Meet our Expo 2021 speakers. To learn more about each speaker, select ‘Read More’ to read their Bio. Stay tuned for more speakers!


All Speakers
Advanced Textiles
Business Operations
Campfire
Shade and Weather
Specialty Fabrics
E-Textiles Discussion
Tim Akes

Software Representative, MPanel Software Solutions LLC

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Kiarash Arangdad, PhD

Senior Principal Scientist - Innovation Fiber & Polymer Science, Elevate Textiles

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Dr. Shaghayegh R. Arangdad

Research Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Andrew Askwith

Senior Software Developer, MPanel Software Solutions LLC

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

James Auerbach

Vice President - Event Rental Segment, American Rental Association

Session Type:
Business Operations

Brett Baird

Southern Regional Sales Manager, Trivantage

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Sara Beatty

President, White Haven Trade

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Nate Bolin

Partner, DLA Piper

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Nora Boudjedaïmi

Project Leader, Method Development, CTT GROUP

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Meredith Boyd

Senior Vice President, Innovation and Technology, Unifi Manufacturing, Inc.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Frank Bradenburg

Business Director for Architectural Fabrics, Seaman Corporation

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Gregg Burrows

Sales Manager, Shazeebo Shade Sails

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Whitney Carman

Owner, Even Keel Canvas, LLC

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Lauren Choi

Founder, The New Norm

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Anthony Chu

Director of Products, OPT Industries, Inc.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Dr. Marco Cimillo

Associate Professor, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Charlene Clark, IFM

Owner/CEO, Signature CanvasMakers

Session Type:
Business Operations

Talia Connelly

Product/Textile Designer, OPT Industries, Inc.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Christian Cowan

Chief Operating Officer, University of Rhode Island Research Foundation Executive Director, 401 Tech Bridge

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Courtney Cruzan

Vice President Sourcing & Product Development, BRRR! INC.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Justine Decaens

R&D Manager, CTT GROUP

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Vincent Deregnaucourt

Project Leader, CTT GROUP

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Bruce Dickinson

Vice President of Business Development, Rainier Industries

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Robin DuBroy

Director of Customer Training Programs, Shazeebo Shade Sails

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Charles Duvall

Owner, Duvall Design

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Ron Ellis

Director of Product Management Automated Solutions, Gerber Technology

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Ladan Eskandarian

R&D Lead, Fibers, Yarns, and Functional Materials, Myant Inc.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Matt Evans

CFO, Nextiles, Inc.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Michelle Farrington

VP of Strategic Growth, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA)

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Andrea Ferris

CEO, Intrinsic Advanced Materials

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Phil Finzer

Director of Construction, Pfeifer Structures

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Steve Fredrickson

Sales Director, Sattler Corp.

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Bob Gazich

Co-Director, Global Impex USA

Session Type:
Business Operations

Skip Gehring

President and CEO, Gehring Tricot Corp.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Dr. Jessica Gluck

Assistant Professor, Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science, Wilson College of Textiles, NC State University

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Nic Goldsmith

Principal, FTL Design Engineering Studio

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Barbara Griffith

President, SCL Equipment Finance

Session Type:
Business Operations

Jessica Gunawan

General Manager, AR Industries (A Division of A&R Tarpaulins, Inc.)

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Ryan Gundling

CEO and Lead Engineer, Ryzing Technologies LLC

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Jodi Haugen

National DG Media & Application Specialist, Canon Solutions America

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Denis Hector, R.A., LEED AP

Associate Professor University of Miami School of Architecture

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Torey Heinz

Founder, Shopflow

Session Type:
Business Operations

Frank Henderson

CEO, Henderson Sewing Machine Co., Inc

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Ron Houle

President, Pivot Step Consultants, LLC

Session Type:
Business Operations

Patrick Howe

Founder and CEO, Shazeebo Shade Sails

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Gordon Huether

Artist and Founder, Gordon Huether Studio

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

John Ingraham

Sr. Marketing Specialist, Canon Solutions America

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Bill Jackson

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Textiles

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Mary Johnson

Manager, 401 Tech Bridge

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Chris Jorgensen

Director of Technology Transfer, IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Dr. Jesse S. Jur

