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Tim Akes

Software Representative, MPanel Software Solutions LLC

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Shade and Weather

Dr. Shaghayegh R. Arangdad

Research Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University

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Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

James Auerbach

Vice President - Event Rental Segment, American Rental Association

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Business Operations

Brett Baird

Southern Regional Sales Manager, Trivantage

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Campfire
Shade and Weather

Sara Beatty

President, White Haven Trade

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Specialty Fabrics

Gregg Burrows

Sales Manager, Shazeebo Shade Sails

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Campfire
Shade and Weather

Dr. Marco Cimillo

Associate Professor, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University

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Shade and Weather

Charlene Clark, IFM

Owner/CEO, Signature CanvasMakers

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Business Operations

Christian Cowan

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

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Advanced Textiles

Justine Decaens

R&D Manager, CTT GROUP

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Advanced Textiles

Vincent Deregnaucourt

Project Leader, CTT GROUP

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Advanced Textiles

Robin DuBroy

Director of Customer Training Programs, Shazeebo Shade Sails

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Campfire
Shade and Weather

Ron Ellis

Director of Product Management Automated Solutions, Gerber Technology

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Specialty Fabrics

Matt Evans

CFO, Nextiles, Inc.

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Advanced Textiles

Andrea Ferris

CEO, Intrinsic Advanced Materials

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Specialty Fabrics

Bob Gazich

Co-Director, Global Impex USA

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Business Operations

Skip Gehring

President and CEO, Gehring Tricot Corp.

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Advanced Textiles

Barbara Griffith

President, SCL Equipment Finance

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Business Operations

Torey Heinz

Founder, Shopflow

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Business Operations

Frank Henderson

CEO, Henderson Sewing Machine Co., Inc

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Specialty Fabrics

Ron Houle

President, Pivot Step Consultants, LLC

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Business Operations

Patrick Howe

Founder and CEO, Shazeebo Shade Sails

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Campfire
Shade and Weather

Mary Johnson

Manager, 401 Tech Bridge

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Advanced Textiles

Frank Keohan, MS, MBA

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

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Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Clare King

President, Propel LLC

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Advanced Textiles

Dr. Kihong Ku

Associate Professor, Thomas Jefferson University

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Shade and Weather

Brian La Plante

Manager of Sustainability, YKK

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Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Daniela Leal

Sustainability Specialist, Piana Nonwovens, LLC.

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Advanced Textiles

Alejandro Maupomé, ing. Ph.D.

Project Leader, CTT GROUP

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Advanced Textiles

Nora McCafferty

Owner and Business Consultant, Maples & Associates, LLC

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Specialty Fabrics

Ben Mead

Managing Director, Hohenstein Institute America

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Advanced Textiles
Specialty Fabrics

Jeff Mills

TexStyles® Product Manager, Beaver Paper Group

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Specialty Fabrics

King Mukherjee

Founder & Director, Global Impex USA

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Business Operations

Andrew Nasarczyk

Senior Director of R & D, GALE Pacific

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Campfire
Shade and Weather

Zoe Newman

PhD Candidate, Graduate student, NCSU Wilson College of Textiles

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Specialty Fabrics

Brent Nussbaum

President, Miller Weldmaster

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Business Operations

Courtney O’Keefe

Chief Supply Chain Officer, Hologenix

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Advanced Textiles

John Peters

CBO, Nextiles, Inc.

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Advanced Textiles

Eric Petersen

Director of Sales & Marketing, Chemical Fabrics and Film Association

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Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Amy Poole

Director, Dealer Network, Awnex, Inc

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Campfire
Shade and Weather

Mar Ricketts

Principal, GuildWorks Llc.

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Shade and Weather

Brydon Roe

President & Owner, Shade Sails Canada

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Campfire
Shade and Weather

Michael Savarie

Sustainability Manager, Piana Nonwovens, LLC

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Advanced Textiles

Reinhold Schneider

Head of Team Colour and functional printing, DITF

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Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Chris Semonelli

President, Coated Techncial solutions

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Business Operations

William Sismour

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

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Advanced Textiles
Campfire

Sandy Smith

Communications Consultant, International Sign Association (ISA)

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Campfire
Specialty Fabrics

Jeff Sponseller

Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Miller Weldmaster

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Business Operations

Thomas Stegmaier

Head of Competence Center Textile Chemistry, Environment, Energy, DITF

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Advanced Textiles

Trevor Stevenson

Vice President, Eastman

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Advanced Textiles

Alan Stewart

Vice President, MPanel Software Solutions LLC

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Shade and Weather

Dr. George Sun

CEO & Founder, Nextiles, Inc.

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Advanced Textiles

Donald Vavala

President, Vavala & Associates, Inc.

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Specialty Fabrics

Bud Weisbart

Vice President, A&R Tarpaulins, Inc.

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Advanced Textiles

Dr. Andre West

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

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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

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Advanced Textiles