SUPPLIER/VENDOR OF THE YEAR HONOREE
TAMMY CHATKIN-NEWMAN, 24 SEVEN INC.
Tammy Chatkin-Newman has been a Human Resource professional since graduating from college. She rose to become the Director of Human Resources for Autoland, and then became the head of recruiting for the Guess Corporation for eight years. She opened the west coast office of 24 Seven, Inc. in the early 1990s, and continues to be the most knowledgeable service provider in the area of fashion industry HR. Under her stewardship, 24 Seven provides stalwart support of the Fashion Industry Human Resource Association (FIHRA) and the California Fashion Foundation Scholarship Awards Program.
24 Seven is the leading specialized talent recruitment firm for global brands and emerging companies across the US and internationally. From design concept through product marketing, 24 Seven has the talent network to support brands at every stage of the consumer experience. Under Chatkin-Newman’s stewardship, 24 Seven has become the go-to talent source supporting the world’s top teams in Fashion, Retail, Marketing, Interactive and Creative. Chatkin-Newman’s team of strategic recruiting professionals are proven industry experts and have either personally worked in or recruited exclusively for the industry practice they serve. Chatkin-Newman and her team’s hands-on experience makes them particularly in-tune to your distinct needs. They’re experts at perfectly matching candidates to unique client scenarios in: Fashion, Retail, Advertising, Marketing, Design, Interactive/Digital, Media, Beauty, CPG and Entertainment. Chatkin and 24 Seven have pioneered the “creative freelancer” concept within the fashion industry.
A visiting lecturer at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) since 1994, she has also been appointed as an instructor for FIDM’s career life planning course. Additionally, she is a founding member of the Fashion Industry Human Resource Board. In 2003, Chatkin- Newman was appointed to the Fashion Group International Los Angeles Board where she shared a co- chair for community outreach. Most recently she has taken on that chair herself.
FINALIST: BILL TENEBLATT, Antex Knitting Mills
Antex Knitting Mills is a vertical knitting, dyeing, printing, and finishing company established in Los Angeles in 1973. The company produces approximately 1.5 million yards of fabric per week. Its traditional business is to provide fashionable knitted fabrics to the junior, contemporary, and children’s markets. The Antex Premier Performance division provides technical fabrics to the outdoor and active wear markets.
A family operation, the company is owned by Bill and Anna Teneblatt, who pride themselves on Antex’s flexibility in servicing its customers’ needs in providing competitively priced, high quality fabrics and quick deliveries. It is the company’s goal to service the needs of the apparel industry by offering fabrics that appeal to the fashion, lifestyle, and performance driven customer. Antex is a huge operation with 380 knitting machines and 550 employees. Operating 24 hours a day, Antex also owns and operates a dye house located across the street from the main facility. The two facilities take up about 500,000 square feet spread across four square blocks.
FINALIST: JARROD PURDON, UPS
The UPS Corporation, in its entirety, and the apparel/textile sector executives in particular, have played a significant part in making every business entity aware of their efforts to help the environment. As a transportation company, they were among the first to operate and market their ‘green’ trucks, and they have made sure that their clients know about their efforts, thereby educating many manufacturers and retailers by doing their part in this movement.
Jarrod Pudon is an Integrated Marketing Strategist for UPS and is largely seen in the industry as an innovative, emerging leader in integrated marketing with more than a decade of experience driving business results for clients. He is highly effective at managing both cross-functional and multi-business unit project teams and has expertise in using segmentation and analytics to design marketing programs and tactics. He’s also a strategist who combines market, customer, competitor, and company situational analysis to align strategic direction.