A man who helped turn a local shoe store chain into a global business has died.
Mark Lemond of Newburgh retired as Shoe Carnival's top executive in 2012. The Evansville Courier and Press reports that Lemond died at his home. He was just 59.
Lemond was a Jasper native and a University of Evansville graduate. He joined Shoe Carnival in 1987, and became the company's president and chief executive officer in 1996, before retiring 16 years later. During those years, the shoe store chain grew to more than 300 locations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.