Instructor Spotlight: Gary Wolf

Gary Wolf is currently a professor in the Fashion Business Management Department and previously Acting Assistant Chairperson at Fashion Institute of Technology in New York.  He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and an MBA degree from Georgia State University. He has taught many courses relating to the industry:  Fashion Marketing, Fashion Business Practices, Consumer Motivation in Fashion, Merchandise Planning and Control, Fashion Merchandising, Small Store Fashion Management, Fashion Inventory Management, Merchandise for E-commerce, Business of Licensing, Supply Chain Management, and Principles of Accounting.  Gary has also been an Adjunct Professor not only at FIT, but at NYU, St John’s University, Hofstra University, Baruch University, and Parsons School of Design.  During the summers of 2016 and 2017 instructed a merchandise math and inventory valuation class at ZSTU in China. Gary Wolf is a principal at Global Management Partners a consulting and advisory service firm for early stage and middle market enterprise organizations in the manufacturing, service, and retail companies.  Global Management Partners (GMP) concentrates on driving marketing, financial, and strategic planning activities for these respective vertical industries.

Prof. Wolf teaches:
HFM 064  The Ins and Outs of Fashion Merchandising
HFM 060  Fashion Forecasting: Seeing into the Future
HSX 120 The Fabulous World of Fashion Forecasting

Teaching Philosophy:
Learning about the fashion business should include problem-solving techniques resembling real-life situations in the modern world of predicting the future success of various strategies. I stress cognitive learning with an integration of modern fashion decision making with current examples of success.

Industry Experience:

  • National Field Marketing Director of Internap Network Services Corporation, a NASDAQ listed Ecommerce innovator and provider
  • Vice President, Planning and Marketing at Frederick Atkins, Inc., an international service, apparel product development, and research corporation.
  • Vice President and Corporate Controller at Frederick Atkins.
  • Board of Directors, Audit Committee, of Ultimate Shopping Network an OTC listed home shopping network and multi-store retailer
  • Fathers Day Mothers Day Council and previously with Young Men’s Association (YMA) both non-profit apparel supported associations.

Instructor Spotlight: Jennifer Bentivegna

Jennifer Bentivegna began teaching at FIT  in 2014 in the Fashion Business Management department.  She teaches both lower and upper division courses in the subject matter relating to Product Development, Merchandising, and Team Development. Jennifer is an alumna of FIT graduating with her B.S in Fashion Merchandising Management. She spent her career in various roles at Giorgio Armani (Armani Exchange) in the Merchandising department as well as E-commerce. Jennifer is currently enrolled in a masters degree program at SUNY Empire where she plans to graduate with a Masters In Learning and Emerging Technologies.

Prof. Bentivegna teaches:

HFM 060 Fashion Forecasting: Seeing into the Future

Teaching Philosophy:
I believe in sharing my knowledge of the industry with my students. I want them to understand that the only constant in this industry is change and it is my role as an instructor to prepare you for those constant changes. Teamwork, passion, and drive are the recipe for success in fashion and it is my goal to bring all three of those to the classroom every day.

Industry Experience:

  • Director Men’s Merchandising Armani Exchange
  • Director Buying/Planning
  • Armani Exchange.com