SKYA NELSON :: COO & CHIEF CREATIVE DIRECTOR. SKYA BRINGS 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN THE APPAREL INDUSTRY AS A CREATIVE DIRECTOR FOR FORTUNE 100 COMPANIES INCLUDING: RAYTHEON AND HMS MARRIOTT HOTELS. WITH OVER $100M IN APPARAL SALES AND $5B IN BRAND MANAGEMENT, SKYA POSESSES ACUMEN IN PRODUCTION, DESIGN, APPAREL CONSTRUCTION, VOLUME ORDERS, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, A KEEN UNDERSTANDING OF WHERE THE MARKET IS HEADING AND HOW TO STRATEGICALLY SITUATE FED BY THREADS FOR LONG-TERM SUCCESS. AS COO, HE IS COMMITTED TO HELP OTHERS ASSESS AND FIND COLLECTIVE MEANING WITHIN FBT, CREATE HIGHLY-ENGAGING CONSUMER RELATIONSHIPS TO APPAREL, MEDIA, SOCIAL INTERACTION, SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKS, AND NEW WAYS OF CONNECTED PLATFORMS. SKYA, THEREFORE, IS THE THOUGHT LEADER OF SPECULATION, OF CREATIVITY, AND OF COLLABORATION BETWEEN DESIGNERS, FARMERS, MANUFACTURERS, AND CUSTOMERS. IT IS INEVITABLE THAT WE ENCOUNTER DIFFICULTIES, REGARDLESS OF HOW MUCH WE PLAN, IMPLEMENTATION IS ALWAYS BUMPY. IT IS SKYA'S ROLE TO KEEP PROJECTS AND IDEAS ON TRACK THROUGH THE NORMAL DIPS.
Manish Shah is the owner and operator of the Maya Tea Company, coordinator of the Tucson Farmers’ Markets, and host of the weekly podcast, Steeping Around. He sits on the editorial board of Fresh Cup Magazine, and has published several articles about the tea industry within their issues. He frequently teaches at tradeshows and seminars about tea topics from marketing to health benefits. Over his sixteen years in the consumer industry, Manish has become both an expert in the field and a leading figure in culinary education.
Renee Wimberly: Northwest Community Liaison & Business Development
Beth Lehman-Brooks: Northwest Community Liaison & Business Development
Shenay Hairston: Accounting/Finance
Alyssa Padarathsingh: Manager
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