Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh was among 35 entrepreneurs and innovators under the age of 40 who converged on the White House last week to discuss the economy with admisistration officials. The group met with representatives from the National Economic Council and the offices of public liaison and intergovernmental affairs as well as the White House director of new media.
The White House visit is part of The Summit Series, a community of influential young people in business. The concept of the series to provide opportunities for members to develop business, personal and philanthropic growth through shared experience and dialogue.
Another retailer, Staples, will be among the sponsors of the next Summit Series retreat scheduled for early April in Aspen, Colo.
The National Retail Federation, of course, does an admirable job of representing the interests of retailers in Washington, nevertheless it is nice to see the Zappos CEO among the group that gathered there last week. If retailers aren’t speaking up, then they aren’t being heard.