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Marilyn Oshman is the chairman of Oshman's Sporting Goods and the company's largest shareholder. Born in 1939. When her founding father Jake Oshman died in 1965, Marilyn's husband, Alvin Lubetkin, took over. She spent time doing volunteer work (e.g., serving as president and chairman of Houston's Contemporary Arts Museum). As part of her fundraising efforts, she learned to deal with the business community. In 1978 Oshman and Lubetkin divorced. He stayed on at the company and serves as president and CEO. (Their two children also work for the company.)
In 1979 Oshman became a member of the board but only became actively involved in 1989. In 1993 she became chairman.
In 1996, the company had a total of 129 stores. Twenty-seven were SuperSports USA stores, which generated 65% of the company's sales. As of August 1997, Oshman's had 37 SuperSports USA stores and had closed or was closing all but 31 of its smaller stores. The big box stores, which average 70,000 square feet (6,500 m2), feature batting cages, golf simulators, putting greens, basketball half-courts, racquet sports areas, and inline skating areas.
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