Indiana University Apparel Merchandising National Advisory Council
Founder and Chairman of Adrianna Papell Group
Harvey Berkman, Founder and Chairman of Adrianna Papell Group, founded Adrianna Papell, Inc. in 1979 as a silk dress and blouse company and has since grown that business to include Adrianna Papell, Aidan Mattox and Hailey Logan. Currently, Harvey is Chairman of Adrianna Papell Group, the largest producer of evening and occasion clothing for Department and Specialty Stores in the USA today. Adrianna Papell specializes in evening and occasion dresses for all sizes ranges and prices. Retailers carrying the brands range from Neiman Marcus and Saks 5th Avenue to all the other major departement stores in the US like Nordstrom, Dillard’s, Macy’s, and Lord and Taylor. The company has a very strong, growing business internationally with stores in the UK, Germany, Mexico, and Canada, and the first stores in Saudi Arabia (Aidan Mattox) and in Mexico (Adrianna Papell) have just opened.
Harvey attended Babson College and Hofstra University before starting his career in the garment center in 1960 with Loma Dress Company as a shipping clerk and then advanced to a salesman. In 1966 he joined Puritan Fashion Corporation and then advanced through the ranks to eventually become the President of the largest division of Puritan, Forever Young. In 1974 he became President of Diane Von Furstenberg when it was purchased by Puritan Fashions and he was the only operating member of the company on the Board of Directors.
Harvey has been a speaker in New York for the Apparel Merchandising Field Seminar and has traveled to Indiana University to be a featured speaker for the Retail Studies Organization. He has hired many Indiana University Apparel Merchandising graduates and has mentored them in the industry.
Founder, CEO and Chairman of Knights Apparel, Inc.
Mr. Bozich founded Knights Apparel in 2001, and by 2009 Knights Apparel became the largest supplier of college apparel in the United States. Knights Apparel also holds exclusive rights with the NBA and NHL.
Mr. Bozich is married with three children and resides in the Chicago area. He was named Ernst & Young’s 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year for the Illinois Region, and in 2010, the Huffington Post nominated Mr. Bozich as one of the top 100 Game Changers in the country.
Chip E. Edgington
Executive Vice President of OSP Group
Chip E. Edgington, Executive Vice President of OSP Group, has more than 25 years of operational experience working in leadership and/or executive level positions. He joined OSP Group, formerly Redcats USA, in 1999, and is currently the Executive Vice President of Operations. OSP Group is a dynamic, multi-channel, web-driven home-shopping leader, with numerous successful brands in its portfolio: Woman Within®, Jessica London®, Roaman's®, KingSize®, and BrylaneHome® sold on OneStopPlus.com®. Prior to OSP Group, Chip held senior level operations positions with Time Inc. and The Limited.
Chip’s responsibilities at OSP Group include the daily operation of 1.5 million square feet of highly automated fulfillment center space and two customer contact centers based in Indianapolis, Indiana, and El Paso, Texas, while directing all international and domestic logistics support His total team represents approximately 1,500 associates and Chip sits on the Executive Team for OSP Group where he has played a key operational role in the acquisition, integration and/or divestitures of a number of businesses over the past decade including supporting the recent sale of the OSP Group to private equity groups Charlesbank Capital Partners and Webster Capital.
Within the industry, Chip sits on the board of Conexus Indiana, an industry-driven advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative. He currently serves as Chair of the Conexus Logistics Council Executive Committee, was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership (CICP), and formerly sat on the National Boards for the Warehousing Education and Research Council and the American Catalog Mailer’s Association.
President & Creative Director of Goldsmith
Dan Evans, President & Creative Director of Goldsmith, leads the nation’s premier mannequin and visual merchandising company established in New York City in 1927.
In June 2005, Evans merged his former company, Joint Collections, Inc., with Goldsmith. Under the leadership & creative direction of Evans, Goldsmith opened its new award winning showroom in New York City, re-established New York City presence and more than doubled sales within the first 12 months. As President of Goldsmith he also serves as creative consultant; developing custom merchandising programs & product lines for such leading retailers as Macy’s, Nordstrom, Barneys NY, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus, Ralph Lauren and many international retail clients including H&M, Harvey Nichols, Holt Renfrew and Joyce Stores, just to name a few. In June 2013, Goldsmith merged with the NOA Visual Group, a leading international visual merchandising company. The new partnership creates the world’s largest visual company, with vast products lines and global manufacturing capabilities, with facilities in Colorado, Mexico, Spain, China, France and showrooms in New York City and Barcelona.
