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Jockey International Taps Jake Mcghee to Lead Philanthropic Efforts

McGhee will assume a newly created position of Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer

Kenosha, Wis. [September 15, 2020) - Jockey International, Inc. (Jockey), a 144-year-old brand recognized around the world for its premium underwear and apparel, today announced the appointment of Jake McGhee as vice president and chief philanthropy officer, effective December 1, 2020. McGhee is currently the chief executive officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha.
McGhee is taking on a new role at Jockey in which he will oversee all philanthropic efforts for the company, including its Jockey Being Family Foundation and all community engagement initiatives.
“I’m incredibly excited about the next chapter in my career with Jockey and am tremendously grateful for all the Boys & Girls Club has done for me over the past several years,” said McGhee, “I’m so thankful for all of the community partners, board members and the incredible staff who have helped the Club do some very special things for families and kids in Kenosha. I’m sad to say goodbye to an organization that I love, but at the same time, I like making a difference in my work and am thrilled to continue to make an impact on our community in my new role at Jockey.”
“We are very pleased and excited to have Jake join the Jockey family and begin charting an expanded community relations path for the Jockey brand,” said Debra S. Waller, chairman and chief executive officer, Jockey. “During Jake’s time in Kenosha, both with the Kenosha Kingfish and the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha, he has made a significant impact, built goodwill in the community and exhibited tremendous leadership. Our goal with Jake’s appointment is to strengthen our current philanthropic efforts with Jockey Being Family and expand our community partnerships in Kenosha.”
Jockey Being Family currently supports and strengthens adoptive families by providing funding to nonprofit organizations, enabling them to provide critical post-adoption services on both local and national levels, thereby helping adoptive families stay together, forever. The Foundation believes every child deserves to grow up with a loving family in a forever home.
Waller was adopted as an infant and started Jockey Being Family in 2005. Through her leadership the foundation has impacted and helped strengthen more than 350,000 families.
McGhee has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Boys & Girls Club of Kenosha (BGCK) since April of 2016 and previously worked as the General Manager of the Kenosha Kingfish Baseball Club. Under McGhee’s leadership, the BGCK has grown its budget from $2.1M to more than $3M, while seeing its school year average daily attendance grow from 67 youth attending to over 240. McGhee was recently awarded the 2020 CEO of the Year Award by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Wisconsin. In 2019, the BGCK was also recognized by the Kenosha Area Business Alliance as a Forward Award winner, honoring the Club for its financial growth and increases in youth served.
To learn more about Jockey Being Family, please visit

About Jockey:
Founded in 1876, Jockey International, Inc. is a privately held, family owned company with headquarters in Kenosha, Wis. Started by Rev. Samuel T. Cooper as a sock company to serve lumberjacks of the day, the company has expanded into one of the most well-known apparel brands around the world. Today, Jockey® products are sold in more than 140 countries. Jockey is committed to quality and innovation, and the passionate pursuit to satisfy the human need for comfort continues to be the company’s hallmark. Visit to experience the quality. After all, There’s Only One Jockey.™
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