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Thursday, August 13, 2020   (0 Comments)
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NASHVILLE, TN (August 13, 2020)  --  To kick off the new fiscal year, Soles4Souls is announcing four new members to its Board of Directors. Soles4Souls is a Nashville-based non-profit that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. The newest members of the Board are: 

  • Keith Alper, chairman and chief executive officer, The Nitrous Effect: Keith Alper is a producer, entrepreneur and champion for free enterprise, innovation and entrepreneurial leadership. An expert in entertainment, digital, and marketing he has deep roots in event production and has produced special events, meetings, video/film, broadcast and major entertainment projects around the world. He founded many businesses and organizations, including Nitrous Effect, Evntiv, UPBrand Collaborative, Vidzu, CPG and Geniecast. Keith was Internal Chair of the world's Largest Entrepreneur Organization (EO) and has been in leadership of YPO, the world's largest CEO organization.
  • Nicolas C. Birren, vice president of Private Wealth, AllianceBernstein: Nicholas Birren is a Vice President and Financial Advisor in the Nashville office of Bernstein Private Wealth Management. He works closely with business owners, non-profits, and private families on issues ranging from family success and engagement, planned-giving, and 401K & 403B plans. Prior to joining the firm in 2019, Nick served as the Director of Development for a marketing technology firm where he helped clients such as Procter & Gamble, McDonald’s, Bridgestone and Netflix optimize their marketing budgets. Nick is also an Emmy-Nominated TV producer having produced showed for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, CBS, NBC, Sony TV, and the Hallmark Channel.
  • Tauna Dean, senior director of Global Purpose, Brand & Partners at adidas. In this role, she is responsible for the strategic development and execution of purpose-driven global brand campaigns while ensuring adidas’ key partnerships are underpinned with programs and initiatives that create systemic positive impact in communities around the world. She has spearheaded hundreds of opportunities for adidas employees, consumers and partners to create lasting change in both locally relevant and globally scalable ways.
  • Andy Lew, president international, Wholesale and Uniform, Brooks Brothers Group, Inc.: Andy is responsible for the global development of the company’s business and market strategies in over 45 countries, as well as its wholesale and uniform divisions representing 40% of the revenue and over 100% of the companies EBIDTA.  Andy has three business unit CEO’s reporting directly to him as well as four additional divisions with over 1200 employees.  He oversees the global development of the company’s Retail, Digital and Factory business.

Soles4Souls CEO Buddy Teaster said, “The Soles4Souls board plays a critical role in assuring we stay true to our mission while continuing to serve more people, in more places and in more ways. Adding Keith, Nick, Andy and Tauna ensures that we’ll have top notch leadership for years to come.”

For more information on Soles4Souls’ Board of Directors and a full list of members, go to

About Soles4Souls: Soles4Souls turns unwanted shoes and clothing into opportunity by keeping them from going to waste and putting them to good use: providing relief, creating jobs and empowering people to break the cycle of poverty. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, the organization repurposes product to supply its micro-enterprise, disaster relief, and direct assistance programs. With locations and warehouses across three continents, Soles4Souls has been able to distribute more than 45 million pairs of shoes in 129 countries since 2006. Visit for more information. 


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