About

About Flip Flop Shops

Flip Flop Shops is a Wholly-Owned Subsidiary of Cherokee Global Brands. Founded in 2004, Flip Flop Shops® is the authentic retail chain exclusively devoted to the hottest brands and latest styles of flip flops and casual footwear. Its mission is to live to create innovative ways to “Free Your Toes®” to promote a casual, healthy, stress-free lifestyle! In addition to being an Environmentally Responsible Retailer™, one of the company’s major initiatives is designed to reduce stress levels and raise funds and awareness for the American Heart Association. The company began franchising in 2008 and now operates shops globally throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, South Africa, and the Middle East.

Meet The Team

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the President
Brian Curin
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the VP of Retail Operations &
Training
Hugh Henley
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the Director of Marketing
& Retail Design
Matt Burrows
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Darcy Greenhut
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the Franchise Support
Manager
John Martarano
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Nina Farivarmoheb
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the Middle East Master
Franchisee
Gareth van den Berg
Andrew Fairall
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the Africa Master Franchisee
Barefoot Company Limited
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the Caribbean Master Franchisee
George Samander - size 13
John Samander – size 12 

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the Canada Master Franchisee
Doug Kingston
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the Advisor
Chris Zimmerman
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the Advisor
Susan Bunda
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the President - size 10
Brian Curin

Brian is Co-Founder of FFS Holdings, LLC, and Flip Flop Shops Franchise Company, LLC and has been serving as the president since 2007. In his role, he oversees overall strategic direction for the company and is the driving force behind the brand. Curin lives to create more ways for everyone to Live...Work...Play With Their Toes Exposed!

Founded in 2004, Flip Flop Shops is the authentic retail chain exclusively devoted to the hottest brands and latest styles of flip flops and casual footwear. Its mission is to help people "Free Their Toes®" and embrace the relaxing benefits of flip flops and casual footwear for a healthier, low stress lifestyle. In addition to being an Environmentally Responsible RetailerTM, one of the company's major initiatives is to reduce stress levels and raise funds and awareness for the American Heart Association.

The company began franchising in 2008 and now operates shops globally throughout the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, South Africa, and the Middle East. The executive team boasts more than 50 years of experience building and growing some of the world's fastest-growing franchise concepts, category leaders and some of the world's most well-known brands, including Cold Stone Creamery, Moe's Southwest Grill, Nike and OfficeZilla.com. Flip Flop Shops has been awarded the International Council of Shopping Centers' prestigious "Hot Retailer Award," and ranked for the fifth consecutive year on the Inc. 500 | 5000 list of America's fastest-growing private companies.

With every company and every brand, Curin has knocked it out of the park. He's no ordinary executive and values a game-changing approach. Brian is known for his energy and enthusiasm in building teams and pushing new ideas to the next level. From taking a cigar company public in his 20's to developing breakthrough brands globally, Brian has the experience and track record being the driving force in growing and guiding each company to be the category leader in each industry.

He has an unparalleled network of contacts, and his mantra is "no excuses... just get it done". He brings a game-changing attitude to everything he does, and he never gets stuck in industry standards.

Curin graduated from Columbia College in Chicago, Ill., with a bachelor of arts in marketing communications and a minor in brand management. He continued his education at Eco-Escuela in San Andres, Guatemala, and completed MAP (Management Action Program).

Curin is an avid traveler and waterman and serves on several boards and committees including,OfficeZilla.com, American Heart Association, and Heart & Stroke Foundation of Canada. He resides in Vancouver, B.C. with his wife and three daughters.

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the VP of Retail Operations and Training - size 12
Hugh Henley

Hugh is a strong and driven leader with an exemplary history of maximizing sales and profitability. The foundation of his success is built upon coaching and developing strong results oriented retail teams, maintaining visually superior retail locations and delivery excellent customer service.

