About Us

INTRODUCTION

Established in 1997, Justin Blair & Company has grown and evolved over the years to meet the changing needs of the foot and shoe care industry. Our management team, with over 40 years of experience in this industry, has led Justin Blair to become a leading manufacturer and distributor in both the foot health and shoe care markets. Currently we offer a full line of professional foot and shoe care products from top brands, offer quality brand shoe distribution, and manufacture materials for orthotic applications. Our wide range of products allows us to provide full service offerings to our customers serving the needs of the industry. We have experience and expertise serving both the small independent business owners as well as meeting the needs of our national retail partners.

WHY JUSTIN BLAIR & COMPANY

At Justin Blair & Co. our motto is “Doing business, made easy!” Everything we do is with that goal in mind. We pride ourselves on providing the highest level of service to our customers. In addition to supporting our customers through our highly trained, friendly customer service staff we also have a first class field based sales team that live and work in your local community to ensure that your needs are met in the most convenient and effective way. Because of our broad service offerings, we keep our Midwest based warehouse stocked with a wide variety of inventory, allowing us to meet the needs of our customers on short notice. We also have invested in technology and infrastructure that allows our customers to have easy access to ordering systems and account information, giving you more time to focus on other elements of your business.

Since early 2009 we have embarked on strengthening our business to better server you.  In 2009 the management team, upon acquiring it’s vendor, started Marcott Hosiery, the industry leading disposable foot sox manufacturer to stock the best disposable foot sox in the market.  This allows us to bring you the same quality  products as we deliver to national shoe departments.

In August 2014 Justin Blair & Company acquired the material conversion division of Aetrex Worldwide, Inc. to expand our product line to orthotic markets.

In early 2016 we entered into exclusive distribution agreements with both Apex Foot Health (an OHI Company) and INGSource, Inc. (offering the Orthosleeve product line) enabling us to better serve your shoe and foot care needs. Both companies are putting their support behind us by making us the go-to Midwest distributor in the DME and Independent Pharmacy channels for their products. Through these partnerships, you as our customer, benefit from a trusted, knowledgeable and capable source to order and deliver product when you need it. We are excited about the opportunities these partnerships bring!

We thank you for being our customer and hope you find this all new buyer’s guide a great tool for your business.

Sincerely,

Marvin Bearak
President
Justin Blair & Company


Our People

Marvin Bearak

Marvin Bearak is the founder of Justin Blair & Company.  His roots in the shoe care industry go all the way back to his father who entered the industry back in the 1950’s.  In 1988, Marvin became president of  the industry’s largest supplier CSL,  to the shoe findings industry.  Starting Justin Blair & Company in 1997, Marvin set out to create the leading supplier to shoe stores across the country.  Marvin is a graduate of Northern Illinois University.

Scott Weinstein

Scott has over 27 years in the shoe care industry.  Scott’s first position after graduating from the University of Wisconsin was working for CSL, the country’s largest master distributor of shoe care supplies.  After working for other distributors, Scott joined Justin Blair & Company in 1998.  Now, Chief Sales Officer of Justin Blair & Company, Scott has shaped the company’s product mix and growth over the years.

Justin Bearak

Joining the company in 2005, Justin brought his engineering and marketing expertise to enhance the operations of Justin Blair & Company.  Today, all marketing, operational infrastructure, day-to-day operations run through Justin’s office.  Justin graduated from University of Arizona and Northwestern’s Kellogg school of business.

Sharon Pelzel-Christafario

Another of the four original employees, for over 20 years, Sharon has managed Justin Blair’s customer service.  Sharon is one of the original employees when Justin Blair was started back in 1997.  She brings extensive customer service acumen and has been working in the shoe care industry for over 30 years.

Cliff Dietrich

One of the original four employees at Justin Blair, Cliff Dietrich has been our jack-of-all-trades with Justin Blair & Company.  Experience includes managing Justin Blair’s warehouse, inside sales representative and part of our core customer service team.

Janet Quezada

A Member of the Justin Blair customer service team.  Janet brings over 15 years of experience in both accounting and customer service.

Kathryn Carr

A Member of the Justin Blair customer service team.   Kathryn is our key customer service contact for our custom orthotic program.

Patrice Scott

Head of the accounts payable department at Justin Blair.

Paula Antczak

Head of the accounts receivable department at Justin Blair.  Paula has over 15 years of accounting experience which she brought to Justin Blair 6 years ago.  Her background includes working in one of Chicago’s premier accounting firms.

Gerri Johnson

A Member of the Justin Blair customer service team.  Gerri brings over 15 years of experience in both accounting and today works in our customer service department.

Salvador Santillan

As our purchasing manager, Salvador brings over 15 years of purchasing experience to Justin Blair.  Using industry best practices, Salvador’s works to improve Justin Blair’s operations to better serve you.

Andrew Linares

Our warehouse manager for four years, Andrew has improved the performance of our warehouse by leaps and bounds.  Andrew started out as an order picker 7 years ago, but has since proved that he can effectively run our warehouse operations.