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2009 Apparel Tech Conference


Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - DAY ONE
9:30 am - 5:00 pm Registration
9:30 am - 6:00 pm Exhibits Open
10:00 - 11:00 am
Opening Keynote & Apparel All-Stars Presentation

The Hunt for Competitive Strength
Using Key Technology Investments to Out-Maneuver Your Rivals
Gary Williams, Founder & CEO, wRatings Corporation

For more than 20 years, Gary A. Williams has served as an advisor to investors, CEOs and senior executives around the world. A recognized authority and speaker on persuasion and competitive advantage, Williams' research was featured as the May 2002 cover article of Harvard Business Review. His upcoming book, Moat Makers, details how companies build superior levels of economic profits by focusing on nine sources of competitive advantage. Referencing real world corporate success and war stories, Williams will unveil how you can use these advantages as a strategic framework to apply technology solutions in the Apparel industry and beyond. This can't-miss educational and entertaining session will help you rise above the "noise level" to focus key technology investments that help you out-maneuver rivals to set your company apart with both customers and investors.
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Exclusive Exhibit Time
12:00 - 1:00 pm

Networking Lunch in Exhibit Area

1:00 - 1:30 pm Concurrent Educational Sessions
  • Stalling, Crawling, or Snowballing Profits, presented by Ray Hein, EVP, Marketing & Business Development, Centric (Auditorium)
  • Benefits of Adopting PLM, presented by Nicholas Jouriles, Enterprise PLM Solutions Consultant, Gerber (Room 9)
  • The Do's and Don'ts of Selecting and Implementing a Computer System for Your Business, presented by David Teeger, Director, Teeger Schiller (Room 4)
1:30 - 2:30 pm Exclusive Exhibit Time
2:30 - 3:00 pm Concurrent Educational Sessions

  • Investing in ERP Technology in This Economy, presented by Darren Silver, IT Director, Alternative Apparel, on behalf of Lawson (Auditorium)
  • Transform Your Business with Integrated PLM and Global Sourcing Solutions, presented by Fred Isenberg, VP of Sales, NGC, New Generation Computing (Room 9)
3:00 - 4:00 pm Exclusive Exhibit Time
4:00 - 4:30 pm

Concurrent Educational Sessions

  • ERP Catalyzed Fashion Enterprise Transformation, presented by Charles Troyer, Director, Fashion Solutions, CSC  (Auditorium)
  • Reducing Brand Risk with Process-Based Factory Compliance:  A Case Study of the World's Largest Sourcing Organization, presented by Thomas Ng, CEO, ecVision (Room 9)
4:30 - 6:00 pm Networking Reception
Thursday, November 12, 2009 - DAY TWO
9:00 am - 2:30 pm Registration
9:00 am - 3:15 pm Exhibits Open
9:30 - 10:15 am
Day 2 Keynote

Before You Sign: Understanding the Costs, Value & Upside of Today's Technology Investments
Moderator: Walter T. Wilhelm, President & CEO, Walter Wilhelm Associates, LLC
Panelists: Michael Feliton, VP of Information Technology, The Warnaco Group
Barbara Zeins, President, Gerson & Gerson
Hope Grey, Sr. VP, Product Development & Merchandise Operations, New York & Company

This interactive Executive Panel Q&A session will feature leading apparel brands and retailers discussing the value of information technology in today's environment. Subjects to be explored include maximizing the technology you have; making the ROI case for new investment; how to optimize an investment and more. Get a real feel for how industry leaders are prioritizing their IT plans and strategies; how they vet out solutions; and how they perceive the IT investment outlook in the near-term.
10:15 - 11:15 am
Exclusive Exhibit Time
11:15 - 11:45 am

Concurrent Educational Sessions

  • Timing is Everything: PLM Calendar Management Boosts Responsiveness Capabilities, presented by Tamara Saucier, Director Industry Solutions - Retail Footwear & Apparel, Dassault Systèmes (Auditorium)
  • iTunes Meets ERP: Making Enterprise Software Truly Usable, presented by Jason Roth, Vice President of Applications, CGS/BlueCherry (Room 4)
  • Virtual Fashion at Retail, presented by Dr. Mike Fralix, President and CEO, [TC]2 (Room 9)


11:45 am - 1:00 pm Networking Lunch in Exhibit Area
1:00 - 1:30 pm

Concurrent Educational Sessions

  • Breaking the Code: Finding Flexibility in an Open Architecture Environment, presented by Ron Grilli, CEO, Simparel (Auditorium)
  • The Product Lifecycle Starts with Design - So Should Its Management, presented by Simon Poulton, Vice President of Sales, Strategic Fashion and PLM, Lectra (Room 9)
1:30 - 2:00 pm Concurrent Educational Sessions
2:30 - 3:00 pm Exclusive Exhibit Time 
3:15 pm Tech Conference Concludes