Mark Scharenbroich

IFAI Expo Keynote

Sponsored by:

Thom Singer, CSP:  “Connecting with People in a Social Media Crazy World”

Wednesday, October 2
8:30 – 9:45 am
IFAI Annual Meeting followed by keynote speaker
Included with all registration packages

All business is personal, but it takes time to establish meaningful connections. If you are not top of mind, then your competition gets the call for the next piece of business. In our social media-crazy world it is more complicated than ever to connect with clients, vendors, peers, co-workers, and others.

The quest for more productivity pushes us to increasingly use digital and social media tools to interact with others. With these ever-evolving changes in how we communicate, are we really better connected? While social media tools are great, it can remove the personal side of a relationship. Keynote speaker Thom Singer will lead us on a journey of exploration about how we can maximize our brand and reputation in a world where everyone is looking at their electronic gadgets instead of looking other people in the eyes.

  • Become focused on the ROI of your networking activities
  • Assess the real benefits of networking and social media (beyond a “like”, “link”, “share” or “follow”)
  • Identify methods to follow up with people you meet in business situations
  • Determine how to make the right choices in allocating time to people
  • Evaluate ways to strengthen connections that lead to mutually beneficial referrals

Be prepared to change the way you look at networking and how you make new connections with people.


Filter Speakers

Dr. Kiarash Arangdad

Research & Development Chemist, Elevate Textile Inc./Burlington

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Sara Beatty

President, White Haven Trade

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Dr. Jan Beringer

Senior Scientific Expert, Hohenstein Group

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Lauren Birrittella

Senior Curator + Color, Materials, Finishes (CMF) Specialist, Glen Raven, Inc.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

J. David Bowick, P.Eng.

Senior Principal, Blackwell Structural Engineers

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Fitzroy Brown

OEM Product Manager, BD Peripheral Intervention OEM

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Sam Buff

Director, Textile Technology Center at Gaston College

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Erika Burns

LEED Green Associate Program Manager, Attachments Energy Rating Council (AERC)

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Gregg Burrows

Sales Manager, Wholesale Shade

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Whitney Carman

Owner, Even Keel Canvas, LLC

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Mike Compton

Print Media Product Marketing Manager, Top Value Fabrics, Inc.

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Jasmine Cox

Process Coordinator- Testing, Gaston College, Textile Technology Center

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

David Dean

Director of Research and Development, Sunbrella, Glen Raven Custom Fabrics

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather
Specialty Fabrics

Prof. Emiel Denhartog

Associate Professor, Co-Director Textile Protection And Comfort Center, Wilson College of Textiles, North Carolina State University

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Patrick Diebel

VP, R&D, Morbern, Inc.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Robin DuBroy

Director of Customer Training Programs, Wholesale Shade

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Elaine Duncan, MSME, RAC, AIMBE

President Paladin Medical Inc.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Bob Falahee

Owner, Marygrove Roll Screens, LLC

Session Type:
Business Operations
Shade and Weather

Mike Falahee

President, Marygrove Roll Screens, LLC

Session Type:
Business Operations
Shade and Weather

Bill Fiedler

Director of Chemicals, AGC Chemicals Americas, Exton, PA

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Katherine Fisher

Designer, Perfect Shade Planner

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Steve Fredrickson

Sales Director, Sattler Corp.

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Kimberlie Freund

Senior International Trade Analyst, U.S. International Trade Commission

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

MaryAlice Gill

Project Manager, Nypro - a Jabil Company

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Jesse Goodman

National Sales Director - Pergola Products, Sunair Awnings and Solar Screens

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Ryan Gundling

CEO and Lead Engineer, Ryzing Technologies LLC

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Molly Harwood

Softgoods Designer, NASA, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Derek Hass, Ph.D.

Vice President Research & Development, Directed Vapor Technology International, Inc.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Ron Houle

Founder and President, Pivot Step Consultants LLC

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Business Operations

Patrick Howe

Founder and CEO, Wholesale Shade

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Ken Huber

Product Specialist, Leister Technologies LLC

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Gregory Jones

Vice President Shelter Structures Inc.

