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2023 SPESA Executive Conference

San Juan, Puerto Rico | March 30 & 31, 2023


Daniella Ambrogi, Global Marketing Director, CGS, Inc., SPESA Secretary & Treasurer

Mariano Amezcua, President, North America, Karl Mayer North America

Dan Berzack, President, Sewn Products Equipment Co., SPESA Board Member

Rolando Bohlemann, President, Ferd. Schmetz Needle Corp., SPESA Board Member

Mario Alberto Canahuati, Executive Director of Real Estate and Energy, Grupo Elcatex

Joaquin Cendros, Bernard Cap

Giuseppe Cianci, COO, bierrebi International

Linda Cohen, Assistant Professor, Fashion Institute of Technology

Jill Coleman, VP Business Development, Alvanon, Inc., SPESA Board Member

Nicole Bivens Collinson, President, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.

Marie D'Avignon, Vice President, Operations, SPESA

Giovanni Disanto, Sales & Marketing, bierrebi International

Karen Duncan, SEAMS

Will Duncan, Executive Director, SEAMS

Dietrich Eickhoff, CEO, Dürkopp Adler GmbH

Jonathan Fantini-Porter, Executive Director, Partnership for Central America

Bert Feinberg, Vice President, Frontier Distributors/Phillocraft, SPESA Board Member

Lewis Feinberg, President, Frontier Distributors/Phillocraft

Bethany Field, Co-Owner, Maine Flag Company

John Gerohristodoulos, Vice President of Fashion Manufacturing & Technical Textiles, Lectra

Greg Gimble, Vice President, Va Bien

Gabriella Graves, Vice President of Operations, M M Manufacturing, LLC

Kevin Gray, Sr. Account Executive, Lectra

Edward Gribbin, CEO, Gribbin Strategic LLC, SPESA Chairman

Mark Hatton, Managing Director Threads America, American & Efird, SPESA Vice Chairman

Jimmy Haygood, Vice President of Engineering and Procurement, Delta Apparel, Inc. 

Frank Henderson, President, Henderson Sewing Machine Co., Inc., SPESA Board Member

Auralís Herrero-Lugo, Program/Products Manager, Bluewater Defense, Inc.

Kenny Hines, COO, HomTex, Inc.

David Hinks, Dean, N.C. State Wilson College of Textiles

Don Hire, Sr. Director, Business Development, Crowley Logistics

Sarah Krasley, CEO, Shimmy Technologies

Peter Lectora, Pentaq Manufacturing

Karla Lopez, Owner & Designer, Isleñas

Elizabeth Machuca-Dones, Contracts and Quality Manager, Bluewater Defense, Inc.

Andrea Maribel Mansilla Salazar, Trade & Investment Promotion Advisor, Asociación de Vestuario y Textiles de Guatemala (VESTEX)

Junior Marin, Director of Supply Chain & Operations, Bernard Cap

Nina-Daniela McCormack, Consultant, DAP America, Inc., SPESA Immediate Past Board Chairwoman

Maggie McDonald, Vice President, Communications, SPESA

Michael McDonald, President, SPESA

Kristy Meade, Vice President Technical Textiles & Technology Shows, Messe Frankfurt North America

Simón Medina, General Manager, Capaz International SAS; Zona Franca Pro-Industria, S.P.M.

Juan Mendez, Methods Workshop International 

Charlie Merrow, CEO, The Merrow Group Companies

Ivan Nuñez, Bluewater Defense, Inc.

Carlos Ortiz, Director de Ventas (Sales), Colormax Systems

Michael Penchansky, Vice President, Global Business Development/Manufacturing Solutions, CGS, Inc.

Emilio Penhos, Executive Director, Cámara Nacional de la Industria del Vestido (CANAIVE)/Shyla

Milton Putman, Founder & CEO, Complete Image Manufacturing 

Michael Rabin, Sales Director of the Americas, Morgan Tecnica SPA, SPESA Board Member

John Rivett, Sewing Division Manager of Americas, Groz-Beckert

Carlos Rodriguez, Seamtec Corp

Odalys Rodriguez, Operations Manager, Seamtec Corp

Carlos Sarmiento, Sales Director Mexico and Central America, Lectra

Eric Schlossman, Vice President, Consew, SPESA Board Member 

Richard Scollon, CEO, Scollon Productions, Inc.

Melissa Sharp, Associate Director, N.C. State Wilson College of Textiles

Sherry Smith, Sales Specialist-Government Sales, American & Efird

Eric Spackey, President & CEO, Bluewater Defense, Inc.

Graham Sullivan, CEO, SEDDI Inc.

Sandra Rodriguez Tellez, Internal Sales Director, Morgan Tecnica SPA

Lisa Marie Vivino, Contracting Officer, Defense Logistics Agency

Andre West, Director of the Zeis Textiles Extension for Economic Development, N.C. State Wilson College of Textiles

Humberto Zacapa, CEO, SNC Technical Services

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Thank You to Our Sponsors!

Exec Agenda

Event Details

The conference will begin in the afternoon on Thursday, March 30, with our keynote and panel discussions, concluding with an evening networking reception at the Caribe Hilton. On Friday, March 31, we will have an early educational session and then hit the road for factory tours. We will return to the Caribe Hilton briefly before heading for our closing party at Princesa in Old San Juan. Dinner and transportation are provided for this event.

We recommend attendees plan to arrive by Thursday morning and stay through Saturday morning so that you can join in all of the week’s activities. You are also more than welcome to bring your family and extend your stay at the hotel if you are in need of a little spring break!

Spouses/partners are welcome to register at the spouse rate and attend the evening receptions. There are also lots of
activities at the hotel and nearby to entertain guests during the conference sessions.

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