Prior to joining Goldsmith, Evans held senior executive positions with leading industry companies such as Joint Collective, Inc. in New York City, Seven Continents in Toronto Canada, Edron & Phase II Furniture in Miami, Met Merchandising in Chicago & NYC and Design Industries, Inc. Dan also has over 20 years of executive experience in retail store design, and fashion marketing. He was Sr. VP of Design, Store Planning/Construction and Visual Merchandising at Hartmarx Corporation. Evans began his early retail visual merchandising career with the Paul Harris Stores, Inc., and became Vice President of the company at the young age of 25.
As a registered licensed Interior Designer, Mr. Evans is a member of the International Interior Design Association, where he has served as the “International Retail Form Director” and is a professional member of Retail Design Institute, where he has served as past President for the Chicago Chapter. Dan served on the Board of Directors and was President for 10 years of the National Association of Display Industries, Inc., as well as on the Board of the Planning and Visual Education Partnership and the Retail Fashion Advisory Board of the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising. Dan also works with the Pratt fashion Design School where he created and sponsors its annual student “Fashion Design Competition”. His articles and creative work have appeared in numerous industry trade publications and he has also worked as a Retail Design Consultant. He has given many seminars and talks in his related fields throughout North America, Europe and Asia. In September of 2001 and 2002, Display & Design Ideas Magazine named Dan Evans as one of the industry’s most influential people.
Past President of Gap and Disney Stores, Independent Consultant
Trend and Material Development Manager
Sherry Holifield, Trend and Material Development Manager, for Vera Bradley graduated in 2000 from Indiana University with a major in Apparel Merchandising and minor in Business. Sherry started her retail career as a Sales Assistant for World Wide Apparel and worked there for two years before moving to Nashville, TN where she started designing denim pants and shorts for the “No Boundaries” line of Walmart for four years.
In 2005, Sherry moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana to work for Vera Bradley, a leading designer, producer, marketer and retailer of stylish and highly-functional accessories business. While there she has been involved in designing handbags and accessories. For two years Sherry left the Vera Bradley parent company to head up Design at founder Barbara Bradley Baekgaard's second company Baekgaard. While working for Baekgaard, she designed leather handbags/accessories and men’s travel pieces.
In 2010 Sherry came back to the parent company of Vera Bradley and she relocated to Dongguan China to help grow the China office, implement process as well as teach the China staff on the Vera Bradley culture and designer expectations. After two years in China, Sherry moved back to Indiana and took a position in the corporate office of Vera Bradley as the Trend and Material Development Manager. In this role she does research on upcoming trends for print, color and material. Most recently she has formed a new team at Vera Bradley, called the Material Development Team, where materials from concept through production are developed.
Senior Director of Product at Luxottica
Rennae King, Senior Director of Product at Luxottica, has been in the fashion industry for 15 years after graduating from Indiana University in 1998 with a major in Apparel Merchandising and a minor in Business.
Her career began as a planner and buyer at Bloomingdale’s in NYC. From there she joined Warnaco, Calvin Klein Swimwear, where she was Vice President of Merchandising and Sales and built the Calvin Klein division. She successfully spearheaded the launch of the men’s and women’s swimwear license world-wide. She then became the President of NY Apparel Group, leading a team of designers, product developers, and sales executives.
Rennae relocated from New York City to Mason Ohio and is currently a Senior Director of Product at Luxottica. Her team is responsible for over $600 million dollars annually for the LensCrafters division. Luxottica is a Milan based vertical company with factories in northern Italy. Brands include house brands such as RayBan, Oakley and Persol as well as many licensed brands like Chanel, Burberry, Versace and Tory Burch.
Rennae received her MBA from New York University and taught evening classes at FIT for several years. She is currently leading a studio at the University of Cincinnati with the DAAP program. In addition to enjoying time with her two children, Rennae is an avid runner and ran the 2011 New York Marathon.
Vice President of Hat design and Development for Essilor
Kurt Kress, Vice President of Hat design and Development for Essilor, graduated in 1987 from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Apparel Merchandising and an Associate degree in Costume Construction Technology.
