Digital Textile Printing | 2018 Speaker Lineup

Leading industry experts will come together to discuss Applications and Market Drivers Within Digital Textile Printing. Learn more about the 2018 speakers below.

  • Ben Amor

    Sales Director for North America Caldera

    With 16 years experience in Wide Format and Digital printing technologies, Ben Amor has worked globally with hundreds of companies and partners to promote and sell color management, automation and workflow solutions to help increase customer's productivity, quality and ROI.

  • Randy Anderson

    Product Marketing Manager for Textiles MUTOH AMERICA INC.

    Product Marketing Manager for Textiles. Over 10 years in Dye Sublimation and Textile Printing

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Ford Bowers

    President and CEO Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA)

    Ford Bowers entered the printing industry as an account manager for Miller Zell, a leading  retail/POP print and service provider,  in 2006. He became the vice president and general manager of the Graphic Center at Miller Zell in 2008, leading the company through the transition from analog (screen and litho) to mostly digital print production. In January of 2016, he became the president and CEO of the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association, where he continues his involvement in the industry through SGIA’s focus on education, information and the development of its various imaging communities.Ford Bowers entered the printing industry as an account manager for Miller Zell, a leading retail/POP print and service provider, in 2006. He became the vice president and general manager of the Graphic Center at Miller Zell in 2008, leading the company through the transition from analog (screen and litho) to mostly digital print production. In January of 2016, he became the president and CEO of the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association, where he continues his involvement in the industry through SGIA’s focus on education, information and the development of its various imaging communities.

  • 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.  

  • Yoram Burg

    Regional Sales Director, US & Canada EFI Optitex

    Yoram Burg – Regional Sales Director, US & Canada - With over 25 years of entrepreneurial experience that spanned across Asia, Middle East and North America, Yoram Burg brings with him experience in multiple aspects of managing multi-million dollar organizations. Applying experience in Information Technology, Purchasing, Business Planning, Project and Change Management to leading international teams in hi level strategic sales, marketing, implementations and support, while holding various senior positions in technology and non-technology businesses. For the past 13 years, Yoram served as the President of US & Canada under Optitex, and currently as Regional Sales Director for US, Canada, India & Sri Lanka under EFI Optitex. Mr. Burg is a graduate of the MEI program from Swinburne University of Technology, Australia.

  • Gart Davis

    CEO & Co-founder Spoonflower

    In May 2008, Gart Davis partnered with Co-founder, Stephen Fraser, to launch Spoonflower, a web-based company with on-demand manufacturing capability that gives individuals the power to publish, purchase and sell fabric with their own custom designs. Profitable after just 6 months, the company won an NC Idea Grant, the Amex/Facebook Big Break for Small Business, was an NC Company to Watch in 2013 and listed in the Fast 50 in 2014. Spoonflower is the largest custom fabric supplier on the Internet, and hosts the largest collection of fabric designs and community of fabric designers anywhere. Prior to founding Spoonflower, Gart served as president of Lulu.com, the largest independent self-publishing platform on the Internet, which he launched with Red Hat co-founder Bob Young in 2002. He is committed to entrepreneurship in North Carolina, and donates 10% of his time to the Triangle region’s CED venture mentoring service.

  • 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.

  • Michelle Francis

    Frankie & Swiss Director and Co-founder

    In 2011, Michelle Francis and co-founder, Jacqui Redman, ditched their day jobs and began an incredible adventure. They formed the much loved family run Australian textile printing company, Frankie and Swiss, and leveraged the latest technologies and digital printers to deliver the opportunity to custom print designs onto natural fabrics to their local community.

    The business was a hit and with its community based attitude and multi-faceted approach, quickly cemented its position in craft and artisan circles as a boutique textile printer, a laboratory for print experimentation and a venue for creative workshopping. 

    A commitment to running an environmentally gentle and low impact practice underpins their sustainable approach and is carried right through the studio from printing the textiles through to recycled packaging materials.

