Director, Government & Regulatory Affairs, Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA)

Thomas Crockett joined FDRA in January 2015, after working in the office of Congressman Spencer Bachus (R-AL) from 2010 until 2015, where he served as Legislative Counsel. As Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs, he is responsible for managing FDRA’s advocacy on issues impacting the footwear industry, including U.S. international trade policy, global trade barriers, customs, and product safety.

During his time on the Hill, Thomas oversaw the issues of trade, foreign relations, transportation, government reform and immigration for the Congressman. Before working on Capitol Hill, he served as Deputy District Attorney in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Thomas received his Bachelor of Arts in English from Auburn University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama, bringing important critical thought and analytical skills to FDRA.


13:40 – The Future for Leather Product Manufacturers: International Trade Rules – Where Will Industry Be?; Panel Discussion

With major political change in the U.S., FDRA is working hard to provide greater certainty to footwear companies that source globally. The presentation will cover the key players shaping the trade agenda, new proposals that will impact footwear companies and consumers, and the future of footwear trade under the Trump Administration.