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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jess Ravich
CHAIR

Jess Ravich, Board ChairmanMr. Ravich joined The TCW Group as Group Managing Director in December 2012. Prior to that, Mr. Ravich was Managing Director at Houlihan Lokey since December 2009. Prior to that, Mr. Ravich was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Libra Securities, a Los Angeles-based investment banking firm that focused on capital raising and financial advisory services for middle market corporate clients and the sales and trading of debt and equity securities for institutional investors. Prior to founding Libra Securities in 1991, Mr. Ravich was an Executive Vice President at Jefferies & Co., Inc. and a Senior Vice President at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Jess has served as a director of ALJ Regional Holding Inc since June 26, 2006 and the Chairman of the Board since August 31, 2006 and has served as the Executive Chairman and senior executive officer of ALJ Regional Holding, Inc.since February 20, 2013. Mr. Ravich has served on the board of directors of Cherokee Inc. (Nasdaq GS: CHKE) since May 1995. Mr. Ravich has also served as chairman of the board of directors of Cherokee Inc. since January 2011. Mr. Ravich has also served on the boards of directors of Spectrum Group International, Inc. since 2009, A-Mark Precious Metals, Inc. (Nasdaq GS: AMRK) since March 2014, as chairman at TCW BDC since September 2014 and as a board member of TCW Alternative Funds since March 2015. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Mr. Ravich has also served on the Undergraduate Executive Board of the Wharton School and the Board of Trustees of the Archer School for Girls. Mr. Ravich has both a B.S and M.S. from the Wharton School and a J.D. from Harvard University.

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Alecia Wright
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Alecia Wright was born and raised in York, New York. She graduated from Norwich University in 2011, with dual degrees in Athletic Training and Health Sciences. Ms. Wright became the Executive Director in the Spring of 2017 and previously was the Lead Volunteer at Golisano Children’s Hospital in Rochester, New York.


ALLISON ALANIS

Ali Alanis

Allison Alanis was born in Munich, Germany, and moved to Los Angeles during her youth. She graduated from USC in 1984, with dual degrees in business administration and urban planning. Allison began her career working overseeing the interior design of several hotel projects. She has been an active member of the Pasadena Art Alliance for 25 years, serving in numerous Board positions, as well as awarding grants and chairing fundraisers. For many years, she also served on the Board of Directors of Danny's Farm, an organization dedicated to improving opportunities for Autistic children, as well as supported the Villa Esperanza and Hillsides Education Center. Allison is the mother of four and resides in Pasadena with her husband, Paul. She and Tia were good friends for nearly twenty years.

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David Koch


David Koch was born and raised in York, New York. He is the nephew of Tia Palermo and has been on the Board since 2015. Mr. Koch operates a farm in upstate New York, where he lives with his wife, Jennifer and three children.


Henry Stupp
Director, Chief Executive Officer

Henry StuppHenry Stupp became Chief Executive Officer in August 2010. Prior to joining Cherokee, Mr. Stupp was co-founder of Montreal-based Novel Teez Designs, later known as NTD Apparel, a leading licensee of entertainment, character, sport and branded apparel, and a supplier to all major North American retailers. After relocating to Southern California in 1995, Mr. Stupp successfully identified, negotiated, and introduced many well-known licenses and brands to a broad retail audience. From 2005-2010 Mr. Stupp served as President of NTD Apparel USA LLC. In addition, Mr. Stupp served a two-year term as an officer of the International Licensing Industry Merchandiser's Association. Now as CEO of Cherokee, Inc., Mr. Stupp brings to the Board critical insight into the Company’s operations and business. His extensive experience in the apparel business and merchandise licensing, coupled with his in-depth knowledge of the Company, provides Cherokee’s Board with important knowledge and skills and facilitates the Board's oversight of strategic and financial planning and other critical management functions.

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Stephen Solaka

Stephen SolakaStephen is a Managing Partner and co-founder of Belmont Capital Group. He has over 17 years of financial market experienced focusing on equity risk management, options and portfolio management. Stephen is frequently quoted by Barron’s, The Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg regarding options and hedging. Prior to founding Belmont, Stephen was a Director at Dorchester Capital Advisors, a fund of hedge funds focusing on equity and credit investments. Stephen previously advised clients at UBS Private Wealth Management, a division of UBS focused on families with over $10 million in investable assets. Prior to UBS, Stephen was a VP of Equity Derivatives at TD Options, a division of Toronto Dominion Bank. At TD he held responsibility for the firm's media and telecom options portfolio. This involved proprietary trading and market making on over 200 individual equities and sector ETFs. Stephen also held equity, ETF and index option market making positions at Bear Wagner Specialists and Stafford Trading. He was formerly a member of the Chicago Board Options Exchange, Chicago Board of Trade and American Stock Exchange. Stephen holds a B.A. in finance from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University.

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Steve Chesin

Steve Chesin was born and raised in Minnesota and moved to Las Vegas during his high school years and then attended UNLV. In 1978, prior to graduating high school, Steve started his own flooring company; Steve’s Floor Covering, Inc. He was a floor covering installation specialist as well as being a nationally certified flooring inspector. In July of 1995, he sold his company to Nations Flooring, Inc. and was appointed the Chief Operating Officer of Nations Flooring, Inc., DBA Carpet Barn, Inc with operations in seven states. Then in 2002, Steve joined Carpets N More, LLC where he later became the President and Chief Executive Officer.

Steve has been in the flooring industry for over 39 years and is recognized as Nevada’s leading flooring expert; building strong relationships with the larger New Home Builders and the state’s long-standing General Contractors. Steve has also been involved in several associations. He is one of the founding members of Floor Expo Inc; the largest finishing contractors come together to create a consortium for stronger buying power with manufactures, and currently is a board member of the Nevada Subcontractors Association, as well as being a member on the DalTile Advisory Board.

Steve loves to give back to his Las Vegas community: Muscular Dystrophy Association, participated in ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover by donating material and installation for a Las Vegas family in need, as well as being a stronger support of to a local women’s development center known as Safe Nest. Most recently, Steve sits on the Tia’s Hope Board and has partnered with Nevada’s UMC Children’s Hospital in Las Vegas.

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SUZANNE TODD

Suzanne ToddSuzanne is an award-winning film and television producer whose movies have grossed over three billion dollars worldwide. Suzanne has produced hits for nearly every major studio, as well as ground-breaking work in television. Recognized for her consummate development skills for socially relevant, family friendly and commercial fare, Suzanne’s films have been honored by the Academy Awards, Golden Globes and Emmys. Suzanne has been presented with many awards including Women In Film’s celebrated Lucy Award, the Independent Spirit Award for Best Picture, Cosmo’s Fun Fearless Female Award, the Glaad Media Award, four Saturn Awards, several MTV Movie Awards, People’s Choice Awards and many others. Her films include the Austin Powers Trilogy, Memento, Alice in Wonderland and the Bad Moms movies.

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ZOE MCNITT

Zoe McNittZoe McNitt was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. She is the oldest daughter of Tia Palermo, one of the founding members of Tia’s Hope and a mother to Roman McNitt. Zoe is also deeply committed to supporting research and has served as a Lab Director at Scripps College in addition to serving on the Board of Directors of The Phase One Foundation.

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