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Speakers

We are extremely excited about our speaker roster,
a great group of visionaries from industry leading companies:


Keynote Speaker:

Jeffrey Sauls
Senior Manager
Kurt Salmon Associates
Jeffrey Sauls is a member of Kurt Salmon Associates' (KSA) Global Sourcing, Manufacturing & Transportation practice. He has worked with the leading apparel / textile branded suppliers and retailers to develop global sourcing strategies, improved sourcing practices, operational/facility designs, and implementation of lean practices. Jeffrey has led client/consulting teams throughout Asia to improve operations and sourcing. He also developed and actively manages KSA's proprietary Sourcing Benchmarking Database. A resident of Mooresville, NC, Jeffrey works from KSA's Atlanta office.


Excellence In Sourcing
Panel Discussion
Moderated by:

Tony Ward - Principal
Kurt Salmon Associates

Tony Ward leads the Sourcing, Manufacturing & Transportation practice for Kurt Salmon Associates (KSA).  Over the past 18 years, Tony has worked with some of the biggest brands in the world to assist with the transformation of their global sourcing strategies, complex transportation networks, and manufacturing/direct sourcing shifts to low cost countries. Tony has spoken at CSCMP, AMR, Gartner, WERC and many other supply chain forums.  He has been featured in more than 50 articles, and is a contributing author to two books. Tony is a member of the Executives Club of Chicago, CSCMP and the Supply Chain Council.



Roger Mayerson
Vice President, Product Development / Global Sourcing,
Casual Male Retail Group

Roger Mayerson is currently Vice President of Product Development/Global Sourcing for Casual Male Retail Group. Previously, he was Vice President of Product Services for Kohl’s Department Stores. Roger has more than 35 years of expertise in the textile, manufacturing and retail industries. His career began as a knitting machine mechanic working for his father’s vertical children’s manufacturing company in Milwaukee, WI. Since then, he has run sewing plants, served as an industrial engineering consultant and worked for major retail firms. Specifically, he has served as Chief Industrial Engineer, Garan Inc.; President, Valley Apparel, a vertical apparel company; and Corporate Vice President of Product Services for Dayton Hudson Corp. (Target, Mervyn’s, Dayton’s, Hudson’s, Marshall Fields). Roger has six children and lives in Milwaukee.


Ronnie Robinson
Sr. Vice President of Sourcing,
Tween Brands Inc.

 

Ronnie started his career with Marks & Spencer in the mid 1980’s in the United Kingdom as a textile technologist before joining a UK garment manufacturing company, SR Gent, as fabric manager based in Hong Kong. He then joined Mast Industries Hong Kong (a division of Limited Brands) and held various senior positions in technical operations and sourcing before moving to Andover, MA as the Vice President of the Limited Too division.

Ronnie joined Tween Brands (formerly Too Inc.) as Vice President of Sourcing in 2001. His current responsibilities as Senior Vice President of Production Services include sourcing, technical design, brand compliance and production operations for both the Limited Too and Justice divisions. He is also a member of the Tween Brands Senior Leadership Group.

Ronnie has an undergraduate degree from the Scottish College of Textiles in Applied Chemistry with a specialization in Color Science and Technology and an MBA from the Sloan School of management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tween Brands, Inc. is a leading specialty retailer for tweens (ages 7 to 14). At Limited Too, the company sells sportswear, related accessories and key lifestyle items for active, fashion-aware tween girls. Limited Too currently operates 569 stores across the United States, and has a select number of international franchised stores.

Justice is the company's newer specialty retail concept for tween girls, offering moderately-priced sportswear, accessories and lifestyle items in predominantly off-the-mall store sites. Justice currently operates 190 stores across the United States.

Ronnie is married with two daughters and resides in New Albany, Ohio.



Gary Ross
Corporate Vice President
Global Manufacturing & Sourcing
Liz Claiborne
Gary Ross is Corporate Vice President Global Manufacturing and Sourcing, Liz Claiborne Inc. He jointed the company in 1989 and has held various executive positions. He directed Liz Claiborne’s Asian Operation in Hong Kong from 1996 to 1998. While in Hong Kong, Gary served as Co-Chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce, Textile and Apparel sub-committee.

Gary has over thirty years experience in the Apparel Industry. He started his career as a knitter at Devon Apparel. His last position at Devon was Vice President of Manufacturing.

He has extensive international experience. He regularly councils foreign governments on competitiveness and trade related issues. He is also a frequent speaker at MAGIC and other international trade association events.

Gary received his Bachelor of Science Degree Management in 1983 and an MBA in 1986 from Philadelphia University. He was named outstanding evening student 1979-1980 and 1980-1981 B.S. Management. Gary is an active member of the Business Council of International Understanding. This organization promotes commercial diplomacy. He also served on the Curriculum Advisory Board of the School of Engineering and Textiles at Philadelphia University.

He and his wife have one child.



Richard Space
Sr. Vice President,
Logistics and Sourcing
Anchor Blue Retail Group
Richard joined The Anchor Blue Retail Group as Senior Vice President of Sourcing, Logistics and IT in early 2004. Richard brings over twenty years of experience in global operations, sourcing, distribution, U.S. Customs, system integration and tactical business planning conducted at international apparel organizations including Gruppo GFT (Giorgio Armani / Valentino / Joseph Abboud / CK Apparel); Bon Jour International; Capital Mercury Shirts; Nichimen America; Panalpina; and Bally NA.

He has a proven track record in directing turnaround situations / change management, cost optimization programs, and business development and has accomplished this in a variety of apparel organizations including designer apparel, retail, wholesale, mass merchandising and management consulting.

Richard has also served on the U.S. Customs Tactical Review Board in 1997 and 1998.

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