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Core Careers

Last updated: 05/13/2013 - 00:09

Editor's note: Today we debut a new feature called "Core Careers" where industry leaders share details about their career paths, key business advice, how they handle tough issues at work, and future aspirations. 

Last updated: 05/13/2013 - 00:09

Today in our Core Careers feature, we hear from John Vance, president of Sanuk, which has taken the footwear category by storm in the past several years. John shares some wisdom he has learned during his career, including the art of delivering bad news with the good, how he juggles the demands on his time and how he keeps Sanuk focused on what it does best.


Last updated: 05/13/2013 - 00:08

Today, we hear from Robert Schmidt, the CEO of Katin. Katin has been around since 1959 and has a store in Huntington Beach. The brand began making a fresh push about five years ago after being dormant due to a prior licensing arrangement.

Last updated: 05/13/2013 - 00:08

In our next installment of Core Careers, Eric Thomas, vice president of sales at RVCA, tells us how he got started in the industry, why the person with the gold makes the rules and why he likes to "geek out" on sales data.

What were you like as a child and teenager? Did you know what you wanted to be when you grew up?


Last updated: 05/13/2013 - 00:07

Today, Dave Gilovich shares the best advice he's ever received, why he sets aside time each day to plan for the future and how Surfline has helped redefine surf journalism.

What is the biggest challenge at work at the moment? How are you handling it?

Last updated: 05/13/2013 - 00:04

Gayle Jarrett, the director of junior's apparel, shares what qualities she values in direct reports, where she finds design ideas and why she changed her plans for an aerospace career in favor of fashion.

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Last updated: 05/13/2013 - 00:03

Last December, Erik Joule, who was the Senior Vice President of Merchandising and Design at Quiksilver, left to perform a similar job at Levi Strauss & Co. in San Francisco. Joule worked at Quiksilver for a little over four years where he helped lead the company’s brand strategy and was highly involved in their eco initiatives.

Last updated: 05/13/2013 - 00:00

Kevin Bailey is a seasoned executive who has worked at Lucky Brand, American Eagle and Nike, among other companies. He returned to Vans, where he previously headed up the retail division, as Americas President last year.

Here, he shares key lessons he has learned during his career, what qualities he values in direct reports, and the importance of getting out from behind the desk.

Last updated: 05/13/2013 - 00:00

Today we check in with John Mills, who started out handling major accounts for Quiksilver. Now he is in charge of all sales for the Quiksilver brand.

He has some great tips about staying organized, why he values risk takers and where you can find him at Lakers games.

Last updated: 05/12/2013 - 23:59

Today we check in with FUEL TV General Manager CJ Olivares, who shares key lessons he's learned in his career, his biggest challenge at work at the moment and how he manages the demands on his time.