    Prior to life in Frankie and Swiss, Michelle worked at Coca Cola Australia as National Business Manager. She is a Chartered Accountant and has had various positions in the accounting and banking world. Now living in the US, she spends a lot of time on evening conference calls to Australia and works with a local charitable organization.

  • Kirk Green

    CEO and President Ferrari Color and Signs.com

    Kirk Green has been key to the transformative growth of several companies in the graphic and marketing industry. He is currently CEO and President of Ferrari Color, a leader in innovative retail visual solutions; Signs.com, a premier Internet Sign Company; and Stryde, an immerging on-line marketing powerhouse.

    Kirk is a past president of the Association Executives, past chairman of the Utah Travel Council and is currently a member of several industry advisory boards.

  • Fabio Gromo

    Executive Sales Manager Durst

    Bio Coming Soon

  • Bryan Haltom

    Business Development and Marketing Manager Performance Chemicals DyStar

    Bryan Haltom joined DyStar when the company acquired the Hilton Davis assets of Emerald Performance Materials in November 2016. He manages the business development for the DyStar digital printing team that is utilizing novel self-dispersed pigment dispersions for inkjet. The product team is developing pigmented ink formulations for the textile market to complement the Jettex® ink portfolio from DyStar. DyStar has a strong global position with dye-based inks, and have recently launched VAT dyes for digital printing in cooperation with Zimmer.

  • Leslie Herrmann

    Demo Room Manager Global Imaging

    Leslie Herrmann is the Demo Room Manager for Global Imaging, the premier U.S. distributor for grand format equipment and supplies. She has been working in the demo room since 2013, learning hands on about the grand format workflow from file submission to finishing. She received her degree in Graphic Communication at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and since then has experienced many different sectors of the print industry focusing mainly on production and automation within the digital industry.

  • Ryan Kurek

    Director – Marketing Kornit Digital

    Ryan joined Kornit in 2017 to lead North American marketing and strategic initiatives. He brings 20 years of B2B and B2C marketing expertise, most from the agency he founded, where he led blue-chips brands such as General Electric, Bayer, Toyota, IBM, Rockwell Automation, LG Electronics, and American Express. Ryan holds a B.S. from Clemson University with Post-Graduate Executive Management Studies from Harvard Business School. 

  • Michael Labella

    Commercial Director Sensient Imaging Technologies

    Michael Labella is Commercial Director at Sensient Imaging Technologies with over 15 years of experience in the field of dye sublimation and digital textiles printing. Over the course of his career, Labella has worked directly with numerous manufacturers converting from analog to digital printing assisting them in the process of system selection, system design, training and workflow optimization. He has also participated in a number of R&D projects that led to the development of new products and production techniques for dye sublimation and textile printing. Currently, Labella’s interest is in the evolution of digital and inkjet technology for the precise deposition of colors and sensory ingredients in highly regulated applications. He is also an active contributor to industry publications and has presented at a number of industry events

  • 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. 

  • Christina Lefebvre

    Area Sales Manager for North America Matic S.A.

    Christina Lefebvre is Area Sales Manager for North America at Matic S.A.  Matic is a manufacturer of finishing equipment, specifically providing automated solutions for sewing, welding and cutting.  Christina has a strong business background having graduated from HEC Montreal with a BBA in Marketing and International Commerce.  In the past 15 years, she has evolved in the Sign and Graphics industry, selling printing and finishing equipment throughout Canada.  She has built an expertise in textile printing and finishing and has since then broadened her range of business to include the sun protection and home décor industry.  Christina has been working with Matic for the past 6 years in Canada, and more recently started growing the market throughout North America.  

  • Liz Logue

    Senior Director Corporate Business Development EFI, US

    As the Sr. Director of Corporate Business Development for one of the most active companies in print technology acquisitions, Liz Logue is responsible for planning, market evaluation and execution behind EFI’s strategic M&A activity. In that role, she has helped EFI identify the next key segment applications that enable EFI customers to capitalize on the accelerating analog to digital transformation in print. Her work in corporate development has included directing or assisting in EFI’s strategic moves into the ceramics and textiles while assisting in strategic product development, working with engineering, ink and software teams to implement the correct solution for the target market.

