Divisional Merchandise Manager, Athletic and Kids’ Footwear | Academy Sports & Outdoors

Lindsey grew up in Massachusetts and is a huge fan of all Boston teams (Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, and Bruins). Lindsey always wanted to work in the sporting goods industry. The first 15 years of her career were with Adidas where she gained product, marketing and sales experience. She joined Academy Sports + Outdoors more than two years ago to learn the retail side of the business and to utilize her past experiences to drive Academy’s footwear business. Throughout her career, Lindsey has been fortunate to work with some of the best teams in the industry and attributes much of her success to them. In her free time, you can usually find Lindsey either on the golf course or at the dog park with her three dogs.

EDUCATION & DEGREE(S) ACHIEVED: B.A. in Business and Marketing, Barry University

MOST IMPORTANT THING I HAVE LEARNED: To look at everything through the eyes of the consumer.

WHAT OR WHO HAS ENABLED YOU TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL: My grandmother has been my role model and mentor. She instilled her values, drive and directness into me while remaining supportive and understanding. She has been instrumental in all the success that I have experienced, and even though she is now gone, my memories and teachings from her still keep me driven and grounded.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE YOU’VE OVERCOME: Moving from the brand side of the business to the retail side, which meant I had to learn everything from scratch while still setting long-term strategic direction for my team and re-focusing our key investments in footwear.

BIGGEST LIFE LESSON: There are times in life you have to take a couple of steps back to move many steps forward. It does not mean that you’ve failed. You’ve only failed if you never try something new.

WHAT YOU WOULD WANT YOUR LEGACY TO BE: I was the best leader my teams worked with because I was supportive, lead by example, pushed them to reach outside the norm and helped transform them into great business leaders.