Digital Textile Printing Experts Convene to Speak at the 2017 Conference

Leading industry experts will come together to discuss both real case studies and the future disruptive potential of digital textile printing. Learn more about the 2017 speakers below.

  • Dan Cantrell

    North Central Territory Manager Zünd America

    Dan Cantrell is the North Central Territory Manager at Zünd America. Dan joined Zünd   America in 2011. Dan attended the University of Cincinnati from 1988-1989 prior to completing two 4-year printing apprenticeships at Westerman Printing Company. Dan was a Journeyman at Westerman Print Company for 10 years. Following this, Dan was a 6/color Lead Pressman at Berman Printing and Wendling Printing. Next, Dan worked as the Regional Account Manager at Global Imaging Inc and Account Manager at FujiFilm North America Graphic Systems Division.

    Dan’s professional experience speaks for itself going from production to sales without any previous sales experience. He is very comfortable in any role and always looking ahead. The meat and potatoes kind of guy! Integrity is key and taking care of people that rely on you and your equipment to run their business is critical.  Dan is always up for a challenge and has no problem sitting across the table from a CEO or V.P.

  • Traian Luca

    Co-founder and CEO Gemini CAD Systems

    As Co-founder and CEO of Gemini CAD Systems, Traian Luca added 15 years of experience in software solutions for sewn textiles manufacturing on top of his initial 7 years experience in offset and digital printing at Venus Printing Solutions. He studied finances at UAIC University in Iasi, Romania. In his current position as Business Development Manager at Gemini CAD Systems, this combined experience allows him to have a clear view on how to merge these two previously separated technologies, garments CAD and digital textile printing, in an effort to develop new workflows and tools for mass customisation of digitally printed garments


  • Ken Bach

    Business Development Director Aberdeen Fabrics

    Ken has 30 years of experience in the digital imagining industry, starting in customer service and field work to business development. Ken has been a nationwide Director of Service and Sales Director, with customers such as HP, Mimaki, Vutek, Cannon and Agfa. In this role, Ken was providing hardware and software solutions to his customers. For the last 12 years, Ken has focused on the digital fabric printing and the dye sublimation industry. He brings a unique perspective to the industry looking at hardware, application and supplies and keeping up industry trends. Currently he is the Business Development Director for Aberdeen Fabrics, a leader in supplying high quality printable fabrics directly to the graphic’s industry.

  • Dr Kai Bär

    President Adphos Digital Printing

    Dr. Bär is the Managing Director/President of Adphos Digital Printing. He is one of the founders of the IndustrieSerVis (legal predecessor of Adphos). Before he was the leader of the business segment “High Temperature Technology and Installations” at IABG, Ottobrunn. Dr. Bär was responsible for the Technology Program “HERMES-Heatstructure-Tests” and graduated as Ph. D. (with award) at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the RWTH Aachen in Germany.

  • David Brewer

    Vice President of Technology Image Options

    Dave has over 34 years of experience in the graphic communications industry. Currently he is the Chief Technology Officer at Image Options as well as a partner in the business .

    Prior to joining Image Options in 2011 Dave held multiple operations and technology positions at Vertis Communications. In 1990 he was a founding partner of a premedia company called Pacific Color Connection.

    From 1983 -1990 Dave was the corporate systems coordinator for American Color. Mr. Brewer attended the University of the Pacific where he was a scholar athlete graduating with a B.A.  

  • David Clark

    Ink Jet Business Development, North America Huntsman

    David Clark received his Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Chemistry from Clemson University in 1993 while working in the weaving industry.  After graduation he joined Cone Mills as a chemist in their Carlisle Finishing division, the largest commission printing facility in the United States at the time.  For the next 5 years he gained knowledge of print chemistries and processes by being involved in introducing many novel printed product lines.

    In 1998 he joined the Colors Division of Ciba Specialty Chemicals (now Huntsman) as a Technical Specialist for their Digital Textile Printing group.  In this capacity he has worked to develop total solutions for the digital printing of textiles.  He has given many talks on the subject, including acting as a university guest lecturer, and has also published articles in leading trade magazines.

    Currently he is responsible for digital printing business development for the North American region for Huntsman Textile Effects.

