2023 SPESA Executive Conference
San Juan, Puerto Rico | March 30 & 31, 2023
Daniella Ambrogi, Global Marketing Director, CGS, Inc., SPESA Secretary & Treasurer
Mariano Amezcua, President, North America, Karl Mayer North America
Dan Berzack, President, Sewn Products Equipment Co., SPESA Board Member
Rolando Bohlemann, President, Ferd. Schmetz Needle Corp., SPESA Board Member
Mario Alberto Canahuati, Executive Director of Real Estate and Energy, Grupo Elcatex
Joaquin Cendros, Bernard Cap
Giuseppe Cianci, COO, bierrebi International
Linda Cohen, Assistant Professor, Fashion Institute of Technology
Jill Coleman, VP Business Development, Alvanon, Inc., SPESA Board Member
Nicole Bivens Collinson, President, Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
Marie D'Avignon, Vice President, Operations, SPESA
Giovanni Disanto, Sales & Marketing, bierrebi International
Karen Duncan, SEAMS
Will Duncan, Executive Director, SEAMS
Dietrich Eickhoff, CEO, Dürkopp Adler GmbH
Jonathan Fantini-Porter, Executive Director, Partnership for Central America
Bert Feinberg, Vice President, Frontier Distributors/Phillocraft, SPESA Board Member
Lewis Feinberg, President, Frontier Distributors/Phillocraft
Bethany Field, Co-Owner, Maine Flag Company
John Gerohristodoulos, Vice President of Fashion Manufacturing & Technical Textiles, Lectra
Greg Gimble, Vice President, Va Bien
Gabriella Graves, Vice President of Operations, M M Manufacturing, LLC
Kevin Gray, Sr. Account Executive, Lectra
Edward Gribbin, CEO, Gribbin Strategic LLC, SPESA Chairman
Mark Hatton, Managing Director Threads America, American & Efird, SPESA Vice Chairman
Jimmy Haygood, Vice President of Engineering and Procurement, Delta Apparel, Inc.
Frank Henderson, President, Henderson Sewing Machine Co., Inc., SPESA Board Member
Auralís Herrero-Lugo, Program/Products Manager, Bluewater Defense, Inc.
Kenny Hines, COO, HomTex, Inc.
David Hinks, Dean, N.C. State Wilson College of Textiles
Don Hire, Sr. Director, Business Development, Crowley Logistics
Sarah Krasley, CEO, Shimmy Technologies
Peter Lectora, Pentaq Manufacturing
Karla Lopez, Owner & Designer, Isleñas
Elizabeth Machuca-Dones, Contracts and Quality Manager, Bluewater Defense, Inc.
Andrea Maribel Mansilla Salazar, Trade & Investment Promotion Advisor, Asociación de Vestuario y Textiles de Guatemala (VESTEX)
Junior Marin, Director of Supply Chain & Operations, Bernard Cap
Nina-Daniela McCormack, Consultant, DAP America, Inc., SPESA Immediate Past Board Chairwoman
Maggie McDonald, Vice President, Communications, SPESA
Michael McDonald, President, SPESA
Kristy Meade, Vice President Technical Textiles & Technology Shows, Messe Frankfurt North America
Simón Medina, General Manager, Capaz International SAS; Zona Franca Pro-Industria, S.P.M.
Juan Mendez, Methods Workshop International
Charlie Merrow, CEO, The Merrow Group Companies
Ivan Nuñez, Bluewater Defense, Inc.
Carlos Ortiz, Director de Ventas (Sales), Colormax Systems
Michael Penchansky, Vice President, Global Business Development/Manufacturing Solutions, CGS, Inc.
Emilio Penhos, Executive Director, Cámara Nacional de la Industria del Vestido (CANAIVE)/Shyla
Milton Putman, Founder & CEO, Complete Image Manufacturing
Michael Rabin, Sales Director of the Americas, Morgan Tecnica SPA, SPESA Board Member
John Rivett, Sewing Division Manager of Americas, Groz-Beckert
Carlos Rodriguez, Seamtec Corp
Odalys Rodriguez, Operations Manager, Seamtec Corp
Carlos Sarmiento, Sales Director Mexico and Central America, Lectra
Eric Schlossman, Vice President, Consew, SPESA Board Member
Richard Scollon, CEO, Scollon Productions, Inc.
Melissa Sharp, Associate Director, N.C. State Wilson College of Textiles
Sherry Smith, Sales Specialist-Government Sales, American & Efird
Eric Spackey, President & CEO, Bluewater Defense, Inc.
Graham Sullivan, CEO, SEDDI Inc.
Sandra Rodriguez Tellez, Internal Sales Director, Morgan Tecnica SPA
Lisa Marie Vivino, Contracting Officer, Defense Logistics Agency
Andre West, Director of the Zeis Textiles Extension for Economic Development, N.C. State Wilson College of Textiles
Humberto Zacapa, CEO, SNC Technical Services
Thank You to Our Sponsors!
The conference will begin in the afternoon on Thursday, March 30, with our keynote and panel discussions, concluding with an evening networking reception at the Caribe Hilton. On Friday, March 31, we will have an early educational session and then hit the road for factory tours. We will return to the Caribe Hilton briefly before heading for our closing party at Princesa in Old San Juan. Dinner and transportation are provided for this event.
We recommend attendees plan to arrive by Thursday morning and stay through Saturday morning so that you can join in all of the week’s activities. You are also more than welcome to bring your family and extend your stay at the hotel if you are in need of a little spring break!
Spouses/partners are welcome to register at the spouse rate and attend the evening receptions. There are also lots of activities at the hotel and nearby to entertain guests during the conference sessions.