The TAM Department has an Advisory Board composed of high-level industry leaders representing many segments of the textile, apparel, and retailing field.
The TAM Advisory Board enhances the Department of Textile and Apparel Management in many ways, including:
- Serving as role models for students
- Providing examples of career opportunities
- Hiring of graduates
- Providing internships for students
- Providing scholarships
- Giving curriculum feedback
- Serving as classroom guest speakers
- Contributing to research opportunities and funding
- Donating other resources such as equipment
- Participating in programs such as the symposium held during the Board's annual meeting
Originally from St. Charles, MO Jennifer Bollinger began her career with GAP and since then she has had increasing responsibilities with Britches, Colours by Alexander Julian, Nautica, Hampton Industries, and then in 1996 joined Perry Ellis as Director of Retail Services. Currently she is Senior Vice president of Retail Services at Perry Ellis and has a custom jewelry line called Jennifer B Designs.
Laura is Vice President at COACH, a leading brand of high quality accessories including handbags and small leather goods. Laura is responsible for product development and commercialization of small leather goods and handbags. Prior to Coach, Laura had similar roles at organizations that included Liz Claiborne and Nine West. During her career she has worked in California, New York and traveled throughout Europe and Asia. Laura was recently named, VP - Country Manager for Coach in Vietnam where she is located today. Besides her degree from MU, Laura also trained at the University of Bradford in England and ARS Arpel School in Milan, Italy. Laura joined the TAM Advisory Board in 2010.
Scott started at Buckle part-time in 1990 while attending the University of Nebraska-Kearney. After graduation in 1991 he opened and managed a Buckle in Duluth, MN and in the spring of 1992 moved to Columbia to be store manager. While in Columbia Scott began working with other stores as an area manager and today as a District Leader he works with 30 stores in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Missouri. Scott also serves on the advisory board for Business Career Services at Trulaske College of Business at Mizzou. "It's been a really fun journey working for Buckle for over 20 years and to see a company from small town Nebraska become a billion dollar specialty retailer across the United States."
Sally was born and raised in Jefferson City, Missouri. After graduation she started in the EDP program with Dillard’s in Little Rock, AR in January 2001. For Dillards, she was an assistant buyer in Junior Separates before moving to Charlotte, NC where she became Area Sales Manager. Sally was promoted back to the buying office as an associate buyer in Men’s Denim, and shortly thereafter was promoted to Buyer- Women’s dresses. She held areas of increasing buying responsibilities including junior separates, junior dresses, accessories and women’s casual separates before moving to Payless Shoesource as the Women’s Sandal buyer in the summer of 2006. Since 2007, she has been Merchandise Manager of Women’s Sandals. Sally lives in Lawrence, KS but emphatically claims she is NOT a Jayhawk fan.
Arnie has been entrepreneurial all his life. Arnie came to Mizzou from suburban Chicago to study Journalism in 1983. He started Tie-Dye Central his senior year in college, selling dyed t-shirts at Grateful Dead concerts and wholesale around the country. In 1988, Arnie opened Cool Stuff and a make-your-own-jewelry bead store in 1992. He has traveled extensively throughout the world, particularly developing countries buying ethnic crafts, gifts, and jewelry. In 2005 he started Arnie Realty Group (ARG!) and currently partners with a Mizzou student to buy Hot Box Cookies, a cookie bakery and delivery service. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism. He and his wife Jonni live in Columbia but are now traveling worldwide and are currently living and working in Nicaragua.
Missy has worked in the apparel industry for 39 years, as a buyer and merchandise manager for May Department Stores, working in their Famous-Barr, Venture Stores and May Merchandising divisions. Currently, Fish is Director of Catalog for Scrubs and Beyond, responsible for merchandise selection, layout, copy and supervising photo shoots for 4, 76 page catalogs each year. She also founded and chairs two events: Celebrate Fitness and Celebrate Spot. These events have raised over $1,300,000 to benefit breast cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center. Missy also serves as a Jefferson Club Trustee and is an Adjunct Professor for TAM.
Heath is currently a consultant to the apparel industry. Previously he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Hampshire Group, Limited. Heath was appointed to the role in August 2009 and was responsible for the overall management and strategic direction of the Company. Shortly after he assumed the CEO help at Hampshire, he spearheaded the development and implementation of the Company’s restructuring and cost reduction program to improve efficiency and position the business for long-term growth. Heath holds a Doctorate of Jurisprudence. He serves as TAM’s Ambassador to the YMA
Hillary found her calling when she transferred to the Department of Textile and Apparel Management. She majored in Apparel Merchandising and Marketing and graduated in 2001. She worked as a personal live-in assistant throughout the summer after graduation then found a “real” job as a Product Developer at a watch company, MZ Berger. After one year she moved to Carole Hochman Sleepwear as a Production Assistant for Jockey. She then went to Victoria’s Secret and was there for 7 years. She worked on Knit Tops, Swimwear, VSX, and Glamour Lingerie. She also lived in Hong Kong for two years working out of the sourcing office. She also was on the Pre-Production team for Provocative Lingerie in the NYC Design office. Currently Hillary is the Production Manager for Bras at Aerie. Making the move from Missouri to NYC would have been much more difficult if it was not for the connections she made through the TAM Department.
Young has climbed the ladder with Cintas and Millennium Mat Co. His work takes him to international locations as he works to expand the business. Young is a WestPoint graduate where he played football and graduated with honors as an engineer. He was an honored executive engineer officer. He also holds an MBA in finance. Young joined Cintas in 1999 and Millennium Mat in 2002. He continues to travel internationally and has earned his Six Sigma Black Belt. He and his wife live in Atlanta and they have 2 children.
Fred is the owner of MyGlassSlipper the premiere retail source for wedding shoes. MyGlassSlipper carries couture bridal shoe lines of some of the fashion industry’s top designers such as Giuseppe Zanotti, Kate Spade, Stuart Weitzman, Badgley Mischka, Cole Haan, and many more! Hundreds of dyeable wedding shoes can be found online or in one of the New York area retail stores. Fred is an MU graduate.
Melissa is a 1983 graduate of MU with a degree is Textile Management/Journalism. She was ready to hit the ground running in retail. She joined the executive training program at Famous Barr (a division of the May Department Stores) immediately after graduation and was blessed with a fast paced series of positions (9 in all) in both buying and support functions. Melissa had the pleasure of leading the Cosmetics business at Famous Barr for 7 years until the May Co. was acquired by Macy’s and she transitioned over as the VP/DMM of Intimate Apparel of the Midwest division. During the consolidation of Macy’s she was thrilled to be chosen as a leader to pilot the "My Macy’s" initiative that eventually was rolled out Nationwide with great success. Melissa has also been DVP/DMM of Intimate Apparel/Sleepwear and Hosiery at JCPenney. Currently, she is VP of Intimate Apparel for Belk.
Allison is currently the Chair of the TAM Advisory Board. Leahy has been working in the field of Sourcing for over 10 years involved primarily in the apparel industry with some experience in hard goods. She has been working for Cintas Corporation, a uniform supplier, in Chicago for over 5 years. She manages the Sourcing Development & Implementation team for Cintas' Direct Sales division; her team sources products globally and supports major Fortune 1000 customers like Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, Sheraton, Marriott, Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks. She has a MBA from Northwestern University and a MS in Global Textiles from Philadelphia University/Reutlingen University in Germany, Allison and her family live in Chicago.
With 20 years of Apparel Industry experience, Jason has been Vice President of Caps Direct of Design Resources Inc since 2007. Jason is a 1988 graduate of the University of Kansas where he served as Student Body President and earned a BA in Political Science. Jason’s career has focused on niche apparel markets, having spent many years in the Collegiate Licensing industry, the Resort market, and the Corporate Promotional market. Blending interests in Sales with a passion for Product Development and Sourcing, he has been fortunate that his career has led him to travel to more than a dozen countries and to nearly every state in the US. Currently, he sets strategy and leads a team of merchandisers in Caps Direct who create thousands of unique hat and cap designs every year. He also leads DRI’s Dri-Duck Traders brand, a comprehensive rugged outdoor apparel line. Jason is married to Andrea and they have two children.
Angie is a 1996 graduate of Mizzou and the TAM department. Her first job was working with Kellwood as a Quality Assistant and eventually was promoted to Quality Manager. In 1998 Angie took a job with Oxford as a Quality Manager. During her 13 years at Oxford she has worked in Quality, Distribution Process Control and Process Analysis, Logistics, Golf Merchandising and Marketing, Customer Service and Operations and most recently in Imports/Exports, Customs Compliance and Accounting. Angie is a Certified US Import Professional and a Certified International Trade Documentation Specialist. "By being involved in student organizations when I was in school, I learned how to be a leader which gave me skills on how to be a good manager." Angie lives in Vidalia, GA with her husband Brian and their 2 children, Tate (6) and Dottie (4). She enjoys playing golf, traveling and going to the beach. Her words of wisdom to students: "Keep an open mind, always be willing to learn and do new things and be ready for change. Change is the only constant!" On top of her busy schedule, Angie teaches BootCamp three days a week at 6:00 a.m. "The high energy workout has been a great way to get in shape as well as help others meet their health goals."
Peter is President of Issues & Answers Network, Inc., a market research firm he founded in 1988, headquartered in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Issues & Answers has over 600 employees in the US conducting telephone, web, in person, and qualitative research. Prior to Issues & Answers, Mr. McGuinness has over 15 years of experience with two leading market research agencies as well as 15 years with a leading manufacturer. At Burlington Industries, Mr. McGuinness was Director of Corporate Marketing, which included 24 consumer and industrial businesses. He was Chief Economist, Director of Advertising and Director of Public Relations. He successfully co-developed a market research firm, which became a profit center for Burlington Industries. He served on the Conference Board’s Market Research Council and served as Marketing Director for the Crafted With Pride in U.S.A. Council. In 2003, he developed Risk Reduction ResearchÒ, a new venture to forecast apparel successes prior to market.
Jennifer combined her talent and creativity with the passion and persistence required to grow a fast-paced business in the apparel industry. Operating from her New York studio, she has customers all over the world including Jessica Simpson, Julia Roberts, Winona Ryder, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, Hilary Duff, Angelina Jolie, and Deborah Messing. Her work is also exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. After completing her degree in TAM, she also studied at the London College of Fashion and worked with European milliners. Returning to the US, Jennifer continued to gain production experience and further developed her individual design vision working with several important American milliners. Her unique style and construction has resulted in award winning designs and US patents. Independent since 1996, Jennifer Ouellette delivers some of the world’s best millinery!
Lance has had the privilege of working for JCPenney for 20 years. He currently is Store Manager for the Dardeen Prairie, Missouri store. He started with JCPenney as temporary Christmas help in the Shoe Department. After the Christmas season, he was moved to a permanent part-time position and later became the Department Supervisor. This work experience allowed him to fund ninety percent of his college education. He graduated from Truman State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Interpersonal Communications. He has held positions with increasing responsibilities as a Sales Manager Trainee, Sales Manager, and Assistant Store Manager. He is married to his beautiful better half, Lisa and they have three wonderful children: Lauren, Eric, and Elizabeth.
Laura is originally from Jefferson City, Missouri and a 2000 graduate of the University of Missouri. Laura is a fashion stylist and is is co-owner of Salehi+Schuffman Associates. After graduating, Laura spent some time in New York and then decided to change coasts and moved to Los Angeles where she spent almost 2 years working at Creative Artists Agency. She began working for top stylists Deb Waknin, Vanessa Moore and Seneca Moss. She serves as the Contributing Style Editor for Los Angeles Weddings Magazine, Orange Coast Weddings Magazine, and is the ABC Family Stylista with her partner Saba Salehi. She has been a featured stylist in Japan Vogue and her work has been featured on countless commercials, advertising campaigns, magazine covers and editorial pages in publications such as GQ, In Style, Parade and Maxim. Laura has also worked with a number of celebrities including Eminem, Mischa Barton, Brandon Boyd, Carolyn Murphy, Samantha Morton and Raven Symone. Laura is known for a style that is high fashion with a commercial appeal with a broad and well-balanced appeal to every type of client.
Beth is the Vice President of Product Safety and Compliance. Included in her responsibilities are Regulatory Safety Standards, Product Testing, and Product Recalls for general merchandise in all US business formats. After graduating with a B.S. in business administration from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 1986, Beth began her career as an Assistant Manager at Walmart locations in Kansas and Nebraska. In 1988 she moved to Bentonville, AR and developed her career with the company in various Merchandising roles. She has held the position of buyer in Candy, Infant/Toddler Hardgoods, and Housewares; and has been a Vice President, Divisional Merchandise Manager in Appliances, Candy/Snacks/Tobacco, Toys, and Infants. From 1999 to 2002, Beth lived in Düsseldorf, Germany while she was the General Merchandise Manager of Hardlines/Consumables for Wal-Mart Germany. Promoted to GMM in the Wal-Mart US business in 2006, she supported the creation and development of a new department – Apparel Sourcing & Technical Services, prior to being named General Merchandise Manager of the Home Division in February of 2007. She was named Vice President of Product Safety and Compliance in 2008.
Robin is graduate of the University of Denver. She has been involved in the catalog industry since the late 70’s. Her career direction shifted briefly in the 80’s as she pursued her talent for Interior Design, both for her own firm and then for Bloomingdale’s. She is an award winning designer whose ability to interpret the taste and execute the dreams of her clients has served her well in her ability to tap into the needs of the customers she serves today. A native of Oyster Bay, New York, she came to St. Louis by way of Idaho where she served as Vice President, Director of Merchandising for Coldwater Creek. In the 5 years she was there, Coldwater Creek became a public company as well as entering the apparel business and beginning its journey into retail. In 1999 Robin founded Soft Surroundings and holds the position of President/CMO. Headquartered in St. Louis, Soft Surroundings is a leader in multi-channel retailing of stylish yet in-house designed women’s clothing, luxury bedding & home furnishings and state of the art cosmetics and beauty. Having experienced record growth in its catalog channel, Soft Surroundings opened their first retail location in St. Louis, Missouri at the Boulevard in November of 2005. Currently Soft Surroundings has stores in Dallas, South Barrington, Illinois, Denver and Windsor, Connecticut. Kansas City and 4-5 more doors will open this year. Plans are to roll out nationally over the next few years.
