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2012 Apparel Tech Conference West

SPEAKERS

Mark Burstein
President, Sales, Marketing, R&D
NGC


Mark Burstein is president of sales, marketing and R&D for NGC, where he leads all of the company’s sales, marketing and research and development operations. Mark joined NGC in 2002 and has served in numerous executive sales and marketing positions, including Vice President of PLM and Global Sourcing Solutions.

Mark has many years of experience working with design and sourcing professionals at major U.S. retailers on the production of private-label apparel. Prior to joining NGC, Mark was president of Caribbean Apparel Associates (CAA), overseeing all operations for a clothing manufacturer with factories in Colombia and Mexico. Mark was also executive vice-president of sales for Miami-based PIBA Industries, a vertical manufacturer of intimate apparel and sportswear. Mark began his career as a systems analyst for Accenture.

Mark is active in industry organizations including the National Retail Federation (NRF), the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), and the American Apparel Producers Network (AAPN). He earned a MBA from Emory University and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Florida.

Andrew Chiang
Director, Supply Chain Strategy
GAP, Inc.


Andrew Chiang is the Director of Supply Chain Strategy responsible for bringing innovative technology solutions into Gap’s supply chain, including online auctions and supply chain management software. Prior to this, Andrew served as the Director of Strategic Sourcing for the Indirect Procurement group at Gap. Andrew joined Gap with 15 years’ experience implementing best-in-class solutions that significantly add to the bottom line of Fortune 500 organizations such as Chevron, Ford and HP.

Dac Clark
Former CEO, Sanuk and CEO
L*Space


After Donald A. Clark (DAC) left college at University of Arizona, he managed and built the Wild West Stores, a California Lifestyle clothing store chain. In1981 the Wild West Stores was sold to General Mills. In 1983 Dac and his business partner established C&C Companies, a private, diversified apparel marketing and manufacturing company. Over the past 15 years C&C has successfully developed a number of premium young men’s and women’s apparel brands. First, C&C secured licenses for Gotcha pants, jeans, jackets and knit shirts and accessories. In 1988, C&C licensed the Rusty name from RustyPreisendorfer and began the development of the Rusty (R.) apparel line. In 1994, the company sold its Gotcha interest to better focus on developing other brands including Rusty. In 2000, C&C entered into a partnership with Sanuk USA, a new brand of footwear and accessories that was sold to Deckers Outdoor in 2011. In 2008, the company partnered with L*Space, a high-end bikini brand where he continues to serve as CEO. Dac was also a board member for eight years for Cam Commerce Solutions, a retail systems software company. Dac’s primary focus today is marketing, branding, systems and operations and general management.

Fernando Gonzales
CIO
Byer California


CIO of Byer California, a privately owned manufacturer of woman and girl’s clothing company which is 40 plus years old, with approximately 1500 employees across the US.

Started in IT June of 1963. And have worked for companies such as EDS, Rand, Informix and various manufacturing companies around the world from medical device manufacturing to aerospace manufacturing, both public and private companies. Have been a CIO for the last 20 plus years.

Have lived and worked in Turin Italy, London England, Den Bosh Holland, Lyon France.

Worked in most positions in the IT field from programming, to DBA, to CIO.

Attended San Diego State for undergraduate and Hayward State for graduate studies.

Jonathan Greenberg
Executive Vice President
Swatfame


Jonathan Greenberg serves as executive vice president at Swatfame, where he oversees all business operations, including sales, merchandising and design, sourcing, production, distribution, IT and warehousing divisions. Greenberg shares a special interest in working with the IT department on the development and implementation of new software platforms. Greenberg joined Swatfame in 1988 as a part of the data processing team before moving on to roles in the warehousing, then production divisions.

As a child who grew up actively involved in the apparel industry, Greenberg has over 25 years of experience in the fashion apparel design and manufacturing industry. Greenberg serves as a board member of the California Fashion Association and frequently speaks to NGC user groups and apparel companies about the benefits of PLM software.

On a personal note, Greenberg appreciates good design in any industry—whether it is architecture, industrial design or systems design—which is why he enjoys system development and streamlined processes.

Ron Grilli
CEO
Simparel

Ron Grilli has more than 30 years of leadership in the development, implementation and marketing of global supply chain solutions for fast-moving companies in the apparel, footwear, accessories and home furnishings businesses.  Prior to joining Simparel as its CEO, Ron spent most of his business career as a principal or executive visionary of software solutions providers, including Roytex, Richter, Sewn Essentus Vision and CGS BlueCherry.

Peter Leech
Partner
The Partnering Group Inc.


Peter Leech is a Partner in The Partnering Group, working with leading retailers and consumer products companies across digital, CRM and e-commerce consulting practices. Peter was most recently CMO of Onlineshoes.com, the third largest pure-play online footwear retailer and a pioneer in social media and online video. Peter was general manager of ecommerce for Chico’s FAS, a multi-branded women’s apparel retailer, including Chicos.com, WhiteHouseBlackMarket.com and Soma.com. Peter was also responsible for the continued development of the Chico’s Passport loyalty program. Prior to Chico’s, Peter was EVP of Targeted Marketing at Littlewoods Shop Direct, a $3.5 billion ecommerce retailer in the United Kingdom with a full department store offering.

Ilse Metchek
President
California Fasion Association


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, Mrs. Metchek had been Executive Director of the California Mart, and President of White Stag Inc., a division of Warnaco Industries. As a designer and merchandiser, she worked for the Anjac Fashion Corporation for 17 years, purchasing the company in 1984 and changing its name to Ilse M.

Ms. Metchek’s 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 at the 2001 annual gala event. She has been a member of the Exporters Textile Advisory Committee (ETAC) for the U.S. Department of Commerce since 2001, and continues to be the keynote speaker on fashion industry issues for California’s yearly Home Economics Careers and Technology Education Management Conference, as well as for the Apparel Magazine “Apparel Tech West”.


Lalith Withana
Consultant and Former EVP, Operations
Brandix


Lalith Withana is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Sri Lanka, Chartered Institute of management Accountants (UK) and a Global Chartered Management Accountant. He holds a MBA and a BA (Hon) Degree in Clothing. He is a certified project management professional as well.

Lalith is currently working as a consultant in California. He is a Board member of the advisory committee for Apparel Merchandising & Management faculty of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

He has worked in many International organizations including Ernst & Young, ABN –AMRO Bank, IBM, Brandix Group and currently with Yamaha Corporation. He has been a Board member in some prestigious organizations in Sri Lanka such as Bank of Ceylon and Seylan Bank etc.

Lalith joined the Brandix Group in 1995 as a General Manager of one of its manufacturing plants and then moved to the Brandix Casual wear division as the Director Finance. After a brief period, he became the CEO and grew the casual wear business till 2003 when he took a new responsibility as the group CEO Procurement/sourcing being responsible for a $175M budget.

Thereafter in May 2006, Lalith again moved to Brandix Light sew cluster as the CEO to overlook the operation and to streamline all systems and to merge with casual wear operations.

In December, 2006 Lalith moved to the Group Corporate office as the EVP in charge of Group Business systems, ICT, Process improvement and the Lawson ERP Project.

In June 2009 He moved to California with his family and worked as a consultant for Brandix looking after the Lawson implementation and the business systems till recently. He was responsible for taking finance function of Lawson ERP live in 19 business units, setting up the group shared services function and taking the Apparel and Textile solution at 7 operation sites live.