Mark Scharenbroich

Keynote sponsored by

Mark Scharenbroich: Nice Bike – Making Connections That Move People

Tuesday, October 16

8:30 – 9:45 am

IFAI Annual Meeting followed by Keynote Speaker

Free for all attendees and exhibitors.

Strong connections are vital in our lives, yet in today’s “virtual world” it is often difficult to make meaningful connections. Nice Bike acts as a powerful catalyst to help build stronger, more unified teams. The message inspires audience members to be more engaged and passionate about connecting with others.

Join Emmy award-winning speaker, Mark Scharenbroich as he takes you for a fun ride on how to be effective at making meaningful connections in both your professional and personal life. His Nice Bike principle is supported by three strong actions: Acknowledge, honor and connect. Part motivational speaker, part thought-provoker and pure comedic entertainer – Mark Scharenbroich will inspire, teach and engage you with Nice Bike.


Thank you 2018 IFAI Expo Speakers for your expertise, commitment and willingness to share your passion for advancing the Industrial Fabrics Industry forward.

Filter Speakers

Timothy Akes

Owner, CAD Effects, LLC

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Brent Anderson

Managing Partner and Business Development Manager, Aerospace Fabrication & Materials, LLC

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Hiroshi Aruga

Doctor of Agriculture, AGC

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Bill Babe

Sales & Marketing Manager, Liquid X Printed Metals

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
E-Textiles Discussion

Sable Badaki

Global Strategic Advisor, SheWorks LLC

Session Type:
Business Operations

Dr. Jan Pegram Ballard

Extension Specialist, ZTE, NCSU, College of Textiles

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Apurba Banerjee

Chief Scientist, brrr° Inc

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Roger Barker

Director of Textile Protection and Comfort Center, NC State University

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Gary Barnes, MFC

Co-Owner, Tropical J's

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Jordan Barnes

Chief Design Engineer

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Sara Beatty

President, White Haven Trade

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Ronnie Bell

Technical Manager, Coated Fabrics, Chemical Fabrics & Film Association

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Dr. Jan Beringer

Scientific Expert, Hohenstein Group

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Testing Q&A

Katie Bradford, MFC

Owner, Custom Marine Canvas

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Fitzroy Brown

OEM Product Manager, Bard Peripheral Vascular OEM

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Chandry Buck

Chief Operating Officer, Victory Awning

Session Type:
Business Operations

Erika Burns

LEED Green Associate and Project Coordinator, The Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC)

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Kalen Caple

Sales/Project Lead, Wolff Industries Inc.

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Carole Carey

Founder/Principal, C3-Carey Consultants, LLC

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Sebastian Collet

VP & Design Principal, GuildWorks

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Darrel Collier

Business Manager Synthetic Fibers and Intermediates, Tecnon Orbichem

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Elsie Collins

SBA Deputy District Director, U.S. Small Business Administrations

Session Type:
Business Operations

Jim Collins

Strategic Accounts Manager, Zund America, Inc.

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Ben Cooper

Managing Director, IO Clothes

Session Type:
Business Operations
E-Textiles Discussion

Elissa Decker

Director, Global Textile Development and Procurement, MOSS Inc.

Session Type:
Business Operations

Martin Denney

President, Bondcote Corporation, a HEYTex Group Company

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Ryan Derrick

Business Unit Manager, Shade Division, Rainier Industries

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Genevieve Dion

Drexel University

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Alan Fenno

Market Development Manager - Technical Composites, Rubberlite, Inc.

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Mareesa Fredrick

Attorney, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Luisa Gil Fandino

Lecturer/Researcher, University of Texas at Austin

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Nic Goldsmith

Senior Principal, FTL Design Engineering Studio

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Russell Gorga

Director of Undergraduate Programs and Associate Department Head, Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science Fiber and Polymer Science Program, NC State University

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
E-Textiles Discussion

Bo Graham

GRS Southern Regional Manager, American & Efirds

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Barbara Griffith

President, SCL Equipment Finance - Division of Southern California Leasing Inc.

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Freddie Groce

Vice President - Marketing, FIL-TEC, INC.

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Luke Gusman

Head of Marketing, Sta-Lok Inc.

Session Type:
Business Operations

Vince Hankins

Director of Industrial Markets for Sunbrella, Glen Raven

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Torey Heinz

Founder, Teagles Consulting

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Frank Henderson

CEO, Henderson Sewing Machine Co., Inc

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Eileen Hill

Team Leader for Standards: Office of Stands and Investment Policy, International Trade Administration U.S. Department of Commerce

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Testing Q&A

Ron Houle

Founder and President, Pivot Step Consultants LLC

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Connie Huffa

Fabdesigns, Inc.