Scott originally joined VF Corporation as a college intern in the Employee Benefits department in 1985. After graduating, he joined VF as a Benefits Analyst at their former corporate offices in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. Scott has served in a variety of positions including roles at Wrangler and Marithé & Francis Girbaud in Greensboro, North Carolina. Prior to his current role, Scott served as Director, Human Resources for VF Corporation’s World Headquarters in Greensboro. Since 2001, he has held the position of Vice President, Human Resources for the VF Imagewear coalition based in Nashville, Tennessee. He is responsible for all HR activities for this $1 billion, 6000 employee division of VF, with employees in North America, Central America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. Scott is also a member of both the Corporations’ HR Council and Sustainability Council. Scott holds a B.S. degree in Psychology/Business from Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. He also holds the Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) designation from HRCI. He currently resides in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife of 22 years, 3 children.
Ben has years of experience in the apparel manufacturing industry. He is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology and Arizona State University. In 1975 he joined Gerber Baby Products, where he helped to develop the "Onesie". He then moved to Gerber Technology as a regional sales manager. As technology has advanced in the apparel industry, Ben has been active in the technology of the industry. He recently accepted a position as Sr Director of Business Development for an ERP company called Simparel. The company is based in New York City. Ben lives in Dallas and has 3 children and 2 grandchildren. He also is a spin instructor as a hobby on weekends.
Nancy earned her B.S. in clothing and textiles at the University of Missouri in 1985. She has had a variety of design positions with increasing responsibility. She has worked for such companies as Eileen West, Rare Editions, Kawalla, E.S. Sutton, Simplicity Pattern Co., Little Me, and currently as the Creative Director for Juicy Couture Baby where she claims it to be the, "coolest job she has ever had!" Nancy’s entrepreneurial spirit once had her starting her own company as a freelance artist. She is a 3-time New York Marathon runner. She and her husband Charles enjoy traveling the world.
Nicole moved to New York City and began her career working for Ralph Lauren, where she discovered her passion for the creative side of the fashion industry. She started in the Design and Product Development Department designing accessories for the brand and from there, moved into a role in Visual Merchandising. After 5 years with Ralph Lauren, she decided to take on a new challenge as the National Retail Coordinator with Dolce & Gabbana, training staff all over the US and Canada on product knowledge and visual merchandising techniques. From here, she moved on to her next role working closely with Brazilian couture designer, Carlos Miele, as his International Brand Manager. She traveled to Paris and Brazil to oversee design concepts, brand launches, and international showrooms. She then worked as the Director of Visual Merchandising and Creative for Diesel. She oversaw the creative vision for corporate events, 9 company showrooms, and the retail/wholesale channels, as well as managing a team of Visual Merchandisers located throughout the US. Next, she went to work on the Visual Merchandising team at Michael Kors, helping to open over 65 stores domestically and abroad. In her current role, she is utilizing all of her brand experience and knowledge as the Creative Account Manager for retail consulting firm, Winston Retail Solutions.
Juan is President of TexOps in San Salvador, El Salvador. TexOps began in 2009 as a leading manufacturer of active wear, producing for Dick's Sporting Goods and Academy Sports + Outdoors, BlackHawk, 5.11 Tactical, Lacoste, Titleist, Castelli, among others. The factory employs 800 people and the business outlook indicates the company is set for absorbing steady growth. Juan leads his company through social and environmentally responsible initiatives including an on-site day care center, clinic and pharmacy; yoga classes;
English classes; organic vegetable-tilapia-chicken farm; all for the benefit of the employees. Community outreach programs include vocational training for battered single mothers called the "Garrobo Project", financial support of the local orphanage "Angels of Hope", and sponsorships of Olympic and Pan American Games athletes representing El Salvador. Born in Venezuela and raised in Miami, Florida, Juan holds a degree in Business Administration from University of Florida.
TAM Advisory Board Council Members
The members below served as long-term members who support TAM, the students, and initiatives of the program. We thank them for their support.
- Kelly Miller Clark
- Arnie Fagan
- Larry Graveel
- James C. Jacobsen
- Mark Killingsworth
- Alex Levinson
- Bruce Levinson
- Rick Walters
- David Reid