Founder and Chairman Emeritus
Parker McCraryBoard Chairman and Director of Market Strategy for CSX Transportation
Parker has 25 years of experience in logistics and supply chain management. He is Director of Market Strategy for CSX Transportation. Parker has helped develop freight transportation services in the US, Europe, and Canada, often using technology solutions to drive operational productivity, customer satisfaction, and freight growth. Parker has an MBA in Finance from the Goizueta School of Business, Emory University, and a BA in Economics from Davidson College. Parker resides in Jacksonville, Florida and is active in the community.
Gary E. AdlerAdler Interior Design Associates, Inc.
Gary, originally from Atlanta, Georgia, has been a resident of Jacksonville for the past 25 years. He is principal owner of Adler Interior Design Associates Inc., Atlantic Florist LLC, Peterbrooke Chocolatier Atlanta, Mayfair Drapery Inc., Eagle Global, and Signature Homes and Development. Gary is a Jacksonville University graduate, and has served on a number of board appointments, including Jacksonville University, Catholic Charities, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and St. Vincent’s Hospital. Gary has been extremely active in his community since a young age. “I have been involved in upscale business relationships for years, and truly understand what Dignity U Wear does concerning giving the gift of dignity to those trying to improve upon their lives. Often times we are judged by the way we look, and Dignity U Wear takes that stressfulness off the table. Enabling people the ability to build self-confidence and focus on taking care of themselves and their families, while being able to consciously make that successful first impression. What remarkable work Henri Landwirth accomplished! I am proud to become a part of this life-changing non-profit organization Landwirth founded 16 years ago,” says Gary E. Adler.
Emilie AntonettiVice President, Social Purpose
Emilie Antonetti has been with Brooks Brothers and its parent company Retail Brand Alliance, Inc. for 18 years. During this time she has held leadership roles in the area of marketing/sales promotion, ecommerce and corporate giving. She is currently responsible for the companies’ Social Purpose agenda including philanthropic and cause marketing initiatives and is also credited with launching and leading the Brooks Brothers’ Golden Fleece Foundation. Prior to Brooks Brothers and Retail Brand Alliance Ms. Antonetti spent the majority of her career in specialty retail marketing and holds an MBA from Simmons College Graduate School of Management. She currently sits on the Board of Directors and Advisory Board of Dignity U Wear, the Advisory Board of Make-A-Wish Foundation International and on the Board of Directors for the National Retail Federation Foundation.
Carrie Hirst CEBS, CLUAllstate Benefits
Carrie, has extensive experience positioning organizations – including an insurance carrier, health care system and university – as service providers of choice. Hirst joined Allstate Benefits in 2011. She served in the Atlanta, Georgia regional office and then moved to the home office in Jacksonville, Florida to take on the role of national account implementation consultant. She now oversees enrollment and account management for Allstate’s largest, most complex clients with up to 250,000 employees. Hirst earned an MBA from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, with an emphasis on marketing and human resources, and a BA from Knox College, where she majored in political science and minored in creative writing. “I joined the Dignity U Wear board as I’m passionate about the mission. The fact we get the right clothes that actually fit to the right person resonates with me. People are not treated like a number and doing so restores dignity. We are an incredible value when it comes to the non-profit community, as they can do more with existing funding due to our assistance.”
Marsha JohnsonWells Fargo Home Mortgage
Marsha Johnson is the Regional Diverse Segment Manager for Wells Fargo Home Mortgage – Florida East. In this role, Marsha works with both internal leaders and external partners to ensure that we are meeting the home mortgage lending needs in all of our communities with a focus on low to moderate income and minority families. Marsha has over 30 years of mortgage and banking experience and has held several senior level positions at Wachovia/Wells Fargo. Prior to her current position, Marsha served as Senior Community Development Officer in North Carolina. Marsha also held the position of Senior Vice President/Mortgage Banking Executive for the Western States and Mortgage Banking Executive for North and South Carolina. Marsha is a graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta with a B.A. degree in Economics and Minor in Business. She is also a graduate of Leadership Winston Salem. Marsha recently relocated to Jacksonville Florida with her Husband, Carl Johnson. Wells Fargo is a diversified Financial service Company providing banking, insurance, investment, mortgage and consumer and commercial finance through more than 10,000 stores and 12,000 ATMs and the internet (wellsfargo.com) across Florida and Internationally.
Deborah is a marketing and communications professional with a successful 20-year track record providing strategic leadership that drives customer growth. Joining Web.com in 2016 after more than 15 years in financial services, Deborah drives the company’s customer marketing strategy, focusing on delivering online marketing solutions to small businesses nationwide. Before joining Web.com, Deborah lead marketing and product management in roles at EverBank and Merrill Lynch, following an accomplished career as a buyer and merchandise manager for department and specialty retailers. Beyond the workplace, Deborah is a member of the Dignity U Wear Board of Directors, a past president of Leadership Jacksonville’s Board of Directors, past president and sustaining member of the Junior League of Jacksonville, and member of the Jacksonville Women’s Network. A member of the Women’s Board of Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Deborah was the co-chairman of the 2014-2015 Florida Forum Speaker Series, and is a past chairman of the Art & Antiques Show, both signature fund-raising events supporting program and equipment needs of Wolfson Children’s Hospital. In 2015, Deborah was named Corporate Leader of the Year at the Women Business Owners of Northeast Florida’s annual Women In Business Awards.
Ed PerezRetired Executive from CSX Transportation (42 years)
Ed immigrated from Cuba at the age of 14 in the 1960s. He arrived in the U.S. unable to speak the language, without a penny or a place to call home. Through the grace of God, the guidance of others and a great deal of hard work, he was able to have a very successful 42 year career at CSX Corporation where he held over 20 leadership positions prior to his retirement last year. He has traveled on 8 international mission trips and has served on two dozen boards. He is the Past Chair for the First Coast Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Mayor’s Hispanic American Advisory Board, Clara White Mission, and the Mayo Clinic Community Research Advisory Board. Ed currently serves as a board member for Presbyterian Social Services, Hope Haven Children’s Clinic and Family Services, and the Jacksonville Urban League. He and his wife have created Three Grains of Rice Missions, a non-profit organization that follows their passion for the eradication of homelessness and poverty. Ed is a passionate speaker who freely shares his life story.
Maurice ReznikDelta Galil USA
Maurice joined Delta Galil USA in January of 2015 and holds the position of CEO of US & UK Intimate Apparel & Activewear. Prior to joining Delta, he was CEO and a Director of Maidenform, Inc. Mr. Reznik is an experienced apparel and consumer products executive with a track record of driving growth and deep expertise in brand management, strategic planning, product development, customer and supplier relationships, and worldwide sourcing. He is credited with establishing Maidenform as a leader in product innovation, especially in the specialized bra and shapewear categories, which are key segments that Delta Galil has targeted for growth. Prior to joining Maidenform, from 1994 to 1998, Mr. Reznik was President of Warner’s Intimate Apparel Group, North America, a division of Warnaco (now PVH). Earlier, he held leadership roles at VF Corporation and Sara Lee Corporation. Mr. Reznik serves on numerous boards of directors, including Movado and KapStone Paper and Packaging. Among his charitable activities, he is a Co-Founder of For the Love of Life Colon Cancer Foundation, which benefits colon cancer research at Sloan Kettering, is on the board of Queens College, and is on the parent leadership council of Shatterproof, dedicated to reducing the impact of addiction on families across America.
Malcolm RobinsonOne Jeanswear Group
Malcolm Robinson is a career apparel executive having successfully reimagined and and restored such fashion apparel brands as, Regatta Sport, IZOD , Van Heusen, Arrow, Gant, Timberland and Maidenform to improved relevance and profitability. Malcolm Robinson currently works at One Jeanswear Group building the William Rast men’s and women’s denim brand. Malcolm has been privileged to serve on the National Father’s Day Mothers Day Board of Directors, and is currently a Board of Directors member for Dignity U Wear, and has been for 15 years. He was in fact brought on the board by Founder, Henri Landwirth.
Jeanne WardCommunity Advocate
Jeanne brings together a variety of professional and personal experiences as a community volunteer and advocate. With a B.A. in Elementary Education and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Jeanne worked as an elementary school teacher and later as a school counselor. In this role she started groups for children of divorce. Her experience with the groups formed the basis for her book You’re It – Successful Single Mothering After Divorce. As an Adjunct Professor for the local community college, she authored and taught two courses; “Divorce: A New Challenge” and “Single Parenting – Becoming a New Kind of Family”. She also taught other courses related to work and family. Jeanne’s professional career also includes high-profile jobs in legislative affairs and lobbying for four local mayors, as well as work in the private sector as an economic development consultant. Jeanne’s work with the media includes serving as an editorial writer for a local television station. In addition, through her column, “Relatively Speaking”, she shared many articles about family life in the Florida Times-Union. She currently co-hosts a local political talk show, First Coast Views, and has participated in many speaking engagements about work and family issues. As a community volunteer, Jeanne founded the Ministry for Divorced Catholics in the local diocese and served as its director for five years. With friend and child development expert, Lenora Gregory, she founded the non-profit organization, Family Care Connections, which endeavors to influence corporate entities to implement family-friendly policies. For twenty years, this organization honored local businesses through the Week of the Working Parent. Jeanne’s current community activities include board membership of the Jacksonville International Airport Arts Commission, Hope Haven and Dignity-U-Wear. Jeanne Ward has been recognized for her contributions through numerous awards over the years, including the Florida Times Union “Eve Award”, the National Council of Jewish Women’s “Women of Power Award”, “Advocate of the Year” from the People with AIDS Coalition, and poster honoree for the Mayor’s Commission for the Status of Women, among others. Jeanne resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband Charlie.
Deborah WeinswigManaging Director Fung Global Retail & Technology
Currently, Deborah is the Managing Director of Fung Global Retail & Technology, where she sits at the intersection of retail and tech on a global basis, and facilitates the conversation and commerce between retailers and technology companies. Number one ranked retail and retail tech analyst for 10 years, double ranked for six years in two categories. Ranked #4 Retail Influencer by Vend for 2017. Also, she is the e-commerce expert for the International Council of Shopping Centers Research Task Force. In addition, she sits on the Advisory Boards of several accelerators, including Alchemist, ERA, and Plug & Play. She is also involved with early-stage investing through the Hong Kong Business Angels Network (HKBAN) and Golden Seeds. Moreover, she is an advisor to many early-stage companies, including Eventable, Fashwire, NanoPay, RetailNext, Rubin Singer, and Trivver.
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