May 13, 2021

The President of Global Brands Group Footwear Shares the Best Advice He’s Received on Running a Business

Jim Gabriel, the president of Global Brands Group Footwear, talks about how he stays on top of his game and finds time to encourage new talent.
Jim Gabriel, president of Global Brands Group Footwear.
My first footwear job: “I was 14 and being paid under the table to stock store shelves while also working at a fast-food restaurant and playing in a rock band. I got into the shoe business because of my big brother Jerry, who was with Wohl Shoe Co. at the time. He’s 17 years older than I am, and I idolized him. If he were in the baking business, I probably would have been a baker.”
Best advice I ever received: “From Day One, Jerry told me to learn the numbers. As passionate as we are about product, it’s all about the numbers on so many levels when running a business. Also, try to have fun. I’m still waiting for that one.”
My leadership style: “Organized chaos. I love action. I like to give our team the freedom and opportunities to make their own decisions while at the same time letting them know I’m there to guide them.”
Hardest part of the job: “Staying on top of my insane schedule. I

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