The Athlete's Foot has formalized an area development agreement with The Odom Group, Inc. The agreement became effective on December 11, 2OO3 when The Odom Group, Inc. purchased nine existing corporate-owned Houston-area stores from The Athlete's Foot. The Odom Group, Inc. plans to open at least 10 additional stores over the course of the agreement.

“We are pleased that The Odom Group chose The Athlete's Foot as their partner in developing the Houston athletic footwear and apparel market. We believe that their local involvement will resonate with local consumers, leading to a successful partnership,” said Robert J. Corliss, president and CEO of The Athlete's Foot.

Don Odom, president and CEO of The Odom Group, Inc. is a Texas Southern University Graduate in Accounting. Odom spent 14 years with IBM before joining John Moores and others in founding BMC Software in 1980. Odom retired from BMC Software in 1990, joining Moores again in 1994 at Peregrine Systems, a San Diego based software corporation. Odom spent eight years at Peregrine Systems as the senior executive charged with building customer satisfaction and relations. The Odom Group opened their first The Athlete's Foot store in Houston in 2003.