Karie Conner

Vice-Chair

Vice President and General Manager, North America Kids, Nike

Portland, OR

Karie Conner is Vice President and General Manager of the North America Kids division of Nike, based in Portland, OR. She’s a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she received her B.S. in Business Management and played for the Women’s Basketball Team.

After graduation, Karie launched her career in sales in Pittsburgh, PA, where she was a Territory Sales Manager for Philip Morris U.S.A. She later moved to Cincinnati to work for Johnson and Johnson as a Pharmaceutical Sales Representative where her team received Regional Sales Team of the year for growing their territory by 35% in a highly competitive marketplace. Karie then moved to New York City to join Nike Inc. and held various roles in sales starting as a Regional Account Executive managing $9M in annual revenue and worked her way to a Strategic Account Executive on the Footlocker business which won National Sales Team of the year and managed over $1B in revenue.

In 2013, Karie moved to Nike World Headquarters to assume the role of Category Sales Director and worked on Nike Basketball and Nike Sportswear across multiple distribution channels over the course of three years. Karie then returned to New York as the Strategic/Regional Sales Director for the Jordan Brand where she grew the business by 20% in three years. Three years later, Karie was promoted to Senior Director of Marketplace at Nike’s World Headquarters where she joined the Global Nike Sportwear Team focused on Athletic Specialty and played a pivotal role in returning that business to profitable growth. Karie has been recognized in Sole Collector by a trusted retailer for having made a significant impact on the sneaker industry for creating distribution and sales strategies in some of the most influential markets in the U.S. and across the globe.

In Karie’s free time, she loves to travel with her husband, SirAllen, and two children Layla and Champ. She also prides herself on mentoring those who aspire to achieve their career goals.

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