Payless ShoeSource Executive Committee
Stephen J. Gish
Executive Vice President
Retail Operations and Franchising
Steve Gish joined Payless ShoeSource in 1984 as a Market Research Analyst. He served in a series of positions with progressively increased responsibility in Real Estate and Finance, including Senior Planning Analyst, Supervisor of Real Estate Analysis, Manager of Real Estate Planning, Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, and Assistant Controller. Steve was promoted to Vice President of Financial Planning in 1995, and was named Vice President of Operations for Parade of Shoes when it was acquired in 1997. He was promoted to Division Senior Vice President of Parade in 2000, then named Division Senior Vice President of Administration in 2001.
He led Store Development as Division Senior Vice President from 2001 to 2005, when he was promoted to Senior Vice President of Retail Operations. He was promoted to Executive Vice President of Retail Operations and Franchising in January 2011. He has also served as Chairman of the Board and General Manager for Payless Latin America since 2008. Steve received a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the University of Kansas in 1978, and an MBA from Fresno State University in 1984.