Gala Honorees

 2018 Annual Gala Honorees


Haim Dabah

Founder, Chief Giving Officer KIDBOX
Managing Partner, HDS Capital

Haim is the Founder of HDS Capital, which is dedicated to investing in and mentoring innovative startups at the intersection of technology, retail and fashion. He recently founded KIDBOX, the first kids style box that combines cool brands, meaningful savings and a mission to clothe children in need. Previously, Haim was an Executive Director, Group President at Li & Fung USA. In 2007, Haim sold his company, Regatta USA, to Li & Fung and stayed on to run its women’s business. His brand portfolio includes Simply Vera Vera Wang, Daisy Fuentes, Nicole Miller, Karl Karl Lagerfeld, and Marchesa as well as Keds and Skechers. He led designer collaborations with large retailers such as Macy’s and Kohl’s. Prior to Regatta, he co-founded Gitano with his family, a global retail brand that was sold to Fruit of the Loom. Haim is the Co-President of The Propel Network, a non profit dedicated to helping women advance their careers through tuition grants. He is also on the advisory boards of Metamorphic Ventures and Firstime Ventures and is a Disruptor Foundation fellow. Haim is a longtime proud member of the Delivering Good Board, where he has served for 14 years.



Gabriel Hamani 

Chief  Executive  Officer, BHI

Gabriel Hamani is Chief Executive Officer of BHI, a part of Bank Hapoalim, Israel’s leading financial institution. Gabriel has nearly 30 years of experience in banking, finance and management in Israel and the U.S. In 2006 he moved from Israel, and quickly began managing the New York office. Gabriel was instrumental in changing the bank’s focus to the Middle Market resulting in rapid growth. He is committed to providing highly customized financial services and building personal relationships with the bank’s customers. This is reflected in his strong support of the philanthropic activities of the BHI community. Gabriel lives in New Jersey where he prioritizes quality time with his wife and three children, as well as his passion for marathons and motorcycles.



Annette Repasch

Group Vice President of Softlines, Meijer, Inc

Annette Repasch is the Group Vice President of Softlines for Meijer, Inc., the Grand Rapids, MI, based retailer that operates more than 240 supercenters and grocery stores in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. Annette joined Meijer in late Fall 2015 and has more than 20 years of experience in merchandising.  In her new role, Annette is responsible for providing strategic direction and leadership to Softlines, Shoes, Accessories, Kids, Baby Center and Product Development functions by setting financial goals, trend direction, in store visual presentation and the marketing of all apparel and baby center product across the organization in alignment with the company culture, mission and values.


Jamie Salter  

Founder, Chairman & CEO, Authentic Brands Group

Jamie is an entrepreneur and licensing industry forerunner with nearly 30 years of success in consistently generating strong returns for investors through numerous fashion, sports, celebrity, and entertainment brand-related activities. Prior to ABG, Salter was CEO of Hilco Consumer Capital Corp. (“HCC”) and he previously served as President of GSI Commerce. Salter has completed nearly $8 billion of brand-related investments, which have included both growth companies and turnarounds. His record of outstanding performance is a clear demonstration of his ability as a visionary to recognize value and seize opportunity .


Nick Woodhouse

President & CMO, Authentic Brands Group

Nick is a marketing and creative thought leader with a proven ability to launch, reposition, and transform iconic consumer brands. Relentlessly results-driven, Woodhouse is at the forefront of driving both qualitative and quantitative business and growth for ABG and its portfolio of global brands. Prior to ABG, Woodhouse held a multitude of positions with Forzani Group Ltd., from Buyer to Vice President, where he experienced firsthand the challenges and rewards of growing the Canadian sporting goods retail icon from $55 million to $1.7 billion in annual sales.