FINDINGS

COACH'S ROSE TO RETIRE: The executive vice president of leather goods maker Coach, Dick Rose, will retire on Friday after a 33-year career with the firm.
Rose will continue to serve as an adviser to Coach as well as other divisions of Coach's parent company, Sara Lee Corp. Originally, he was hired to increase business in better department and specialty stores. According to Laurence Franklin, president, Rose "pioneered new merchandise concepts that took Coach from individual product presentation in stores to a very significant presence in boutiques and shops."
Franklin said that while no one will be named to replace Rose, John Wagstaff, vice president of sales for Coach, will take over Rose's responsibilities.

COLE GETS CROWNED: This year's New York Entrepreneur of the Year award in the apparel industry has gone to Kenneth Cole, the president and chief executive officer of the footwear and accessories company that bears his name.
The awards program, organized by Ernst & Young, annually honors pioneers in various industries. More than 300 New York firms were nominated this year.
In the apparel category, Cole was up against Bud Konheim, ceo of Nicole Miller; Cynthia Rowley, president and ceo of the firm that bears her name; and Eddie Rodriguez, president and ceo of men's wear firm Wilke-Rodriguez.
In the retail category, William Modell, chairman of Modell Sporting Goods, took the top prize.
The awards were presented June 14 at New York's Marriott Marquis hotel. Cole and the other winners will be up for national Entrepreneur of the Year honors, to be presented in November in Palm Springs, Calif.

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