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Work experience

May 2008Present


JEM Sportswear/Awake Inc.

Jeff Marine is President and CEO of JEM Sportswear and Awake Inc.JEM is a manufacturer of apparel for major chain stores including Macy’s, Wal-Mart, Sears, JC Penney and Target.JEM manufactures and is a licensee for many major companies including Disney, Coke, Ford, DreamWorks, Sony and Universal.In addition, JEM does private label products for most of the the chain stores.In 2001, Jem launched its women’s wear division, Awake.Awake manufactures women’s novelty tops and sells to higher end department stores, specialty stores and large chain stores.

JEM Sportswear is based in Los Angeles and presently owns a manufacturing facility in Mexico employing approximately 500 people.In addition, the companies source product in the US, Central America and the Far East.

Jeff has been a member of the Board of Directors of SWAT’M (South West Apparel and Textile Manufacturers) since 1992 and in 2000 served as president.SWAT’M was an industry organization that united the top executives in the apparel and textile industry.SWAT’M merged with TAMM in 2002.

Jeff served on the Board of Directors of Magic from 1992 until its sale to Advanced Star in 1997.

In addition, Jeff is currently on the Board of Directors and a member of Young Presidents Organization in Los Angeles.

Jeff has been a member of the Board of Directors of Heschel Day School since 1996.In 2004 and 2005 he was the President of this Board.Heschel is an independent school with 450 students in Northridge, California.

In 2004, Jeff was honored by the Fashion Industries Guild in coordination with Cedars Sinai Medical Center as the fashion industry Man of the Year.


Apparel, Fashion, Business, Management


Southern California entrepreneur Jeff Marine is the founder, Chief Executive Officer, and President of JEM Sportswear and Awake, Inc., two Los Angeles-headquartered manufacturers of clothing and apparel for such leading retailers as JCPenney, Walmart, and Target. Jeff Marine established JEM Sportswear in 1971, and 30 years later he launched the women’s wear division Awake. Today, he oversees both companies’ foreign manufacturing operations, as well as their domestic-based distribution and management activities. Jeff Marine’s company creates top-quality clothing lines for distribution in everything from high-end specialty retailers to department stores. Through JEM Sportswear, he corners the mid-tier and mass markets for men’s, boys’, and toddlers’ apparel. Today, as a result of strategic licensing partnerships and quality private label lines such as Well Worn and Cold Crush, JEM products maintain enormous popularity among consumers of all ages. Jeff Marine’s Awake and Awake Couture Girls brands produce a variety of novelty tops and vintage collections for women, juniors, girls, and toddlers. Mr. Marine manufactures his company’s goods around the world, including at factories in Guatemala and Mexico. His 100,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing complex in Ensenada, Mexico, employs approximately 500 people, while his Guatemala facility provides development, production, and management for operations throughout Central America. Both locations maintain some of the highest safety and quality standards in the industry. Jeff Marine balances his executive duties with active involvement in the global textile and apparel industry and in community programs throughout Los Angeles. He previously served on the Board of Directors of the professional group South West Apparel and Textile Manufacturers (now a part of Textile and Apparel Manufacturers and Merchants). Currently, Jeff Marine sits on the board of directors of the Young Presidents’ Organization Los Angeles and the Abraham Joshua Heschel Day School.


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