Gordon Zacks

Gordon Zacks

Gordon Zacks is a Jewish businessman, author, and former presidential adviser.


In Business

His mother, Florence Melton, was an inventor and with Gordon's father started the R. G. Barry Corporation: the world's largest supplier of comfort footwear.[1] Gordon Zacks has served as Chairman of the Board of R. G. Barry since 1979.[2] He also served as President and Chief Executive Officer for 24 years until 2004, when he stepped down due to disappointing sales. [3]

In Politics

An expert on the Middle East and staunch advocate of Israel, he served as an adviser to George H. W. Bush in several capacities: from 1987-1988, he served as National Chairman of the Bush for President National Jewish Campaign Committee and Co-Chairman of the Bush for President National Finance Committee, he was Vice-Chairman of the Bush/Quayle National Finance Committee and Co-Chairman of the Middle East Policy Task Force, from 1991-92 he served as Chairman of the US and Foreign Commercial Service Advisory Committee, he served on the President's Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiation for thirteen years, and he serves on the George Bush Presidential Library Board of Trustees.[4] In more recent political history, he has supported several Republican campaigns: he donated money to George W. Bush's 2000 presidential campaign and John McCain's 2008 presidential bid.[5]


Defining Moments: Stories of Character, Courage, and Leadership , a collection of essays on leadership, was published in 2006 by Beaufort Books.


  1. ^ Hevesi, Dennis. "Florence Z. Melton, 95, Creator of Slippers, Dies." New York Times. 14 Feb 2007
  2. ^ Forbes Profile
  3. ^ "Barry chief retires, replaced by turnaround expert." 11 Mar 2004.
  4. ^ Franklin University Leadership Profile
  5. ^ Campaignmoney.com

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