Retail CEO to speak at UCA on Friday

The CEO of popular, lifestyle-clothing manufacturer Tommy Bahama, will be the featured guest at an 11:30 a.m. luncheon Friday at UCA Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center.

 

Terry Pillow, an Arkansan and a University of Central Arkansas alumnus, will share his experiences in the clothing and retail industries.

The public event is presented by the Conway Area Chamber of Commerce and reservations at $25 each are required by calling 501-327-7788.

Pillow joined Tommy Bahama in 2008, taking over the chief executive position from Tommy Bahama co-founder Tony Margolis. As CEO, Pillow is responsible for the overall direction and expansion of the Seattle-based brand.

The Tommy Bahama brand includes island-inspired men’s and women’s apparel, accessories, fragrances, and a complete home furnishings collection. There are more than 100 company-owned Tommy Bahama retail stores nationwide, 14 of which include a restaurant.

The brand is also available at a number of department store chains, including Belk, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Lord & Taylor, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Pillow’s career spans 30 years in the apparel, footwear and accessories business.

While a student at UCA, Pillow worked full time at Browning and White, a men’s clothing store in Conway.

Following graduation in 1976, Pillow traveled to Dallas and met Stanley Marcus, who selected him for a position at Neiman Marcus in the company’s executive training program. Since then, Pillow has held executive leadership positions with several of the world’s most successful and renowned brands, including A/X Armani Exchange, Coach and Polo Ralph Lauren.

UCA president Tom Courtway said he is honored to welcome home Terry Pillow.

“His professional accomplishments since graduating from UCA show the value of education and hard work,” Courtway said.

 

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