Industry Advisory Board

Our connections become your connections.

A big part of being relevant in the industry is staying connected not only to the latest fashion and business trends, but also to the people who are making things happen. Engaging with leaders in the field allows our faculty to continually inform classroom learning and connect you to networking opportunities that make all the difference as you embark on your career. They say success is largely about the people you know. At CARS, we believe it’s about who knows you and how well we prepare you to succeed in their organizations.

The Consumer, Apparel and Retail Studies Industry Advisory Board is an important part of our engagement with industry leaders. The board is comprised of 15 members who occupy senior operating positions at a wide range of consumer, apparel and retail related companies. Companies represented by board members include VF Corporation, VF Jeanswear, Belk, Kayser-Roth, Renfro Corporation, National Spinning Co., Inc., and Cotton Incorporated. The primary function of the board is to advise the department on industry-related issues and trends for the purposes of maintaining program currency and to support the professional development of CARS students.

CARS Industry Advisory Board

Left to Right: Dick Arnold, Rod Hewitt, Grady Williamson, Shawn Cooper, Sebrina Hernandez, Nancy Hodges, Robin Davis, Manfred Young, Robert Woodard, and Kevin Toomey

Current board members include:

Grady Williamson, Partner at East West Solutions and President of the CARS Industry Advisory Board

Dick Arnold, VP Marketing, Fruit of the Loom Division, Renfro Corporation

Shawn Cooper, Product Manager, Young Men’s Red Camel, Chip & Pepper, Belk Inc.

Robin Mack Davis, founder and co-owner, Mack and Mack

John Deputado, President, Apparel Practice, NPD Group, Inc.

Sebrina Hernandez, VP Retail Marketing, VF Jeanswear

Rod Hewitt, Vice President, Corporation Supply Chain, VF Corporation

Tim Pickett, Executive Vice President, Operations, Renfro Corporation

Rick Schneider, Independent Fashion Industry Consultant at Textile International Enterprises

Mike Sholtis, Consultant, Vantage Marketplace

Kevin Toomey, President and CEO, Kayser-Roth Corporation

Jody Weintraub, Senior Vice President, Private Brand Planning, Macy’s

J. Berrye Worsham, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cotton Incorporated

Robert Woodard, Sales and Marketing Manager, National Spinning Co.

Manfred Young, Military Business Manager, Burlington Industries

Adam Tilley, Senior VP of Marketing, A.R.T. Furniture

Maria Teza, VP/GM Marketing for Intimates, HanesBrands, Inc.