Digital Textile Printing | 2019 Speaker Lineup

Leading industry experts came together to discuss Applications and Market Drivers within Digital Textile Printing. Learn more about the 2019 speakers below.

  • Ben Armor

    Regional Sales and Service Director Americas Caldera

    Ben Amor started his career at Caldera as a sales intern and after graduating from the Pôle CCI in Strasbourg with a degree in Sales, he naturally joined Caldera as a Sales Representative for Southern Europe and MEA. He has 17+ year experience in large format printing and has extensive knowledge of Wide Format and Digital printing technologies. Ben Amor worked globally with hundreds of companies and partners to promote and sell software products and services for color management, automation and workflow solutions to help increase customer's productivity, quality and ROI.

  • 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.

  • Chris Bernat

    Chief Revenue Officer & Co-Founder Vapor Apparel

    Christopher Bernat is Chief Revenue Officer and Co-Founder of Vapor Apparel. For over 15 years, Vapor has developed mass customized performance and UPF50+ apparel for the digital print industry, brands and organizations. Vapor Apparel began its B-to-C business with Amazon and dedicated web sites five years ago.  Today Chris continues to focus on new markets and products to grow both sides of the business. Prior to starting Vapor with his business partner, Chris was Direct of Sales at Sawgrass Technologies. He previously held management positions at ITC Holding Group, Pearson International, The Royal Ontario Museum, and the New York Symphony. He currently is Second Vice Chair of the Board of SGIA. He is a graduate of Clemson University and a veteran of the US Army.

  • Eric Beyeler

    Global Marketing Manager for Artistri® Digital Inks DuPont Advanced Printing

    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.

  • David Brewer

    Chief Technology Officer (CTO) 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.  

  • Ivan Carrozzo

    Americas Sales Manager MS Printing Solutions Srl and JK Group Spa

    Ivan Carrozzo join MS Printing Solutions Srl early 2014. The previous experience was in textile business, 15 years, focus on key accounts in Europe and North America.

    Since September 2014 was moved to Brasil to develop the market in Latam and organize the local services.

    Since January 2015 became Americas Sales Manges for MS Printing Solutions, with the focus in promote the digital technology , create new channel of sales and local services.

    Since January 2019 was also invested in the role of Americas Sales Manager of the company JK Group Spa.

  • Ron Ciccone

    Director of Digital Service, Dreamscape Division Roysons Corporation

    Planning a career in organic chemistry, Ron took a summer job in a photo lab, ultimately changing his path to a rewarding and challenging career in imaging technology. As technical manager at Agfa Photo he often used chemical formulations to adjust tone reproduction curves to achieve customized color specifications. In the mid 80s Ron founded Image Masters, a commercial photo lab focusing service on the imaging specifications of demanding corporate clients. With the advent of digital imaging, Ron founded Integrated Imaging Systems, helping analog imaging shops transition to digital processes. He is now director of digital service at Roysons corporation where he is instrumental, among other responsibilities, in assuring digital wallcoverings meet customer's demanding color specifications.

  • Kristen Dettoni

    Founder Design Pool LLC

    Kristen is an accomplished designer with twenty-seven years of experience in design, management, and marketing. Several of those years were spent at textile mills, designing and developing woven products for automotive, office, hospitality, and healthcare. Over the course of her career, she designed the first sustainable seating and automotive textiles and was awarded a patent for automotive suspension seating.  Kristen recently founded Design Pool, an online resource for licensable patterns specific to residential and commercial interior products, such as upholstery, wallpaper, bedding, pillows and privacy screens.  She is extremely passionate about the future of print on demand and customization. Her versatility and devotion to all things creative, makes her approach to product development and design truly unique.

  • Jason Fannin

    Account Manager Sensient Colors LLC, Inks Americas

    Jason Fannin serves as the Account Manager for Sensient Colors focusing on expanding channel sales for Sensient’s portfolio of water based inks for textile, packaging and edible digital printing.      Jason has over 15 years’ experience in the digital printing market upon joining Sensient Colors in 2012 as a Technical Service Manager. Jason has worked with hundreds of customers worldwide to optimize their production and workflow by using the latest innovations in printing technology in collaboration with specialized chemical developments creating a complete solution tailored to each customer’s specific needs. Jason has a B.A. from the University of Kentucky and currently resides in Charleston, SC.

