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The Officers and Board of Directors are responsible for policy direction, with day-to-day administration by the President.

Active member participation is important to guarantee the effectiveness of the Association in representing the interests of the members and the sewn products industry. Participation provides SPESA members with a broader perspective of both the industry and the Association.

Ad hoc committees are appointed by the Board and/or Chairman to oversee specific projects.


Chairman – Mel Berzack, Sewn Products Equipment Co.
Vice Chairman – Mr. Sam Simpson, Gerber Technology
Secretary/Treasurer – Nina McCormack, DAP America, Inc.
President – Benton Gardner, SPESA

Board of Directors

Mel Berzack
President, Sewn Products Equipment Co.
Jefferson, Georgia

Melvyn Blore
President, Pegasus of America, Inc.
Doral, Florida

Rolando Bohlemann
President, Schmetz Needle Corporation
Medley, Florida

Per Bringle
Vice President, Eton Systems, Inc.
Alpharetta, Georgia

Yoram Burg
President, OptiTex USA
New York, New York

Dr. Mike Fralix
President, [TC]2
Cary, North Carolina

Martin Gopman
President, Universal Sewing Machine Co.
Miami, Florida

Ed Gribbin
President, Alvanon, Inc.
New York, New York

Frank Henderson, Jr.
President, Henderson Sewing Machine Co., Inc.
Andalusia, Alabama

Rick Ludolph
President, Productive Solutions
Marietta, Georgia

Nina McCormack
Chief Financial Officer, Dürkopp Adler America, Inc.
Norcross, Georgia

Michael Rabin
President, Morgan Tecnica America
Montreal, Quebec Canada

Eric Schlossman
General Manager - V.P., Consew
Miami, Florida

Lonny Schwartz
President, Superior Sewing Machine & Supply LLC
New York, New York

Sam Simpson
Vice President Global Sales, Gerber Technology, Inc.
Tolland, Connecticut

John Stern
President, Methods Workshop
Lake Worth, Florida


Benton Gardner
Dave Gardner
    Managing Director
Kathryn Doggett
Laura Kelly
    Administration & Website

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