Executive Conferences

SPESA’s annual Executive Conferences are highly anticipated and considered a valuable business advantage. The programs contain a wealth of information and deal with issues specific to the survival and growth of sewn products manufacturers and the supplier companies that serve them. Interested in ... forecasts? … motivation? … expertise? … emerging trends? At the SPESA annual Executive Conferences attendees find this all and more.

The conferences provide an opportunity for participants to network with industry friends and peers and to help benchmark their businesses, always at venues that promise good fun, good food, and good times.

Attendees look to the conferences as part of their “lifelong learning”. Networking opportunities… whether it’s with fellow members, speakers, customers, prospects, or other guests, there is always plenty of one-on-one time.

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