Photo by Shea Parton for Apolis Activism
By Shea Parton
I’ll never forget freshman year (2003) moving into my college dorm and introducing myself to the resident director, “Your name is Shea as well?” We would go on to be roommates from our sophomore year of studying business in San Diego to now sharing a bunk bed in Los Angeles. Shea and his brother Dasche grew up in Temecula. Their father modeled integrity and an unmatchable work ethic as he owned and operated a general construction business and their mother followed up with a lesson of ‘never giving up’ as a sales executive for a printing company. During the summers Shea would go out of his way to work along side his dad and shares how the construction business prepared him for the apparel industry, "The planning, design stage, ordering of raw materials, building, and finishing – are all the same.” Starting out with his dad as a laborer, to a bus boy at a local Japanese restaurant, cleaning windows, real estate internship, restaurant book keeper, and over two years as the backbone of Apolis. His servant leadership has made him the unsung hero of our business. Single handily Shea has set a standard for excellence within quality control, customer service, and organization. A daily ‘2-Shea’ comment has gotten old amongst friends, but it remains a privilege to share with a friend and business partner.