Need confidential advice?

We’ve gathered independent industry experts in product development, intellectual property, knitting, smart fabrics, weaving, environmental law, nonwovens, supply chain, and more.

(Optional) For Mentor and Mentee participants who believe that confidential information may be shared during your meetings, we have provided a short form Confidential Disclosure Agreement (CDA) here. Please review the CDA prior to your meeting.

Advanced Textiles Development

Concetta Huffa

Fabdesigns, Inc.

Concept and Product Development

Marie O’Mahony

Professor of Digital Futures

E-Textile Consultant

H. Lee Wainwright

H. Lee Wainwright E-Textile Consulting Service

Environmental Regulation Compliance

Ethan Ware

Williams Mullen

Fire Protection

Harry Winer

HIP Consulting

Innovation and Intellectual Property Law

Jack Hicks

Innovation Attorney
Womble Carlyle Law Firm

Intellectual Property & Cybersecurity Law

Gerry Elman, M.S., J.D.

Elman Technology Law, P.C.

Local-for-Local Model

Keith Hoover

VP Material Process & Color Innovation
Under Armour

Material solutions and engineering

G. Peter Macon

Macon & Associates, Inc.

Nonwovens Technology

David Nelson

Director of Industry Engagement
The Nonwovens Institute

Product and Process Development

Kanti Jasani

Performance & Technical Textile Consulting

Product Development and Manufacturing

David Kemper

MARC, Inc.

Smart Textiles, Design, Wearable Technology

Claire Ortiz

Ortiz Industry, Inc.

Technical Garment Systems

Mary Hakam

Woodlands Textiles LLC

Testing Human Comfort & Performance

Dr. Emiel DenHartog

Associate Professor
North Carolina State University

Textile Wet Processing

Ian Smith

Textile Consult Ltd

Attendees and Exhibitors

This opportunity is available to all IFAI Expo participants and included in any registration type.

Application process  

  1. Register for IFAI Expo.
  2. Select mentor(s) from the list.
  3. Apply for your confidential meeting(s) here.
  4. If your application is accepted, you’ll receive confirmation of your meeting time (during IFAI Expo) and location (meeting room on the show floor).
  5. Please be on time for your meeting

Acceptance Process

Tie-breaker preferences for limited appointment slots are given to attendees in this order:

  1. Members of IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Division
  2. All IFAI members
  3. Members and Non-members with an Expo Plus registration
  4. Any participants in order applications were received


Contact Casey Strauch with questions.