2020 Virtual Executive Conference Speakers

Roger Tutterow, Ph.D. - Keynote Speaker

Roger Tutterow is Professor of Economics at Kennesaw State University where he holds the Henssler Financial Endowed Chair. In addition, he serves as Director of the Econometric Center, an applied research center housed in KSU’s Coles College of Business.

His analysis of the economic, business and political environments have been featured in a variety of media including Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Business Week, Forbes, USA Today, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Arizona Republic, Florida Times-Union, Kansas City Star, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Orlando Sentinel, Palm Beach Post, Wichita Eagle and on CNN, CNBC, NBC, Bloomberg Television, NPR’s “Marketplace” and “All Things Considered,” CNN-Radio as well as by regional electronic and print media.

In addition to his work in academia, Dr. Tutterow has served as a consultant on financial economics and statistical modeling for corporate clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to closely held businesses. He has provided expert testimony on economic, financial and statistical matters in state and federal court, before the Georgia General Assembly and before the Georgia Public Service Commission. He served on the Council of Economic Advisors, under three different Georgia Governors, and, in 2010, was named to the Special Council on Tax Reform and Fairness for Georgians, which conducted a comprehensive review of Georgia’s Tax Code.

A Georgia native, Dr. Tutterow holds a B.S. in Decision Science from Berry College and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Georgia State University. Prior to joining Kennesaw State University, Dr. Tutterow held faculty and administrative appointments at West Virginia University, Georgia State University and Mercer University. He has also served as a visiting professor at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and at the Institute for Industrial Policy Studies in Seoul, South Korea.


Nicole Bivens Collinson

President, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
Nicole Bivens Collinson leads the International Trade and Government relations practice of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A., and serves as managing principal of the Washington, D.C., office. She is also a member of the Firm's Operating Committee and a commentator on trade matters on MSNBC and NPR.

Ms. Collinson has over 30 years of experience in government, public affairs, and lobbying. She has drafted and guided the successful implementation of several pieces of key international trade legislation positively affecting the bottom line of many U.S. companies. Ms. Collinson prepares countries, companies, and associations for negotiations with the United States on free trade agreements, trade and investment agreements, labor disputes, or other preferential programs. She also works directly with U.S. multinational corporations and associations, as well as foreign companies, associations, and government agencies, to clearly represent their positions in Washington.


Arnie Kravitz

Chief Technology Officer, Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing
Arnie Kravitz is the Chief Technology Officer of Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing (ARM). In this role, Mr. Kravitz drives ARM’s technical vision to help the organization fulfill its mission of increasing U.S. global competitiveness by accelerating innovative technologies that make robots more accessible to U.S. manufacturers. He achieves this goal, in part, by convening experts and stakeholders from among ARM’s industrial, academic, non-profit, and government partners.

Mr. Kravitz has spent over 37 years designing, developing, and manufacturing a large portfolio of products that include aquatic robots, autonomous vehicles, robotic, augmented, and virtual reality vision systems, self-learning inference engine-based systems, commercial consumer electronics, and cryptographic devices. He has taught as an Adjunct Professor at The Johns Hopkins University and has significant experience exploiting emerging tools and techniques to rapidly transform new ideas into manufactured products. Mr. Kravitz holds a master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.


Sheng Lu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Fashion & Apparel Studies, University of Delaware
Dr. Sheng Lu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Fashion and Apparel Studies at the University of Delaware. With over 60 publications in academic and trade journals, Dr. Lu’s research focuses on the economic and business aspects of the textile and apparel industry, including international trade, trade policy and the governance of the global apparel value chain. Dr. Lu received the 2014 Rising Star Award and 2019 Mid-Career Excellence Award from the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) in recognition of his research and teaching excellence. He is also the recipient of the Paper of Distinction Award at 2014, 2015, and 2017 ITAA annual conference for his study on the textile and apparel specific-sectoral impact of mega free trade agreements. Several of his studies were cited by government reports such as the Congressional Research Service (CRS) studies prepared for members of U.S. Congress, U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) official assessment on the economic impacts of free trade agreements as well as the World Bank, International Labor Organization, and the United Nations research publications. Dr. Lu’s published works also have been translated into Chinese, Vietnamese, Spanish and Thai and regularly featured by the media outlet, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times (UK), BBC World News (UK), Nikkei Asian Review (Japan), South China Morning Post (Hong Kong), Los Angeles Times, Voice of America, and Forbes.


Eric Spackey

President & CEO, Bluewater Defense, Inc.
Mr. Spackey has over 30 years of experience leading finance, development and operations of successful start-ups in healthcare, wireless telecom, internet and manufacturing. Prior to joining Bluewater Defense, he was CEO of ShippingPal.com, an Internet start-up in Toronto, Mr. Spackey’s partner has gone on to be named “one of the 50 fastest growing companies in Canada”. Prior to ShippingPal, Mr. Spackey held senior leadership roles in a number of successful wireless telecommunication startups, eventually becoming seconded to AT&T Wireless International to lead business development and regulatory affairs in the Caribbean. In this role, he worked closely with the senior leadership of local and national government, finance, network infrastructure and handset providers, including: Carlyle Group, CL Financial, MC Venture Partners, Siemens, Nortel, Lucent, MCI, Panasonic.


Natasha Spackey

Senior Director of Business Development, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA)
Ms. Spackey leads the effort to connect and commercialize AFFOA technology through partnerships with members in the AFFOA network. She also manages the institute’s EWD initiatives, marketing and communication efforts, and membership network which spans 120+ startup, academic, manufacturing, nonprofits and big brand organizations across industries in the US, helping connect them with technology as well as other members of the ecosystem. Prior to AFFOA, Ms. Spackey spent four years at Target Corporation leading strategic pricing and promotion for Target’s $2B private label grocery portfolio and managing the $900M Oral Care business as a Sr. Buyer in charge of merchandising, assortment, pricing & promotion and P&L. She also spent three years as a Program Manager at Bluewater Defense, a defense contractor that manufactures apparel and equipage for the DoD. Ms. Spackey received an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a Political Science degree from Yale University.


Jeff Streader

Managing Director, Go Global Retail
With over 30 years' 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. He has held leadership roles for global organizations in growth, change management and turnaround capacities, for B2C and B2B businesses. Mr. Streader led strategic M&A transactions as Operating Partner at Marlin Equity, a middle market investment firm that acquires and manages businesses, with over $6 billion of capital under management. He was responsible for leading the firm’s investments in the consumer sector.


Lloyd Wood

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods, and Materials, U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration
Lloyd Wood was appointed the Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) for Textiles, Consumer Goods, and Materials (TCGM) in February 2019. As DAS, he oversees programs and strategies to designed to boost U.S. jobs and exports by improving the global competitiveness of a wide range of U.S. manufacturing industries, including textiles, apparel, footwear, travel products, consumer goods, chemicals, metals, building products, and forest products.

Prior to joining the International Trade Administration, Mr. Wood consulted or worked for organizations representing domestic textile interests, including the National Council of Textile Organizations; the U.S. Industrial Fabrics Institute and Narrow Fabrics Institute divisions of the Industrial Fabrics Association International; and the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition.


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