SPORTS NIGHT: A stranger walking into the American Committee for Shenkar College’s annual benefit earlier this month might have mistaken the event for the ESPYs.
One of the evening’s honorees, Ralph Lauren Home’s Kenneth J. Rood, is a former New Jersey Net, and another, Warren Rothstein, was a college basketball star whose presenter turned out to be his brother, Ron Rothstein, former coach of the Miami Heat.
The event, an annual dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria hosted by the American Committee for Shenkar College in Israel, also honored Sami Sagol, chief executive officer of Keter Plastics, who does not have sports on his resume. The benefit raised $250,000 for the institution.
Rood has been president of the Ralph Lauren Home Collection since 1995 and has worked with the company for 13 years, helping develop the collection’s home furnishings. Rood, who was inducted into Hofstra University’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1982, was drafted by the New Jersey Nets in 1978 after playing for two years as an all-star in the Continental Basketball Association, a quasi-farm system for the NBA.
Rothstein, chairman of Worldwide Web Networx Corp., also chairs ATM Service Ltd. He was a founder of D&W Enterprises, which for two decades formed trading partnerships to remarket problem inventories to retailers and buyers of overstocked goods in various industries. He was a college basketball player for the University of Texas at El Paso.
Shenkar, based in Ramat-Gan, is dedicated to industrial education and research and has a large apparel and textile program. The school offers undergraduate degrees and has a global textile marketing master’s program through Philadelphia University.

PEOPLE AND PLACES: Ira Rosenfeld has been promoted to executive vice president of ready-to-wear at Oscar de la Renta Ltd. Rosenfeld joined the company in 1995 as vice president of manufacturing after having similar positions at Carolyne Roehm and Carolina Herrera. He reports to Jeffry M. Aronsson, president and chief executive officer of Oscar de la Renta.
Searle has named Erin Chalub its new design director for sportswear for the signature collection, sold in five freestanding stores in New York. The company, which is known as a coat and leather resource, is increasing its focus on sportswear and will introduce tweeds and Scottish plaids, leather A-line skirts, slim pants and jackets in its fall collection.
Beth Sperling has been named managing director of Angel Sanchez, a women’s eveningwear and bridal company based in New York and Caracas, Venezuela. She was most recently buyer and manager of the bridal salon at Bergdorf Goodman in New York, a position she had held since 1997. At Sanchez, she will head the New York office, overseeing sales and marketing in the U.S.
Alex Solis has been named director of distribution at Amerex Group, responsible for distribution and traffic functions for the outerwear company. Solis was previously global inventory operations manager for Reebok International’s Rockport subsidiary, where he worked for 13 years. Prior to that, Solis worked at JVON Inc. as production supervisor.