Hugh has held several roles and accelerated through the ranks of Foot Locker, Blockbuster Video, Skechers, and most recently as the Vice President Global Retail Ops/Global Director of Retail Ops/U.S. Director Retail for K-SWISS Global Brands.

In his role as VP of Ops & Training, Hugh will be responsible for driving sales, shop operations, and Flip Flop Shops University to realize the full potential of the FFS brand through in-shop sales and training efforts across the globe. He will deliver efficient retail operations that align with the brand direction, enable epic customer service and positively impact company-wide results.

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the Director of Retail Design and Marketing - size 12
Matt Burrows

After graduating from UC Santa Barbara in 2003, Matt worked at an Architecture firm designing and drafting residential and commercial projects. He quickly realized he could apply this experience to the fast paced fashion industry, which interested him greatly. In 2006 he began designing and project managing retail store build outs with American Apparel. Their rapid growth strategy gave him the opportunity to project manage new retail store build outs on almost every continent on the globe. He also designed custom fixtures and POP to help merchandise the growing assortment of product offerings.

In 2012, this experience led to a job in Retail Marketing with Palladium Boots. Working with the VP of Marketing and the rest of the incredible Palladium team, Matt helped take a small 30 million dollar brand and grow it to over a 100 million dollars offered in almost 100 countries. He worked with distributors and subsidiaries managing the design and implementation of over 200 new retail stores across the globe. He also built go to market strategies for retail, wholesale, and e-commerce. Matt eventually was tasked with managing all retail marketing efforts with every brand offered in the K-Swiss Global Brands portfolio. His marketing experience led to the appointment of Senior Marketing Manager for Palladium Boots North America. In this role he managed social media, advertising, PR, e-commerce, and all marketing budgets for North America.

Matt comes to FFS with over 10 years of Retail Marketing and Design experience and is excited to swap out his boots for a pair of flip flops. Growing up surfing on the beaches of San Diego, shoes just "weren't an option" during the summer. #freeyourtoes

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the Buyer- size 7
Darcy Greenhut

Darcy is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and comes to Flip Flop Shops with an extensive background in retail buying - specifically in the surf apparel and swimwear arena. Claiming to be a life-long 'flip flop girl,' she harbors a great love for all things beach and outdoor. The active lifestyle is one that suits her interests - she loves going to the gym and running along the boardwalk. She and her husband spend time kayaking and enjoy anything related to the water. The Free Your Toes® lifestyle is one Darcy embraces daily, living in sunny San Diego, California.

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the Franchise Support Manager – size 11
John Martarano

Before entering the world of Flip Flop Shops®, John worked in the fine dining industry doing every job possible from bussing tables to cooking food. He soon (if you call 8 years, soon) grew tired of waiting on and cleaning up after people so he decided to test out the retail industry. John quickly traded in his apron and dress shoes for shorts and flip flops after being hired at the Naples Flip Flop Shops®, where he helped prepare and open the shop and worked as a Sales Associate for just over a year. John is currently working as the Flip Flop Shops® Franchise Support Manager; given the task of training franchisees/shop owners on how to open and operate their new Flip Flop Shops®.

John was born in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and eats, breathes, and sleeps Chicago sports teams (GO CUBS!). He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2010 with a B.A.S in Marketing. John currently resides in Boston, MA where he enjoys playing the guitar, listening to classic blues/rock albums, and living the Free Your Toes® lifestyle on a daily basis.

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the eCommerce Merchandiser - size 7
Nina Farivarmoheb 

Before joining the Flip Flop Shops® team, Nina completed her degree in Apparel Merchandising. Right after completing her degree, Nina interned with us. Nina is an island girl at heart and she loved the role. She was such a great fit that she joined the team full time.

Away from the office Nina loves paddleboarding and photography. She is an art enthusiast. Her passions mix well with the Stress Free Life that Flip Flop Shop® espouses. We find Nina avidly working to curate the assortment, bringing the Hottest Brands, Latest Styles to life online.

