As part of its ongoing expansion plans, denim consultancy and events business Olah Inc. announced Monday it has named Richard Tobin vice president of sales and marketing.
A regular speaker and exhibitor at Olah Inc. industry events like Kingpins New York and Kingpins 24, Tobin joins the company from Kaltex America, Mexico’s largest denim mill and jean producer, where he held the same title. Tobin carries more than three decades of industry experience, having worked at Hong Kong-based textile company Vita Textile Group and Mexican denim manufacturer Tavex, in addition to running his own business.
The addition of Tobin strengthens Olah Inc. deep knowledge of the business of denim, which will be crucial as the industry recovers from the pandemic.
“We are very proud that Rich joined our company and his experience, vision and creativity will allow us to not only improve customer satisfaction, but will substantially widen our [bandwidth], allowing us to do more creative and substantive work and of course grow our business,” said Andrew Olah, founder of Olah Inc.
Tobin arrives at a pivotal point in denim, Olah added.
“This is a very exciting time in our industry, where massive change is impacting every supplier and customer and an experienced person with vision can bring fundamental change not just to our company, but to the industry at large,” he said. “This is very important to us and we believe this addition to our team will vitalize our work and our footprint.”
Olah Inc. has evolved considerably since it launched in 1959 as a Canadian textile agency. Just this past year alone, the company’s events arm launched Kingpins24, a digital events series that emerged as a result of the pandemic, and Transformers Foundation, a nonprofit that actively addresses and facilitates change in the denim supply chain. The foundation has already released reports and educational series exposing the industry’s greatest challenges and posing solutions for a better future.