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Brenda Haitema

Mill Sales Manager

Brenda is in charge of our Asian operations at Thread from making sure our supply chain partners share our same values to ensuring that all of our good work makes it into product on-time, on-cost with the best quality in the industry. This works nicely with her background as it combines her experience of working at ground zero in manufacturing as well as managing a multi-million dollar supply chain.

Vitals:
North Carolina State University Polymer and Color Chemistry; STAR award for social work in Cambodia

What are you known for professionally? What do you have a knack for?
I’m known for my drive to strike fair business deals where we find a win-win for everyone. I believe there’s enough to go around for all, it’s just a matter of finding where we can add that value. I love geopolitical current events and how these affect the way we make and buy things.

What are you most passionate about professionally? What most excites you about your work & the contribution you can make?
Thread excites me because it allows me to transition from a traditional company that ultimately just creates trash to making items that add value to people’s lives while making a positive impact to people who need it the most. At previous jobs, I always ended up leading social impact projects that I did in my free time because these were passion projects. For example, in Cambodia, I started a mobile clinic that went to all of our factory locations and provided free healthcare to the local communities. These are people that had never seen a doctor in their lives, lack an understanding of very basic hygiene. Had it not been for my clinic, they would have never seen a doctor in their lives. It was very humbling and gratifying seeing the impact just a small percentage of my time could make. Now at Thread, I know that 100% of my time and effort is going directly to make impacts like this. And that makes me smile.

What are you passionate about personally? What do you really enjoy? What can’t you stop talking about? Personally, I’m passionate about fitness and simplistic living. I think that if we all took better care of ourselves and started addressing our needs at the most basic and simple levels that it would translate to a better place for everyone. Less consumerism, fewer fights, more balance.

How do you want to be remembered? Professionally, want to be remembered as a core contributor to the company that disrupted the textile industry. Personally, I want to be remembered as a kind, positive and fiercely loving of my friends and family.