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SPESA 2014 Executive Conference

Welcome to Washington

Washington, DC
Westin Georgetown Hotel
November 5-6, 2014

As fashion apparel and sewn products industries and the economy transition from years of recession and lost jobs into an era of measured growth, opportunities for the sewn products industry are clearly on the rise. In response to a host of economic, political, and other factors, fashion apparel and sewn products retailers, brand owners, manufacturers, and suppliers are all re-awakening to the many benefits of manufacturing in the U.S. and the Western Hemisphere.

.Fresh Perspective Ahead

Building on its successful 2013 Executive Conference in Washington, SPESA will return to Washington on November 5-6 at the Westin Georgetown Hotel to continue its new focus on suppliers and manufacturers with a two-day agenda. The SPESA 2014 Executive Conference is the perfect place for sewn products industry executives to learn from and network with industry leaders, government officials, and fellow executives.

Conference Program

  • "The New Machine Age"
    • Kurt Cavano – Founder, Vice Chairman & Chief Strategy Officer – GT Nexus
  • "On the Economic, Political and Business Climate"
    • Dr. Roger Tutterow – Dean of Stetson School of Business & Economics – Mercer University
  • "Creating Opportunity by Investing in American Jobs
    • Cindi Marsiglio – Vice President US Manufacturing – Walmart
  • "Rebuilding Trades"
    • Jen Guarino – V.P. Leather Products – Shinola Detroit & Minnesota Manufacturing Awards CEO of the Year
  • "Latin America in the Global Economy"
    • Eric Farnsworth – V.P. – Council of the Americas
  • "Intelligent Textiles and Smart Garments"
    • Julie Becker – Textiles Research & Training Institute Director, Apparel/Textiles & Merchandising Faculty – Eastern Michigan University
  • "Re-thinking 'Made in America' in the 21st Century"
    • Laura Baughman – President – The Trade Partnership
  • "Fresh Perspectives on Current Manufacturing, Sourcing, and Retailing"
    • Manufacturing/Sourcing/Retailing Panel
      • Dr. Mike Fralix (moderator) – President – [TC]2
      • Monte Galbraith – President – Denim North America & DNA Technical Fabrics
      • Aaron Ledet – Vice President U.S. Manufacturing – VF Corporation
      • Anton Wilson – (Target Corp. retired) / Executive Consultant – [TC]2
      • Karla Colletto – Co-Founder – Karla Colletto Swimwear

Fact Sheet: 


SPESA 2014 Executive Conference

  • The Special Conference: Fresh perspectives and fresh solutions on industry issues, trends, legislation, and innovation
  • The Special Place: Westin Georgetown Hotel, Washington, DC
  • The Special Time: Concise conference agenda, November 5-6, 2014
  • The Special Value: $295 per person Early Bird registration through October 20, 2014. After October 20, the standard registration fee of $400 per person will apply.
  • The Special Group Hotel Rate: $239 (single or double room) through October 20, 2014.
The Westin Georgetown, Washington D.C. Hotel is convenient to all the Georgetown's shops and restaurants, the Kennedy Center, Dupont Circle, and the White House. The Westin Georgetown combines elegant accommodations with state-of-the-art amenities. Westin Georgetown

Register for the 2014 Executive Conference today at: http://tinyurl.com/jw7t65g

Reserve your hotel rooms today at SPESA - Annual Meeting 2014 or call 1-800-228-3000 and use the Group Code:  SPESA


For more information email SPESA or call 919-872-8909 X203.

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