The most successful running brands have the most effective networks. Newton has worked hard to establish themselves in the specialty running market, and their success has come from the network of people with the passion and drive to sell their idea and their quality product. Kirk Nichols appointment to the job of heading up sales will be interesting to follow, and best of luck to his success.
The people that spend careers in the running footwear industry rely on the effectiveness of personal networks and the relationships they have established, in large part by their running. The shoes that are sold in running specialty don't last long if they don't perform for runners. Inov8 has been consistent in their design and performance, and the addition of an industry veteran bodes well for their success.
There are many causes that deserve attention, and finding a cure for cancer's ravages has to be very near the top. The October focus on breast cancer awareness is supported by many different companies. ASICS has pledged their support to Right Action For Women, a charity founded by actress Christina Applegate, a breast cancer survivor. A collection of ASICS products have been created to raise awareness and financial support, including one of ASICS' most versatile training shoes, the Gel-1000.