2020 Virtual Executive Conference Agenda

Thursday, October 29

2:00 p.m. | SPESA Chairwoman’s Address & Welcome

Nina McCormack
SPESA Chairwoman
Vice President & CFO, DAP America, Inc.

2:10 p.m. | Opening Keynote

Roger Tutterow, Ph.D.
Henssler Financial Endowed Chair, Director of the Econometric Center & Professor of Economics, Kennesaw State University

Back by popular demand, Dr. Roger Tutterow will provide a timely overview of national and global economies including recent developments in the effect of Covid-19 on the manufacturing and retail sectors, the structure and effect of the recent fiscal stimulus, and linkages between trade policy and current economic climate.

2:55 p.m. | Trade Policy Update

Nicole Bivens Collinson
President, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.

No matter where or what you manufacture, your supply chain is affected by the trade and tariff policies implemented by governments around the world. Ms. Collinson will provide an update on the ever-changing policy landscape and the potential impact on the sewn products industry.

3:30 p.m. | Break

3:35 p.m. | Devolving Supply Chains

Sheng Lu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Fashion & Apparel Studies, University of Delaware

Your supply chain is changing. Long before Covid-19, the industry began asking “where is the next China?” While there may never be a true answer to that question, Dr. Lu, using data analytics and import/export statistics, will examine the existing and changing global supply chain, the impacts of Covid-19, and the long-term ramifications on your business.

4:10 p.m. | Day 1 Closing Remarks

4:15 p.m. | Virtual Happy Hour & Trivia!

Friday, October 30

2:00 p.m. | Opening Remarks

2:05 p.m. | U.S. Resources for Business Promotion

Lloyd Wood
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods, and Materials, U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration (ITA)

Did you know the ITA Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) is responsible for increasing the international competitiveness of the U.S. sewn products industry through industry analysis, U.S. trade policy development, trade negotiations and promotion? This session will discuss how sewn products suppliers can take advantage of the resources available to them through this office to advance their business.

2:40 p.m. | Technology Panel

Eric Spackey
Chief Executive Officer, Bluewater Defense, Inc.

Arnie Kravitz
Chief Technical Officer, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM)

Natasha Spackey
Senior Director of Business Development, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA)

ARM and AFFOA are industry-leading research institutes focused on innovation and advancement in the sewn products industry. Mr. Spackey will lead us in a discussion on the changing landscape of technology in the industry, the existing research, and where the industry needs to go from here.

3:25 p.m. | Break

3:30 p.m. | Digitalization of the Sewn Products Industry

Jeff Streader
Managing Director, Go Global Retail

With over 30 years of experience leading complex, multi-channel organizations for some of the top brands and retailers, Mr. Streader is experienced in driving business strategy, supply chain and operations, technology and Omni-channel retailing. During this session he will discuss the benefits of vertically-integrated supply chains and the digitization of the sewn products industry.

4:00 p.m. | Conference Wrap-up & Closing Remarks

4:05 p.m. | SPESA Annual Business Meeting & Board Elections