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2010 Apparel Tech Conference West



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Presented by Ilse Metchek, President, California Fashion Association (CFA)

Ilse Metchek, the President of the California Fashion association (CFA), created the organization in 1994, with assistance from the major financial and manufacturing participants of the region's apparel industry. The CFA provides leaders of the Southern California's manufacturing and textile community with the opportunity to share information about the business of conducting business in the current global economy.

Prior to the formation of the CFA, Metchek was Executive Director of the California Market Center (then called the California Mart), and before that, she was President of White Stag Inc., a division of Warnaco Industries. As a manufacturer, Metchek was Owner and President of Ilse M. Inc., which she purchased from the Anjac Corporation in 1984. Her career at Anjac began as the company's designer in 1967; and 17 years later, she owned the company.

Metchek was appointed to the U.S. Department of Commerce Exporters' Textile Advisory Committee (ETAC) in 1998, and still serves in that capacity. Her public service includes participation on the Executive Board of the California Fashion Foundation, the Advisory Council of UCLA Extension, Board member of the Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation and the Vernon Chamber of Commerce. As a member of the Board of Directors of the Fashion Industries Guild of Cedars Sinai Medical Center, she was honored as the Person of the Year in 2001.


Speaker to be announced, Billabong Group

Mark Burstein, NGC (New Generation Computing)

Jim Caudill, Senior Vice President, Xterprise

Bobbie Jo Foster, Business Integration Manager, Products Group, Cutter & Buck

Brea Haley, Associate Designer, GUESS

Jeff Goldman, Project Manager, Agron Inc.

Jean Kopan, President, Apparel Business Systems

Bob McKee, Industry Strategy Director, Fashion, Lawson

Robert (Bob) McKee has almost 40 years of experience of working with apparel, footwear, home textiles and fashion accessories companies. He has hands-on experience sourcing apparel products around the globe and was one of the first U.S. apparel executives to start sourcing in China in the early ‘80s.

His knowledge and skills span retail, sourcing and manufacturing within the fashion industry. Bob has held a string of senior roles including VP of Operations at O'Bryan Brothers, Inc. an intimate apparel and lingerie manufacturer; Director of Sourcing at Holloway Sportswear Inc., VP of Manufacturing, Sourcing and Quality Control at Bachrach Clothing Inc.; VP of Manufacturing at The Company Store; VP of Sourcing & VP of Materials Management at Warnaco and Director of Materials Management at Medi-Flex Hospital Products. Bob started his career in the industry at Hartmarx in 1972.

Bob has implemented 7 different enterprise management solutions while working at different fashion companies. In 1998, Bob joined Intentia International as Director for the Intentia Fashion Solution. When Intentia merged with Lawson Software in 2006, Bob became Industry Strategy Director for Fashion and has been driving the focus and direction of the Lawson Fashion solution including the acquisition of Freeborders PLM Software division in 2008.

Susan Olivier, Director, Retail, Footwear and Apparel Market Development, ENOVIA, Dassault Systèmes

Simon Poulton, Vice President of Sales - Strategic Fashion and PLM, Lectra

Simon Poulton has over 30 years of experience in the apparel and technology industries, including a number of years spent with Lectra. He currently holds the position as Vice President of Strategic Fashion and PLM Sales for Lectra North America and is responsible for strengthening and extending Lectra's foothold in the fashion and retail sectors, as well as the expansion of Lectra's Fashion PLM offering.

Prior to working at Lectra, Poulton held sales and leadership roles working with various companies, like Williwear Ltd., Computer Design (purchased by Lectra in 1998), where he successfully set up a large account strategies with groups in the apparel industry including Wal-Mart, Gap, Liz Claiborne, JC Penney, The Limited, Levi Strauss, and many more. During his brief absence from Lectra, Poulton worked at Visuality, a company selling visual communication software for fashion related companies dedicated to the organization and communication of photos. Prior to rejoining Lectra in 2009, Poulton's most recent position was held with Yunique Solutions where he was in charge of promoting their PLM solutions to small and medium sized companies as well as large fashion industry groups.

JP Provencher, PTC

Stillman Saunders, Director of Information Technology, High 5 Sportswear

Ron Watson, VP Product Management, Centric Software

Ron Watson joined Centric Software in August 1998. Ron leads product strategy and execution for Centric Software's Centric 8 suite of PLM solutions for fashion and fast-moving consumer goods. He brings twenty years of experience focused on developing and delivering 'voice-of-the-customer' solutions. Before joining Centric Software Ron was principal partner in a private company, specialized in the application of workflow solutions to drive business process efficiency. From 1994 to 1996 Ron ran the Rapid Application Development (RAD) team for Computervision's product data management (PDM) group. In addition Ron has held various senior level positions at Texas Instruments semiconductor and GIS divisions and at Prime Computer, Inc. where he gained global experience leading their International New Product Introduction Services group. Ron earned a BSc (Honors) degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Southampton, UK.

Lenny Weiss, Sales Manager, North America, YuniquePLM, Gerber Technology