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Paula Gruttadauria

Paula Gruttadauria

Director, retail marketing | Skechers USA | Class of 2001

As cozy concert venues go, it’s tough to top the Canopy Club, where Paula Gruttadauria (’01) was a regular during her days on campus.

“It was a really cool small venue that still maintained its history with red velvet curtains of old movie theaters,” says Skechers USA’s Los Angeles-based director of retail marketing.

“I lived on the Champaign side of campus so it was a bit of a trek over there, but well worth it.

“My favorite band to see was O.A.R. They weren’t huge then, so it was cool to see them before they became really big.

“My roommate was also really into live music and even dated the trombonist from The Urge. We had them over to our apartment to for a spaghetti dinner before one of their shows.

“Good times.”