The Uniformer
The Uniformer - A talk with Leslie Watt McArdle of Aramark

The Uniformer - A talk with Leslie Watt McArdle of Aramark

July 20, 2021

Leslie Watt McArdle is a Sr. Merchandise Manager at Aramark, working in the Merchandising/Design Department for Uniform Services. Aramark employs over 14,000 people. They work with over 300,000 companies, and say that no two are exactly alike. Leslie talks with The Uniformer about a job that is equal parts producer, uniform program developer, garment specification technologist and much more. She is a passionate leader and uniform aficionado. Listen as we discuss the importance of having empathy for customers, coordinating uniform programs and the variety of work available at Aramark. 

More info about the company at: aramarkuniform.com

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The Uniformer - A talk with David Lurio of Elbeco

The Uniformer - A talk with David Lurio of Elbeco

July 2, 2021

David Lurio is the President and co-owner of Elbeco. He started with Elbeco in 1985, after trying a variety of jobs outside of the industry. Elbeco, previously known as Wide Awake Shirt Company, was founded by his great-grandfather in 1907. While he is responsible for the entire company and its performance, he is now concentrating his day-to-day focus on business and product development, two areas that he is passionate about. David talks frankly with The Uniformer about his focus on the perennial polishing of the Elbeco brand, challenges he and his team faced in recent times, where innovation will come from, and the company’s bright path forward. A compelling view of our industry from a thought leader.

More info about the company at: elbeco.com

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The Uniformer - A talk with Harvey Arfa and Caroline Massel of Gruner & Co.

The Uniformer - A talk with Harvey Arfa and Caroline Massel of Gruner & Co.

June 18, 2021

Harvey Arfa and Caroline Massel are the dynamic father/daughter team that leads Gruner & Co. Since 1949, Gruner & Co. has been a global leader in designing and manufacturing outerwear, rainwear, and tailored overcoats. They have developed extensive uniform programs for leading airlines, hospitality chains, and real estate companies. Listen as we discuss family business partners, uniform fashion, outerwear production and learn lessons about how to sustain a successful manufacturing business.

More info about the company at: grunerco.com/

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The Uniformer - A talk with Mike Fadden, CEO of Galls

The Uniformer - A talk with Mike Fadden, CEO of Galls

May 27, 2021

Mike Fadden is the CEO of Galls, LLC. As the son, grandson, and nephew of three retired police officers, Mike has a great passion for the public safety industry. As a hands-on leader, he understands the importance of a company that fosters the internal trust of its leadership. Mike is currently building a culture at Galls that is relentlessly focused on the customer. He is personally invested in helping the public safety professionals that Galls serves and is backed by 25 years of experience in the uniform industry. Listen as we discuss uniform retail topics, recruiting best practice ideas, thoughts on public and private companies, the future of Galls, and the optimism Mike brings to the uniform industry.

More info about the company at: galls.com

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The Uniformer - A talk with Luly Yang, CEO of Luly Yang

The Uniformer - A talk with Luly Yang, CEO of Luly Yang

May 1, 2021

Luly Yang is the CEO of her namesake company Luly Yang. Her operations include a dynamic portfolio of multifaceted operations. Luly Yang Couture is her award-winning fashion house founded in 2000, that specializes in couture red carpet evening wear, bridal, and bespoke suiting. The Luly Yang Design Group designs and manufactures custom corporate uniforms; and specialty lines featuring luxe accessories and ready-to-wear separates. Listen as we discuss uniform design, fashion design, the similarities, and the nuances between. A single vision focus on the wearer drives every decision. We talk about the airline, hospitality, and logistics customers she and her company are proud to have as customers.

More info about the company at: lulyyang.com

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The Uniformer - A talk with Chris Collopy, VP of IEA

The Uniformer - A talk with Chris Collopy, VP of IEA

April 10, 2021

Chris Collopy is the Vice President - Americas at IEA Global. He is a uniform uniform industry veteran. He has been a key employee at companies such as Brookhurst, Men's Wearhouse, Clipper and now IEA. He has been on the team selling and managing many of the world's largest uniform programs. He is an experienced and respected senior leader in tailored corporate apparel and uniform industry. Skilled at leading teams through successful implementation of complex multi-layered programs for Fortune 100 Companies. Successfully built several companies from launch to nine figure top line. 

More info about the company at: ieatex.com

More info about the NAUMD at: naumd.com

The Uniformer - A talk with Lee Galperin, President of Smith & Warren

The Uniformer - A talk with Lee Galperin, President of Smith & Warren

April 6, 2021

Lee Galperin is President of Smith & Warren. He is an adept business executive with broad knowledge and experience in manufacturing, sales, marketing, advertising, finance/accounting and management. Smith & Warren is a leading manufacturer of metal badges and insignia for public safety professionals.

More info about the company at: smithwarren.com

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The Uniformer - A talk with Phil Newman, CEO of Cobmex

The Uniformer - A talk with Phil Newman, CEO of Cobmex

April 6, 2021

Phil Newman is the CEO of Cobmex. Cobmex Apparel is a leading knitwear supplier to both the Corporate and Public Safety Uniform Industries in North America.

We spoke with Phil about leadership, motivating employees, and keeping the Cobmex corporate culture front and center in everything he does. Phil shares his story of how the uniform industry pulled him in after a number of years in the fashion world and he has not looked back.

Cobmex manufactures knitwear created for the unique demands of the uniform trade – design detailed; technically advanced.

More info about the company at: cobmex.com

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The Uniformer - A talk with Steve Robinson, CEO of Liberty Uniforms

The Uniformer - A talk with Steve Robinson, CEO of Liberty Uniforms

March 24, 2021

Steve Robinson is the CEO of Liberty Uniforms, a privately held manufacturing company based in the foothills of South Carolina, the heartland of the American textile community. At the heart of their product line are shirts, trousers and outerwear geared toward public safety professionals and private security. Additionally, Liberty manufacturers some specialty items such as EMS trousers, blazers, windbreakers, raincoats, sweaters and knit identification shirts.

More info about the company at: libertyuniform.com

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The Uniformer - A talk with David Ludmar, CEO of ELC

The Uniformer - A talk with David Ludmar, CEO of ELC

March 24, 2021

David Ludmar is the CEO of Eiseman-Ludmar, a leading U.S. manufacturer of dress uniform accessories. Their reputation is known throughout the country and abroad for offering the highest quality products in our industry. They manufacture shoulder boards, collar brass, lace, chin straps, and thousands of hard-to-find items.

More info about the company at: shopelc.com

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