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JOG Athletics – The Evolution
Scott Whitcomb and his company JOG Athletics make hockey jerseys for some of the most
prestigious universities in the United States from a factory in suburban Bangkok.

The company was first called Jamcomb after co-founders Jamie Marriott and Scott Whitcomb.
They had met while teaching at Ruamrudee International School and needed to set up a business
as in 2004 they had started running ice hockey tournaments and an ice hockey league in Bangkok
called the Thai World Hockey League (TWHL). They outsourced their first hockey jerseys for
the TWHL, but Vanchalerm “Top” Rattapong, also a hockey player, who was helping them out
at the time, urged them to start making their own jerseys.

Jamcomb’s original office was run out of Jamie’s house. Scott, meanwhile, operated out of his
Japanese classroom, after he took a position as a Special Education Learning Disability Teacher
at the Canadian International School in Kobe, Japan from 2005-2007. Top was the company’s
only full-time employee then and ran around the city sourcing material and getting the jerseys
made. Another Ruamrudee teacher, Dave Cote, joined the team soon afterwards.

Scott moved back to Thailand in 2007, and rented a home office about 20 minutes from
downtown Bangkok, and the downstairs became the office area. In 2008, they changed the name
of the company to JOG (Join Our Game) Sports.

In 2009, they moved the office to Sukhumvit Road, one of Bangkok’s main thoroughfares, and
had a small sewing team though they continued to outsource the material for their jerseys.

In 2010, they rented a factory, also on Sukhumvit; they stored the material upstairs, controlled
their cutting, putting the numbers on (they had about 15 sewers at one time).

But it was a grueling and stressful time, Scott and his wife Jeab drove back and forth to Nakhon
Pathom in suburban Bangkok twice a day (ninety minutes away). In rainy season, they drove
through torrential downpours to get the shipments out on time.

As the operation grew, they realized they couldn’t rely on another company’s production
facilities anymore – they had to have their own.

Then in 2012, Scott hired a woman from Pittsburgh named Maureen “Mo” Kachachiva who had
previously worked for a company called Wechwiwat Co., Ltd., which did work for Nike and a
number of other major brands. In 2013, Scott started outsourcing to Wechwiwat, located about
45 minutes outside the city.

Owner Chomkamol Larbprasertporn was nearing retirement and considered closing the factory
so Scott talked to her about possibly taking over her staff and renting the factory. She agreed,
and in March of 2016 JOG Sports took over Wechwiwat walking into a garment company that
was already set up, including all the sewing machines.

In addition, to purchasing all of the sewing machines and other essential equipment, JOG then
invested in four sublimation printers, two heat transfer machines, two laser cut machines and a
pattern making program.

For the last four years, Scott has been ordering most of the material for his jerseys and uniforms
from Taiwan. Scott has also changed over from the Italian ink the company previously used to
Japanese ink, which is manufactured in a state-of-the-art Japanese factory subject to the strictest
environmental controls.

Neither Scott nor his wife, Jeab (the couple have two boys, Gannet aged 8, and Griffin aged 6)
previously had any experience in the garment business, nor did any of their family members, but
they are experts in the field now. Ironically, Scott, who has a real passion for making jerseys, did
have an epiphany while teaching at Ruamrudee that he would one day get into the garment
business.

Today, the company has close to 50 sewers plus a sewing manager, a cutting team, a pattern-
maker team, a design team, merchandisers, a sales team and an accounting/logistics department,

plus a quality-control team. There are over 100 employees – from production to those in sales
and marketing. The only thing the company outsources now is its embroidery, and screen
products.

Scott has had a couple suitors over the years, but luckily, he stuck to his guns and kept the
business, which is now worth far more than what he was offered both times he considered
selling.

Scott believes JOG Athletics has grown because of hockey tournament expansion and related
marketing opportunities. In 2014, the company opened a US-based office that has had 100
percent growth in production since 2015.

Scott and his wife have done basically every job in the company. Jeab excels at dealing with
clients, putting out fires and problem solving. Scott has played every role in the company as a
CEO should, and he has even been the delivery driver at all hours of the day and night, time and
time again, to make sure the orders get to their destination on time. His determination has driven
the company to where it is today.

It is JOG’s motto to do everything it can to get deliveries to customers on time.
And it’s an impressive list of clients including Arizona State, Cornell, Iowa State, the University
of Kansas, the University of Georgia, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), and the Central
Canada Hockey League. Some very big names.

JOG also produces basketball, soccer, volleyball, rugby, track & field, lacrosse and football
jerseys. In addition, it produces performance t-shirts, polos, shorts, tracksuits, hoodies – any kind
of apparel desired.

Scott and Jeab have put in many hours and a lot of hard work to get to where they are today, and
their efforts are finally starting to pay off. JOG started as a company run from a home office and classroom in Japan with its staff running around helter- skelter outsourcing to get their jobs done.
The company has grown ten-fold proving that hard work does pay off and JOG continues to go
above and beyond to get its work done.

JOG Athletics has come a long way. The very first uniform order was from a club team in Los
Angeles called the Donkeys. (See photo below) The order was made when a guy came to
Bangkok to referee the Land of Smiles hockey tournament, held annually in late October.

Today JOG makes jerseys for Ivy League schools…quite a progression.

(Today, Jamie Marriott is a high school teacher in Vancouver, and Dave Cote is a Vice Principal
at an international school in Chile. Top is a full-time ice hockey coach in Thailand. All three
played a vital role to making JOG what it is today.)

(https://jogsports.com/; https://jogsportswear.com/)

Article Written by
Scott Murray