  • Scott Donovan

    Managing Director Bleuprint Creative

    As the firm’s Managing Director, Scott Donovan brings over thirty years of experience in the Digital Textile and Conventional Printing Industries. Scott has an extensive background in product development, manufacturing workflows, digital asset management, color profiling, printing and training in Conventional and Digital printing processes.   From hands-on experience in all the aspect of the digital printing process, he understands how all the functions must work together to produce a sellable product, that exceeds customer expectations.

    Throughout the course of his career, Scott has developed stream-lined workflows that have maintained manufacturing efficiency while still keeping the customer’s expectations in sharp focus.  His results-oriented work style and proven acumen in project management and facilitation align strongly with BleuPrint Creative’s commitment to quality, fulfillment and timely delivery.

  • Dr. Paul N Ewing

    Associate Consultant Smithers Pira

    Paul is managing partner of Ewing Innovation LLP, a consulting practice that specialises in business and R&D strategy for inkjet printing materials.  He is an experienced senior executive with expertise in strategic planning, R&D and commercialisation of colorants & inks for inkjet printing applications.

    He has 15 years of inkjet industry experience at VP & Director level with top tier inkjet materials companies: FUJIFILM, Avecia & Zeneca. His leadership roles include running strategy development teams across FUJIFILM's inkjet businesses; leading business development teams; and running large cross-functional, multi-site R&D departments.  He has led the development of many products – inks, colorants (novel dyes and pigment dispersions) and other materials - that have gone into flagship inkjet OEM printers in diverse print markets including photography, office, wide format graphics, commercial print, packaging and textiles as well as several confidential bespoke industrial applications. 

    Paul is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, a PhD chemist and an MBA (Manchester Business School, University of Manchester).  He retains links with the Innovation and Strategy teams at Manchester Business School and is a guest lecturer on Innovation.

  • John Ingraham

    Digital Printing and Digital Textile Specialist ingmagine

    John Ingraham, owner of ingmagine, has over 30 years experience in digital printing both in Europe and the US. He works with many of the leading manufacturers of digital printers, color management tools and RIP and printer workflow software. He is editor of Digital Textile Review a blog dedicated to the adoption of digital textile production. John graduated with a BS in Imaging Science from Rochester Institute of Technology and an MBA from Bentley University. He was also awarded 3 patents related to digital printing.

  • Marci Kinter

    Vice President-Government & Business Information SGIA - Specialty Graphic Imaging Association

    Ms. Kinter is the Vice President for Government & Business Information for the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association International.  Ms. Kinter oversees the development of management resources for the Association and represents the screen printing and digital imaging industries, as well as their associated supplier base, before federal and state regulatory agencies and the U.S. Congress on environmental, safety and other government issues directly impacting the screen printing and graphic imaging industries.  She is responsible for directing the activities of not only the government affairs portion of the Association’s activities, but the development and implementation of business resources for the membership. 

    In 2008, Ms. Kinter, in conjunction with colleagues from other printing trade associations, was instrumental in launching the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership program.  The SGP Program is a registry system for printing facilities that includes third party verification.  The program successfully launched as an independent organization in August 2008. 

    Ms. Kinter is a member of and serves as Secretary for the Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies.  In 2001, Ms. Kinter received the William D. Schaeffer Environmental Award for significant advancement of environmental awareness in the graphic arts industry.

    Before joining SGIA International, Ms. Kinter worked for The American Waterways Operators, Inc., the national association for the barge and towing industry. 

    Ms. Kinter holds bachelor’s degree in urban planning from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a master’s degree in public administration from George Mason University.

  • Reid Lutter

    Owner & CEO PodiumWear Custom Apparel

    Podiumwear owner Reid Lutter has been nordic ski racing for 30 years and nordic coaching for 20 years. He founded the National Nordic Foundation, a fundraising non-profit that benefits U.S. development programs, and now sits on its Board of Directors. He has coached National Champions, an Olympian as well as the U.S. Ski Team's World Junior Championship team twice. Still very heavily involved in nordic skiing, Reid coaches the Loppet Nordic Race Team and travels to races around the country.

