DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Running Specialty Group (RSG), part of The Finish Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: FINL) organization, announced the appointment of Bob Wallace as Senior Advisor, Strategic Initiatives. Wallace will serve as a key counselor utilizing his vast knowledge of the running business to strategically plan and integrate growth opportunities surrounding industry trends while focusing on attaining operational excellence and being an ambassador to the running community.
“Bob is truly an authority in this segment of specialty retail and I look forward to working closely with him in this new role,” said Bill Kirkendall, Running Specialty Group president. Wallace founded the premier retail chain RunOn! which was acquired by RSG in 2012. “We have been fortunate to bring this wealth of experience into our business. With Bob now at the helm of our strategic ventures, we’ll incorporate his expertise in building community initiatives throughout all of our banners to boost the overall customer experience and further position RSG as the everyday runner’s prime resource.”
Wallace entered the specialty running business in 1995, turning his passion for running into a career. Over the past two decades, Wallace has operated under the philosophy that the best people to serve the running community are runners themselves – who can add value through first-hand experiences when prescribing the correct footwear, apparel and technology to customers. Wallace received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso, where he was also active with the school’s track and cross country teams.
About Running Specialty Group
The Running Specialty Group (RSG) is an operating segment of The Finish Line, Inc. (NASDAQ: FINL). This includes 59 specialty running shops in 12 states and the District of Columbia under The Running Company, Run On!, Blue Mile, Boulder Running Company, Roncker’s Running Spot, Running Fit and VA Runner banners. More information, including the particular states in which stores are located, is available at www.run.com. Follow RSG on Twitter at twitter.com/Run_Dot_Com and “like” RSG on Facebook at facebook.com/Run.com.
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