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Gamze Ates
Gamze Ates
Gamze Ates

 

Our Founder - Gamze Ates
My Beachy Side was conceived by entrepreneur Gamze Ates to bring sustainable, fair trade practices to her creative vision; sparked by a love of the traditional crochet made in her native Turkey.  The company’s strategy focuses on responsible business practices across all functions: from enriching individual artisans to reducing industrial waste. My Beachy Side's model provides financial stability, independence, community-building and leadership skills to the artisans it employs. 
Gamze came to the US to get her graduate degree and has found herself at home here ever since. After school, Gamze started, built and ran an international shipping company that was later acquired by DHL Worldwide.  She was a senior executive at DHL for 10 years where she ran 82 countries for the Global Customer Solutions Division. In addition, she was instrumental in DHL’s Corporate Social Responsibility Program, where she worked with UNICEF and local NGOs.  After leaving DHL, Gamze was involved with a number of activities including serving as the New York Editor of Turkish Vogue and the board of trustees for Turkish Philanthropy Funds and the Endometriosis Foundation of America.
In her spare time, you can find Gamze hunting down the best frites and fashion in Paris, traveling with her family or relaxing at home with our Director of Recreation, Coco.
 

 

 

Rebecca Thomas
Rebecca Thomas
Rebecca Thomas
Rebecca Thomas
Our Managing Director, Rebecca Thomas, started out with a BA in English Literature and Poetry from Hamilton College, worked as a consultant for MNCs in emerging markets, and ran her own successful customized jewelry company for ten years. Charming clients with her open personality and great sense of humor, she is our biggest asset for our wholesale business, all while managing day to day operations of our New York office. She loves shelter animals, exploring nature, and has a weakness for psych rock.
 

 

  
 
Çiler Kocaman,

Çiler is our Digital Marketing Manager, who studied International relations at college and has a double major in Business economy and Industrial Relations, as well as a Master's degree in Global Marketing from Marmara University. She is experienced in e-commerce, brand communication, and has worked in the fashion retail sector for almost 10 years. She loved nature, sociology and astrology so much that she is always looking up at the sky.

 
Neslihan Ertaş
Neslihan is our Managing Director in Turkey, responsible for strategy and direction for all operations as well as sourcing,supply chain, P&L and team building. She is a textile engineer who has been in the industry for almost 25 years across many fields- fashion is truly her passion.  Her son Alp is her joy and she loves travelling with her family and friends, painting and cats.
 
Muazzez Kamar
Muazzez Kamar
Muazzez Kamar
Muazzez Kamar
Muazzez is the head of our Diyarbakir office, the team leader for our artisans and is responsible for all the magic that happens in handcrafting our pieces. She has been studying crochet for all of her life, and has mastered many complex and intricate styles. A long time leader in her community and a devoted reader, she has worked with Syrian refugees for a decade, teaching adult literacy classes for women, as well as educating women in a non-profit organization for human rights in Turkey. Muazzez’s joy and generosity of spirit is infectious, and her favorite place to be is lost in the pages of a good book.
 
Ebru Baş
 
Ebru is the design assistant of our Istanbul office. She studied Fashion Design at Marmara University and continued her work in the sector since her graduation. She loves designing and art marbling techniques, taking nature walks and cycling.
Nagehan Buğdacı
Nagehan is the head of our crochet operations in Istanbul, as well as leading our quality control department.  A former teacher who then shifted careers into the knitting business, she has been with My Beachy Side for over 4 years and loves spending time with her husband and daughter, adores animals and spending time at the ocean.
Sinem Çekicel Öncül
Sinem is the Sales & Marketing Manager located in Turkey who is responsible for expanding our wholesale business. In college she focused on International Relations and has a MBA degree. She has been working in the textile industry for almost 20 years in various positions. She loves reading, travelling, developing herself in spiritualism and NLP. 
Ahmet Sahinoğlu
Ahmet Sahinoğlu
Ahmet Sahinoğlu
Ahmet is our lead sewer and is from the town of Sanliurfa, where he graduated from primary school. He has been involved in textiles and their production for over twenty-five years, and been working directly making them for over six. Ahmet’s first love, however, is his wife of fifteen years and his two beautiful children.
Murat Meydancı
Murat is responsible for our logistics operation. He has been doing this job since he graduated from university and continues to improve every day. He has been involved in many major operations. Now his wish is to use all his knowledge and work experience to contribute to us. He loves watching movies, traveling and doing sports.
Coco Coco Coco
Coco 
Coco is our Director of Recreation and brings much needed levity and humor into the work day. When she isn’t napping in the sunshine or convincing us to share our meals, she can be found hard at work crunching the numbers, or fiercely protecting us with all of her fluffy  five pounds.