Cover Story: All-Star Salute


Each year Apparel Magazine recognizes 10 stars in our industry -- companies and individuals that really stand out in meeting four core criteria, including: innovation; excellence in management; a track record of growth; and corporate goodwill that reflects positively on the industry. The 2006 Grand All-Star Award went to the winner that demonstrated the strongest performance against the criteria: The Marena Group.
The winners were honored at a ceremony on Nov. 8 in New York at the annual Apparel Tech Conference, which was held at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Tilly Grassa, [email protected].

Grand All-Star: The Marena Group, represented by co-founders William and Vera Watkins (center and right). Nominated by [TC]2, represented by corporate vice president Jud Early (left).

All-Star: The Hirdaramani Group, represented by director Aroon Hirdaramani (left). Nominated by TUKAtech, represented by founder and head coach Ram Sareen (right).

All-Star: Cutter & Buck, represented by Danelle Sullivan (left), sales representative for specialty retail. Nominated by Yunique Solutions, represented by vice president of sales and marketing Lenny Weiss (right).

All-Star: Lori Coulter (left), founder of Lori Coulter LLC. Nominated by OptiTex USA, represented by president Yoram Burg (right).

All-Star: Dr. Deborah Meyer-Brosdahl of Kansas State University (right). Nominated by ITAA, represented by vice president of operations Dr. Jana Hawley (left).

All-Star: Goodwill Industries of South Florida, represented by (left to right) production manager Thomas Cassell, vice president of manufacturing Diana Valencia and vice president of business development Sherri Hungate. Nominated by Gerber Technology, represented by regional director Bud Staples (right).

All-Star: Danskin, represented by CEO
Carol Hochman. Nominated by the SGMA.

All-Star: Spyder Active Sports, represented by public relations specialist Mariana Singer (center). Co-nominated by SPESA, represented by president Lonny Schwartz (left), and Lectra, represented by vice president of marketing Jerry Inman (right).

All-Star: Chardan Ltd., represented by CEO Charles Johnson (left). Nominated by SEAMS, represented by executive director Sarah Friedman (right).

All-Star: Trina Turk, founder of Trina Turk.
Nominated by the California Fashion Association.

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