Consumer >> CEO Interviews >> September 25, 2001

Michael Newsome – Hibbett Sporting Goods Inc (hibb)

MICHAEL NEWSOME is President and Chief Executive Officer of Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc. Mr. Newsome started in sporting goods in 1958 with Dixie Sporting Goods of Birmingham, Alabama, from 1958-1962. Two years later, he went to work with Hibbett Sporting Goods, which was in the process of opening its second store in Huntsville, Alabama, as its outside salesman in the same territory. Mr. Newsome was an outside salesman for Hibbett for two years and then the company opened its third store in Birmingham. He moved to Birmingham to be the store manager. The company began slowly opening retail stores during the late 1960s and 1970s. Mr. Newsome became the Area Manager for Birmingham and south Alabama in the mid 1970s. In 1980 he became the President of Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc. and the company continued to open additional stores in the 1980s. By 1980 it had 13 stores and at the end of this past year it had 282 stores. Mr. Newsome was on the NSGA Board of Directors for seven years and he was the Chairman last year. He is the Chairman of the NSGA Hall of Fame Committee. He is a member of the Birmingham Downtown Kiwanis Club, which is the largest Kiwanis Club in the world. Profile
TWST: Could we begin with a brief overview of Hibbett Sporting Goods and

how you see the company today?

Mr. Newsome: We operate in small markets such as; Hazard, Kentucky,

Waycross, Georgia,