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12:00 noon-1:00 pm EDT

Wednesday, April 19, 2023




             Ken Hicks

Chairman, President & CEO

Academy Sports + Outdoors

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Academy Sports + Outdoors is a solid community-based retailer catering to sports and outdoor enthusiasts. Labeled essential, Academy responds to all natural disasters and did so during the pandemic.

In a conversation with Robin Lewis, CEO OF The Robin Report, Ken Hicks will describe how he transformed the brand from a modest family business with a dismal future to a remarkable success as a public company. Learn how he did this through operational prowess and a workforce culture reset.

In a disruptive marketplace with distracted leadership, Ken is a strong supporter of focusing on selected key initiatives and mastery of doing a few critical things well. Learn from Ken on the future of retail as it evolves by learning on the fly, mastering supply chain challenges, recognizing engaged workers, and promoting customer-first grass roots initiatives throughout the workforce. Learn how humility, focus and tenacity define success.


Our webinar will kick off with a short, up-to-the-moment summary of the latest goings-on in retail with Patrick McKeever, President and Founder of The Daily on Retail.


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Ken C. Hicks has served as President and CEO , Academy Sport + Outdoors since May 2018 and as a member of the Board since June 2020. He also served as a member of the board of managers of New Academy Holding Company, LLC from May 2017 until June 2020. Ken previously served as President and CEO at Foot Locker, Inc. from August 2009 until February 2010, as Chairman, President and CEO at Foot Locker, Inc. from February 2010 until November 2014, and as Executive Chairman at Foot Locker, Inc. from December 2014 until May 2015.

Prior to joining Foot Locker, Inc., Ken held senior positions at J.C. Penney Company, Inc., Payless ShoeSource, Home Shopping Network, May Department Stores Company, and McKinsey & Company. Ken also served on the board of directors of Avery Dennison Corporation since July 2007. Ken graduated from the United States Military Academy located in West Point, NY, and served in the U.S. Army. He also earned MBA from Harvard Business School.


RMS Members: $10 

Guests: $50*

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2023


Time: 12:00 noon-1:00 pm EDT


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Robin Lewis is the founder and CEO of The Robin Report. He is an author, speaker, and consultant for the retail and consumer products industries. Previously, he was Vice President at Goldman Sachs, where he developed and launched a global retail consulting practice. Prior to Goldman Sachs, he was VP and Executive Editor of Women’s Wear Daily. Earlier in his career he held executive positions in strategic planning, business development, and brand and marketing management at DuPont, VF Corporation and Grey Advertising. He is frequently requested by C-level management for advice, consultation and strategic presentations. He is the co-author of "The New Rules of Retail," published by Palgrave-McMillan, and is often quoted in various trade and consumer publications.

He served on the Board of Directors for the Fashion Group International, the Advisory Board of New Zealand Trade and Enterprise and the Board of Governors for the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parson’s School of Design. He is also an adjunct Professor for FIT’s Global Fashion Management Program and currently serves on the Retail Marketing Society’s Board of Directors.


Patrick McKeever, President and Founder of The Daily on Retail, has followed retail for more than 20 years. Prior to founding Wall Street 313 LLC and The Daily on Retail in late 2018, he spent 11 years as a managing director, senior analyst and consumer sector head at MKM Partners. He has received a number of professional awards, including 2nd place in Multiline Retail for both stock picking and earning estimation in the 2016 Thomson Reuters poll. He was awarded Top Stock Picker in Multiline Retail in the same poll, has been recognized in the Greenwich survey and has performed well in the institutional money manager voting process. 

He appears on CNBC and other networks to discuss retail and has been quoted extensively by industry publications and the financial press. Patrick started his career in equity research at Credit Suisse in New York. He is a graduate of Boston College and also has an economics-focused master's degree. 

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