2017 Executive Conference Presentations

Mary Kelly, PH.D.
CEO, Productive Leaders


Mary Kelly is an internationally renowned author and keynote speaker on leadership, productivity, and business growth.

Auggie Tantillo

Executive Director, NCTO


NCTO (National Council of Textile Organizations) represents manufacturers from every major sector of the US textile industry, including fiber, yarn, fabric, home furnishings, and vertically integrated apparel producers.

Ben Cooper

Managing Director, IoClothes


Ben is an internationally recognized thought leader in the wearable tech and emerging smart apparel/footwear industry.


IoClothes was founded to reduce the friction between the worlds of technology, apparel, footwear and textiles industries.

David Hinks

Dean, College of Textiles

NC State University


As Dean of the College of Textiles, Hinks is proud and privileged to lead the College’s more than 130 faculty and staff who mentor approximately 1,000 undergraduates, 200 graduate students, and upwards of 160 contracts with industry partners and eight government agencies totaling more than $14 million.

Manuel Molano

Deputy General Director, IMCO


Manuel Molano has been Deputy General Manager of IMCO (Méxican Institute for Competitiveness) for nearly a decade. IMCO is a non-profit and non-profit research center that researches and acts on the basis of evidence to solve the most important challenges in Mexico.

Marcelo Tau

Principal, BCG


Marcelo is a Principal at BCG (Boston Consulting Group) in the Philadelphia Office. He is a member of the Consumer & Retail and Operations Practices with expertise in supply chain management, process improvement and end-to-end transformations, especially for the apparel and accessories sector.

Sundaresan Jayaraman, PH.D.

Professor, Georgia Tech

School of Materials Science & Engineering


Jayaraman is Kolon Professor in the School of Materials Science and Engineering with a joint appointment in the Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also the Founding Director of the Kolon Center for Lifestyle Innovation at Georgia Tech.

Bob Kirke

Executive Director, CAF


Bob Kirke is the Executive Director of the CAF (Canadian Apparel Federation), and the CTIA (Canadian Textile Industry Association) the two national industry associations representing the textile/apparel supply chain in Canada.