After graduating from IU, Kurt started his retailing career at Espirit at the Chicago Apparel Mart. He became assistant to the regional sales manager and stayed there until he was offered a position at the French Connection to be Midwest and Off Price Sales Representative in New York.
In New York he got into the design business first at OMEGA Fashions as a belt designer and then began his design work in hats and became the Liz Claiborne hat designer. He continued designing hats at Liz Claiborne and became one of the country’s premiere hat designers.
Currently he is the Vice President of Hat Design and Development at Essilor, a French company who owns the US Division of Foster Grant. He launched 9 WEST hats in 2002 under license with Jones New York. Other brands launched were Jones New York hats, 9 & Company hats and L.E.I. hats. These brands never existed before in the hat market. He also does private label hats for Target and Kohl’s among other brands.
Vice President of Human Resources/College Relations at the Ross Stores Buying & Planning Offices
Alan Krisfalusi is the Vice President of Human Resources / College Relations, at the Ross Stores Buying & Planning Offices in New York City and Los Angeles. He has been with Ross since September 2008, where he started in the role as Senior Human Resource Director - Benefits & Association Relations, but was soon promoted to Vice President of Staffing. Alan started his Human Resources / Retail Career with Hecht’s Department Stores, a division of The May Department Stores Company. After twenty-five years, The May Company was purchased by Federated Department Stores (Macy’s) and Alan left the Washington DC market for New York City. He had numerous promotions in his career, ending his tenure with Hecht’s as the Vice President of Executive Recruiting and Placement. When he accepted the move with Macy’s, he became the VP - Benefits & Associate Relations at Macy’s Home Store. Alan was promoted to Macy’s Merchandising Group (MMG) as the VP - Human Resources after only ten months, but was then a casualty of the downsizing of Macy’s Inc. in early 2008. Alan currently resides in Manhattan, but his neighborhood is more accurately known as Hell’s Kitchen. He is married to Mark Joseph, the Administrator of the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and they proud parents of their canine daughter…a sixteen year-old Norwich/Chow mix.
William L. Lawrence (Bill)
Principal of Revitalization Partners, LLC
William L. Lawrence (Bill), Principal of Revitalization Partners, LLC has successfully guided companies through complex corporate turnarounds, corporate renewal and strategic advisory assignments. He brings his experience in strategy, marketing, operations and finance to projects that include leadership positions focusing on repositioning companies for growth and developing long term strategic plans. He also has a broad-based background working in a range of industries including consumer products, retail, manufacturing and technology. Bill has extensive experience working with large multi-dimensional family businesses in guiding them through strategic and operational improvements.
Serving in senior level positions as CEO, COO, CFO, Chief Restructuring Officer and Receiver, Bill has successfully restructured public and private corporations maximizing the interests of all stakeholders. His assignments have included: CEO of Pendleton Woolen Mills, Strategic Advisor to Pendleton Woolen Mills and President of Boxlight Corporation. His experience also includes the successful Chapter XI restructurings of Garden Botanika as its CEO and as the CFO of Paul Harris Stores and Jay Jacobs Stores.
Bill is on the advisory board for the Apparel Merchandising School of Indiana University and is an active member in the Turnaround Management Association. He also serves as a principal in Revitalization Capital Partners, a $50 million distressed opportunities fund. He is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a B.S. in Management and holds a degree in Accounting.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Finish Line
Glenn Lyon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Finish Line, has spent his entire 39-year professional career in the retail industry. Perennially listed among the top 30 in Footwear News’ Power 100 rankings, Glenn became CEO of Finish Line in 2008. In May 2010, he was also named Chairman of the Board.
Glenn joined Finish Line in 2001 as Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising Officer and was later appointed President and Chief Merchandise Officer of the company before rising to the CEO post.
Prior to Finish Line, Glenn was President and CEO of women’s apparel retailer Paul Harris Stores, Inc. From 1995 through 2000, he served as President and General Merchandising Manager of Modern Woman Stores, a division of the American Retail Group. Prior to Modern Woman, Glenn spent more than a decade as General Merchandise Manager for TJX and Ormond Stores, Inc.
He began his extensive career in retail in 1973 at Macy’s N.Y. in the executive training program. After a decade with Macy’s, Glenn was promoted to Vice President of Merchandising, launching him into the ranks of executive leadership in retail.
