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How This Asics America Executive’s Love of Running Landed Him an Athletic Shoe Career

As the CEO and president of Asics America, Gene McCarthy continually taps his footwear beginnings in order to lead his current team. According to the executive who has a passion for running, he has had the unique opportunity to turn his love of the sport into a career that has lasted decades.
Here, he shares the story of his start in the industry to his advice to the next generation.
His first job in the footwear business
“When I was 13, I saw the cover of Sports Illustrated [featuring] Olympic runner Marty Liquori. I told my [par­ents] I was going to break the 4-minute mile. Eight years later, I wrote a letter to Marty, who owned Athletic Attic, and in July 1978, I moved to Gainesville, Fla., and worked for the [retailer].”
On coming full-circle
“I bought my first pair of running shoes at Paragon Sports in New York. They were Asics. Here I am nearly 50 years later and am the president and CEO of Asics America. While it humbles me, it tells me that hard work is one thing, but dreams can come true.”
The most important business lesson he has learned
“I have a philosophy — if you see it once, it’s an idea; if

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