    Sensient Technologies Corporation is a leading global manufacturer and marketer of colors, flavors and fragrances. Sensient employs advanced technologies at facilities around the world to develop specialty food and beverage systems, cosmetic and pharmaceutical systems, inkjet and specialty inks and colors, and other specialty and fine chemicals. The company’s customers include major international manufacturers representing most of the world’s best-known brands.

  • Katelyn Lee

    Specialty Applications Chemist, Textile Chemistry Research Cotton Incorporated

    Katelyn Lee manages the digital printing laboratory at Cotton Incorporated, a non-profit company that works to increase the demand for and profitability of cotton through research and promotion. She currently serves as the committee chair for RA80-Printing Technology in the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists. Katelyn graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Polymer and Color Chemistry. 

  • Liz Logue

    Senior Director Corporate Business Development EFI, US

    Liz Logue became EFI’s VP of Inkjet Customer/Brand Engagement and Strategy in 2019, a new role focused on helping EFI’s digital corrugated customers engage with brands. Logue’s work helps drive market awareness about digital printing and value it brings to the consumers. She also researches and develops strategies to extend EFI’s inkjet technology portfolio into additional new markets that can benefit from the and continuing analog to digital transformation in print manufacturing.

    Prior to taking her current role, Logue was Vice president  of Corporate Business Development, and Ink Jet strategy at EFI. In that position, she was responsible for planning, market evaluation and execution behind strategic M&A and new market development activity. Her work has included directing or assisting in EFI’s strategic moves into ceramics, textiles and corrugated packaging, working with engineering, ink and software teams to implement the correct solutions for target markets.

    Prior to joining EFI in 2008, Logue worked for 10 years in various roles at IT Strategies, a specialized strategic consultancy company focused on the digital print industry.  In her roles she advised hardware, ink and software vendors on corporate, product and M&A strategy. She also managed research initiatives, maintained industry relationships and kept abreast of the latest technology developments.

    Logue, who lives in the Boston area, has a BA in marketing and finance from Simmons College.  She has traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia and is a frequent speaker at industry events.

  • David Lopez

    Textile Application Specialist Mimaki

    Coming soon!

  • Lenny Marano

    Vice President, Product Management & Marketing, Automation Systems Gerber Technology

    Lenny is vice president of product management and marketing for Automation Systems at Gerber, responsible for the portfolio management and go-to-market strategies of their equipment products. Lenny joined Gerber in 2014 as Director of Product Marketing, focused on Automation Solutions. Prior to joining Gerber, Lenny spent 10 years in senior product management and marketing roles for high technology organizations. From 2006 through 2012 Lenny led FujiFilm’s kiosk equipment, software, and consumable businesses. In this role he managed the P&L, developed go-to-market strategies, drove new product development, and managed an install base portfolio which included over 20,000 systems in major retailers such as Walmart, Walgreens and Rite Aid.  Following FujiFilm, Lenny was at Jensen Dental where he launched and managed their line of CAD/CAM digital dentistry equipment, software, and consumables, helping their business and customers transition from analog workflows to digitally automated processes. Lenny holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting from Central Connecticut State University.

  • Scott Minette

    President Image Mill

    Scott is the President of Image Mill – located in Monroe, WA. Scott developed his interest in large-format printing in Arizona, working with electrostatic printers that produced architectural drawings. After moving to the Northwest, he worked in the reprographics industry, later selling electrostatic printing equipment. Understanding computers, printing and technology has always been Scott’s forte.  In 1996, Scott formed Image Mill which specializes in the manufacturing and installation of Retail and Environmental graphics globally.  With over 30 years in the grand format industry, Scott has immense hands on knowledge of various printing and manufacturing technologies.  With this experience comes the keenness to continually push the boundaries of their technology in graphic production.

  • Timothy Mitchell

    HP Latex Solution Architect, HP Sign & Décor, Americas Region HP

    Timothy Mitchell has worked in digital printing since 1994, and he has been involved in digital textile printing since its inception. He has hands-on involvement with the DuPont Artistry and is familiar with most processes of dye-sublimation, both transfer and direct. He joined the HP Latex team in 2010 and since then has been involved in all facets of HP latex technology—with a specific focus on applications, especially soft textiles and fabrics. Timothy is a board member of the IFAI and represents HP Latex around the world at trade shows and events. His primary mission at this time is the promotion of the new HP Durable Textile line of soft fabrics.