Professor, Wilson College of Textiles; NC State University Director of Ecosystem Technology; Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA)

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Timothy Kellogg

President, General Manager & Chief Financial Officer, Capital City Awning

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Frank Keohan, MS, MBA

Senior Technology Manager, Bolger & O'Hearn, Inc.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Clare King

President, Propel LLC

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Joe Koury

Staff Manager, ASTM International

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Dr. Kihong Ku

Associate Professor, Thomas Jefferson University

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Brian La Plante

Manager of Sustainability, YKK

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Daniela Leal

Sustainability Specialist, Piana Nonwovens, LLC.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Carsten Linti

Senior Scientist, Deputy Head of the Technology Center Biomedical Engineering, German Institute for Textile and Fiber Research (DITF) Denkendorf

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Alejandro Maupomé, ing. Ph.D.

Project Leader, CTT GROUP

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Nora McCafferty

Owner and Business Consultant, Maples & Associates, LLC

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Bill McDaniel

Manager - Marine Market, Sunbrella

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Ben Mead

Managing Director, Hohenstein Institute America

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Specialty Fabrics

Jeff Mills

TexStyles® Product Manager, Beaver Paper Group

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

King Mukherjee

Founder & Director, Global Impex USA

Session Type:
Business Operations

Zoe Newman

PhD Candidate, Graduate student, NCSU Wilson College of Textiles

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Brent Nussbaum

President, Miller Weldmaster

Session Type:
Business Operations

Courtney O’Keefe

Chief Supply Chain Officer, Hologenix

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Jifei Ou

CEO, OPT Industries, Inc.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Bianca Pate

Account Representative, PartnerShip LLC

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

John Peters

CBO, Nextiles, Inc.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Eric Petersen

Director of Sales & Marketing, Enduratex

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Amy Poole

Director, Dealer Network, Awnex, Inc

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Jim G. Reyen

Business Director, Johnson Outdoors Inc. / Eureka! Big Tents Division

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Mar Ricketts

Principal, GuildWorks Llc.

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Stephanie Rodgers

Director of Advanced Product Development, Apex Mills

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Brydon Roe

President & Owner, Shade Sails Canada

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Daniela Laura Rondinone

Graduate Researcher, North Carolina State University - Wilson College of Textiles

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Kevin Rosenberg

Partnerships & Business Development, OPT Industries, Inc.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Dennis Rushing II, MFC

General Manager, Industrial Shadeports, Inc

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Patrick Sattler

Director of Engineering Services & Business Development, NDN Software

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Michael Savarie

Sustainability Manager, Piana Nonwovens, LLC

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Reinhold Schneider

Head of Team Colour and functional printing, DITF

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Chris Semonelli

President, Coated Techncial solutions

Session Type:
Business Operations

Marc Shellshear, IFM, MFC

General Manager, Value Vinyls, Inc.

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

William Sismour

Industrial Capabilities Program Team Lead, Defense Logistics Agency - Troop Support

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Sandy Smith

Communications Consultant, International Sign Association (ISA)

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Jeff Sponseller

Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Miller Weldmaster

Session Type:
Business Operations

Trevor Stevenson

Vice President, Eastman

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Dr. Alexander (Sasha) Stolyarov

CEO, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA)

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Dr. George Sun

CEO & Founder, Nextiles, Inc.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Colin Touhey

CEO, Pvilion

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Rian True

President, Carolina Covertech

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Donald Vavala

President, Vavala & Associates, Inc. & Director of Government Procurement, NCTO

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Bud Weisbart

Vice President, A&R Tarpaulins, Inc.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Dr. Andre West

Director of Zeis Textiles Extension at Wilson College of Textiles, NCSU Wilson College of Textiles

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Michael Woody

CEO of Trans-Tex LLC, Chair of the Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network, past Chair of NFI Advisory Board, Trans-Tex LLC

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Bruce N. Wright, FAIA, AIGA, SEGD

Design editor/journalist, Just Wright Communications

Session Type:
Shade and Weather