Speaker - Matt Priest

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Matt Priest is President of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA), the oldest and largest footwear association in the United States.

Before joining FDRA in 2009, Mr. Priest served as Senior Advisor to Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles and Apparel at the U.S. Department of Commerce. As Deputy Assistant Secretary, he oversaw programs and strategies to improve the domestic and international competitiveness of the U.S. footwear, fiber, textiles, and apparel industries. Mr. Priest also was Chairman of the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA), which determines when market-disrupting factors exist in the domestic fiber, textiles, and apparel marketplace.

Previously, Mr. Priest served as Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Import Administration at the Commerce Department, where he advised the assistant secretary on textile and trade issues. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Priest was Legislative Director for Representative Sue Myrick of North Carolina, where he was an advisor in the areas of textiles, trade, and economic development.

Mr. Priest earned his B.A. in political science from North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He lives with his wife and three daughters in Northern Virginia.

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