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Originally from the United Kingdom, Phil moved to Montreal, Canada, as a young boy where he grew up. After graduating from Concordia University in 1979, Phil found himself working in the apparel industry. At the time, Montreal was the epicenter of Canadian fashion. Like many of his peers, his first years were spent on a factory floor learning about fabrics and the fundamentals of garment manufacturing. As the industry evolved globally, Phil began traveling throughout Asia, Europe and North America; you would often find him in factories learning the intricacies of sweater manufacturing from the fiber up. He later went on to grow revenues by leading the Sourcing, Design, Merchandising and Sales teams of a well-known private label and branded apparel import company for over 15 years. In 1998, he founded Cobmex, a specialty import/export company to supply corporate knitwear. Over the last two decades, Cobmex has evolved into the market leader for uniform sweaters in the Public Safety and Corporate Image Apparel markets. Today Cobmex proudly operates companies in 5 countries.
Phil has been known to enjoy the occasional glass of wine and play rock n’ roll surrounded by his prolific guitar collection.
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Jon grew up surrounded by family and friends who were in the apparel industry. Following his completion of high school in 2003, Jon took time off to travel overseas with friends. Upon returning to Toronto in the summer of 2004, Jon found a part-time job working at Cobmex as a warehouse associate while deciding what his career path was going to be (he always wanted to be a lawyer). While this was not the career path he had envisioned for himself, his fascination for the apparel industry, specifically the uniform industry quickly became apparent and low and behold, his career in apparel had begun. Jon swiftly moved up in the ranks at Cobmex as he went from a Sales Representative to Sales Director, and eventually Executive Vice President in 2020.
Phil’s vision and mentorship helped guide Jon through his early days at Cobmex. He started to fully understand the manufacturing process and understand every fibre of every uniform sweater that Cobmex produced. He was soon traveling with Phil throughout Asia, Europe and North America and was introduced to both the sales and manufacturing side of the business. Jon has been a driving force at Cobmex exceeding sales targets, expanding Cobmex’s customer base globally while further developing the company’s manufacturing base. In 2018, Jon was the recipient of the “Rising Star, Young Leader” Award given each year by the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors. As the executive team’s youngest member and with lots of runway left in his career, this is surely just the beginning of what will be a storied career.
Jon enjoys traveling, is an avid foodie and is well known for his libatious socializing skills!
Born and raised in Mumbai, Ernest moved to Toronto, Canada in 1983. Equipped with 25 years of fashion apparel expertise, Ernest joined Cobmex at a crucial time of the company’s growth in 2011. He strategized how to strengthen the financial base of the operation that allowed the company to grow to where it is today. He manages the accounting and financial aspects of Cobmex’s business. As Ernest reflects on the past nine years, he feels a great sense of satisfaction being part of the achievements they have made as a team.
“I’m grateful that Phil took a chance on me and I feel fortunate to have joined the Cobmex ‘family’ nine years ago. Cobmex is a diverse group of people who at the core, really is like a family. This has been the ride of my life.”
Outside of nine to five, you can find Ernest reading, doing yoga, listening to Leonard Cohen, and traveling.
Sonia immigrated from El Salvador to Toronto, Canada, with her family during a cold December day in 1995. “My first glimpse of winter was quite a sight. What a way to get introduced to my new home in the Great White North!”
Sonia left the corporate world in 2009 when she joined Cobmex after getting a glimpse of the company’s culture and Phil’s vision for the future. It was a major career shift, but she knew right away that Cobmex was the type of company that she wanted to grow with, and that is exactly what happened. Sonia joined the company as a Receptionist, and since then has worn many hats as an Accounting Clerk, Human Resources Manager, and then Accounting and Operations Manager. In 2019, Sonia officially became part of the Executive Management Team when she was appointed as Vice President of Operations. Sonia continues to build upon the company culture that makes Cobmex feel like a family.
“I feel extremely grateful for this opportunity and for the mutual trust and respect amongst our team. Our journey together has certainly been a great adventure!”
As the longest-serving member of the Cobmex executive team, Hilda has had a front-row seat for the evolution of Cobmex into what the company is today. Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Hilda has been the driving force behind the company’s Mexico operation since 1997. In 2005 Cobmex moved its Mexico headquarters from Guadalajara to beautiful Aguascalientes where Hilda managed to build an operation that began as two small contractors and a handful of employees to an infrastructure that includes both a fully vertical proprietary production line as well as a network of semi proprietary manufacturing units that employs 250 people. Hilda’s ability to nurture, as well as her passion for our industry, has played an integral role in helping to establish Cobmex as a leading manufacturing resource in Mexico.
Hilda enjoys cooking and spending time with her family of 2 brothers, 7 sisters, 10 nieces, 8 nephews, 5 great-nieces and 3 great-nephews.
We hope that you are staying safe and healthy during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are extremely grateful to all health care workers, first responders, and all essential workers who continue to be our heroes every day.
At Cobmex, we work diligently to help our customers with their daily needs without disruption. Our U.S., U.K., and Canadian facilities are operating with carefully monitored essential staff while encouraging a work from home policy for others.
We are committed to maintaining our operations to ensure that you receive the Cobmex quality of service that you are accustomed to.
We are closely monitoring the situation and are following all governmental health and safety guidelines, standards, and recommendations.
At Cobmex, as always, our number one priority is the health and welfare of our staff, our clients and all our partners.
Phil NewmanPresident, Cobmex Inc.
Esperamos que se mantengan sanos y salvos durante la Pandemia del COVID-19. Estamos extremadamente agradecidos con todos los trabajadores sanitarios al igual que los trabajadores esenciales, los cuales continuan siendo nuestros héroes día a día. En Cobmex, trabajamos diligentemente para ayudar a nuestros clientes con sus necesidades básicas diarias sin interrupciones. Nuestras instalaciones en los E.U.A, Reino Unido y Canadá están operando con personal esencial cuidadosamente monitoreado, y al mismo tiempo, fomentamos políticas de teletrabajo para el resto de los empleados. Estamos comprometidos a mantener nuestras operaciones para asegurarnos que recibes el servicio de calidad de Cobmex al que ya estás acostumbrado. Estamos monitoreando de cerca la situación y estamos cumpliendo con todas las pautas, estándares y recomendaciones de salud y de seguridad impartidas por el gobierno. En Cobmex, como siempre, nuestra prioridad número uno es la salud y el bienestar de nuestro personal, nuestros clientes y todos nuestros socios.
Phil NewmanPresidente, Cobmex Inc.
En cette période de pandémie de COVID-19, nous espérons que vous vous protégez et restez en bonne santé. Nous exprimons notre infinie reconnaissance à tous les travailleurs de la santé et premiers intervenants, ainsi qu’à tous les travailleurs essentiels, nos héros jour après jour. Chez Cobmex, nous travaillons sans relâche pour faire en sorte de répondre aux besoins quotidiens de nos clients sans interruption. Nos installations aux États-Unis, au Royaume-Uni et au Canada fonctionnent à l’aide de personnel essentiel surveillé de près sur place, tout en encourageant une politique de travail à distance pour les autres. Nous nous engageons à maintenir nos opérations pour que vous receviez la qualité de service Cobmex à laquelle vous êtes habitués. Nous surveillons de près la situation et suivons toutes les directives, normes et recommandations gouvernementales en matière de santé et de sécurité. Comme toujours chez Cobmex, le bien-être de notre personnel, de nos clients et de tous nos partenaires est notre priorité absolue.