Evan Toporek

CEO, Alternative Apparel

A third-generation apparel executive, Evan Toporek, 1993 IE, is the CEO, partner, and member of the Board of Directors for Alternative Apparel, a leading lifestyle apparel brand that specializes in casual clothing for young men and women. At Alternative Apparel, Toporek is responsible for establishing the company's long-term business strategy and overseeing the execution of its core business functions including marketing, global distribution, customer service, and information systems. Since joining Alternative in 1998, he has led the company through aggressive revenue earnings and employee growth while maintaining a focus on his core values: "Treat everyone with respect. Don't cut corners. And keep things in perspective."

Toporek has worked hard to propel the company from a blank tee shirt manufacturer to one of the world's fastest growing young contemporary lifestyle brands, with a growing roster of retailers in over 120 countries. Under Toporek's leadership, Alternative has garnered recognition from Inc. magazine as one of the "500 Fastest Growing Private Companies in America," received a prestigious 2009 Apparel All-Star Award and, most recently, was named one of Georgia's "20 Fastest-Growing Mid-Market Companies" by Georgia Trend magazine.