George Feldenkreis, Chairman and CEO, is the visionary who leads Perry Ellis International. Born in Havana, Cuba, to Russian immigrants, Feldenkreis moved to Miami in 1961 and founded Supreme International, importing school uniforms and Guayaberas, a 4-pocket tropical-inspired shirt. Supreme International went public in 1993 and became Perry Ellis International (PEI) after acquiring the powerhouse brand in 1999.
Mr. Feldenkreis currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the University of Miami, the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and is a benefactor of numerous medical, educational, social and philanthropic organizations including the United Way, Mount Sinai Medical Center, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Jewish Community Center and the Stanford Ziff Jewish Museum, among others. He also endowed the George Feldenkreis Program in Judaic Studies at the University of Miami and the George Feldenkreis Program to Foster Academic Excellence at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.
He has been honored numerous times, including the Lincoln-Marti Award for his role in the Cuban Refugee Program, the David Ben Gurion Award by the Cuban Hebrew Bond Committee, the Silver Medallion for Service to Humanity by the National Conference for Community and Justice, and the Man of the Year award from the American Apparel and Footwear Association. He has been inducted into the South Florida Business Hall of Fame, has received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, was named Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day Council, Outstanding CEO by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, and the Nova Southeastern University Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship Hall of Fame.
Mr. Feldenkreis holds a Juris Doctorate from the University of Havana, an honorary Doctor of Laws from Babson College and an honorary Associate of Arts and Letters from Miami Dade Community College. His numerous speaking engagements have included commencements and keynote addresses at Harvard University, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Babson College, Yeshiva University and the Miami International University of Art and Design.
Oscar Feldenkreis served as Vice President of Perry Ellis International (PEI) since 1980 (the company then named Supreme International). Immediately expanding the scope of business beyond private-label distribution, PEI successfully branched into branded men’s and women’s apparel. He was elected President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) in February 1993 and has served as Vice Chairman of the Board since March 2005. His extensive experience in the apparel business, including marketing, branding, sales and manufacturing, has enabled PEI to become one of the leaders in the industry.
Mr. Feldenkreis is involved in numerous local and national civic causes, including the Leadership Council of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Israel Bonds, the Kosher Food Bank and the United Way, and serves on the Board of Directors of the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Fashion Institute of Technology’s (FIT) Educational Foundation for the Fashion Industries, sits on the Advisory Board of My Mela and is an active Advisory Member for the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business Retail. His philanthropic involvement extends to local and national civic causes, including the United Way, Temple Menorah, Young Presidents Organization (YPO/WPO) and many others.
Most recently, Oscar was honored with the National Human Relations award given by the American Jewish Committee, the 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, the 2010 Achievement Award from Kids in Distressed Situations (K.I.D.S.), and the 2012 Father of the Year Award from Save the Children.
Anita Britt has served as Chief Financial Officer of Perry Ellis International (PEI) since joining the company in 2009. She brings over 17 years of experience in the apparel and retail industry. Before joining PEI, she served as Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer for Urban Brands Inc., and prior to that spent over twelve years at Jones Apparel Group, Inc. Anita held multiple leadership positions, which included Executive Vice President of Finance.
As a key member of the PEI Executive Management team, Anita reports to the Chairman and assumes a strategic role in the overall management of the company. She has the day-to-day responsibility of planning, implementing, managing and controlling all financial-related activities for the company. This includes, but is not limited to, accounting, finance, forecasting, strategic planning, job costing, property management, deal analysis, negotiations, investor relationships, partnership compliance, and private and institutional financing.
Anita is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants as well as the National Institute of Investor Relations. She also serves on the Board of Trustees for St. Thomas University.
Cory Shade serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Perry Ellis International, Inc., where she is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company’s legal matters. With over 20 years of in-house and law firm experience, Cory is a highly skilled business lawyer whose practice has included mergers and acquisitions, securities law, corporate governance and general corporate counseling.
