Operating since 1959, Olah Inc. has evolved from a Canadian textile agency to a multi-faceted New York-based marketing, consultancy and event firm focusing on the denim and sportswear industries.
In this reality, we believe there is no point in producing anything new if it is not exceptional. We strive to create extraordinary products and events, and want to work with extraordinary people and projects.
Since 1976, Andrew has worked in textile development and marketing in more than 30 countries. Under his guidance, Olah Inc. has grown from a simple textile agency firm to a full-service textile company offering marketing, product development, consultancy services, education and sales in textiles and apparel.
An ideas person, Andrew has changed the way the denim industry does business. In 2004 he created the Kingpins Show – the first-ever denim supply chain trade show. The show now hosts editions in New York, Hong Kong, Amsterdam and China and has spun-off related events, including Kingpins Transformers, a summit series spotlighting members of the denim community who are committed to creating, implementing and sharing the changes that need to happen in the jeans industry to make it more environmentally viable, socially responsible and financially sound.
Andrew believes in creating community and sharing ideas. To that end, he is a regular speaker at industry events and helps produce a class on jeans brand development at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
Emily is the third generation of Olahs to enter into the family business. In her role as Managing Director, Emily directs and oversees all production aspects of Kingpins Shows as well as the Olah Inc. events department.
She is also active in the textile, apparel, product development and sales divisions of the company.
Prior to joining Olah Inc. in 2007, Emily worked for more than six years for denim and apparel brands in Los Angeles and New York in fabric and product development capacities.
Director of Sales
Tyler supervises Olah Inc.’s sales and marketing for North American retail and wholesale brands. He also works in marketing internationally for brands with strategic buying offices in an attempt to streamline procurement across a variety of trade zones.
Previous to working at Olah Inc., Tyler worked in operations for Mohawk Industries, a domestic flooring manufacturer with operating revenues of approximately eight billion US dollars.
Tyler graduated from The Walker College of Business at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Business Management.
Director, Communications + Special Projects Olah Inc. + Kingpins Media
Erin is Olah Inc.’s communications and content specialist. She is responsible for all communications for Olah Inc., Kingpins Media and Kingpins Show.
She is also the in-house producer for Kingpins Media, developing, writing and directing content for videos, public relations and media projects for clients such as INVISTA, Global Denim Awards, Lenzing and Cone Mills.
Prior to joining Kingpins in 2011, Erin was Manufacturing Editor at the weekly fashion trade publication, California Apparel News where her beat included the denim, manufacturing, surf, skate, contemporary, sportswear and technology markets. She holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California
Robert supervises Olah Inc.’s global cotton marketing and consulting programs, and directs Olah Inc.’s marketing, branding and licensing programs for Bayer. With more than 30 years of experience in the fiber and textile industries, Robert has an extensive background in strategic planning, fiber marketing, cotton sustainability, management consulting, and government relations.
Prior to joining Olah in 2011, Robert served as Managing Director of the Fibers & Textiles Division of FCStone, LLC. for 10 years.
Robert has worked as an FBI-cleared industry advisor to the U.S. government on numerous bilateral quota trade agreements, NAFTA, the MFA and the WTO. He has held positions with the Fiber Economics Bureau as editor of the Fiber Organon, American Fiber Manufacturers Association as Director of International Trade, American Textile Manufacturers as Associate Director of International Trade, Trade Resources, Inc., as President, and Werner International as Vice President.
Michael is the sixth generation in his family to work in textiles and garment manufacturing. He started as a garment dyer at 14. By the time he was 19 years old, he was running a textile dying operation with 110 employees and $10 million in sales.
Before joining Olah Inc. in 2003, he was Corporate Manager of Garment Processing at Jones Apparel Group. He served as the denim consultant at Swift Denim for eight years and worked as Plant Manager at Roxbero Dye Co. for eight years.
As an expert textile and denim dyer and colorist, Michael is a visiting lecturer at the Fashion Institute of Technology, teaching wet processing, design and costing.
Michael holds a BS in Textile and Apparel Manufacturing and a minor in Textile Chemistry and Apparel Design from North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles. He is a senior member of AATCC and multiple apparel and management groups.
Production Coordinator / Kingpins
Josephina manages production of Kingpins Show in New York and Amsterdam and all related events.
A recent graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Josephina holds a BS in Fashion Business Management.
Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing
A seasoned veteran of the denim industry, Mark oversees sales and marketing for Olah Inc.
Prior to joining Olah Inc. in October 2014, Mark served as President of ISF Inc., where he managed the US sales and marketing functions at mills such as Central Fabrics, Winnitex and Delta B&Y Garments for limited US customers. From 1998 to 2009 Mark held the post of President of UCO Fabrics, where he was responsible for a building a $70 million/year premium denim business in North Carolina.
Managing Director - Asia & Global Sales Manager / Kingpins
Vivian spearheads all of Kingpins Show’s initiatives in Asia – including Kingpins Hong Kong and the Kingpins China City Tour - and acts as the salesperson for all Kingpins Shows, globally. Vivian focuses on creating a unique exhibitor mix at all Kingpins shows, tailoring each exhibitor roster to best serve each show and market.
Before joining Kingpins, Vivian managed the graphics departments for brands such as Lucky Brand Jeans and worked as a freelance graphic and branding designer for clients including Guess?, Seven Jeans, J Brand, Citizens of Humanity and Goldsign. She holds a degree in Surface Design from the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.
Chief Financial Officer
Michelle manages all of Olah Inc.’s financial activities across all divisions. She joined Olah Inc. in 2007 and holds an MS in Professional Accounting and BS degrees in Information Technology and Business Management from St. Francis College.
Opple joined Olah Inc. in 2013 and acts as our Accounting Associate. She has a MS in Business Administration-Accounting from Brooklyn College and a BS in Accounting from St. Francis College.
Director of Operations
Shwaita manages all production operations with mills and customers at Olah Inc.
With more than 20 years experience, Shwaita has managed production and marketing for denim, garments and home furnishings textiles in the U.S. and India. Prior to joining Olah Inc. in 2004, Shwaita worked at a prestigious buying agency in India.
Shwaita holds a degree in Textile Development and Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology.