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Washington, D.C. – On February 26, 2015, the United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) Board of Directors elected the Board Officers for 2015. The Officers include international trade and compliance executives from four leading fashion brands, retailers, and importers, who will work closely with the association’s staff, legal counsel, and committees to guide the association’s activities and direction for the future.

Maureen Gray, Vice President of International Trade for Ralph Lauren Corporation, was reelected as chairman, along with John Clark, Vice President of Michar LLC, as vice chairman, and Michael Singer, Director of Customs & Social Compliance of Macy’s Merchandising Group, as treasurer. All three have served on the Board of Directors for many years, and helped guide the association through our rebranding in 2013.

Sonja Chapman, Director of International Traffic & Customs Compliance for Golden Touch Imports, Inc. was elected for the first time to serve as the secretary. Chapman is also an instructor at the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Department of International Trade & Marketing, where she teaches courses in international logistics and import/export regulations and has coordinated presentations for FIT's Executive Education Programs and International Student Programs. Chapman is active in the industry as a Licensed Customshouse Broker and member of the Cotton Board, as well.

“I’m honored that Maureen, John, and Michael agreed to serve as officers again this year, as their contributions to the association have been invaluable,” said Julia K. Hughes, President of USFIA. “And I’m pleased to welcome Sonja, a long-time, active Board member. With her technical expertise and dedicated support of the association’s activities, I know she will make important contributions,” she added.

Other USFIA Board members for 2015 include representatives from American Eagle Outfitters, JCPenney, Levi Strauss & Co., MGF Sourcing, Nine West Holdings, PacSun, PVH Corp., Quiksilver Americas Inc., Under Armour, and URBN Inc.

About the United States Fashion Industry Association

The United States Fashion Industry Association (USFIA) represents the fashion industry: textile and apparel brands, retailers, importers, and wholesalers based in the United States and doing business globally. Founded in 1989 as the United States Association of Importers of Textiles & Apparel with the goal of eliminating the global apparel quota system, USFIA now works to eliminate the tariff and non-tariff barriers that impede the industry’s ability to trade freely and create economic opportunities in the United States and abroad. Headquartered in Washington, D.C. For more information, visit