Robert Schnebel, Foothills Leather Co (Gloversville, NY), has been elected head of the American leather industry association, the Leather Industries of America, a trade association founded in 1917. He was elected Chairman at LIA’s 88th annual meeting held at the Chatham Bars Inn in Chatham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Schnebel will serve a two-year term, which began on October 2, 2004, and will end at the close of LIA’s 2006 annual member’s meeting.

Robert Schnebel, who has been in the deerskin tanning business since 1976, founded Foothills Leather in 1994. The company provide customers from Brazil to Canada to Europe and all the way to the Pacific Rim with the finest quality of deerskin. In 1997, Foothills Leather was named a finalist in the United States Export-Import Bank’s Small Business Exporter of the Year competition – honoring them as one of the leading small business exporters in the US.