FORA.tv Speaker - Ron White
Ron White is the Chief Executive Officer and Creative Director of Ron White Shoes. Mr. White's varied background in biomechanics, orthotics and fashion was instrumental in inspiring the idea for his comfort-meets-style business model. In 1993, he opened a single store in Toronto and worked with notable designers including Stuart Weitzman and Donald Pliner to create customized styles that fit his customers' requests for comfort and fashion.
Today Mr. White's company has expanded to include a web boutique and five Ron White retail stores that sell various brands including Mr. White's own shoe collections -- the All Day Heels and Signature Collection lines for women and a men's line of dress and casual shoes. In March of 2011, Mr. White announced the expansion of Ron White Shoes collections into U.S. and Canadian wholesale accounts, including Lord & Taylor.
Regarded as "Canada's Shoe-ru," Mr. White is regularly featured as a fashion expert in both Canadian and international media, including Fashion Television, eTalk, ET Canada, Breakfast Television, Canada AM, Today in Australia, the Globe and Mail and the National Post, among others.
Mr. White also oversees the Ron White Foundation, which raises funds for and promotes awareness of human rights issues both locally and internationally. The organization hosts a variety of fundraisers including an annual October breast cancer benefit and a winter shoe drive for the homeless each year. The Ron White Foundation is particularly known for its recurring White Knight Gala, a highly publicized event featuring entertainment, fashion and celebrity appearances that raises funds for a different charity each year.