ASGA gathers leaders to lunch

A lunchtime gathering of the industry's movers and shakers got together in the historic surrounds of The Rocks on Monday to hear from Australian Sporting Goods Association chair Paul Faulkner on plans and progress, reports Editor Maggie Coleman who attended.

Plus several speakers discussed the state of retail, how to build relevance with consumers and maximise the impact of trends and developments in bricks-and-mortar and online retailing.

The gathering of 37 suppliers and retailers also heard from David Neal of Empirica Research on the studies commissioned by ASGA to better understand the marketplace and what consumers want.

Faulkner told the group, “We have great plans to drive the industry forward and one of the keys is to expand our reach, focussing on active lifestyle as a category, not just general sport.

“We need to know what drives consumers and how we can meet their needs.”

The appointment of a new executive director to replace Brad Kitschke who departs early April is well underway with good quality applications received, says Faulkner who reported that the ASGA board hopes to name new staff by the end of April.

• The ASGA board is made up of  chair  Paul Faulkner ( Nike); Greg Kerr ( adidas); Guy Tuthill ( HanesBrands) as supplier members;  Erica Berchtold ( Rebel Group); Chris Morgan (ARL); Andrew Kidd ( as retailer members;  and independent members Marne Fechner ( Netball Australia); and Jennifer Cromarty (Socom Public Relations)

Pictured: Speakers at the ASGA Boardroom lunch: (from left) Ferrier Hodgson’s James Stewart, chairman Paul Faulkner, KPMG’s George Svinos and David Neal from Empirica Research

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