Editor’s Note: Welcome to the inside scoop on happenings here at League. We’re going to tell you about new employees, promotions, and let you know what our team members are doing.
New Faces at League
Diane Vittorio joins us as our Director of Administration for Design and Development. With more than 20 years of experience in product development and line creation in the fashion industry, we fully expect Diane will successfully help us streamline and stay on track as we continue to grow.
Kelly Morgan recently joined our Art Team, arriving with a graphic design degree from Philadelphia University. And just how much do we love Philly U grads? Here’s a hint: Most of our Design & Development team are Philadelphia University alums. Go Rams!
Ben Harvey has left the production floor to join the Art Team. Ben is a talented illustrator and designer who holds a degree from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. Veronica Campbell, another Art Institute of Philadelphia grad, is also joining the art team this month.
A new school semester brought new members to our Foot Patrol Visual Merchandising team. We would like to welcome Cassie Nelson from the University of Wisconsin, Jessica Marshall from William and Mary, and Hope MacMahon from The University of Pennsylvania. Thank you all in advance for all of your help this semester.
Last month, John Jeanguenat from SMA Licensing (now Learfield) visited League’s home office to award us with the SMA Rising Star Award for 2014. We’re sharing the spotlight with the likes of Nike, Jansport, Champion and UnderArmour. Congrats, team.
Claire Black, a member of our Design & Development team, is pregnant with her first child, which is due in March. Congratulations to Claire and her husband Greg.
Lauren Brown, also of Design & Development team, along with her husband Bill just welcomed their first child. League would like to welcome Mabel Brown — all 6-pounds, 14-ounces of her — to the extended League family!
This year, two of our most integral team members are celebrating 20 years with League. Alison Manley, our Vice President of Business and Technology, and Larry McLaughlin, League’s Purchasing Manager, both received custom pennants at our annual holiday party to commemorate their commitment to League. We wouldn’t be the company we are today without them.
News From Our Partners at OneCoast
League works with the OneCoast sales team to represent our company and clothing at bookstores across the country. During the holidays, Onecoast transitioned in two new representatives that will help put League’s best foot forward. So please welcome Cari Callahan representing our Northwest territory, and Susan Kirtland, who will cover our Upstate New York and Vermont territory.
This month, it’s all hands on deck to prep for several upcoming trade shows. League will be at ICBA 2015 in San Diego from Feb. 8-11; Camex 2015 in Atlanta from Feb. 20-24; and B&N in Orlando from March 23-27.
We welcomed Rob Irwin, one of our lead artists, back to League this month after a short hiatus over the holiday season. Rob and his wife Kristy welcomed their first child — a baby girl named Everly Elizabeth — in December. Everly came a bit earlier than doctors had anticipated, but she is a tough little cookie who continues to grow stronger every day.
Bill Frederick, one of our lead appliqué department team members, “put a ring on it” over the holidays and is looking forward to an August wedding. Congrats, Bill.
League artist Stephanie Price recently celebrated one year of publishing an independent art magazine. Congratulations to this fine artist and her publication Numinous! To see back issues or submit work, visit Numinous on Facebook.
Justyn Wazynski of our IT Systems & Support department conquered Mt. Algonquin in Lake Placid in November. He experienced temperatures of minus 3 degrees and 40-mile-per-hour winds at the summit. (Justyn: Just so you’re aware… there are those among us who don’t consider that a relaxing vacation.)
Artist Jillian Skovran is training to run in the Disney Princess Half-Marathon next month. And even though she’ll be competing in Florida, we’ll be rooting for her here in Pennsylvania.
And finally, this year we have 13 participants in our annual “Biggest Loser” competition. With code names akin to Fantasy Football team names, each participant submits a weekly weigh-in to compete for a top cash prize in March. They’re on Week Two and have already lost a combined 33 pounds. Nice start!