Tracie A. Burress: Keeping socks together 1 tab at a time

Tracie and her husband Glenn. Photo cred: Max Gersh, rrstar
Tracie and Glen Burress (Photo credit: Max Gersh, rrstar)

Tracie A. Burress was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and currently resides in Rockford, Illinois, with her husband and two teenagers. She became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority Incorporated, “Sweet” Alpha Pi” chapter (fall ’87) at Clark Atlanta University (’90). “From the moment I hit the campus, I knew I wanted to be an AKA. Sorors at CAU have such a strong leadership presence and I knew I wanted to be a part of it!”

As a stay-at-home mom for nine years, Burress became increasingly frustrated with looking for the “other” sock. After suffering a brain aneurysm followed by an 11-hour brain surgery, she says she knew that she was given a second chance at life and she had to pursue her dreams.

In October 2014, Burress launched SockTABs. SockTABs is a small wearable product that provides a solution to an age-old problem — the missing sock.

SockTABs alleviates the issue of sorting, matching or searching for lost socks. Just over one year later in November 2015, SockTABs made its national television debut on the hit ABC TV show “Shark Tank.” Business mogul Daymond John certainly believes in the potential success of SockTabs. He invested $50,000 for a 30 percent stake in the business. SockTABs are simple and convenient. One SockTAB stays on one sock at all times making it super easy and available whenever you remove your socks. Quite innovative and clever. For more information, go to and keep TABs on your mate.


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