Instructor Spotlight: Gary Wolf

Gary Wolf is a fashion business professional with experience in consulting for manufacturing, service, and retail companies. He is currently a professor in the Fashion Business Management Department. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and an MBA degree from Georgia State University. 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, he instructed a merchandising math and inventory valuation class at ZSTU in China.

 

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 fashion business should include problem-solving techniques that resemble real-life situations in the modern industry. I emphasize cognitive learning with an integration of modern fashion decision-making and current examples of success.

Industry Experience:

  • National Field Marketing Director of Internap Network Services Corporation, a NASDAQ listed E-commerce 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 is a fashion merchandising and buying professional who spent her career in various roles at Giorgio Armani in the merchandising and e-commerce departments. She is a graduate of the FIT Fashion Merchandising Management program. She began teaching at FIT in 2014 in the Fashion Business Management department. She teaches courses in Product Development, Merchandising, and Team Development. Jennifer is currently enrolled in a master’s 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 my goal is to bring all three of those qualities to the classroom every day.

Industry Experience:

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