    Reid started Podiumwear in 2003 after many frustrating experiences as a coach trying to order custom team apparel. Never one to shy away from a new challenge, he decided he could make a better product and provide better customer service, so he started his own company. After experiencing success with custom nordic apparel, he decided to expand Podiumwear's horizons to include other favorite sports: cycling, alpine skiing, running and ultimate frisbee. You know what they say - love what you do and do what you love!

  • Duncan MacOwan

    Head of Events and New Media FESPA

    Currently Head of Events and New Media at FESPA, a global federation of national associations for the print industry, Duncan’s role touches on every aspect of FESPA’s activities. FESPA organises market-leading exhibitions around the world, as well as conferences and awards programmes, and presents educational content to its growing community online.

    Duncan has worked with the expanding team at FESPA as the organisation’s portfolio of activities has grown rapidly through a combination of new launches and joint ventures/partnerships. FESPA reinvests all profits from its events activities into supporting the global print community.

    Duncan has been active in business-to-business media for more than 15 years. Beginning his career as a journalist with dmg business media, Duncan’s role quickly expanded to include launching and growing events both in UK and abroad – including dmg’s most successful launch ever.

  • Sal Passanisi

    Pantone Color Solutions Specialist / Regional Sales Manager X-rite Pantone

    Pantone Color Solutions Specialist / Regional Sales Manager,  X-rite Pantone

  • David Rodriguez

    President Textile Finishing Systems

    David Rodriguez is the President of Textile Finishing Systems who has been consulting large format printers for the past 5 years setting up factories and introducing techniques and solutions to streamline the production workflow.  David’s expertise in the fashion industry has spanned over three decades and has garnered an edge into the manufacturing and finishing processes implementing competitive strategies for the large format printing industry.

    TFS designs and manufacturers consumables to improve efficiency with the finishing process.

    Textile Finishing Systems is also the exclusive USA distributor of Matic who manufacturers automated sewing systems, impulse welding equipment and cutting solutions for the large format printing industry.   

  • Michael Sanders

    Vice President Pacific Coast Fabrics

    Michael Sanders is Vice President of Pacific Coast Fabrics, a leading manufacturer and distributor of fabrics specifically designed for digital printing, a company that Sanders and his partner, Brian Vieweg, created in 1995. Michael grew up in the textile industry and has over 40 years of experience dyeing, printing, and finishing both cotton and polyester fabrics. He has extensive knowledge on all textile and printing processes, including Dye-Sublimation, Direct Disperse, UV, Latex, and Pigment, as well as digital textiles for POP, Flag/Banner, Home Furnishing, and Apparel.

    His experience and work with digital printing goes back to the early days of its existence; prior to the start of Pacific Coast Fabrics, Sanders served as Vice President of Cal-Pacific Dyeing and Finishing for more than 25 years. Sanders studied Textile Chemistry at Bayer in Germany and Sandoz in Switzerland. He regularly gives lectures and facilitates workshops with SGIA on the topic of digital printing and is a proud member of SGIA and AATCC.

  • Mark Sawchak

    Owner Expand Systems

    Mark Sawchak, owner of Expand Systems, is a business development specialist with a background in chemical engineering. His involvement with digital textile printing began in 1998, when he was instrumental in commercializing new technologies that were then incorporated into printing solutions.

    Mark and his wife Ann Sawchak started Expand Systems in 2006 as a provider of complete digital textile printing solutions for the US market. In this capacity, Expand Systems works with a wide variety of companies that manufacture printed textiles and helps them identify the role that a digital strategy can play in optimizing product manufacturing. All aspects of the process are taken into consideration, including printers, fabric preparation, printing and finishing.

    With the advent of technological advancements, digital textile printing has significantly increased in the type and number of companies that now take advantage of a comprehensive digital strategy. Mark has come to be recognized as one of the top consultants in the US. He has given presentations world-wide at major textile conferences, including ITMA and Heimtextil. He also is involved in research and development with companies such as Walmart, and educational facilities at North Carolina State University.

    Recently, Expand Systems has entered into a joint venture with Premier Textiles to create PremEx Solutions. The two companies bring more than 30 years of combined experience in digital textile printing and specialty fabrics to PremEx to create its unprecedented solutions.

