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New President for The Barefoot Alliance as Founder Resigns


Barefoot Alliance President Matthew MedinaMatthew Medina has been named President of The Barefoot Alliance, effective immediately, following the resignation of the organization’s founder and former President, Michael Buttgen. 

Matthew was previously a member of the organization’s advisory committee and Vice President of the Barefoot Alliance since 2014, before accepting the promotion to President. He is committed to continuing the mission of the organization to advocate for those who prefer to live barefoot. 

Mr. Medina had this to say about the transition: “I accept the responsibilities as President of the Barefoot Alliance and will do my utmost to live up to the example of advocacy and leadership shown by Michael during his tenure as President. I believe strongly in the Barefoot Alliance, and its mission to promote barefoot living as a viable and natural alternative for all people around the world. In the coming days and weeks I will begin to outline my plan for the future of the Barefoot Alliance, and where I see the organization going as we lead the way towards greater acceptance of the barefoot lifestyle.” 

In sharing his thoughts on resigning the presidency, Michael said, “I’m proud of this organization and the advocacy we were able to start when I founded the Barefoot Alliance just over five years ago. I want to thank everyone who played a part in starting the organization and advising me since its inception. With your invaluable help we’ve put together some great ideas and special programs in that time, however the moment has come for me to pass the baton of leadership to someone else. My life now is moving in other directions, and I need to devote my time and energy to other things. It would only do a disservice to the barefoot community to continue leading the Barefoot Alliance without my whole heart being into it.” 

He offered some insight into the decision to promote Mr. Medina to President. “Matthew and I are remarkably similar in our views about barefoot living and how best to grow the community and advocate for the lifestyle. I have no doubt that he will do a great job in taking The Barefoot Alliance to the next level of legitimacy and effectiveness.” 

Mr. Buttgen will continue to live a barefoot lifestyle and be an advisor to Mr. Medina and the Barefoot Alliance for the foreseeable future.

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Glad to hear this Matthew and good to see you here. Keep posting on Barefoot and Paleo as well always enjoy your Blogs/Articles.

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July 6, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMiles J

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