Kevin Burke, CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association, addresses the 2012 FN Footwear Summit."
Kevin M. Burke
Kevin M. Burke is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), headquartered in Arlington, Virginia.
Since he joined in 2001, AAFA has grown its membership base, member programs, and financial position, in addition to advancing its standing on Capitol Hill. With more than 30 years of experience as a government relations professional, Mr. Burke has previously led efforts for Food Distributors International, the American Bakers Association and the National Broadcasters Association.
Mr. Burke also worked as a legislative assistant, and later, press secretary to Representative Norm Lent (R-NY). He began his career in 1979 on the Republican National Committee and the Reagan-Bush Presidential Campaign. Mr. Burke currently serves as Chairman of Kids In Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.) and sits on several boards, including the AAFA Education Foundation, Boys Hope Girls Hope, the Congressional Institute, the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries, the International Apparel Federation and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce National Chamber Foundation. Mr. Burke is also a member of various political and trade association CEO groups in the Washington, DC, area.
He received a master’s degree in public administration in 1983 from American University in Washington, D.C., and holds a bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York at Brockport.
American Apparel and Footwear Association President and CEO Kevin Burke reveals survey results that show the biggest concerns for the footwear market are rising factory costs and government regulations.
Outer covering for the foot, usually of leather, with a stiff or thick sole and heel, and generally reaching no higher than the ankle (unlike a boot). Early examples from Mesopotamia were moccasinlike wraparounds of leather; not until the Hellenistic Age did shoes become luxurious. The Romans developed shoes fitted for the left and right feet, and differentiated according to sex and rank. In the 14th15th century, shoes became extremely long and pointed, the points attaining a length of 18 in. (45 cm) or more. In the 16th century, the toes became extremely broad, like a duck's bill. In the 17th century, shoes had moderately high heels and were often decorated with large rosettes of lace and ribbons, which gave way to gold or silver buckles in the 18th century. The first shoe factory opened in 1760, in Massachusetts, but not until the development of modern machinery in the 19th century were shoes made quickly and inexpensively.