We are pleased to announce that the Warnaco
Scholarship Selection Committee has chosen John Garcia
and Andrea Reyes as the recipients of the 2008-09 The
Warnaco Group, Inc. Scholarships.
John is a remarkable ITM student and
Project Manager at Adrenalina, a Hispanic
Advertising agency. He is so driven and motivated
that he worked while studying full-time as a first
generation American of Cuban descent. As a result of
his efforts, he was able to study in Europe and work
in Central America.
In recognizing John’s leadership capabilities, his
Global Marketing professor indicated that John is
inspiring, motivating, and sensitive to people’s
feelings. While leading his team in the cotton
awareness marketing campaign project, completing the
ITM program, and working full-time, John also
organized a team, which raised over $30,000, at the
New York AIDS WALK.
Andrea joined ITM after a six-week
teaching stint at an orphanage in Uganda. Her
experience there enabled her to realize the
inextricable connection between her passion for
fashion and philanthropy that could take her back
there someday. In addition to her skills in
patternmaking and technical design, Andrea has a
keen appreciation for international trade issues as
exemplified by her lauded International Trade
project on the Southern African Customs Union.
She is currently employed as a technical designer at
Ingear Swimwear, creating technical packages for
well-known brands like Jessica Simpson.
In their selection as the scholarship recipients, John and
Andrea were recognized by the Selection Committee primarily
for their persuasive presentation on why they deserved to
win the scholarship, their leadership skills, their
extensive contribution to society, as well as their ability
to link their fashion industry experience with Warnaco’s
strategy and their own future aspirations.
In their application for The Warnaco Group, Inc.
Scholarships, John indicated his goal of representing
Warnaco as an exceptional student, expanding international
trade in Latin America, as well as working in a team that
would create global awareness to conserve natural resources
and Andrea expressed her desire to fuse her love of the
fashion industry and international trade with that of
helping others by forming a non-profit organization in
Eastern Africa that would import used clothing, recycle them
into home goods or ready-to-wear ladies garments, and export
them to other countries.
The judges were very impressed with the applicants, noting
the research and preparation conducted about the company
prior to the interview as well as deep knowledge of the
issues facing the fashion industry.
We hope that you will all join us in congratulating John and
Andrea for their well-deserved