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Expert in Apparel and Textile Industry from Sportswear to PPE (Personal Protective Equipment for Law Enforcement & Military)

Expert ID: 732378 California, USA

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Extensive hands-on experience in the textile industry. Expertise in product development and supply chain, from concept/design/merchandising through manufacturing to customer delivery in B2C, wholesale, retail, to e-com, in apparel, footwear, gear and accessories, in sports, active, board-sports, lifestyle, intimates, swimwear, fashion/luxury markets, to law enforcement and military. Outstanding organizational and team-building skills. Strong in global sourcing. Founded, developed and sold own apparel company. Fluent in five languages. Also serves as Executive Adviser to www.meundies.com (ongoing since 2012 launch).

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Los Angeles, California - San Diego, California - Long Beach, California - Irvine, California - Santa Ana, California - Anaheim, California - Riverside, California - Glendale, California - Huntington Beach, California - San Bernardino, California - Chula Vista, California - Ontario, California - New York, NY

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 1984 Degree: Independent Courses Subject: Merchandising, Design and Knit Concentration Institution: F.I.T. and Parsons (New York)
Year: 1979 Degree: Bachelor Subject: Art and Art History Institution: Academy of Fine Arts / University of Barcelona
Year: 1978 Degree: Bachelor (via correspondence) Subject: French Institution: Univ. of Nancy

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2015 to 2019 Employer: Safariland, LLC Title: V.P. of Product Design Department: Body Armor Responsibilities: Reporting to GM then CEO, performed deep-dive Scope / Diagnostic resulting in an Executive Summary of Recommendations for Safariland's Soft Body Armor and Holster businesses, across US, Europe and Mexico, focused on engineering capabilities from ideation to manufacturing and related go-to-market processes. Assessed team member's roles, responsibilities, challenges, pain points, product design and development processes, manufacturing hand-offs, calendars, technologies and supporting systems. Established new processes and groundwork for PLM implementation (Centric) while reducing complexity in Soft Armor. Instrumental in redesign on new ballistic panel shape and grade launched at SHOT 2016.
Responsible for Soft Body Armor DES (Design Engineering Systems team) R&D, including Design, Technical Design, Project Management, Materials Management, Pre-Production to Manufacturing. Phased-in select recommendations from Diagnostic including implementation of Centric PLM and Optitex suite of products (CAD/ 3D), massive process complexity reduction, state of the art manufacturing improvements, redesign if new soft armor panel shape, and molded female armor.
Years: 2008 to 2015 Employer: WWA Advisors LLC Title: Executive Consultant Department: (All) Responsibilities: Reporting to the CEO of this world-renowned consulting firm for the sewn products industry, focused on optimizing front-end business processes, performed PLM scopes and evaluations, operational and supply chain assessments and improvements, go-to-market plans, defining appropriate strategies, helping clients achieve tangible results.
Clients included Under Armour, Fast Retailing: Helmut Lang, Theory, SNC Tech, Kaltex Apparel, American Denimatrix, VESTEX, Vans/VF, Mountain Equipment Co-Op, Deckers Outdoor, Cotton Council International, Revman International, Big Strike Gores Group, La Jolla Group, Koramsa, Colorep, Amoena, Bluewater Defense, Charles River Apparel, Winds Enterprises/Winds Group, Grupo Merlet, Perry Ellis, C&C Laundry (LA), Operation Warm.

Years: 2007 to 2008 Employer: Burton Snowboards Title: V.P. Apparel Department: Apparel Responsibilities: Reporting to GM, responsible for supporting all apparel, gear, accessories and related products of the Burton family of global board sports brands; consolidated and redirected apparel-related activities from design & development, merchandising, product development, to global sourcing and production, while significantly improving performance, fit, quality, margins and on-time deliveries. Supported new acquisitions of board sports brands.
Years: 2003 to 2007 Employer: Gabani Inc. Title: Partner Department: Apparel Manufacturing Responsibilities: Developed direct business for a consortium of global apparel manufacturers; provided very competitive sourcing -- bypassing sourcing agents, importers and trading companies, providing R&D and design services when necessary. Contributions resulted in improved products, margins and quality, shorter lead times, and efficient direct buyer-to-supplier communications.
Years: 2000 to 2003 Employer: Kellwood Title: Executive Vice President of Operations Department: Ivy/AJ Brandon Division Responsibilities: Reporting to divisional President, responsible for restructuring this major sportswear division with direct responsibilities from design, development, sourcing, production, to traffic, logistics and customer service. Created and implemented a global supply chain strategy that redefined processes increasing efficiencies, reducing cost, while meeting a wide range of stringent customer demands, and corporate consolidation. Reduced overhead by 50% within 6 months, delivering goods 90% on-time by start ship dates, improving sell-throughs.
Years: 1999 to 2000 Employer: Ashworth, Inc. Title: Vice President Operations Department: Operations Responsibilities: Reporting to President, responsible for the development, sourcing and production of lifestyle, golf apparel, technical/performance collection and a wide range of related gear and accessories. Restructured the front-end development and manufacturing processes; implemented textile and garment testing protocols resulting in improved cost, quality, fit, and construction. Highly proactive in the development of high-performance technical fibers and finishes.
Years: 1993 to 1999 Employer: Reebok International Title: General Merchandise Manager Department: Merchandising / Reebok GOLF / Greg Norman Division Responsibilities: Reporting to Divisional President, instrumental in refocusing, redesigning and resourcing all lifestyle apparel and gear;. Responsible for the design, development and sourcing of all product categories. Developed proprietary performance-enhancing apparel in moisture management, thermo regulation, sun protection, waterproof/wind resistance, soil repellency, anti-microbial, no restriction 4-way stretch, wrinkle resistance, etc. all designed to maximize product, wearer performance and comfort. Increased channels of distribution to include major specialty stores, department stores, sporting goods chains, catalogs, green grass and off-course specialty retailers.
Years: 1991 to 1993 Employer: Aureus Ltd. Title: Vice President Department: Design & Merchandising Responsibilities: Reporting to President, redesigned product line for this $50M golf apparel company. Responsibilities included all stages from concept, through design and development, supervising design and merchandising teams, working closely with factories in Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Years: 1982 to 1991 Employer: All Title: President and Founder Department: (All) Responsibilities: Created unique product to fill a niche in the bridge/designer market with a brand-new approach to knitwear. Clients included Saks, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, Henri Bendel, Bloomingdale’s, Dillard's, and Nordstrom.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 2013 to Present Agency: United States Department of the Treasury Role: Apparel & Textile Industry Expert Description: Providing expert industry advice as needed

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1991 to Present Country / Region: Europe, CAFTA, NAFTA, PR, Haiti/DR, Asia Pacific, South America, Africa Summary: Global Sourcing, Product Management

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Served as an Expert in apparel/footwear global sourcing/manufacturing regarding a multi million dollar Transfer Pricing case for the US Department of Treasury. Plaintiff confidential.

Served as an Expert to support the legal team representing a major global beverage brand's fraud case involving promotional items and vendor relationships. Plaintiff confidential.

Language Skills

Language Proficiency
Spanish Native
French Native
Italian Fluent
Portuguese Working knowledge
German Basic
English Mother tongue

Fields of Expertise

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