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Al Mana Fashion Group
Gareth van den Berg – size 11
Andrew Fairall – size 11

Prior to joining Al Mana Fashion Group – Sports Division, Gareth has spent some time in Emerging Markets managing and developing brands, including Nike, Go Sports, Jennyfer, New Yorker and Celio, across the GCC with a focus on buying and planning for Multi and Mono branded Sports and Fashion Retail stores.

Thereafter Gareth has spent the last two years in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania launching and developing various Fashion brands, namely: Cortefiel, Springfield, Women Secret, Splash, Babyshop, Lifesyle, Shoe Mart, Max and Flormar, from the GCC, Turkey and Spain. Some being the first in Sub Saharan Africa. During his free time in Africa he would mostly be found either off the coast of one of the Zanzibar islands scuba diving, or out in the bush exploring nature.

Recently he has returned to the Middle East to manage Flip Flop Shops® expansion into the region.

On weekends he’ll be found out in the desert doing some Dune-bashing and searching for an isolated beach to Free his Toes.

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Barefoot Company Limited

Barefoot Company - Retail Division has teamed up with Footworks Footwear in South Africa for the expansion of Flip Flop Shops in the territory. Chris, Nick and Elena have vast experience in retail having worked previously with fashion brands Timberland and Puma with a strong focus on store openings and brand awareness.

When the opportunity arose to free people's toes in Africa, the trio couldn't but contain themselves and jumped at the opportunity. We are very excited to be working with Flip Flop Shops and Barefoot, says Chris who leads the running of the stores.The first Flip Flop Shop opened in the capital in July 2014 and with a second shop coming soon thereafter in November.

In their spare time Nick can be found on the golf course, or deep sea fishing. Chris is an active fisherman and enjoys hiking the trials of the African bush and camping out. Elena is a serial beach goer and lives with the wind in her toes.

Africa is flip flop territory explains Nick, with its hot summers and warm winters, Flip Flop Shops and Africa is a recipe for success and a perfect match. We cannot wait to open the doors of this fantastic global expanding concept. 

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the Caribbean Master Franchisee
George Samander — size 13
John Samander — size 12

George has been running the family business for 40 years located in Curacao. He started with one retail store and expanded it to several stores throughout the island, including a Converse concept store and The Athlete's Foot franchise. Moreover, the business specializes in casual and athletic footwear and gear.

After expanding the retail business, George started the wholesale business. The company is now the distributor for Wolverine brands throughout the Caribbean. Those brands include: Merrell, Hush Puppies, Sebago, Keds and Bates.

John recently finished his management/marketing degree at Webster University located in the Netherlands. Since returning to Curacao, John joined the family business and has been managing the retail business.

Now, together George and John joined the Flip Flop Shops team to expand the franchise throughout the Caribbean. They love the free your toes concept! It fits in naturally with the Caribbean culture.

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the Canada Master Franchisee - size 11
Doug Kingston

Prior to joining Flip Flop Shops as Canadian Master Franchisee Doug started his business career atShell Canada. At very young age he joined the family business and a long line of Shell dealers that included his grandfather and father. After amazing growth and numerous company awards for customer service Doug started looking for a new challenge. The consumer winemaking industry was taking off in Canada and Doug opened the first Wine Kitz franchise in greater Vancouver. A year later he acquired the master franchise for British Columbia. After developing the region with multiple stores he sold it back to the parent company and it was on to the corporate world. The next 10 years included executive positions at EB Games and Lids where Doug was involved in the explosive growth of these brands across Canada. 

In 2011 Flip Flop Shops provided the chance to "free his toes". It was too good an opportunity to pass up as Doug has lived the flip-flop lifestyle forever. From waterskiing and wakeboarding the crystal clear waters of the Okanagan lakes to traveling the world of sunny exotic destinations, it is in his blood. In fact, he was ahead of his time when he married his beautiful wife Debbie 20 years ago on the Caribbean island of St. Thomas wearing shorts and flip flops! His love of the water is only slightly ahead of his love of the frozen kind. When not breaking the glass calm waters in the summer Doug and his family can be found carving up Whistler in the winter.