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Chris Jorgensen

Director Technology Transfer, IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire
E-Textiles Discussion

Dr. Bimal Kad

President/CEO, Enkad Sciences

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Amit Kapoor

President & CEO , First Line Technology

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Frank Keohan

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

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Anjali Khemani

Associate, Design and Innovation, Propel, LLC

Session Type:
E-Textiles Discussion

Martin King, PhD, FITS, LTI

Professor of Biotextiles and Textile Technology, North Carolina State University

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
E-Textiles Discussion

Matt Kolmes

CEO, Supreme Corporation, USA

Session Type:
E-Textiles Discussion

Chris Landing

Energy Consultant, APPI Energy

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Marc Mathews

Research Associate, Textile Protection and Comfort Center, NC State University

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

William McSpadden

Owner, Capitol Awning

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Timothy Mitchell

HP Latex Czar, HP Latex and Dye-Sublimation USA

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Paige Mullis

Director of Concept Development, Glen Raven, Inc.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Dr. Amanda Myers

Fusion Designer, NC State University

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Andrew Nasarczyk

Senior Manager - Research and Development, GALE Pacific Ltd.

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Dave Nelson

Director of Industry Engagement, NC State University, NonWovens Institute

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Christopher Nolan

Director, Nolan.UDA Pty Ltd

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Jeff Nowak

CEO, Rocket Labs 360

Session Type:
Business Operations
Shade and Weather

Oona Oksjarvi

Product Development Engineer, Nypro (a Jabil company)

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Marie O’Mahony

Consultant

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Business Operations
Shade and Weather
Specialty Fabrics
E-Textiles Discussion

Jonathan Palmer

CEO, Autometrix

Session Type:
Business Operations
Specialty Fabrics

Jeff Papalia

Program Manager, Textiles, NIB - National Industries for the Blind

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Anthony Pappalardo

Sales Manager - North America, Dickson Coatings USA

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Thamizhisai Periyaswamy

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

Session Type:
E-Textiles Discussion

Jeff Post

Vice President/General Manager, CGPC America/Enduratex™

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Stephanie Rodgers

Director of Advanced Product Development, Apex Mills

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Reinhold Schneider, Ph.D.

Senior Scientist, Textile Chemistry & Printing Technologies German Institute for Textile and Fiber Research (DITF) Denkendorf

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Remington Scott

Technical Associate, American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC)

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Chris Semonelli

Vice President, Sales and Marketing, E Squared & President Coated Technical Solutions

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics
E-Textiles Discussion

Brandt Sharp

VP Sales, Sharp's Tarps Inc.

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Marc Shellshear, IFM, MFC

General Manager, Value Vinyls, Inc.

Session Type:
Business Operations

Jeff Smith

COO, CY4EZ LLC

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Dr. Thomas Stegmaier

Head of Research for Technical Textiles, Bionics, Surface Treatment, Environmental Technologies, DITF

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Alan Stewart

Vice President, MPanel Software Solutions LLC

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Tony Suarez

CEO, Prototype Monster, Inc.

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Auggie Tantillo

President, SRG & Associates

Session Type:
Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Colin Touhey

CEO, Pvilion

Session Type:
E-Textiles Discussion

Ethan Ware

Attorney, Williams Mullen

Session Type:
Specialty Fabrics

Bud Weisbart

Vice President, AR Tech

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Gary Westlund

Business Consultant, Awning Tracker

Session Type:
Campfire
Shade and Weather

Randy Westlund

Founder and CEO, Awning Tracker

Session Type:
Shade and Weather

Brad Wolff

People Maximizer and Bestselling Author of People Problems?

Session Type:
Business Operations

Susanne Wroblewski, M.S.

Research Lab Coordinator, Instructor, Central Michigan University

Session Type:
Advanced Textiles

Daxian Zha

North Carolina State University

Session Type:
E-Textiles Discussion