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

David Aquino
Research Director, Value Chain Strategies
David recently joined AMR Research as its Research Director, Value Chain Strategies.  Prior to joining AMR, David was the Vice President of Supply Chain with the direct sales unit of Aramark Uniform and Career Apparel.

David's background includes experience in the Apparel, Beverage and CPG industries as Vice President of Supply Chain with AAi.FosterGrant, as well as supply chain strategy and development roles with Pepsi Bottling Group, Scholastic, and Unilever.

David has a B.S in Marketing from Syracuse University, an MBA from Fordham University and is APICS certified.  At AMR Research David's research is focused on Apparel, Beverage, and demand-driven inventory management practices.

Michael Fralix, Ph.D.
President & CEO
Since joining [TC]2 in 1988, Dr. Mike Fralix has worked in a variety of capacities at [TC]2 and has provided guidance to hundreds of sewn products companies. With over twenty-five years of experience in apparel manufacturing, research and development, operations and corporate management, he now leads the company's initiative to develop next-generation supply chain technologies, and bridge the gap between classroom theory and actual performance in an operating environment.

In addition to overseeing [TC]2's technology development, demonstration, consulting and Techexchange.com initiatives, Mike speaks internationally on a variety of topics. He and the [TC]2 staff deliver an extensive array of programs, both at [TC]2 and on-site, and provide bilingual services to individual companies. These services span such topics as product development, production scheduling, industrial engineering, ergonomics, full package production, simulation, lean manufacturing systems, and the digital supply chain.

He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Applied Mathematics and Philosophy from North Carolina State University, an MBA from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Technology Management from North Carolina State University.

Jay Scussel
Goody's Family Clothing
Jay Scussel currently holds the position of Senior Vice President of Management Information Systems, for Goody's Family Clothing, Inc., a 385-store, $1 billion family apparel chain headquartered in Knoxville, TN. A Goody's veteran since 1996, Scussel brings extensive senior management experience and strategic direction to his role as Chief Information Systems Officer.

Among Scussel's many accomplishments during his tenure at Goody's, was the complete restructuring of the MIS department to improve efficiency, development of an integrated planning process to align IS with overall corporate objectives, and the selection and implementation of the Lawson Financials accounting system. In addition, he oversaw the implementation of many firsts at Goody's, including a new merchandise and planning system, new warehouse management system, and the installation of new POS systems.

A graduate of Detroit's, Wayne State University with a Bachelor's Degree in Information Systems, Scussel began his career in 1966 as a programmer/analyst at Fisher Body Technical Center. However, he quickly moved to the Corporate Systems Development Department at K-mart Corporation and by 1989, had advanced to the level of Vice President of Systems Development, a position he held for the next six years. While there he led the conversion from a decentralized to a centralized merchandising system, developed the strategy and design of distribution center systems, and initiated the implementation of EDI for more than 2,000 suppliers.

In between his stints at K-mart and Goody's, Scussel headed his own consulting firm, with high-profile clients such as FTD Florists, Canadian Tire, and IBM. He has also served as Chairman of the Board of Retex, a retail buying consortium for technology and business products and services.

Philip Giusto
Phil Giusto is Vice President of Information Technology & Chief Information Officer of dressbarn. He assumed this position in August 2004 after a 14-month consulting assignment to implement a new point of sale platform.

Phil has over 30 years of retail and IT experience with retailers Marks & Spencer, Petrie Stores Inc., Alexander’s, Federated Stores and JC Penney.

Phil received his BBA from Bernard Baruch College and an MBA from Fordham University

Martin Schneider
VP, Global Business Technology & CIO
VF Corporation
Martin Schneider joined VF Corporation in March 2006 as Global Chief Information Officer. He is responsible for developing strategic and executable plans to integrate and align technology with VF's business plan objectives.

Schneider most recently served as Vice President of Global Technical & Manufacturing Systems for The Gillette Company in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was responsible for all order-to-cash manufacturing, supply chain and procurement systems on a global basis. During his tenure with Gillette, Schneider also served as the Director of Eastern Hemisphere Shared Service Center in Germany, and as Chief Information Officer for Duracell.

Schneider holds a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Hampshire in Durham, NH.


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