Dean F. Shulman
Whenever someone meets Dean F. Shulman for the first time, they can't help but notice his effusive enthusiasm for the sewing industry. Dean has translated that passion into positive success by reinventing the sewing and embroidery division at Brother International Corporation, as well as rejuvenating the sewing industry as a whole.
Dean has led Brother to not only introduce new, innovative products to the industry, but he has also made dramatic changes in marketing and customer service. In his 20+ years with Brother, Dean has "held every position except receptionist," as he often jokes. Most recently, as Senior Vice President, he has been responsible for overseeing areas such as National Service, Business Machines Sales and Marketing, Customer Service, Internet and Ecommerce, in addition to serving on the Board of Directors for Brother International Corporation. In all of these roles, Dean has worked tirelessly to position Brother as a technology leader, particularly in the home sewing and embroidery industry.
That technology innovation has led the sewing and embroidery division at Brother to record sales in each of the last several years, and to be honored by Brother International Corporation and Brother Industries, Ltd., its parent company located in Japan, with the prestigious Board of Directors' Excellence Award and the President's Award in 2011. The awarding of The President's Award to a division instead of a subsidiary, as has been standard in years past, truly spoke to the achievements of Dean over the last several years.
Under Dean's leadership, Brother has succeeded in redefining the sewing and embroidery industry as a fashion-oriented, creative and trendy hobby for people of all ages. The rising trends in the sewing industry have been noted by national news outlets, such as The Wall Street Journal, who recently quoted Dean and credited the company's involvement with 'Project Runway' as part of the 'pop-culture revival.' Coupled with the company's innovative technology, Brother sewing, embroidery, quilting, crafting and serging machines are undoubtedly more popular, and in more demand, than ever before.
Dean started his career after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Washington University in St. Louis, as well as a Masters degree in marketing from Baruch College in New York City.
2012 Sewing Industry Hall of Fame inductee.