Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc., an operator. of interactive children's entertainment retail stores, since 1996; President and Chief. Merchandising Officer of Payless ShoeSource, Inc., from 1992 until 1996; Executive Vice. President for Venture Stores, Inc., from 1988 until 1992; Member of the Board of Trustees of. the University of Georgia and Washington University; Former Member of the Board of. Trustees of the International Council of Shopping Centers; Chair of Teach for America, St. Louis and National Board Member, Teach for America.