Speaker - Doug Williams

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As Chief Executive Officer of HMX Group, Doug Williams oversees the strategic development of iconic apparel brands Hickey Freeman, Hart Schaffner Marx, Coppley and Bobby Jones, among others. In 1988, Mr. Williams joined Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. as Retail Analyst.

Over the next 16 years, he rose to become Group President of the company. During his tenure, he held senior sales positions in the men's wholesale group and leadership positions in licensing and business development, both domestically and internationally.

After leaving Polo Ralph Lauren, Mr. Williams partnered with Brentwood Associates to purchase Seattle-based CC FilsonCompany. Mr. Williams assumed the role of interim Chief Executive Officer and launched a collection of products to bring the brand into the lifestyle marketplace. He served as Non-Executive Chairman of the board from 2006 through 2007.

In 2006, Mr. Williams established W-Diamond Ventures, a business development consultancy that works with premium and emerging brands. Past clients have included Hudson Jeans, Bamford, and Vineyard Vines.

Mr. Williams graduated from the University of Tulsa with a B.S. in business administration, concentrating in corporate finance. Upon graduation, he joined the former Foley's Department Stores in Houston as an Executive Trainee. Today, Mr. Williams is on the board of the American Apparel and Footwear Association.

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