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics
E-Textiles Discussion

Danielle Iverson

Sr. Regulatory & Product Compliance, TÜV Rheinland of North America

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Judy Jessen

Partner + Client Brand Strategy Director, Mitchel Allen

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Clara Jimenez

Associate Attorney, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Debera Johnson

Director of the Brooklyn Fashion and Design Accelerator, Pratt University

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Marc Jolly

Head of R&D, Norafin Industries <br />

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Gregory Jones

Vice President, Shelter Structures

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Chris Jorgensen

Director of Technology Transfer, IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire
E-Textiles Discussion

Bimal Kad, Ph.D.

Enkad Sciences

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Shavati Karki-Pearl

Director of Engagement, Autometrix

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
E-Textiles Discussion

Tim Kellogg

President, Capital City Awning

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Frank Keohan

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

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Ed Keough

Senior VP of Sales and Marketing, FutureGuard

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Clare King

President, Propel LLC

Session Type:
E-Textiles Discussion

Matt Kolmes

CEO, Supreme Corporation

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire
E-Textiles Discussion

Dr. Valérie Lamontagne

Professor, Fashion Research & Technology, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Mary Landgraf

President, Landgraf Consulting

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Jeff Lee

Assistant VP, iST-Integrated Service Technology Inc.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
E-Textiles Discussion

Dr. Weifeng Liu

Process Engineering Manager, Flex

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
E-Textiles Discussion

Leanne Luce

Product Manager, Voodoo Manufacturing

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Madeleine MacRae

CEO, MM MacRae Coaching & Consulting

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Scott Massey

Awning Cleaning Industries

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Madison Maxey

Founder and Technical Lead, LOOMIA Technologies, Inc.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Shane McFarland

Space Suit Engineer, NASA Johnson Space Center/MEI

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Bill McSpadden

Owner, Capitol Awning

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Ben Mead

Managing Director, Hohenstein Institute America

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Testing Q&A

William Morse

Ohio Awning and Manufacturing Co.

Session Type:
Business Operations

Dave Nelson

Director of Industry Engagement, Nonwovens Institute

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Dr. Kevin Nelson

Founder and CEO, TISSUGEN, INC.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Matthew Neri

Regional Sales Representative, Markilux North America Inc.

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Jonathan Palmer

President & CEO, Autometrix

Session Type:
Business Operations
Specialty Fabrics

Don Pendleton

American Society of Asset Protection (ASAP)

Session Type:
Business Operations

Thamizhisai Periyaswamy

Associate Professor, Department of Human Environmental Studies at Central Michigan University

Session Type:
E-Textiles Discussion

Eraina Perrin

Private Sector Liaison, FEMA Region 6

Session Type:
Business Operations

Caroline Portoghese

Senior Clinical & Education Specialist, Tamarack Habilitations Technologies, Inc. (GlideWear)

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Wayne Rendely PE

Engineer, Wayne Rendely PE

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Matt Rhoades

Founder/Chief Creative, MatteLab

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Mar Ricketts

CEO, GuildWorks

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Nick Rivera

Director of Operations, MMI Textiles

Session Type:
Business Operations

Faith Roberts

Owner, Banner Canvas

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Stephanie Rodgers

Director of Advanced Product Development, Apex Mills

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire
E-Textiles Discussion

Brydon Roe

Shade Sails Canada

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Bob Rosania

Chief Executive Officer, Ehmke Manufacturing Co. Inc.

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Don Satchell Ph.D.

Technology Director, Situ Biosciences LLC

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Testing Q&A

Reinhold Schneider, Ph.D.

Scientist, DITF German Institutes of Textile and Fiber Research Denkendorf

Session Type:
E-Textiles Discussion

Chris Semonelli

President of Coated Technical Solutions & Vice President of Erez USA

Session Type:
E-Textiles Discussion

Marc Shellshear IFM, MFC

General Manager, Value Vinyls, Inc.

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

J. Karl Sherrill Jr.

Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC

Session Type:
Business Operations

Jeff Sponseller

Executive Vice President, Miller Weldmaster

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Dr. Thomas Stegmaier

Head of Research Technical Textiles, Bionics, Surface Treatment and Environmental Technologies, German Institutes of Textile Research and Fiber Engineering

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
E-Textiles Discussion

Alan Stewart

Vice President, MPanel Software Solutions LLC

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Mark Stiver

Manager of Ecommerce Strategy and Analytics / Project Manager for Awning Composer, Glen Raven

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Michael Sullaway, P.E.

President, Sullaway Engineering, Inc.

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Louis Troilo

Attorney, Finnegan, Henderson, Farrabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

H. Lee Wainwright

E-Textile Technology Consultant

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
E-Textiles Discussion

Bud Weisbart

Owner & Vice President, A & R Tarpaulins, Inc.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Randy Westlund

Founder and CEO, Awning Tracker

Session Type:
Business Operations

Lloyd Wood

President, Lloyd Wood Group

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

James Zahler

Associate Director for Technology to Market, ARPA-E

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire