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ITM News  -  Fall 2010

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Juliette Creglia


                                                                                    Posted: December 9, 2010


Great News!                                                               

Juliette Creglia ITM Alumna '02,                                                                


Completed her Executive Master of Business Administration at Baruch College last July and moved from New York to Los Angeles along with Lucky Brand's Accessory Department.  She is in charge of all of the product development and production of the brand's accessories.  She had also taught Global Sourcing at ITM from 2003 - 2007.


Please join us in congratulating Juliette for her tremendous accomplishments!



                                                                                     Posted: December 9, 2010


Reminder to All ITM Alumni:                                      


Share your accomplishments with the department by emailing Christine Pomeranz, ITM Chairperson and Updating your records with FIT Alumni Association.  Thank you.




FIT Students journey to San Francisco to attend 2010 Fall Green Festival              Posted: December 7, 2010

Names on photo from left to right: Stacie Shepp (FIT Alumna), Tatiana Houdgebe, Prof. Shireen Musa, 

Yasmin Piracha, Kayla Palmer, Arielle Childs, Brittany Vernola, Udochi Nwaigwe, Larissa Zemke, Sahar Omar


Read article

Fall 2010 Talking Trade @ FIT Guest Lecture Series                                                               Posted: November 3. 2010

International Trade and Textile Development & Marketing Careers in Cotton
Wednesday, 3 November, 2010 - 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. - John E Reeves Great Hall

Sponsored by the Departments of International Trade & Marketing and Textile Development & Marketing

Moderator: Andrew Cronan, Director of FIT’s Career and Internship Center


Drew Paluba, Co-Owner and Designer, Rebecca and Drew
David Sasso, Vice President of International Sales & Marketing, Buhler Quality Yarns, USA
Allen Terhaar, Executive Director, Cotton Council International
Linda DeFranco, Director, Product Trend Analysis, Cotton Incorporated

will discuss the different career choices to gain expertise in cotton.

The event is part of the Diversity Expo Week and has received the Stamp of Support of the Diversity Council, Fashion Institute of Technology.

See Photos

For more information, go to 

                                                                                                                                         Posted: November 3. 2010


We are pleased to announce that the Selection Committee, composed of David Uricoli, Senior Director of Human Rights Compliance at Polo Ralph Lauren and ITM advisory board member, Josh Green, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Panjiva at ITM advisory board member, and Sara Eisman, Account Manager of Coleman Research Group and outstanding ITM alumna, has chosen Miho Chung, Jiwon Kim, and Jessica McPhail as the first recipients of the ITM Department Scholarships and Brittany Vernola as the first recipient of the New Times Group ITM Scholarship.  Announcement


Logistics Intern                                                                                                                 Posted: November 2. 2010

The Logistics Intern will be responsible for working with the Logistics team to assist in the day-to-day operations of the import department and to ensure custom compliance is met exercising reasonable care. Responsibilities include supporting all functions of the department, including:

Tasks and Responsibilities
- Create and maintain files for arriving shipments, as well as shipment follow up, notifying external Sales department, Retail Merchants, and 3rd party logistics teams of arriving import shipments
- Manage aspects of allocation and ensure most efficient performance through a 3rd party logistics provider.
- Perform post entry auditing on import documents, relating to tariff classification and duty rates, record import entries & liquidation notices
- Work on special projects as needed

Skills and Competencies
- Ability to take initiative and work independently at times
- Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and follow-through
- Ability to learn quickly and retain processes

- Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office programs (ie; Excel, PowerPoint, Word)
- Ability to communicate in a clear and concise manner (There will be extensive email communication with in-house Sales, Retail, and 3rd party logistics teams)
- Knowledge of basic import procedures, tariff classification, and logistics terminology
- Must be able to receive academic credit for internship


CLUB MONACO                                                                                                      Posted: October 15. 2010 

Job Opportunities


- Input Purchase Orders and make necessary revisions as needed
- Communicate purchase orders to vendor through faxing/scanning
- Daily communication with vendors and merchandising
- Works with Sr. Production Manager/ Production Manager to generate /distribute process reporting as needed
- Production status report overview
- Work with Merchants on size breaks, tickets, and system item definition.
- Administrative support as needed
- File/Maintain PO records
- Entering and maintaining the updates for the PDM style
- Organizing and maintaining the trim inventory/liability inventory
- Providing administrative support to the team as needed: filing, faxing, copying, mail duties, etc.
- Interacting with different departments such as Design, Merchandising, Technical and Accounting
- Additional duties and responsibilities as required (special projects)

Excellent interpersonal skills supporting a team environment
Excellent English communication skills - verbal and written
Excellent time management/project skills
Strong planning and organizational skills with a sense of priority for deadlines and attention to detail
Ability to recognize and react to changing work demands
Comfortable and confident in making effective autonomous (and group) decisions in a timely manner
Goal oriented: ability to stay focused on creating winning results

Contact:  Molly Kussell  via email at 

Jorge Morales interns at                                           Posted: August 18. 2010

Christian Dior this summer

ITM student Jorge Morales just concluded a successful internship as Logistics Coordinator at Christian Dior this summer.  He said that, "Interning in the logistics department at Christian Dior was an incredible experience.  Everything that I learned in the classroom was put to use.  Prior to the internship I had this idea that what I was learning in school was irrelevant to the "real world".  However, it all was relevant.  I felt more than prepared.  Thank you ITM professors for keeping it real."  


His supervisor, Christopher Guzman, International District Manager, said, "I have had 4 consecutive interns from FIT majoring in International Trade and Marketing.  The skills and awareness they posses in trade is astonishing."  In fact, a fifth ITM intern is due to start later this August.


See pictures of Jorge with Christopher Guzman, International District Manager of Christian Dior, and his fellow interns.

ITM's Administrative Assistant is Tenured             Posted: August 12. 2010

We are pleased to announce that Ms. Nicole Martin-Lewis, ITM's valuable administrative assistant, has been awarded permanent tenure effective 14 May, 2010. Nicole joined ITM on 14 May, 2007 and has been an essential team player in the departments rapid growth. In addition to her daily activities, Nicole quickly took over the maintenance or the department's website and helps to coordinate many of the program's special activities such as the Talking Trade @ FIT guest lecture series, field trips, mentoring, and scholarships. Due to her dedication, superb interpersonal skills, and ability to take on additional responsibilities, Nicole was promoted to her current position in November 2008. We send Nicole our heartiest congratulations for her latest achievement!

Great Articles in FIT's Summer 2010 Hue Magazine on former

ITM Alumni, Jared Berger & Shireen Musa



                                                                                            Posted: August 10. 2010



Jared Berger, International Trade and Marketing for the Fashions Industries '06, Textile Development and Marketing '03, develops cutting-edge athletic wear.  Read entire article title

"Life in the Fast Lane" by Greg Herbowy. 





Prof. Shireen Musa, International Trade and Marketing for the Fashion Industries '94 discuss sustainable practices in her IN342 - International Corporate Responsibility course.  Read entire article title "Added Values".





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Export University 301 Event                                                                Posted: July 19. 2010

New York District Export Council in cooperation with the

Department of Commerce and the Department of International Trade & Marketing of the Fashion Institute of Technology present:

TSA Certified Cargo Screening Program for US Exporters

Effective August 1, 2010 all air cargo that moves via passenger airplanes must be screened at piece level with no exceptions. This Export University 301 level workshop is designed for exporters who currently utilize passenger air carriers to ship cargo. Shippers need to understand the new screening mandate and how they can benefit from joining the TSA Certified Cargo Screening Program (CCSP). A detailed overview of the program will be presented by the Transportation Security Administration. You will be provided with an overview of the policy that led to the 100% screening mandate and specifics on how to join the program. You will also be provided some expert advice on the Department of Homeland Security, Safety Act application process.

Date:  July 27, 2010
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 West 27th St. (between 7th and 8th Avenues), Boardroom, 9th Floor, C Building
Fee: no charge

Douglas Foster, Assistant Branch Chief, Eastern U.S., TSA Certified Cargo Screening Program
Stephen Heifetz, Partner, Steptoe & Johnson, LLP, Washington, DC
Gary Lupinacci, Assistant Branch Chief, Vertical Markets,  TSA Certified Cargo Screening Program

Please contact the Harlem Export Assistance Center for questions: Office Director: KL Fredericks, or 212-860-6200


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Prof. Regina Pantastico


Great ITM News!                                                            Posted: July 19. 2010


Prof. Gina Pantastico and her business partner, Michelle Engel Bencsko, were featured in the Martha Stewart Living magazine's August 2010 issue. The article covered the nature of their organic textile company, Cloud9 Fabrics, and what inspired the start of their business. Both Prof. Pantastico and Michelle Engel Bencsko are thrilled to have this recognition from such a highly read magazine.


See link for the entire article:

Christine Pomeranz,

ITM Chairperson

CONGRATULATIONS!                                                         Posted: June 29. 2010
ITM Chairperson, Christine Pomeranz

ITM Chairperson, Christine Pomeranz, has just been appointed by US Secretary of Commerce, Gary Locke to be a member of the New York District Export Council (DEC). Closely affiliated with the US Department of Commerce's US Export Assistance Centers (USEAC's), the 58 DEC's contribute leadership and international trade expertise to complement the U.S. Commercial Service’s export promotion efforts through counseling businesses on the exporting process and conducting trade education and community outreach. See for further information.

As a DEC member, Prof. Pomeranz delivered a keynote speech on exporting opportunities for small- to medium-sized businesses during DEC's Export University session on 13 April, 2010 as well as co-organized together with Dr. Anastasia Xenias, Senior International Trade Specialist of the US Department of Commerce, a panel discussion on the US Textiles & Apparel and National Export Initiative with Robert Eisen, Partner of Baker and McKenzie LLP; Gail Strickler, Assistant US Trade Representative for Textiles and Apparel; Janet Labuda, Director of Textile Enforcement and Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Stephen Lamar, Executive Vice President, American Apparel and Footwear Association; and Dr. Xenias during World Trade Week in May 2010.



Prof. Sonja Chapman


SONJA CHAPMAN receives her                                              Posted: June 29. 2010
Certificate of Continuous Employment (CCE)

Prof. Sonja Chapman became ITM's first adjunct faculty to earn her Certificate of Continuous Employment this spring semester. She joined ITM in 2003 and has taught IN341 International Logistics as well as IN323 Import/Export Regulations. Prof. Chapman is consistently enthusiastic about supporting ITM's efforts to develop its students and has been instrumental in guiding the program in securing scholarship support from prestigious organizations such as Cotton Incorporated. The department is indeed fortunate to have someone of Prof. Chapman's caliber training the students in the field of logistics and import/export regulations.

We hope that you will all join us in congratulating Professor Chapman.



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