Travis D. Smith

Former Chief Executive Officer at Jo-Ann Stores LLC

Travis D. Smith

Travis D. Smith

Former Chief Executive Officer at Jo-Ann Stores LLC


Travis D. Smith


Travis D. Smith, 44, was appointed to our board of directors in August 2012. Mr. Smith has been the Chief Executive Officer of Electronic Auction Services, Inc, a privately held software company, since April 2016. He also serves on their Board of Directors. Prior to his employment with Electronic Auction Services, Inc., he was the CEO and President of Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft stores from August 2011 until August 2014. Mr. Smith began his career with Jo-Ann in 2006 serving as the Executive Vice President, Merchandising and Marketing. In February 2009, Mr. Smith was named Chief Operating Officer and added the duties of President in February 2010, then Chief Executive Officer in August 2011. Prior to his employment with Jo-Ann, Mr. Smith held merchandising and marketing positions of increasing responsibility with Fred Meyer Stores, a division of the Kroger Company, ultimately serving as Senior Vice President, General Merchandise. Mr. Smith has also served on the Board of Directors of Pendleton Woolen Mills since February of 2016. Mr. Smith is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Marketing and Communications.

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* Member of the Audit Committee

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Jo-Ann Stores LLC

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Co-Founder at Zumiez, Inc.

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Chief Executive Officer at Zumiez, Inc.

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Chief Executive Officer & President at Pendleton Woolen Mills, Inc.

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Executive Vice President-Design & Merchandising at Pendleton Woolen Mills, Inc.

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Principal at Leonard Green & Partners LP

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Former President, Chief Executive Officer & Director at West Marine, Inc.

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Vice Chairman at Pendleton Woolen Mills, Inc.

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Former General Manager-Human Resources, Entertainment & Devices Division at Microsoft Corporation

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President & Chief Executive Officer at New Wave USA, Inc.

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Managing Director at Endeavour Capital

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Travis D. Smith
Former Chief Executive Officer at Jo-Ann Stores LLC
Bachelor's Degree in Business Marketing & Communication

The University of Notre Dame’s endowment provides nearly $100 million in financial aid annually to help students pay for college. Less than a generation ago, in 1990, the number was around $5 million. They’ve been able to keep pace with the rapidly growing financial needs of students, in part, by making smart investments in private equity.

Career History
Chief Executive Officer
2006 - 2014

Jo-Ann Stores LLC operates as a fabric and craft specialty retailer. It offers products for apparel, craft and home decor sewing and quilting, as well as a range of components, tools and kits for crafters of all ages. The company was founded in 1943 and is headquartered in Hudson, OH.

Senior Vice President-General Merchandise

Fred Meyer Stores, Inc. operates grocery stores. It provides bedding and apparel, groceries, footwear, beauty products, toys, electronics, jewelry and house wares. Fred Meyer Stores was founded by Fred G. Meyer in 1922 and is headquartered in Cincinnati, OH.

Boards & Committees
2016 - Current

Pendleton Woolen Mills, Inc. owns and operates woolen mills. Its products include apparel, blankets, pillows, luggage and furniture. The company was founded by Thomas Kay in 1863 and is headquartered in Portland, OR

Independent Director
2012 - Current

Zumiez We made our debut in the Seattle area in 1978, with a single store location at Northgate Mall. Now we have grown, and currently have over 400 retail stores that reach across the United States. We do what others have only dreamed of! We provide you with cutting edge clothing, footwear, accessories, DVDs, hard goods for skate and snow for active lifestyles. Everything we do revolves around the customer—you are the heart of our company. We love and support the skate and snow industries that our customers live and ride for. With the success of our retail Zumiez shops, we've opened our online store for the world to experience, ZUMIEZ.COM! We want our customers to seek us, either shopping from their recliner at home or roaming through their favorite Zumiez store location. So shop, download and explore the world of Zumiez!

Member, Board of Directors

Needle Holdings, Inc. is an American company, with subsidiaries in the United States. The firm operates as a holding company.

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Awards & Honors
Crain's New York Business Magazine - 40 Under 40
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