  • Michelle Moxley

    Innovation Director The M&R Companies

    Michelle Moxley is a career Research, Development and Innovation expert with a demonstrated history of working in the apparel and fashion industry. Skilled in screen printing, special effects printing, Separation, Graphics, Pre-press, Digital Printing and Textiles. Twenty-three years print industry experience with BFA focused in Media arts, Animation and Computer Science. Creative artist and printer, always on the cutting edge in the garment decoration world of technology, ink, and art with previous employment at Gildan, Virus, and some top production companies. She is currently Director of Innovation at M&R Equipment, in Roselle, IL.

  • John Otsuki

    Co-Founder and CEO Creative Cause Solutions, Inc.

    John Otsuki, Co-Founder and CEO of Creative Cause Solutions, Inc. has been a pioneer in digital printing since the 1980. His background includes small business start-ups, national operations, R&D as well as consulting for the print-on-demand industry. With the founding of Creative Cause Solutions in 2012 he witnessed the growth of this small start-up digital fabric printer to one of the country’s largest wholesale digital fabric print operations. Through continual advancements in technology and expansion of services, Creative Cause Solutions now serves customers across North America in the apparel, home fashion, and advertising markets.

    Mr. Otsuki has found success in adapting new and innovative solutions to the industry challenges with often surprising results. In 2017, Creative Cause Solutions announced a new business venture, BlueStone Fabrics, Inc., tailored to uniquely meet the growing printing and manufacturing needs of the textile market.

    Creative Cause Solutions is located in Bridgewater, VA in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. John studied Applied Mathematics, Operations Research and Game Theory at Harvey Mudd College and Claremont Graduate School. When he is not putting ink on fabric, you can often find him riding a motorcycle through the Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • Francesco Pilenga

    General Manager Pettenati Central America
    • Degree in Industrial Engineering
    • Mechanical and textile world since 1994
    • Joined Pettenati Group in the 2006
  • Aubrey Roemer

    Visual Artist Aubrey Roemer, LLC

    Aubrey Roemer was born in Rochester, NY. She received her BFA from Pratt Institute while working as an Americorps Scholar in the public education sector, and is currently pursuing her MFA at Pratt.
    Post-undergrad, Roemer interned with NYC artists, galleries and worked as a journalist for Art Observed: specializing in covering the NYC auction seasons. She has attended residencies throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

    Roemer has received grants from Pratt Institute, Do Your Part, Paddlers For Humanity, World Connect, and ARTwerk. She has exhibited throughout the USA and internationally, while garnering international press for her work. She has spoken at museums, schools and community
    centers around the world about her work. Roemer’s projects span Nicaragua, Indonesia, Greece, India and the USA, often created in collaboration with NGO’s: La Isla Network addressing the CKDu epidemic, environmental initiatives as the Director of Art and Communications for Oceans Care, with Desmos and Metadrasi working on refugee relief and with I Was A Sari in India. Domestically, Roemer teamed up with New York Cares, Unicef, the Rural and Migrant Ministry and Wall Therapy bringing art and education to communities in New York State.

  • Michael Sanders

    Director of Printable Textiles & Finishing Technology Top Value Fabrics

    Michael Sanders, Director of Printable Textiles & Finishing Technology for Top Value Fabrics, has been a part of the textile industry for over 40 years. With extensive knowledge and experience in dyeing, printing, and finishing both cotton and polyester fabrics, Sanders is recognized as a leader in the field. His involvement and work with digital textile printing goes back to the early days of the discipline’s existence. Today, Sanders sits on boards, expert panels, and gives lectures nationally. Sanders previously co-owned and served as Vice President of Pacific Coast Fabrics, which was acquired by TVF in 2017. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Cal-Pacific Dyeing and Finishing Corp. Sanders received his technical textile training from Sandoz in Switzerland and Bayer in Germany. 

  • Mike Syverson

    Textile Manager Durst Image Technology U.S.

    Mike is the Textile Manager for Durst Image Technology U.S., Large Format Division.  Mike has been focused on the printing industry over 25 years. He’s been on the forefront of the analog to digital transition, for the printing industry. Mike’s background in production, inkjet, and textile gives him a comprehensive background in the textile industry. Mike has held several positions in the digital printing industry, working extensively and developing new features, capabilities and coloring profiles - helping lead the way in grand format printing marketplace. With Mike’s passion for print, he provides a great understanding of business needs for his clients, and a strong technical foundation to guide his customers comprehension of today’s technology.