| Board of Directors |
| AIBI Sftaff |
Marsha Brenner, Executive Director
When the Chicago Apparel Center opened its doors, one of the original tenants was Just Jewelry, Inc., owned and designed by Marsha Brenner. With a factory in Rhode Island and a Chicago finishing facility, the line of upscale jewelry and accessories was carried by many accounts across the United States including major department stores. After closing the business in 1990, Marsha became president of Appropos, Inc., designing, creating and overseeing all aspects of manufacturing. She assumed her post as Executive Director in 1996 under President Dorothy Fuller and has been instrumental in moving AIBI forward with innovative new programs and services. Marsha’s love of our industry and its growth in our City is best shown through the education and training of its community, that fashion is indeed a business with its eye to the future
Kevin Sullivan, Executive Assistant
Always the politician, Kevin’s first real job after High School was to serve as Administrative Assistant to former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne from 1985 through 1989, serving through two campaigns and handling her schedule of appearances and speaking engagements. He then joined Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. and over an eight year period in different positions, worked in the Mart’s show divisions helping run trade shows and special events. After that, he served as Catering Director for the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, and also co-chaired the annual Career Day conference for Fashion Group for more than a decade with 1,000 plus attendees each year. Kevin joined AIBI full-time in 2011 after having served on the Board of Directors for many years.
Ambar Campos, Project Manager
Ambar received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago in June, 2010. She originally came to AIBI as an intern in 2007 and stayed on as a permanent employee. Having worked at ALDO, the Apna Ghar S.E.W. Program and CARC, her background in the industry was a perfect fit, coupled with her computer and graphic design skills. Ambar oversees our technology advances and programs, as well as our specialized training and educational programs.
Francisco Perez, Operations Manager
Joining AIBI in October, 2011 to assist with the opening and operations of the “pop-up” ‘MADE IN CHICAGO presented by AIBI’ retail store, he has stayed with us as the store has moved three times. He has assisted in the process of ‘MADE IN CHICAGO’s operations as it has become our city’s “permanent pop-up”. Francisco assists with the running of the store and all set-up and tear down needs.