Modell’s Sporting Goods recently announced a new look for the retailer's Footwear buying team which includes the addition of two industry-veteran buyers. Jennifer (Smith) Anderson joins Modell's as the women’s athletic buyer, having spent the past 8 years as a buyer for Academy Sports + Outdoors. Jeff Shaffer will also join the team as men’s athletic buyer, bringing with him extensive knowledge of the sporting goods industry and over 15 years of athletic buying experience.
The new additions round out a footwear team which include Eric Livote, seasonal and outdoor Buyer, and Lauren Stagg, kids’ athletic buyer.
The team is led by Jay O'Brien, VP & GMM of Footwear for Modell's. O'Brien has been with Modell's since 2007, having previously spent 25 years at Foot Locker as DMM of footwear.
O'Brien commented on the recent moves, “If you think about it, the team has combined 80-plus years of buying experience. We couldn’t be better positioned for success in the category and we’re extremely excited about what the future holds for footwear at Modell's.”