League’s Starting Line Up: Meet Bernie Gillespie

League is the leading collegiate lifestyle brand that you know and love today thanks to our fantastic team members. We have great people working behind the scenes, and today, we’d like to introduce League’s Manager of Digitizing and Applique, Bernie Gillespie!

 “I’ve technically been with League for 18 years, but I also worked here in 1996 during the transition from the Manayunk location to the original Bridgeport location as an embroidery operator,” Bernie said. Since he’s been with League for so long, we naturally asked him about his favorite League memories. “That’s a tough one,” he said. “The Christmas scavenger hunt, and traveling to Pakistan with Carly & Saad last year.”

However, those aren’t his only memories. He also remembers how resilient League was in face of adversity. “The fire in 2001 was something that I’ll never forget.  It was truly amazing how quickly the company rebounded through tons of hard work. Hard times bring out the best in people,” he excitedly explains.

Bernie is inspired by the people in his life. “Music, family & friends, bandmates, hockey teammates, and Jason Kelce in a mummers outfit,” said Bernie. “Also, my dog Charlie who just turned 9.” He’s also inspired by a coworker here at League. “Ian Siler is inspiring,” Bernie told us. “He is enthusiastic and works extremely hard. Ian sets a great example for the rest of the team and brings a wealth of digitizing experience for artists to learn.”

His workers here might be surprised to know that he coaches kid’s hockey. “I started coaching Mite level (7-8-year-olds) hockey two years ago,” he said. “It is a lot of fun and infectious when you see how much the kids love the game and improve over the course of a season.” He’s got a few sports-related goals for 2018 too. “Fitness, Nutrition, and better patience on the golf course!”

Naturally, we asked Bernie about his favorite League product. “The ML510 Heritage Hood,” he said. “It’s incredibly soft and lighter weight. I wear it as much as I can.” You might catch him wearing either a Slippery Rock University or West Chester University hood. He started college at Slippery Rock. “it’s halfway between Erie and Pittsburgh,” he said. “After 3 years I wanted to get back closer to home and finished at West Chester.”

Bernie loves his big family. “I have three awesome brothers. My brother Mike had twin boys last year. Sam & Graham are the new pride and joy of the entire family!” he told us. “My older brother Tom lives in Montana and is an amazing chef, and I look forward to visiting him every year on our annual ski trip to Big Sky and Wyoming. My youngest brother Pete works at A Mano in Fairmount, and everyone should go there because the food is amazing. I feel very lucky and fortunate to have grown up with two great parents, in a small town during much simpler times where kids could run through each other’s backyards, and the only rule was to come home when it got dark.”

Brotherly love, and League memories…thanks Bernie, for all you do as a member of our League team!