Sam Ben-Avraham, Founder, Atrium & Liberty Fairs and Co-Founder, Kith
Tommy Fazio, President, PROJECT
Aaron Levant, Founder, Agenda
Deirdre Maloney, Founder, Capsule Show & BPMW Agency
Arnold J. Karr, Financial Editor, WWD-Moderator
Sam Ben-Avraham is an entrepreneur and investor, providing vision and knowledge to a range of fashion enterprises in retail, wholesale, e-commerce, and fashion trade shows.
Launching his career in 1994, Mr. Ben-Avraham opened the shopping destination Atrium and offered an exclusive, personalized alternative to the standard department store experience. In 2003, he founded Project Tradeshow. Seeing a need for modernization within the retail market, he created a new platform that transformed the contemporary market. He sold Project Tradeshow in 2005; seven years later he launched Liberty Fairs to provide a more curated show.
Today, Mr. Ben-Avraham is making his mark with investment projects, including FashionGPS , WeWork, Hautelook, KITH, and NuOrder. His vision, leadership, and industry connections have made him a key player within the fashion industry.
Tommy Fazio, President of PROJECT, overseeing PROJECT, PROJECT MVMNT, The TENTS @ PROJECT, and PROJECT MENS/WEAR, is responsible for the creative direction and rebranding of both the New York City and Las Vegas installments of these fashion events.
Arnold J. Karr
Arnold J. Karr is Financial Editor for WWD.
Aaron Levant was a high school dropout when he founded Agenda at age 19. Over the last decade, he has built it into an influential action sports, street wear, and youth culture trade show.
Mr. Levant first saw an opportunity to help emerging brands succeed at trade shows when he was trying to get his own independent fashion brand recognized in the market. Agenda was launched in 2003 in Long Beach, California, with 33 brands represented. Today, Agenda works with more than 1,000 brands and has expanded to New York and Las Vegas. In 2012, Agenda became part of Reed Exhibitions. He works closely with Reed to develop a fashion group within the company.
Deirdre Maloney oversees BPMW and the Capsule Show’s strategic planning and growth.
Ms. Maloney began her career as an Assistant Buyer at Bloomingdale’s. In 2001, she became Buyer for Young Men’s Trend and Premium Denim, and made major changes in the retailer’s approach to the young men’s business. Recognized for her eye for trends and business acumen, Ms. Maloney was named Bloomingdale’s Buyer of the Year in 2003.
Ms. Maloney oversees the BPMW, Capsule, and Mark McNairy businesses. She is called on regularly as a fashion resource by publications such as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and was featured in “Influencers,” a documentary on how trends and creativity become contagious.
Ms. Maloney is on the board of the Global Syndicate and has been active in raising awareness and money for Haitian charities. She holds a B.A. from Georgetown University.