Prior to joining Perry Ellis in 2006, Cory was the General Counsel of Firstcom Corporation (merger into AT&T Latin America) and responsible for all legal and governance matters. Previously, Cory was a Corporate Attorney with the laws firms Steel, Hector & Davis, LLP, which is now known as Squire, Saunders & Dempsey, LLP and Kilpatrick Stockton LLP. Her practice included securities, mergers and acquisitions, and financing, as well as general corporate counseling. Cory holds a BA in economics from George Washington University and earned her J.D. and M.B.A. from Washington University.
Cory serves, or has served, on numerous boards of for-profit and not-for-profit organizations including, but not limited to the Student Loan Marketing Association (also known as Sallie Mae), National Association of Corporate Directors, South Florida Chapter; Advisory Board of Northridge Hospital, a Tenet Healthcare facility; member of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs; and Chair of the Diversity Advisory Council, Broward County, Florida. She has also served as an adjunct professor of ethics and corporate governance in the PhD program at Lynn University, Boca Raton, Florida.
Steve Harriman has led the Perry Ellis International (PEI) bottoms business for over a decade and became the division’s president in February 2005 after delivering consistent top line growth and profitability. He oversees all bottoms product development, design, sales and sourcing.
Mr. Harriman brings extensive retail and product expertise to PEI. His previous roles have included diverse merchandising and store line management responsibilities for Jordan Marsh and oversight of bottoms merchandising and product development for men and young men at Marshall’s. Throughout, he has been both a contributor and volunteer to local and national charities.
Jack Voith joined Perry Ellis International (PEI) in 2001 as Executive Vice President of the Sportswear Division. In September 2009, he was promoted to President of the Golf & Sportswear Divisions, and in April of 2012, he was further elevated to Group President of the Callaway, Golf & Sportswear Divisions. Jack has been instrumental in positioning the company as the leader in Golf Lifestyle apparel.
His extensive industry experience, leadership and managerial insights have propelled the PEI Golf business to new heights on a global scale. Prior to joining PEI, he had already earned over 20 years of management and apparel sales experience, including time spent at both Phillips Van Heusen and The Arrow Co., where he served as EVP within each organization. Beyond his corporate endeavors, he has also been a consistent contributor and volunteer to a variety of philanthropies on both local and national levels.
Luis Paez joined Perry Ellis International (PEI) in 1994 as MIS Director and was promoted to Chief Information Officer in 2000, after serving as Suave Shoes' Systems Director where he honed his skills of leadership, technology transformation and maximizing IT investment. Luis earned a BSEE in Computer Engineering from the University of Miami and began his career as an engineer, quickly advancing through levels of management in the technology sector.
In 2006, Luis was selected as one of the top 100 most important Hispanics in technology and business by Hispanic Engineering and Science Spectrum Magazine, as well as one of the Consumer Goods Technology Visionaries of 2006. While maintaining his tech roots, Luis has truly mastered the apparel business at PEI working closing with business management in all segments. Under his guidance, PEI has merged nine major acquisitions into its best of breed systems. Luis is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for RIS and Apparel Magazine.
Stanley Silverstein joined Perry Ellis International (PEI) as President of International Development and Global Licensing in 2013 after a 29-year career at Warnaco/PVH. From 2006 to 2013, Mr. Silverstein served as EVP International Strategy and Business Development at Warnaco where he was responsible for driving that company’s powerful international expansion. From 1984 to 2006, Mr. Silverstein served in various executive capacities for Warnaco, including EVP Corporate Development, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Secretary. His proven track record of success in global strategy and development are expected to contribute to the international expansion of the Perry Ellis portfolio of brands.
A graduate of Yale College and Harvard Law School, he has served as a guest lecturer and panelist for several organizations including the Fashion Institute of Technology, the American Apparel Footwear Association, and Women’s Wear Daily Global Markets. He is a member of the Board of Trustees for The New School in New York City.