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Kathryn Sanders is the founder and CEO of Western Sensibility, a digital textile printing studio specializing in sustainable, life-friendly textiles inspired by the American west. A third-generation textile printer, Kathryn has extensive experience in the textile industry and has marketed, developed, and printed textiles for the interior design, fashion, entertainment, and advertising industries. She studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earned a BA in Anthropology from the University of Montana.
Kathryn is devoted to growing the digital textile printing community and launched Digital Bias Consulting to help newcomers get started. She has contributed to PRINTING United Journal, Digital Output, and currently writes the textile column, The Filament, for Big Picture magazine.
After her studies at the renowned Deutsche Meisterschule für Mode in Munich (Germany),
Nora immersed herself deeply into the world of sport and design. For many years she has been
committed to develop sportswear collections. Working for many well-known international
brands in the fields of ski, golf, tennis, soccer, swimwear and fitness has always been both
challenge and inspiration.
Entering the stages of major trade fairs (like OutDoor show, ISPO Munich, PERFORMANCE DAYS and Functional Fabric Fair) to deliver trend speeches meant the thrilling start of a new phase in her professional career. Today Nora’s scope of work is mainly centred around trend forecasting and creative consultancy. Thinking beyond the conventional, she describes herself as a collector, observer and storyteller, reframing the way we live, produce and use. She sees responsible and sustainable design as one of the crucial keys to do better with less.
Excited by shaping the future and sharing knowledge, she founded the international
SPORTS .DESIGN . Masterclass project in 2015. A four-day workshop project for students from all around the globe, dedicated to the development of future-oriented and innovative design concepts.
Eugene Laney Jr. has over 25 years of experience in public and governmental affairs. He currently serves as the President and CEO of the American Association of Exporters and Importers, the premier trade organization representing U.S. companies engaged in global trade.
For over 15 years, Mr. Laney served as the Head of International Government Affairs for DHL Express USA, where he managed transportation, international trade, customs and cargo security issues and export promotion programs for the global market leader in the express and logistics industry. Dr. Laney represented the organization before the U.S. Congress and government agencies and foreign embassies and served as DHL Express’ media spokesperson on international trade issues. Mr. Laney’s recent work included contributing to congressional passage of the Trade Facilitation and Enforcement Act of 2015, which seeks to help U.S. businesses grow globally by improving the transparency and predictably of trade and customs laws.
Prior to that appointment, Mr. Laney served for six years as the Director of Information & Legislative Services for the Global Business Travel Association, where he served as the association’s chief media spokesperson and represented corporate travel professionals and suppliers in public policy matters concerning transportation, aviation security and consumer affairs.
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Eric Beyeler is the Global Marketing Manager for Artistri® Digital Inks for DuPont Advanced Printing. He joined the company in 1987 as a research engineer in the Engineering Technology Laboratory in Wilmington De.
He has held multiple positions in engineering, research, manufacturing, product management, sales and business development throughout his career at DuPont.
Mr. Beyeler joined the DuPont Digital Printing business in 2009 to lead the expansion of the Artistri® ink jet inks portfolio in the Commercial Printing segment.
In January 2016, he was named to his current position where his principal objective is to identify and implement Ink Jet Ink solutions to meet the demands of the growing Digital Printing markets.
Mr. Beyeler was born in France and graduated from Ecole Centrale de Lyon with a “Diplome d’Ingenieur”. He obtained a Masters & Doctorate degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware.
▪ Product Director, expert in leading product line, market leaders in 3D printing technology, and in Hi-tech global environment
▪ Strong business acumen with more than 10 years of experience in the worlds of product, business operations, strategy and business development
▪ Translating needs and pains into product vision, considering all elements of the market ecosystem (competitors, strategic business development and innovative solutions)
▪ Specialized in managing the product from concept, prototype to launch, production and customer installation
▪ Matrix management of the product's E2E activities, communicating and leading the R&D Dept. through all phases of the development (including SW and HW)
▪ Determining the product's roadmap, go-to-market strategy. Formulate business plans and evaluate proposition to obtain market share
▪ Working with sales and business development teams to initiate new ideas and promote the products using sales teams
▪ Expertise in multidisciplinary operational management of the product’s backend technology using HW, SW, material, consumables and more
▪ Lead the development of new products and improvements to existing ones, from inception to manufacturing and delivering
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Distributor of New and Used Industrial Sewing Machines, parts, supplies, and custom Design & Development Products for the Sewn Products Industries. Professional Sales and Service for Industrial Sewing Machine Brands: Juki, Brother, Union Special, Yamato, Pegasus, Kansai, Consew, Mitsubishi, Rimoldi, Siruba, Pfaff, Durkopp-Adler, Sunstar, Singer, Seko, US Blindstitch, Merrow, Eastlex, Hashima, Clinton, Efka, Panasonic, Ho Sing, Racing, Reece and many other Sewn Products Manufacturer Products.
High-energy Global Business & Technology Leader with visionary decision-making, strategy, execution and leadership acumen. Led, devised and executed business/technical plans to expand and develop new chemical product lines and sales. Perform as an expert in every functional area of chemical products including performance, customer uses and applications, manufacturing/engineering scale-up, safety/regulatory, budget and P&L including pricing, costs, forecast and product stewardship. A powerful people connector who steers toward proactive solutions and alternative strategies to penetrate new market and grow existing ones. Fluent in English/Hebrew.
Jasmine Cox serves as the Director of Textile Technology Programs and Business Innovation at the Textile Technology Center at Gaston College in Belmont, NC. Prior to her role as Director of Textile Technology Programs, Jasmine has served in various roles including Physical Testing Laboratory Technician, Special Projects Coordinator and Process Coordinator. Originally, from Raleigh, NC Jasmine obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Textile Technology from the NC State Wilson College of Textiles. She is currently pursuing her doctoral studies in Textile Technology Management at the NC State University’s Wilson College of Textiles.
Founder of the Reshoring Initiative after being president of machine tool maker GF Machining Solutions for 22 years. Awards include: Industry Week’s and Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) Halls of Fame, SPE’s Mold Designer of the Year and Fab Shop Direct’s Manufacturer of the Year. Participated actively in President Obama’s 2012 Insourcing Forum at the White House. Member of the Department of Commerce Investment Advisory Council.
Regularly quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, NYT, and seen on national TV and radio programs. BS and MS in Engineering from MIT and MBA from U. of Chicago.
Experienced Executive and Board Member with a demonstrated history of in fashion design, manufacturing, marketing, workforce development, innovation and consulting. Strong business development professional with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) focused in Fashion studies from University of Oklahoma.
Dr. Ling Zhang is an assistant professor in the Department of Apparel, Events, and Hospitality Management at Iowa State University. Her research goal is to improve the quality of lives through the clothing and textiles and address environmental issues by sustainable design process. Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on innovative technologies in wearable art design, design theories and design process frameworks, functional apparel design and product development. Her most recent project explores functional apparel design to improve medical and maternity garments. Dr. Zhang’s designs have established scholarly reputation by winning top awards in international juried exhibitions and competitions. She is actively involved in the design community by serving as a manuscript reviewer for multiple high impact journals, conference organizer for the International Textiles and Apparel Association, Costume Society of America, Juror of YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund and International Arts of Fashion Competition.