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2013 Apparel Executive Forum


Monday, September 30, 2013 / Arrival Day
3:00 - 7:00 p Registration Open
4:30 - 5:30 p Apparel Editorial Board Meeting
6:00 - 7:00 p Welcome Cocktail Reception
Evening Sponsor Networking Dinners
Tuesday, October 1, 2013 / Opening Day
7:30 a - 6:30 p Registration Open
7:30  - 8:15 a Networking Breakfast
8:15 - 8:20 a Day One Opening Remarks
Susan Nichols, Publisher, Apparel
8:20 - 9:10 a Opening Keynote
John Varvatos: The 360o Rock Star Experience

Keynote Speaker: Lee Goldenberg, Vice President & Chief Information Officer, John Varvatos

With Rock and Roll as his muse, John Varvatos has built an American apparel brand of epic proportions. Come behind the scenes for a fascinating exploration of how the rock star experience is infused into all aspects of the company — from its innovative approach to customer relationship management and masterful brand management to its completely mobile, cloud-based work-from-anywhere infrastructure and its internal culture in information technology and other disciplines that encourages and rewards rock star performance.  
9:15 - 9:55 a General Session #1
Brands Gone Global: Risks, Opportunities & Rewards

Speaker:  Jesse Price, Vice President, Online Marketing & Strategy, Alpha Industries Inc.

Discover how Alpha Industries charted its global course for retail sales of its military-inspired casual wear. This must-attend session for any brand or retailer eyeing global growth potential will offer insight on sales, marketing and branding strategy, taking into account what risks to factor in and how to set and manage realistic expectations.
9:55 - 10:20 a Networking Break
10:20 - 11:50 a Naked Workshops

First Round of Workshops: 10:25 - 11:05a
Second Round of Workshops: 11:10 - 11:50a

NAKED WORKSHOP #1: RFID Revisited - What's Next?

Speaker: Stacey Shulman, Chief Technology Officer, American Apparel

Join the discussion about what’s on the horizon for RFID over the next one to three years and the promises it holds for manufacturers, brands, retailers and the consumer. 

NAKED WORKSHOP #2: Social & Mobile Best Practices

Speaker: Rich Honiball, Sr. Vice President, Marketing, Haggar Clothing Co.

Hear how top brands and retailers are making waves (big and small) in the social and mobile world.  What’s working, what’s not and why?

NAKED WORKSHOP #3: Managing Fulfillment in an Omnichannel World

Speaker: Brian Watanabe, Head of Operations, Inventory Management and Production, Tea Collection

Join your peers in exploring options, best practices and lessons learned related to the many paths for successfully executing on fulfillment in an increasingly complex omnichannel environment.
11:50 a - 12:30 p General Session #2
Technology Fast Forward -- What Will Propel the Apparel Industry in the Next 10 Years?

Speaker: Mike Fralix, President & CEO, [TC]2

Dr. Mike Fralix, President & CEO of [TC]2, draws on a lifetime of apparel industry expertise, in-depth, cutting-edge  research and global consulting to share his up-to-the minute observations on the state of technology in the apparel industry — and what’s likely to happen in the next 10 years in our collective goal to improve global supply chains, gain high-level efficiencies, better serve the consumer and make more profit in the process.
12:30 - 1:30 p Networking Luncheon
1:40 - 3:00 p Speed Networking

Leader: John Wilkinson, CEO, Thoughtwav Inc.

Managed by industry partnering experts, these fast-paced topic-based meetings between attendees and attendees and attendees and sponsors not only serve as a productive ice-breaker but encourage real business dialogue to build on for future conversations. Pre-event profiles allow for the best possible matching of interests. 
5:30 - 6:30 p  Cocktail Reception
Evening Sponsor Dinners
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 / Closing Day
7:30 - 11:10 a Registration Open
7:30 - 8:30 a Networking Breakfast
8:30 - 8:35 a Day Two Opening Remarks
Susan Nichols, Publisher, Apparel
8:35 - 9:25 a Day Two Keynote
The Revenge of Bricks-and-Mortar: The Hointer Story

Keynote Speaker: Nadia Shouraboura, Founder & CEO, Hointer

Shoppers at Hointer's retail stores get a completely unique and efficient buying experience -- one that involves downloading an app, scanning items to be tried on and having them delivered to a dressing room in 30 seconds flat via a chute, sending unwanted items back down that same chute and checking out seamlessly. Hear Hointer's founder and CEO, also a long-time veteran of Amazon, on the fascinating behind-the-scenes technology at her stores (hint: robots are involved) and her vision of retail customer engagement for now and the future.
9:30 - 10:10 a General Session #3
Sourcing & Manufacturing Shifts: A World View

Speaker: Mary O'Rourke, President, O'Rourke Group Partners LLC

Renowned international strategic management consultant Mary O’Rourke has helped retailers, brands and manufacturers make critical supply chain decisions for more than 30 years.  In this timely and information-packed session she shares her most recent insights on the global sourcing scene, discussing major shifts, new opportunities, risks to watch and emerging trends that are likely to shape the path forward.
10:10 - 10:30 a Networking Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:10 a General Session #4
Integrating e-Commerce Into Your Supply Chain

Speaker: Erik LaValle, Sr. Director, Supply Chain Systems, Carter's | OshKosh B'gosh

As brands and retailers successfully make the transition to selling in a multi-channel environment, they must concurrently re-strategize their supply chain operations in order to best serve the consumer while maximizing efficiencies. This session explores the case study of how one apparel retailer took the leap and reaped the rewards. 
11:10 - 11:15 a Closing Comments & Adjourn
Susan Nichols, Publisher, Apparel