"Flip Flop Shops has exploded throughout the United States, and I’m looking to bring this same energy to Canada," said Kingston, size 11. "This niche concept works. Plus, the demand for flip flops and sandals never dies, no matter what time of the year. I’m stoked to join the Flip Flop Shops family and look forward to growing the brand from coast to coast."

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the Advisor - size 11
Chris Zimmerman

Zimmerman is currently serving as the President/CEO Business Operations for the St. Louis Blues where he creates outstanding guest experiences for fans of the St. Louis Blues and arts/entertainment patrons attending the Scottrade Center and the historic Peabody Opera House.  Most recently, Zimmerman held the position of President of Easton Sports at Easton-Bell Sports, Inc.  Previously, Zimmerman had a successful tenure as President and CEO of the Vancouver Canucks and Canucks Sports & Entertainment, where he significantly grew the brand and business making it a leading NHL franchise.  Prior to his appointment in Vancouver, he was President & CEO of the Nike Bauer Hockey brand, where he utilized his passion and knowledge of the game to drive sales, marketing, research, design and development, and operations for one of the world's leading and most-recognized manufacturers and developers of hockey equipment and apparel. During his term, the business recorded significant growth and regained its number one position in the hockey equipment market. 

Prior to his term with Nike Bauer, he was General Manager of Nike Golf USA, where he helped lead the re-launch of Nike Golf and established the brand as a truly authentic player in the industry. During his tenure, Nike Golf recorded significant revenue and market share growth as it entered the highly competitive golf ball and gold club segment of the industry. 

Before joining the Nike Golf Team in 1998, Zimmerman spent 16 years in a variety of senior advertising positions. From 1995 to 1998, he was the USA Advertising Director for the Nike Brand and created work that helped grow the Nike Business from $3 billion (US) to $5 billion in sales. 

Prior to joining Nike, Zimmerman was a Senior Vice President at Saatchi and Saatchi Advertising in New York, where he directed the advertising development for brands such asTideWendy'sChampion SportswearFinesse ShampooKenner Toys, and LifeSavers Candy. He was a member of the account team for Wendy's during the development of the highly successful "Where's the Beef" campaign. 

Zimmerman devotes many hours to community initiatives and most recently served on the Board of Directors for Special Olympics New Hampshire, continuing a similar role he held in Oregon. He also holds board positions with Flip Flop Shops and Ritchie Brothers Auctioneers.

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the Advisor - size 8
Susan Bunda

Sue Bunda is a highly accomplished and respected news executive.  Most recently, Bunda served as the Executive VP, Development/Strategy for CNN Worldwide reporting directly to the President of CNN-Worldwide.  Bunda was responsible for program and content development, audience engagement, cross-platform content and “CNN Heroes” programming and yearly awards show.

Prior to this, Bunda served as senior vice president of news forCNN/U.S., where she oversaw the network's Atlanta-based programming and all editorial content from CNN's domestic bureaus, as well as the medical and science & technology units. She helped lead CNN's coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, the South Asia tsunami, Pope John Paul II's funeral, the 2004 presidential campaign and elections and the continuing war in Iraq. She also was instrumental in the creation of I-Reports, content submitted from viewers from their cell phones, cameras and other devices. 

Previously, Bunda was senior vice president of talk shows and guest bookings for CNN/U.S., an executive producer with the CNN Special Events Unit and executive producer of the legal analysis show Burden of Proof. She joined CNN in 1987 as a producer and writer. Earlier in her career, she was with WWMT in Kalamazoo, Mich., and WMAQ in Chicago. 

Bunda serves on several boards including Wine To WaterOfficeZilla, and Flip Flop Shops.

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