The National Shoe Retailers Association of the USA elected Phil Wright to be its next chairman. Wright is the third-generation president of Vernon Powell Shoes, a Maryland-based company that operates four athletic specialty footwear stores, four SAS stores and a 20,000 sq-foot family footwear store. He has been a member of the NSRA’s board of directors since 1994, and served for two years as the chairman of the Independent Footwear Buyers Alliance, an organization the NSRA set up in 2003 to assist independent retailers with purchasing products in bulk at interesting margins. In addition, he was chairman of the NSRA’s technology committee and its research and development committee, and served as a member of the association’s education and finance committees. Wright replaces Randy L. Brown, the CEO of a shoe retailing operation based in Missouri.