    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.

     

  • Sanjeev Menon

    Founder and CEO StitchMob.com

    Sanjeev is Founder and CEO of StitchMob.com, an online platform that enables aspiring new designers and influencers to create and sell their own collections of custom printed clothing. Having recruited a strong advisory team including a Harper's Bazaar Editor-in-Chief and former DKNY Global President, StitchMob has received Singaporean government funding and succesfully completed a beta run in December 2017 with 300 designers signed up.

    Sanjeev has always been passionate about disruptive technology and their ability to introduce industries to new efficiencies. Prior to StitchMob, he spent 5 years as a venture development and marketing strategy consultant for startups originating from Australia, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong. 

  • 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.

  • Jos Notermans

    Commercial Manager-Digital Textiles SPGPrints

    Commercial Manager-Digital Textiles for SPGPrints based in Boxmeer Netherlands.   

  • Bob Rychel

    Sales Manager JK Group USA

    Bio Coming Soon

  • 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. 

  • Steve Smith

    Owner DPInnovations Inc

    Steve Smith owns DPInnovations Inc. a reseller and support organization for technology solutions for the textile industry, based in Saint Cloud, Florida, USA.

    Steve has worked in the digital textile industry since 1983 when he joined Textile Computer Systems Ltd., of Manchester, England, as a computer programmer.

    Steve was instrumental in helping TCS become a major global supplier of CAD/CAM software for the textile industry. From 1983 to 1994 Steve developed his role from programmer to systems analyst to product manager and ultimately Managing Director with responsibilities for more than 30 employees and a turnover in excess of $2,000,000.

    Whilst with TCS Steve conducted commercial activities and completed installation & training in more than 30 countries. During this period, acting on behalf of TCS, Steve also spent 18 months in the USA with Symtech Inc., of Spartanburg, SC, acting as their product manager for the TCS products.

    In 1996 Steve became a partner in the Dr. Wirth Gruppe of Frankfurt, Germany, responsible for product development, sales and marketing of their Atelier software, from Wirth’s USA office in Spartanburg, SC. Acknowledging the change in the digital textile industry, Steve was responsible for re-directing Wirth’s focus to software developed specifically for the digital printing of textiles. In 2000 DPInnovations Inc. was formed as a subsidiary of Wirth Software GmbH to exploit their market leading color matching technology for digital printing. In 2008 Steve acquired full and sole ownership of DPInnovations Inc. and established an exclusive global distribution agreement for Wirth Software’s “RIPMaster” range of products developed for the digital textile printing industry. Steve is responsible for in excess of 1000 licenses of Wirth’s RIPMaster software being distributed globally, via a network of agents, resellers and OEM’s, including agreements with DuPont and Yuhan Kimberly.

    In 2015 Steve specified & managed the development and launch of DPInnovations own ‘web2fabric’ technology which allows companies offering a digital textile printing service to establish an online workflow delivering print jobs and payment direct from the global web based design industry. web2fabric is a RIP and printer agnostic solution that has been installed with all of today’s leading RIP’s, inkjet printers and ink chemistries.

    As a result of Steve’s experience and impartiality in the digital textile printing industry he is often invited to share his knowledge and experience at conferences globally, as well as provide consultancy services to companies developing new product launches based on on-demand digital textile printing.

  • Paolo Torricella

    Sales Segment Specialist for Digital Textile EFI Reggiani

    Paolo Torricella began his career as an application specialist in digital textile printing, working as a technologist for the digital division of Reggiani Macchine. In 2007 he moved into sales, taking responsibility for the North American market. In 2008 he also became  product manager for the digital division, initiating Reggiani’s ReNOIR/Kyocera project. In 2010 he became marketing manager, gaining additional specific responsibility in 2012 for UK and South Africa markets. Today he is Sales segment specialist for digital Textile for EFI Reggiani, part of EFI Inc.

  • Meagan Tyler

    Sr. Product Developer, Graphics Under Armour

    Sr. Product Developer, Graphics, Under Armour