The Dream Team
Erica Blakely, CPA, MAFM
Introducing our esteemed founder and Chief Operating Officer, Erica Blakely, CPA, an acclaimed entrepreneur and trailblazer within the men's fashion industry. Hailing from Chicago, she was raised as the only child of hardworking parents who instilled in her a foundation of resilience and empathy. Erica continually pushes the boundaries of success, setting new standards along the way.
With a notable career as a Certified Public Accountant and a Master's of Science Degree in Accounting and Financial Management, Erica has owned her own CPA firm for over two decades. Her expertise has led her to successfully complete projects for renowned Fortune 500 companies. Additionally, Erica has shared her knowledge as a distinguished college professor at esteemed universities.
Passionate about philanthropy, Erica has infused Blakely Bespoke with B-Corp characteristics, aiming to create a profound social impact for generations to come. Her unwavering dedication to making a difference is the driving force behind our brand's commitment to creating positive change.
Meet Bernard Winston, our esteemed Sr Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, with an impressive track record spanning over 20 years as a financial/insurance broker. With over 30 years of sales expertise and a Bachelor's Degree from Seton Hall University, Bernard brings unparalleled knowledge and experience to our team.
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Bernard and his two brothers were raised in Bolingbrook, Illinois, a vibrant Chicago suburb. For more than 25 years, he has been deeply involved in serving the Bolingbrook community as the President & Founder of the Black History Awareness Program. Additionally, Bernard is a distinguished life member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Renowned as "Mr. Dapper," Bernard's impeccable sense of style and exceptional sales acumen play a pivotal role in the triumphs of Blakely Bespoke. His dedication to service aligns perfectly with our founder's vision, ensuring a historic social impact that will leave a lasting legacy.