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04.24.2014
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All the Buzz from FN CEO Summit Day Two

The event wrapped up Wednesday afternoon.

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The FN CEO Summit finished with a bang on Wednesday as more top players took the stage.

Here are a few excerpts from their presentations.

Uli Becker, president, Reebok:
"Once everyone in a company believes in [our fitness] strategy and participates in activities, the organization is more likely to succeed."

Nicholas Kirkwood, designer:
"I don't think I'll ever feel like I made it. I always want to try to do better."

Matt Priest, president, Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America:
"We can't control the rising costs of energy, labor and raw materials, but we can ask our government to help control the prices of goods coming across our borders. Our companies are being hit in a much more dramatic way with regard to duties than any other industry."

Libby Edelman, SVP, Sam Edelman:
"When to say no is a key secret. You can't sell to everyone. You have to know where your consumer shops and say no to some who want to carry your shoes."

Jim Salzano, president, Clarks Americas:
"We've made [heritage] a huge strength. The Desert Boot and Wallabee, we play them up quite a bit. Outside [Clarks] Originals, we think [heritage] is a major advantage to build the brand and we feed off it."

Steven Tiller, co-founder & CEO, SeaVees:
"I realized a couple months ago we needed to stop acting big. We can think big, but our place in the world is that consumers love that we are grassroots."

Rupert Sanderson, designer:
"Less is more for me. I try to under-design. I find myself taking things out of my shoes."

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