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Ali von Paris

Ali von Paris

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Ali von Paris

CEO and Founder
Route One Apparel

What would you describe as your most significant professional accomplishment?

I was able, starting at a very young age, to get licensing rights with many reputable, giant businesses – including billion-dollar companies such as McCormick & Co., Utz and more recently, Hershey and Morton Salt. It took a lot of time and hard work to obtain these licenses, because I had to prove myself as a small business owner to the decision makers at these corporations and prove that Route One Apparel could step up and be a creative and reputable partner. Today, not only do we have licenses with these companies, but they consider us a prioritized and preferred partner.

Please describe a personal achievement that makes you particularly proud:

When I graduated from The University of Maryland, College Park, I decided to take the road less traveled. I chose to pass up pursuing a “traditional career” or a job offered through a campus career fair, or an interview set up through the business school. Instead, I chose to establish my own path and start my own business. I’m very proud that I followed my heart and had the courage to pursue the less clearly defined career path.

This is an honoree profile from The Daily Record's Top 100 Women awards. Information for this profile was sourced from the honoree's application for the award.

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