MEET THE EXCEPTIONAL TEAM BEHIND MILANO PRO SPORT
Below you will find a short insight into our Team's careers and their life beyond Milano. Please know that there are many more dedicated staff members who contribute to the work that's done at Milano.
Meet David, the visionary CEO of Milano. David brings over 35 years of invaluable experience in supplying fabrics for athletic garments. His strategic mindset and unwavering dedication have propelled Milano towards its goal of becoming the leading brand nationally and internationally.
Passionate about his work, David finds inspiration in the vibrant colours, fabrics, and youthful energy of the sport. The joy and excitement that permeate gymnastics resonate deeply with him. He recognises the emotional rollercoaster of competitions, where every moment is filled with unexpected twists and turns.
David is the kind of person gymnasts, parents and coaches love to chat with. With his friendly and approachable nature, he fosters a strong bond within the gymnastics community.
Driven by innovation, David places great emphasis on exploring uncharted territory. He understands the importance of continually improving Milano's garments to enhance the performance of our athletes. The leotards we create play a vital role in instilling confidence in gymnasts as they step onto the stage to compete.
David's passion knows no bounds, and he consistently strives for excellence in everything he does. With an unapologetic honesty and a relentless pursuit of greatness, he sets the tone for Milano's ethos. In his leadership, the brand embodies this commitment to exceptional quality and craftsmanship.
At Milano, maintaining a friendly environment is paramount. David believes in the power of a smile, recognising that ultimately, we are in the business of selling smiles. Upholding this philosophy, the entire team works together to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Outside the world of Milano, David finds solace and joy in his German Shepherds, his love for golf, and his passion for driving fast cars. These interests reflect his adventurous spirit and zest for life.
With David at the helm, Milano is driven to achieve greatness in every aspect, from fostering innovation to creating a positive and vibrant atmosphere. His leadership sets the stage for Milano's continued success and unwavering commitment to the world of gymnastics.
Meet Julie, our exceptional Sales Manager. With a background in the construction industry, Julie joined our team a year and a half ago, bringing a unique perspective to the world of gymnastics. Embracing the challenges and rewards of her work, Julie finds fulfilment in being part of our gymnasts' journeys. Through her interactions with them, she feels connected to their progress and success.
One aspect of gymnastics that truly captivates Julie is its competitive and diverse nature. The sport encompasses a wide range of disciplines, each with its own distinct characteristics. Julie appreciates the individuality of each gymnast, as no two are ever the same. This constant variation and uniqueness fuel her passion for the sport.
Julie's vision for Milano is filled with growth and potential. She recognises the immense value of our partnerships and takes pride in Milano's recognition as a leading gymnastics brand by FIG. With these foundations in place, Julie envisions a future where Milano continues to thrive and expand its influence in the industry.
Meeting with our ambassadors and their families is a source of great joy for Julie. Building personal connections with them allows her to understand their experiences and aspirations. “Witnessing the impact our ambassadors have on young girls, and how much it means to them to meet their idols, is a truly heartwarming experience”, says Julie.
Julie's versatile skills, enthusiasm for gymnastics, and ability to foster meaningful connections make her an invaluable asset to the Milano team. Her dedication to our gymnasts, belief in the brand's growth, and zest for life contribute to Milano's continued success in the gymnastics world.
Meet Leona, our Production Manager over the past 10 years. With an impressive 22 years of dedicated service, Leona embodies the spirit of Milano. She began her journey at the factory, working diligently on sewing machines, and over the years, she has gained a wealth of knowledge and expertise through Milano's comprehensive training programs.
Leona's passion for her work shines through in everything she does. What she treasures most about her role is the strong bond she shares with her colleagues. The connections she has forged with the staff make her job even more fulfilling, and she takes immense pride in being part of such a close-knit team.
While Leona excels in all aspects of her job, her true joy lies in crafting bespoke garments. She relishes the opportunity to invest time and effort into each piece, ensuring impeccable quality and attention to detail. Recently, she had the privilege of working on the handcrafted Gadirova garments worn during the 2023 British Championships—a testament to her exceptional skills.
As we reflect on Milano's journey, Leona is amazed by the remarkable growth we have experienced, particularly in the past two years. She wholeheartedly embraces the exciting direction in which our company is headed, filled with enthusiasm and a commitment to excellence.
Leona's dedication, expertise, and genuine warmth make her an invaluable asset to the Milano team. We are fortunate to have her as our Production Manager, leading the way in creating exceptional garments and fostering a culture of care and craftsmanship.
Meet Karl, our dedicated Logistics Supervisor at Milano. With an impressive tenure of 27 years, Karl has been an integral part of our team since the early days. He started off in dispatch and stock maintenance, and throughout the years, has risen to his current position, leading a team. Karl's wealth of experience and deep understanding of logistics make him an invaluable asset to our operations.
For anyone who has visited our pop-up shops at events, meeting Karl in person is almost guaranteed. With a passion for connecting with people, Karl finds great joy in engaging with event organisers, sharing his enthusiasm for the sport. Through Milano, he has forged long-lasting connections with individuals all across Britain. Karl is the friendly face of our events, embodying the spirit of Milano and creating a welcoming atmosphere for all.
Karl's pride in working for Milano runs deep. He has witnessed the brand's evolution, having been part of the company since its humble beginnings as a small business. Milano holds a special place in his heart, not only for the brand itself but also for the sport it represents. In fact, Karl's dedication to Milano goes beyond work. It was through Milano that he met his wife, a testament to how deeply he lives and breathes the essence of our brand.
Aside from his passion for Milano, Karl is a devoted fan of PNE (Preston North End). Supporting his favourite team brings him great joy and adds an extra layer of excitement to his life outside of work.
Meet Nikola, our Digital Marketing Executive at Milano. With a love for art and a passion for creativity, Nikola brings a fresh perspective to our marketing efforts. Since early 2023, Nikola has been in charge of all digital aspects, from social media and email campaigns to diverse advertising initiatives.
Nikola's role involves running captivating advertising campaigns across multiple media channels, promoting our latest collections, updates from Milano and exciting opportunities. With a "yes" attitude and a determination to deliver top-notch results, Nikola is a versatile creative who fearlessly embraces new software and continuously works on improving her skills.
Although new to the sport, Nikola is deeply motivated by the dedication and resilience demonstrated by gymnasts. Working for Milano, a brand cherished by athletes worldwide, fills Nikola with immense pride. In her words: ‘Milano represents heritage and unwavering support for champions in all their endeavours’ and she’s proud to be a part of it.
Nikola's recent achievements include providing powerful content for the prestigious British Championships 2023 and spearheading Milano's Trusted by Champions campaign. She also played a pivotal role in the successful launch of Mystery Bags, showcasing her innovative mindset.
With Milano's partnership with FIG, Nikola believes that our brand's significance within the industry will be more widely recognised. Embracing the busy and dynamic nature of her role, Nikola thrives on the endless possibilities each day brings at Milano.
In her free time, Nikola cherishes weekends with loved ones, prioritising family time. She tries to maintain an active lifestyle, hitting the gym to improve her health and fuel her creativity. In her alone time she loves sitting down with a book, embracing her love for literature.
Luna, the energetic Puppy Relations Manager and Canteen Scrap Disposal Expert at Milano, is the heart and soul of the company. With her wagging tail and infectious enthusiasm, Luna spreads joy and laughter to everyone she encounters. She takes her role as the official scrap disposal expert seriously, swiftly snatching up any leftover treats or crumbs from the canteen floor with lightning speed. Luna's adorable antics and playful nature never fail to bring smiles to the faces of the Milano team; she keeps the office atmosphere lively and filled with endless fun.