Calvin Jarrett, Founder and President of BEE Apparel Manufacturing Company, Inc.
Founder and President, Calvin Jarrett is the heart and soul of BEE Apparel Manufacturing. He has a highly evolved knowledge of the production of creative athletic apparel. His lengthy experience includes training operators, designing apparel and motivational speaking. A Chicago native and 1980 graduate of Dunbar High School, he is a tireless worker and inspiration to young people. He is well known and respected throughout the apparel manufacturing industry.
Calvin Jarrett founded BEE on faith, commitment and perseverance in 1990. His love for sewing took hold when he saw a custom suit worn by a student in his cousin's high school yearbook. That suit became his quest.
As he prepared for his 8th grade graduation, his mother struggled and saved so that she could have the suit made in time for the big day. Seeing his mother struggle to get the suit made, Calvin decided to become a tailor himself. He took tailoring classes in high school and elsewhere. At the age of 15, he applied for a sewing machine operator job at Meiozer Raincoat Corp. He didn't get the job as a sewer but owner, Maury Girch, hired the determined high school sophomore part-time to clean up the plant floor and assist machine operators. Calvin worked hard and took on extra responsibilities.
Upon graduation, Calvin took a full-time job job with the company. He not only learned to operate the industrial machines, he filled in on the sewing machine whenever the shift was short-handed. Under Maury, Calvin mastered all aspects of the operation -- production, shipping and billing -- and under the mentorship of owner, Maury Girch, learned everything there is to know about the apparel manufacturing industry.
Calvin took a leap of faith and started his first business, CJ Sportswear, with no money and no name recognition. His marketing plan included giving away jackets to radio personalities for free advertisement. This built the company's credibility. In 1990, BEE Manufacturing was born.
His client list includes coaches, celebrities, and entertainers -- in addition to sports teams, schools and corporations.