Larry J. Franklin has been elected as the new chairman of the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA). Franklin, president of Franklin Sports, Inc., based in Stoughton, Mass., was elected for a one-year term at the SGMA’s annual business meeting in Chicago earlier this week.
Franklin succeeds Tom Rogge, president and CEO of Cramer Products, who served as SGMA Chairman from 2004-2009.
Five executives were elected as new members of the board of directors for full terms (2009-2012). They are Gary Barfield (EVP, Russell Athletic); Scott Baxter (President, VF Imagewear Coalition, VF Corporation); Kerry Kligerman (EVP, Apparel, New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc.); Jeff Padovan (President, Polar USA Heart Monitors); and Paula Schneider (President, Speedo USA).
Four current directors were also re-elected for full terms (2009-2012). They are Carl Ferraro (President, Unisource Global Solutions); Carol Hochman (CEO, Triumph Apparel Marketing Corporation); George Napier (Chairman & CEO, Prince Sports, Inc.); and Lindsay Stewart (Special Advisor to the Chairman & CEO, Nike, Inc.)