Glenn graduated from City College of New York with a bachelor’s degree in Business and Finance.
Retired Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, Target Canada and Senior Vice President of Merchandise Planning for Target
Rick Maguire, Retired Senior Vice President of Supply Chain, Target Canada and Senior Vice President of Merchandise Planning for Target, spent over 27 years at Target where he was an integral part of their growth and international expansion. He also held positions at Target as Vice President GMM of Home, Vice President of Home, Entertainment and Electronics and Vice President GMM of Merchandising. Prior to his extensive career at Target, he began his retailing career immediately following college graduation at Jewel Corporation where he was a district manager of stores and a merchandise manager.
In an article in “Retailing Today” announcing Rick’s retirement, Target Canada President, Tony Fisher, said “Rick has been a key leader in developing our merchandise planning organization and inventory management discipline. He has also been passionate and dedicated to mentoring and developing numerous leaders throughout Target. We thank Rick for his many contributions.”
Rick is a graduate of Indiana University Kelley School of Business where he serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council. He also has been a long time supporter of the Indiana University Apparel Merchandising Program where he serves on the National Advisory Council. In retirement Rick has moved back to Bloomington where he plans to golf, travel and continue his interest in the education and development of young professionals.
Director of Human Resources, Kohl’s Department Stores
Todd McClement, Director of Human Resources, Kohl’s Department Stores, graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration and an emphasis in Marketing. He began his career with Sears, Roebuck, and Company in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. During his career with Sears he held positions as a National Executive Trainee and Assistant Store Manager. During the last ten years he has held numerous positions with Kohl’s Department Stores in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. These positions include: Assistant Store Manager, College Internship Coordinator, University Relations Manager, Director of University Relations, and currently Director of Human Resources for Product Development & University Relations. Kohl’s Corporation is North America’s leading value-oriented, family-focused department store. The University Relations Team at Kohl’s is responsible for national recruitment of all internship and entry-level positions at our Stores, Distribution Centers, and Corporate Office. The Product Development HR team is responsible for all human capital interaction & associate relations for our Milwaukee, New York, & Santa Monica Design Offices.
Partner & Portfolio Manager at J. Goldman & Co., L. P.
Jeremy Perelman is a Partner and Portfolio Manager at J. Goldman & Co., L.P., a New York City based investment firm, where he focuses on the Retail Sector. He joined the firm in November 2001 as a 23-year old Junior Analyst, became a Portfolio Manager in 2004, and was named Partner in 2013. While Jeremy's research process involves in-depth company analysis and profit forecasting that is common across many industries, his approach toward the retail sector is unique as he is constantly visiting malls and major shopping centers across the country. With an objective of seeing a store through the lens of its core customer, this hands-on approach has proven successful at identifying numerous investment opportunities.
He began his professional career in 2000 as an Associate on the Broadline Retail Team at Bear Stearns & Co., where he helped his Senior Analyst achieve ranked status in the Institutional Investor poll. Prior to joining Bear Stearns full time, Jeremy spent three summers interning at the firm in various departments within the Equities Division.
Jeremy graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in International Political Economy, with a minor in Finance. He remains actively involved at Tulane as a member of the Dean's Advisory Council, and is a regular speaker at Admissions events held for accepted high school seniors from the New York area. Jeremy is also a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.
Jeremy lives in Scarsdale, NY with his wife Leslie Adelman Perelman, a Fort Wayne native and 2000 Indiana University graduate, and their three young sons. He is involved with Big Brothers/Big Sisters of New York, and in his spare time enjoys golf, running, and traveling.
Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager for Victoria’s Secret
Kristin Scott, Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager for Victoria’s Secret, leads total merchandising for all of the emerging concepts, Sport, Swim & Lounge for Victoria’s Secret, the most renowned lingerie retailer in the world. She started with the brand in 2007 and has led multiple categories during her tenure.
Prior to her position at Victoria’s Secret, she was Vice President and General Merchandise Manager for Gap Outlet where she was responsible for all merchandising divisions including men, women, non-apparel, kids and baby. Before leading this business, she was Vice President Merchandise and Merchandise Manager for Marshall Fields were she led the contemporary, young contemporary, coats, swim, and active divisions. Also in her time at Marshall Fields she oversaw the mens, kids and intimate planning divisions.