    PremEx Solutions is the sole provider of the leading-edge technology, DuraVibe. DuraVibe is suitable across a broad range of printer platforms and inks including pigment, reactive, dye sublimation, and the most recent development, fabric for latex for the décor market that is washable. These specialty fabrics are unique with unprecedented color vibrancy, fabric hand and durability. DuraVibe offers improved results for both wet and dry crock ratings, preservation of the fabric hand throughout the process, and an expanded color gamut that broadens an achievable color range, including black.

  • Luke Schraw

    Product Engineer | Laser Modules Group LasX Industries, Inc.

    Luke is an engineer with a history of crafting unique process solutions.  He is Textile Products Manager at LasX Industries, a leader in high-speed, high-precision laser technology.

  • Hamid M. Shirazi Ph.D.

    Global Technical Promotions Manager FUJIFILM IMAGING COLORANTS

    Hamid’s career in the InkJet industry started at FUJIFILM IMAGING COLORANTS Inc, a world leading aqueous colorant and ink supplier, where he has been responsible for development and commercialization of a wide range of aqueous InkJet products over the last 17 years. The breadth of his experience spans over a wide range of areas from analytical development, process technology development, R&D management, regulatory affairs, toll manufacturing and toll management, technical support, to high level investigations and fast pace troubleshooting. Over the last two years Hamid transitioned over to the commercial group into the role of the Global Technical Promotions Manager, where he is capitalizing on his technical background to place FUJIFILM InkJet Technology products and aqueous InkJet solutions into key industrial markets.

  • Hitoshi Ujiie

    Program Director, Surface Imaging Program Philadelphia University

    Hitoshi Ujiie has over 20 years experience in high-end surface imaging and manufacture, his achievements combining first-hand industry knowledge with academic pioneering in new technology. A native of Kyoto (the center of Japan's textile industry), as an integral member of his family's business he inherited a specialized knowledge of short-run, quality fabric production and finishing.

    Hitoshi's professional experience includes designing at Jack Lenor Larsen Design Studio in New York. Here Hitoshi was involved in the development of and oversaw the manufacture of printed fabrics in an arena that involved him on a worldwide level with other designers and contractors of fine fabric.

    At present he is professor at Philadelphia University. His involvement in the formation of the Center for Excellence in Surface Imaging has provided him with the rare opportunity to research and implement cutting-edge surface-imaging technologies. This academic site makes it possible for him to meet and assess industry leaders and developers on an impartial basis as well as creating a forum that introduces new applications of technology and design to the public. Most recently, he has launched a Master of Science Degree program in Surface Imaging at Philadelphia University. The program starts in summer, 2015.

  • Ken VanHorn

    Director of Marketing Mimaki USA

    Ken VanHorn is the Director for Marketing and Business Development at Mimaki USA and is responsible for marketing strategy and planning, communications and promotional activities. Prior to joining Mimaki, VanHorn served the specialty graphics industry in sales, marketing and technical product management capacities. Ken holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from National University in San Diego as well as advanced certifications in management from Chapman University — he is also a U.S. Navy veteran.

  • Ray Weiss

    Digital Imaging Specialist SGIA

    Ray Weiss, Digital Imaging Specialist for SGIA, joined the Association in 2014.  He provides solutions and technical information on digital printing as well as digital equipment, materials, and vendor referrals. He oversees several workshops at SGIA along with the association's digital equipment evaluation program. Ray is also a regular contributor to the association's Journal. Ray has extensive experience in color management and worked closely with the Smithsonian Institution to implement a color managed workflow in their Exhibits department.

    Color Management/Accuracy and Verification

    • Color Management for Digital Textile Printing
    • Color Management Challenges
    • Verification


  • Mike Wozny

    Senior Product Manager EFI

    Mike Wozny is a Senior Product Manager for EFI, a leading manufacturer of superwide digital inkjet printing solutions, based in Meredith, NH. With more than 20 years of experience in the printing industry, Mr. Wozny’s key responsibility is to drive the development of innovative inkjet products for the company. In addition to leading strategic product development discussions and managing an EFI Inkjet product line, Wozny spends a significant amount of time with customers around the world to address their business needs and help drive the adoption of an inkjet printing technology. Wozny holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rochester Institute of Technology and a Master of Business Administration from New York Institute of Technology.