J. Phil Wright of Vernon Powell Shoe Company was named Retailer of the Year by the NSRA
J. Phil Wright, CEO of Vernon Powell Shoe Company, was named Retailer of the Year at the 2012 Annual Meeting for the National Shoe Retailers Association (NSRA). The NSRA is a nonprofit organization representing 2,000 independent shoe-store owners throughout the U.S. and Canada. It functions principally as an independent retailer’s resource and advocate.
Wright is a third-generation independent shoe retailer who, with his son Joe, operates 12 locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Headquartered in Salisbury, Vernon Powell Shoes has earned over its 76-year history a reputation of selling quality footwear in a wide selection of sizes and widths, bolstered by a full-service, family-oriented store
environment. Wright is also a big proponent of IStep foot-scanning technology, which measures and analyzes foot type for the purposes of making precise footwear recommendations that contribute to the prevention and amelioration of foot problems. VP Shoes also offers a wide variety of women’s accessories, women’s apparel, athletic apparel and outerwear for the whole family. In addition to Salisbury, the company has locations in Rehoboth Beach, Easton and Olney, VA.
Wright has served on the NSRA board of directors since 1994 and was its chairman in 2006-07. Locally, he is active in civic and community affairs, including his status as a director of the Bank of Delmarva and chairman of the Wicomico County Board of Appeals. He is a member of the Greater Salisbury Committee and the Wicomico Rotary Club.
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