July 24, 2015

Our Team


David Manly

David Manly

Co-Founder and Designer

Born and raised in Monrovia, Liberia, David is a living example of striving for the “American Dream”.  Prior to moving to the United States, he spent several years in Liberia and the Ivory Coast living with his single mother at a time of war. At a later age, David’s father was fortunate enough to help move him to the United States.

His sense of fashion flourished as he first modeled in his early 20s.  Quickly, David’s natural sense of style took over and he became a referral magnet for several major online shopping websites.  It dawned on him in 2012 that he could realistically create a product far superior than the brands he was representing, so he started to re-engineer the process.  He envisioned a line that speaks volumes to the character and style of a successful gentleman.

David graduated in 2008 with a B.S. in Information Systems from St. Cloud State University.

email: d.manly@manlycollections.com


 Eric Hartter

 Eric Hartter

CEO and Co-Founder

Manly Collections came to fruition when Eric Hartter and David Manly met at a client site in Minneapolis, Minnesota in late 2014.  David complimented one of Eric’s jackets and they quickly grew admiration for one another’s ambition and style.  Shortly after, they met for dinner so David could walk through his vision, Eric bit, and the two worked tirelessly to create what today is Manly Collections. 

Eric’s background is in management consulting where he has spent the past 7+ years working with banking executives on their most daunting projects and transformations.  He specializes in strategic process optimization, which has helped Manly Collections create some of the best quality garments in the world at a consumer friendly price.  Eric attained his B.B.A. in Accounting and Finance at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business in December of 2010.

email: e.hartter@manlycollections.com



Danielle Protexter

Chicago Operations Manager

Danielle and Eric originally met Junior year of college as they both were accounting majors at the University of Iowa.  Eight years later when Eric decided to move to Dallas to expand Manly Collections, he entrusted Danielle with the Chicago market by naming her the Chicago Operations Manager.

Danielle received her B.B.A. in Accounting at the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business in May 2010.  She continued on to receive her Master of Accountancy (MAc) at the Tippie College of Business in May 2011 and has been a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 2011.  Along with being the Chicago Operations Manager for Manly Collections, she also specializes in Corporate Finance and Investor Relations at a large Healthcare Company in the Chicago area.

email: d.protexter@manlycollections.com


Adri Z. of AZSN:

Adri is an entrepreneur at heart who has always loved people and fashion. She studied finance at DePaul University.

She began her career in Lehman Brothers’ Private Wealth Management division, a role that would prove to be her only “white collar” job. Since ditching corporate America, Adri has worked as a stylist, personal stylist, shopper and buyer.  

Adri is obsessed with details – she loves mixing vintage with high end to curate the perfect look. She also dabbles in design, and loves to add her twist on existing garments.

She has styled and created garments for clients from all walks of life including professional athletes (NBA, NFL, MLB), C-level executives and entrepreneurs.

Suzy N. of AZSN:

Suzy has always had a passion for design and fashion. It all started when she tried to redesign her bedroom every year and changed her outfits five times a day as a child. She studied Spanish and Finance at the University of Richmond.

She began her career as an investment banker, where she met her husband and began to refine his look for both inside and outside the office. This fueled her creativity and led her to work as a stylist and personal shopper.

There are few things she enjoys more than meticulously researching to find a client the perfect addition to his wardrobe.

Suzy has worked with various professional athletes, C-level executives and entrepreneurs, helping them to uncover their style and increase their confidence.


Conor Paulsen

Sales Manager

Conor Paulsen joined the Manly Collections team after graduating from the University of Iowa in 2017. Conor obtained his major in Enterprise Leadership, along with a certificate in Nonprofit Management. At the age of 20, Conor co-founder a premium men’s fashion label of his own. His dedication to fashion, sales, and innovative marketing flourished after winning in a variety of national business competitions representing his brand. With 6+ years of sales and retail experience, Conor provides a diverse and experienced dimension to the Manly Collections team.

email: c.paulsen@manlycollections.com