2018 Executive Conference Agenda

"Turning Innovation 'Talk' Into Tangible Results"

Wednesday, September 26


9:00 AM - SPESA Board of Directors Meeting


11:00 AM - Registration Opens


2:00 PM - 1st General Session


Welcome, "Turning Innovation 'Talk' Into Tangible Results", Speaker Introductions
  - Dr. Mike Fralix, President, [TC]2 (Conference Moderator)

Keynote Address: "Driving Growth Through Innovation"
   - Robert Tucker, President, The Innovation Resource

"The European Perspective"

   - Elgar Straub, Executive Director, VDMA Textile Care, Fabric & Leather Technologies

"Ed Talks: Industry Innovator Spotlights"
  - Ed Gribbin, Senior Advisor, Alvanon (moderator)

  - Paul Magel, Computer Generated Solutions

  - Daniella Ambrogi, Lectra

  - Lenny Marano, Gerber Technology

  - Frank Henderson, Henderson Sewing Mch.

  - Fernando Moncayo, Inspectorio

  - Michael Rabin, Morgan Tecnica

• "Tales From The Tradeshow Floor"

  - Kristy Meade, Messe Frankfurt

Chairman's Address
  - Sam Simpson, Sr. Advisor, Gerber Technology


6:30 PM - Networking Reception / Dinner at Omni Hotel

Thursday Morning, September 27


7:30 AM - Breakfast


8:00 AM - 2nd General Session


• Day 1 Recap, Day 2 Speaker Introductions

   - Dr. Mike Fralix, President, [TC]2 (Conference Moderator)

• "Smarter to Market"

  - Isaac Korn, Director of Innovation, Perry Ellis International

• "Digital and Traditional Marketing Trends: How to Stay at the Forefront"
   - Jamie Bibb, Director of Engagement, Communica


10:15 AM - Networking Break


10:45 AM - 3rd General Session


• "Addressing the Need for Speed: A Digitally-Connected Micro-Factory for an On-Demand World"

   - Matthew Cochran, CCO, PAAT Int'l./OnPoint Mfg.
   - Patrick Clark, President, Nextwave
   - Bill Grier, President, AM4U

   - Marleen Vogelaar, Ziel, Inc. (ZielWear)



Thursday Afternoon, September 27


12:00 PM - Lunch


1:00 PM - 4th General Session


"Trade, Tariffs, Trump, Turmoil: Get the Facts on the Current State of Play"
   - Nicole Bevins Collinson, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.

"SPESA Speaks"
   - Benton Gardner, President, SPESA
   - Nina McCormack, CFO, DAP America (SPESA Chairman-Elect)


1:50 PM - Adjourn


2:15 PM - Meet in Lobby for Transportation to Churchill Downs


2:45 PM - Kentucky Derby Museum • Behind The Scenes Tour of Churchill Downs • Networking Reception • Dinner • Races at Churchill Downs


8:00 PM - Return to Omni Hotel

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