Phoenix Footwear has hired Glen Becker to be VP & GM of the Altama Footwear brand upon the completion of the Company's acquisition of Altama Delta Corporation. Mr.
Becker, 41, has 20 years of experience within the footwear industry, including managing Department of Defense contracting operations at Weinbrenner Shoe Company, and serving as General Manager of Wolverine World Wide, Inc.'s
Bates Footwear Division, respectively.
Greg A. Tunney, President and Chief Operating Officer of Phoenix Footwear
Group, commented, “We are very fortunate to have Glen Becker join us to manage
the Altama Footwear brand. A seasoned executive within the military and
public safety footwear markets, Glen will head our new Altama business. His
broad scope of experience includes successfully introducing new brands to the
DOD and directing sales, marketing and product development.”
The Company entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Altama on June
15, 2004. The transaction, which is subject to financing and other customary
closing conditions, is expected to close on July 19, 2004.
Mr. Becker commented, “This is a unique opportunity to use my
entrepreneurial skills in the military and commercial sectors. I am thrilled
to be a part of Phoenix and Altama.”
From 1995-2000, Becker guided Wolverine World Wide's Bates Division
defense contracting operations and established Wolverine as a supplier to the
DOD. Additionally, as Group Vice President and General Manager, he oversaw
the company's Bates Uniform Footwear brand in the commercial sector serving
law enforcement, fire fighting, and other public safety occupations.
In his most recent position as Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing
for Weinbrenner Shoe Company, Mr. Becker managed the company's Thorogood
footwear brand since his arrival in January 2001. Thorogood is also a
supplier of public safety footwear. In addition, Mr. Becker assisted
Weinbrenner Shoe Company in securing DOD contracts.
Mr. Becker holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeast Missouri
State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri and an MBA from Saint Louis
Altama Footwear has been a prime contractor to the U.S. DOD for 35
consecutive years. Altama markets and distributes its products to federal,
state and local agencies, military schools, law enforcement agencies and
consumers, among other channels, throughout the US as well as in 70 countries.
Launched in 1991, Altama's non-DOD, commercial business currently represents
approximately 35% of Altama's net sales.