Board of Directors
George Feldenkreis founded the Company in 1967, has been involved in all aspects of our operations since that time and served as our President and director until February 1993, at which time he was elected Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. He is a trustee of the University of Miami, a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, a trustee of the Simon Wiesenthal Board, and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Apparel and Footwear Association. He is also a director of Federal Mogul Corporation.
Oscar Feldenkreis was elected our Vice President and a Director in 1979 and joined us on a full-time basis in 1980. Mr. Feldenkreis has been involved in all aspects of our operations since that time and was elected President and Chief Operating Officer in February 1993 and as Vice Chairman in March 2005. In April 2016 Mr. Feldenkreis was named Chief Executive Officer and President . He is President of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF), Greater Miami Chapter, an advisory board member of the Miami Fashion Institute for Miami-Dade College, an advisory board member of My Mela and an advisory board member for the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s Jay H. Baker Retailing Center.
J. David Scheiner, was elected to our Board of Directors in June 2014. He is a veteran retailer with over 35 years serving in senior roles at major retailers including as President and Chief Operating Officer of Macy’s Florida/Puerto Rico, from which he retired in 2009. Mr. Scheiner serves as a consultant to retail and wholesale companies, as well as, investment banks and private equity companies investing in the consumer retail industry. Mr. Scheiner has devoted extensive time and resources to philanthropic endeavors. He is a lifetime trustee of Miami Children’s Hospital Foundation and has served as a member of the Board of Directors of United Way Miami-Dade.
Tricia McDermott Thompkins is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company's legal operations. Tricia joined Perry Ellis International, Inc. in 2011 and served as Vice President of Intellectual Property and Licensing Counsel. She has been instrumental in the acquisition of several Perry Ellis brands, including the acquisition of the Ben Hogan® brand and expanded licensing arrangements for the NIKE®, PGA TOUR®, Callaway®, Jack Nicklaus® and Guy Harvey® brands.
Prior to joining Perry Ellis, Tricia held senior legal positions with Office Depot, Inc. and Spectrum Brands, Inc. Tricia also practiced in the Washington DC office of Ballard Spahr, LLP and co-managed a law office as a Senior Supervisory Attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Tricia holds a bachelor's degree and Juris Doctor from Rutgers University. She is actively involved in the community as a board member and/or officer of various civic and cultural organizations, including Family Promise of South Palm Beach County, Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and the West Palm Beach (FL) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated. Tricia is also actively involved in the American Bar Association and served as chair of the Trademark Transactions Committee.
Tricia has been recognized for the past 3 years by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine as a Corporate IP Star and in 2018 by the South Florida Business Journal as a 2018 SFBJ Influential Business Woman.
Joe Arriola served on our Board of Directors from 2006 until July 2015 and rejoined our Board in December 2015. In 1972, Mr. Arriola founded Avanti-Case Hoyt, a commercial printing company, and served as its President until he sold the company in 2001. From 2003 to 2006, he was Manager for the City of Miami. Mr. Arriola served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Pullmantur Cruises, the largest cruise line in Spain, from 2007 to 2008, from which he retired. He is Chairman of the Public Health Trust, the independent governing body for Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Jane DeFlorio was elected to our Board of Directors in December 2014 and became our Lead Director on May 20, 2015. Ms. DeFlorio had a successful 16-year career providing financial advice to some of the world’s top-ranked apparel and retail companies. In December 2013 she retired from Deutsche Bank USA, where Ms. DeFlorio oversaw coverage of the U.S. retail industry sector. She joined Deutsche Bank in 2007 from UBS Investment Bank, where Ms. DeFlorio worked on consumer-sector transactions. Prior to UBS she worked for Morgan Stanley, where Ms. DeFlorio concentrated on retail and e-commerce. A social investor and philanthropist, she has a Harvard Business School M.B.A. and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame.
Bruce Klatsky was elected to our Board of Directors in July 2015. He is the former CEO and Chairman of Phillips-Van Heusen Corporation (PVH). During his 13 years as Chief Executive Officer of PVH, Mr. Klatsky led the transformation of a 120 year-old shirt company into one of the largest apparel and footwear companies in the world. Mr. Klatsky serves on the Board of Directors of Gazal Corporation Ltd., a leading Australian branded clothing company. Mr. Klatsky served on President Clinton’s White House Apparel Task Force and as an Advisor on U.S. trade policy to the Bush and Reagan administrations.
Michael W. Rayden was elected to our Board of Directors in July 2015. Mr. Rayden is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of Tween Brands, Inc., a leading apparel specialty retailer with approximately 1,000 retail stores throughout the United States, Canada and international . Mr. Rayden has also served as the Chief Executive Officer of other nationally-known apparel retailers including Pacific Sunwear of California, Stride Rite and Eddie Bauer.