Kristin began her career at Target where she served in multiple roles including Director of Merchandise Planning over shoes, intimate, jewelry and accessories; Senior Buyer over wovens, denim, swim, sweaters and outerwear; and Buyer, Manager, Business Analyst. She is a graduate of Indiana University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics with a minor in Psychology.
Co-Founder and President of Carmel, Indiana-based Dimensions Furniture
Matt Striebel, Co-Founder and President of Carmel, Indiana-based Dimensions Furniture, founded Dimensions in 2001. The company is a design-focused furniture producer. Dimensions’ market niche is finding creative solutions tailored to the low quantity and high s.k.u. count needs of the nation’s Internet and catalog retailers.
Prior to starting Dimensions Furniture, Matt was a securities analyst specializing in small-to-medium sized manufacturing firms for the investment-banking firm, Raffensperger, Hughes, & Co.
Matt earned a B.S. in management from Purdue University, magna cum laude, and an MBA from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, where he was named the Terry R. Hershberger Entrepreneurial Scholar.
CEO, QVC U.S.
Claire Watts serves as chief executive officer of QVC
U.S. In this role since January 2011, Watts leads the largest and highest grossing region of the multimedia retailer’s global operations.
Watts has led the U.S. business to be a leader in creating a unique shopping and service experience. QVC offers an integrated experience across all of our platforms – TV, web, mobile, tablet, and social – and, continues to listen closely to the customer to provide products, stories, social shopping and service unlike any other retailer.
Under Watts’ leadership, QVC ranked the second largest mobile commerce retailer (Internet Retailer Mobile 400) and tied with Apple for second for retail satisfaction (Foresee’s Annual Mobile Retail Satisfaction Index) in 2012. Watts has spearheaded key efforts to optimize the company’s infrastructure, build key platforms to enable customer access, and extend content distribution through traditional and emerging avenues.
oversees teams responsible for merchandising, planning, sales, programming, marketing, public relations, creative production, affiliate sales, broadcasting, digital commerce, new media, consumer insights, and strategy. Watts also oversees QVC’s customer operations team, which includes the company’s three U.S.-based call centers and five distribution centers.
Watts has more than 30 years of broad retail and merchandising experience with industry leaders in the department store, specialty, catalog and mass segments. Prior to joining QVC in 2008 as president of U.S. Commerce, Watts spent 10 years with Wal-Mart in various executive positions, most recently serving as executive vice president of merchandising and product development. She began her career in the May Company’s Executive Training Program and then served in senior merchandising and product roles at Paul Harris, The Limited and Lands’ End.
In 2011 and 2012, Watts was named one of CableFax magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Cable.” While at Wal-Mart, Watts was awarded the highest honor given at the company – the Sam M. Walton Entrepreneur of the Year Award. This distinctive honor is awarded by the Walton family to an associate who most embodies the leadership and values of Sam Walton. Watts was also named one of Fortune magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women” in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Watts earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. She was a founding member of the University of Arkansas Center for Retail Excellence, which provides a bridge between academics and industry for the development of future leaders. Watts is currently a member of the Indiana University Apparel Merchandising Advisory Council.
Susan Stokes White
Co-owner and Founder of Turq, LLC.
Susan Stokes White, Co-owner and Founder of Turq, LLC., has extensive experience in the fashion apparel industry with specialized focus in Strategic Business Planning, Product Development and Merchandising, Research and Sourcing, Import Production and Team Training, Motivation and Management. She currently is co-owner and founder of Turq, LLC , a company specializing in men’s undergarments specifically designed to be worn under boardshorts. She also is a Manufacturer’s Representative for the Hong Kong and Guangdong, China-based Nameson Group where she works directly with U.S. importers and their merchandising/design teams to develop sweaters. For thirteen years Susan was Founder and President of Merlin Merchandising, an import sweater merchandising company specializing in design intensive private label project with offices in New York and Hong Kong. Early in her career she had experience at Kellwood Industries, Montgomery Ward and Paul Harris.
Susan is a graduate of Indiana University where she majored in Telecommunications. She has remained a supporter of Indiana University through involvement in the Apparel Merchandising Program and currently serves on the IU Apparel Merchandising National Advisory Council.
Director of College Relations for Macy's Inc.