appointed L. Frederick Bunch Jr. senior associate.
Robert L. Albertson and Paul Gould joined Bernard R. Wolfe & Associates, a Rockville financial planning firm.
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Weissberg Corp. has promoted Richard S. Gersten to the post of vice president of marketing and leasing and Richard B. Leavy Jr. to vice president of shopping center development.
KT Enterprises Inc., an Alexanria landscape management company, promoted William M. Smith to vice president of operations.
Diana Jamison joined Shannon & Luchs Insurance Agency as a sales associate. Shannon & Luchs Property Management division named Charles F. Wargo property manager in the commercial management department.
Thomas J. D'Alesandro IV has been promoted to the post of vice president of commercial marketing and development for Reston Land Corp., which is a subsidiary of Mobil Corp.
Thomas F. Baker has been named vice president of sales and marketing for Fairfield Homes in Woodbridge.
George F. Neimeyer has been appointed director of marketing for John E. Harms Jr. & Associates Inc., a land planning and surveyor firm. James G. Turek and Robert W. Finkle joined the planning division staff of the company.
Shannon & Luchs Property Management Department named Jeffrey M. Friedman property manager.
TRANSPORTATION Lyle Keith Bradley was named manager of data operations for the Richmond, Fredericksburg and Potomac Railroad Co., based in Richmond.