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Jeannamarie Cox, Principal

I have been in the Midwest: Yellow Springs, Ohio area for 30 years where I raised my two daughters; by far my greatest achievement.  In 2022, my role at home expands to Grandmother!

 

Professionally, with a degree from Ohio University in Fashion, I have built an award-winning career in the US fashion/apparel industry. I have had the opportunity to travel extensively for the apparel industry with leadership positions in a variety of responsibilities in Design, Manufacturing, Sourcing, and the supporting technology.

 

As an encore career, in 2016, I joined the Yellow Springs Community Foundation (YSCF) to implement their strategic plan which has proved an exciting local opportunity for both the YSCF and me.  I am committed to giving back to the community and make time to serve in positions of local nonprofits in addition to the YSCF; The Yellow Springs Development Corporation and previously with John Bryan Community Pottery, the Little Art Theatre, and The Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce.

Whether in the private, public or nonprofit sector, I am vested, curious, solve problems, take responsibility, improve performance and raise the quality of those lives I touch.

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Passion

2016 began a new chapter for the Yellow Spring Community Foundation and for me. After some thirty years in the apparel industry, I broaden my course becoming Executive Director charged with implementation of the Foundation’s strategic plan. I have lived in Miami Township for 30 years, commuting for work to points far and wide where apparel is designed, made, and shipped. It is an exciting career, yet, when I was home and engaging with local nonprofits, I also felt rewarded.

 

The first few months learning the new language of “foundations” quickly turned into 5 years.  We have a good team (Board, Staff and Volunteers) and provide support to our local nonprofits while supporting our donor’s philanthropic plans.  

The board and staff worked hard in 2016 to provide the roadmap for us by adopting the strategic plan. We are well on our way with even more focus on you; implemented: accessible scholarship requirements and anonymity for Donor Advised Funds; in development: an opportunity for Socially Responsible Investing (SRI), improvements to the grant request process and so much more.

 

Apparel

2012 - PRESENT

Principal, Apparel Executive Management Consultant  

JCox, An Apparel Services Company
Key consulting projects with JCox, WWA (Walter Wilhelm and Associates) and AAPN PROAmerica (American Apparel Producers Network).   Successfully delivered on a wide variety of consulting projects including Kayser-Roth “HUE” – Executive Leadership Development, PLM reboot, and Calendar Enhancement;  VF Corporation - PLM Evaluation and Implementation Footwear; Fast Retailing - PLM Implementation, Color and PD Technology Enhancement, Calendar Enhancement and ERP Integration with PLM; rag & bone - Calendar Enhancement and Fit Improvement; Image Solutions - Sourcing Strategy; Various non-profit 501 (c)(3) and

for- profit Executive Director Mentoring and Strategy Development  

2012 – 2017

Owner / Designer

Basho, Screen Printing Company 
Eco-Friendly Handcrafted Screen-Printing custom pieces, samples to bulk

1994 - 2017

Co-Owner and Co-Creator

Peifer Orchards

Family owned Orchard, Farm Market and Gift Store located in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Featuring locally grown seasonal produce with 28 varieties of apples, natural apple cider, baked goods and unique art and gifts

 

2012 - 2015

Chief Operating Officer

WWA Advisors Management Consulting Firm

WWA Advisors is a management consulting firm focused on empowering apparel, footwear, and retail executives with the strategies, processes, and technologies that create tangible business value and sustainable competitive advantage.

 

Key projects in Retail, Manufacturing and Uniforms focusing on Business Strategy, Sales Strategy and System Strategy.

2004 - 2012 

GK Services

 

2011 – 2012

Vice President Customer Experience

Corporate Officer, Lead Customer Service, Sales, Design, Product Development, Merchandising and Marketing for integrated Catalog and Program Direct Purchase uniform businesses

 

2004 - 2011

Vice President and General Manager

Lion Uniform Group, division of G&K Services

Corporate Officer, P&L responsibility for direct purchase uniform business servicing fortune 500companies to small businesses’ managed employee uniform programs.  Division acquired from LION

 

2003 - 2004 

Vice President Market Development

LION

Responsible for development - delivery of innovative design and quality uniform products to meet customer brand objectives.  Expanded go to market through new sales strategy, sourcing and product development organizations.  Prepared the business unit for divestiture and participated on due diligence team for acquisition

 

1999 - 2003 

Director of Product Technology

Limited Brands

Responsible for strategic direction, development, and implementation for Design, Product Development and Sourcing systems and processes for consumer Products Personal Care and Apparel all divisions

 

1994 - 1998 

Director of Product Management Sales, WebPDM Systems

Gerber Technology 

System Sales and Product Development Consulting for Apparel, Footwear, Automotive Manufacturers and Retailers

 

1986 - 1988  

Manager Technical Specifications Claiborne Men's

Liz Claiborne Corp

Responsible for all technical specification development and team for design, preproduction and production and design and preproduction sample room.  Implemented Claiborne's first Microdynamics Pattern Design System

 

1985 - 1986 

Made-to-Measure Manager

Walker's Division - Hartmarx

Responsible for MTM development for regional retail stores: alteration scheduling, technical alteration support and fitting

 

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jmc@jcox.com

Tel: 937-477-3252

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