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ICYMI | Look Who's Talking in Detroit: Advancements Conference Agenda


The SPESA Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference will take place September 13, 2022, in Detroit, Michigan. In addition to excellent education and networking opportunities, attendees at this year's event will be able to tour the ISAIC facility at Carhartt's flagship store and receive floor passes to the North American International Auto Show.

Please see below for the conference agenda. Click here to learn more and register now.

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Detroit Regional Chamber) 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. (Carhartt Flagship/ISAIC - Industrial Sewing & Innovation Center) Floor access to North American International Auto Show starting Wednesday, September 14th. 9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. | Event introduction​ Michael McDonald, President, SPESA Ed Gribbin, Chairman, SPESA 9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. | Welcome to Detroit Kevin Johnson, CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC) ​9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. | Panel 1: Hot Topics Fireside Chat - Shifting Supply Chain Where we’re going and Detroit’s role in reshoring, nearshoring, and improving both domestic and global supply chains Matthew Wallace, CEO, DXM Inc. Deb Ferraro, Vice President, Global Product Development & Technical Design, Carhartt Drew Coleman, Senior Director, MICHauto 11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. | Networking Break 11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. | Panel 2: Industry Automation and Manufacturing Examining the role of automation across multiple industries including apparel and automotive​ Leonard Marano, President, Americas, Lectra Frank Henderson, President & Owner, Henderson Sewing Machine Company Cynthia Hutchison, Head of US Centre for Advanced Manufacturing in collaboration with the World Economic Forum 12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. | Lunch Break 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. | Panel 3: Industry Digitalization Implementing digitalization across industries, from automotives to apparel​ Jill Coleman, Vice President, Global Business, Alvanon Michael Rabin, Sales Director of the Americas, Morgan Tecnica Justin Hershoran, Director of Real-Time Analytics, Exenta by Aptean Paul Magel, President, CGS, Inc. Yoram Burg, Chief Commercial Officer, SEDDI 2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Afternoon break 2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Panel 4: SKU of One - The Drive for Sustainability This panel will focus on efforts to leverage on-demand manufacturing to drive the industry towards a sustainable future​ Ram Sareen, CEO, Tukatech Garrett Gerson, Founder & CEO, Variant 3D Andre West, Director, Zeis Textiles Extention, N.C. State Dan Radomski, Centrepolis Accelerator, Lawrence Technological University Mark Thomson, WardsAuto 4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Transportation to Carhartt/ISAIC 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. | Tour of ISAIC In addition to a tour of ISAIC, event attendees will have an opportunity during this time to network and enjoy drinks/snacks prior to the final panel starting. 5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. | Final Panel Reception: Detroit Crossroads - Where Industries and Innovation Collide This panel will serve as the culmination of the Advancements Conference and an opportunity to hear from major stakeholders responsible for Detroit’s continued growth across fashion, automotive, and innovation Jen Guarino, CEO, ISAIC Brenna Lane, Founder, Detroit Denim Allen Largin, Creative & Innovation Director, Rock Ventures Glenn Stevens, Executive Director, MICHauto and Vice President, Automotive & Mobility Initiatives​​


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