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Tracy

Forever a New Yorker, Maria Turgeon moved to Manhattan from upstate New York to build a career in the fashion industry, working for design firms and eventually entered the entrepreneurial world with her eponymous collection, Maria Turgeon, where she designed and marketed a successful line of handbags and accessories. From there, she began a long and impactful career at Coach as an Executive SVP of design, where she managed large creative teams in a corporate setting. She currently splits her time with her family between Manhattan and the Catskills.

Sheila Mendleson

Sheila Mendleson is the Executive Vice President of Pretty Rugged Gear, having worked in both the private and non-profit sector. For 15 years, Sheila worked in Human Resources for PWC in Boston, and UHY in Manhattan. Her keen interest in marketing and public relations has always been evident.

In addition to her corporate endeavors, Sheila spent 11 years as the Vice President of Capital Region Sponsor A Scholar, a non-profit organization that assists students by providing college tuition grants. Her retail experience involves owning an independent book store, as well as sales for J. McLaughlin Clothing. She serves as a board member for several non-profit organizations including the Albany Medical Center, and the State University of Albany. Her passions include boating, fishing, college basketball and spending quality time with family.

Maria Turgeon

Forever a New Yorker, Maria Turgeon moved to Manhattan from upstate New York to build a career in the fashion industry, working for design firms and eventually entered the entrepreneurial world with her eponymous collection, Maria Turgeon, where she designed and marketed a successful line of handbags and accessories. From there, she began a long and impactful career at Coach as an Executive SVP of design, where she managed large creative teams in a corporate setting. She currently splits her time with her family between Manhattan and the Catskills.

Ira Mendleson

Ira Mendleson joins Pretty Rugged Gear after spending 8 years as a managing partner of Positano Imports in Latham, New York. Prior to Positano, Ira had 15 incredibly successful years of sales and leadership with Time Warner Cable Commercial Services. His hobbies and passions include fly fishing, camping, hiking, boating, golf and skiing. Ira has always possessed a “work hard and play hard” mentality, and places high demands on his accessories and equipment.

Ira and his lovely wife Sheila live in Brunswick, N.Y., and have three children and four dogs. Ira will be the sales representative for the East Coast , specializing in Yacht Club relations.

Jeff Clark

Having grown up in Upstate New York, and earning both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees at the University of Vermont, Jeff is no stranger to inclement weather. An avid outdoorsman, poet, accomplished fisherman, and classroom teacher for nearly twenty years, Jeff has stepped out of the classroom to join the Pretty Rugged team. Jeff currently resides in Encinitas, California and enjoys exploring, fishing, and traveling with his ten year old twins.

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