Imagination, Collaboration and Innovation
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
College of Textiles Convocation Center
8:30 am – 5:15 pm

Barry LeonardBarry Leonard – Welspun USA
Barry Leonard is President and CEO of Welspun USA, the largest integrated towel manufacturer in Asia and a leading supplier to 14 of the top 30 US retailers.Prior to joining Welspun USA, Barry held positions at Croscill Home, Excell Home Fashions, Glenoit Home, Spartan International and Springs Industries.Leonard received his undergraduate degree from NC State University, his master’s degree from the Institute of Textile Technology and attended Harvard Business School. Presently, he serves on the Home Fashions Products Association Board and the North Carolina Textile Foundation Board.Throughout his career, Leonard has received many honors and awards for his contributions to the textile industry such as the Distinguished Leadership Award and the Home Textiles Leadership Award. Leonard was named Top 100 Most Powerful Leaders in Home Furnishings by HFN in 2010 and Top Five Future Leaders in Textiles by Textiles World in 2001.Barry is one of the surviving passengers of Flight 1549 bound for Charlotte, North Carolina that went down in the Hudson River in January 2009. Due to this experience, he has spoken internationally about managing crisis and has been featured in the book, “Brace for Impact”.
Andrea PraetAndrea Praet – WGSN
Andrea Praet is WGSN’s Senior Trend Specialist, based in NY. With over 8 years of experience in trend forecasting, she has proven to be an authoritative voice of the industry with her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in fashion, lifestyle and design. Her sharp insight delves into every element of a trend,
from the runway to the street, in anticipation of the next big idea. Andrea interprets forecasted trends to WGSN’s global subscribers through innovative communication tools.Prior to joining WGSN, Andrea was the Senior Trend Director at Stylesight and a Trend Consultant at PromostyI, the Paris-headquartered Trend Research and Design Agency specializing in print trendbooks. Andrea focused her efforts on Women’s and Men’s Fashion, Health, Beauty and Lingerie.
She has worked as an adjunct professor at the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising (LIM College) in New York, and has been a staple at New York Fashion Week for over 14 seasons, orchestrating top designer interviews and media sessions. Andrea has also worked in product development for several Prestige brands at Coty including Lancaster, Marc Jacobs and Kenneth Cole, and spent time on the retail sales side of the industry with Hugo Boss. She is a graduate of the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising (LIM College) in New York City.

George RakotciGeorge Rakotci – Ralph Lauren Corporation
George Rakotci is a retail veteran with over thirty years of experience in varied retail positions. Upon graduation from Cuyahoga Community College, he began his career with May Company where he worked seven years in the home and men’s divisions. He then joined Ralph Lauren and has held numerous positions within the Men’s, Licensing and Men’s Wholesale Divisions. Currently, he is Senior Vice President of Retail Development for Menswear and Childrenswear.



John Caruso – VP Design – Specialty Retail Design – Tommy Hilfiger
John Caruso lives and works in Tribeca in New York City as a designer. After a bachelors degree in Political Science and after graduating from law school, John moved to New York City to study fashion at Parson School of Design.

He began his experience in the industry as an intern for John Varvatos while in school. After graduation, John joined J.CREW as an assistant designer on the men’s team. He later decided to move to Columbus, Ohio to work with Abercrombie and Fitch on the development of their post-college concept called
RUEHL No. 925. At RUEHL, John was eventually named Men’s Design Director.

He joined Tommy Hilfiger as VP of Men’s and Accessories Design in 2009 to develop a new brand called TOMMY. His role has now evolved to the development of all Specialty Store product. As VP of Specialty Retail Design, he oversees men’s, women’s, and accessories product for this division.

Chris PawlusChris Pawlus-Creative Brand Director – Timberland
Chris Pawlus is Senior Global Creative Director and Global Footwear Design Director. In this role, Chris is responsible for leading and executing the creative direction of footwear and apparel design for each season globally. His primary functions include setting global design guidelines based upon brand values,trend research, marketing, fabric, leather development, and color design while protecting the overall brand experience.In 1997, Chris joined Timberland as a Footwear Designer and in 2004 his role expanded to Lead Designer responsible for guiding the brand’s urban footwear team. In 2007, Chris became Creative Director responsible for leading, designing, and developing the identity and visual experience for the Authentic Youth team and consumer. Later, he also became responsible for the overall brand evolution and providing creative direction of seasonal inspiration stories – integrating trend and brand relevant values into one cohesive direction.

Prior to joining Timberland, Chris spent four years at The Rockport Company where he designed and
developed footwear for several different categories of footwear.

Chris holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Michigan in Industrial Design. His curriculum focus was in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Art and Design History and Pre-engineering.

Margo LaFontaineMargo LaFontaine – Design Studio Director – Vera Wang
Margo Lafontaine is Design Studio Director at Vera Wang.Margo began her career at Vera Wang in June of 2005 as an Design Assistant and has played many roles in the Design department until assuming the role of Studio Director just over 2 years ago.

As an Associate Designer, Margo focused on developing new embroidery pieces and concepts. This led to the creation of the “fashion jewelry” category, which utilizes soft embroidery components combined with traditional jewelry findings. The result was a very successful accessories line that led to the nomination of Vera Wang for the CFDA Accessory Designer of the year Award in 2009. Her passion for jewelry is second only to hands-on working with fabric to create new types of volume and sculptural decoration. Margo has had the privilege of working along side Vera on a number of high profile client custom bridal gowns including Chelsea Clinton’s and Hillary Duff’s whose gowns were embellished with fabric creations.

In addition to her continued creative involvement with embroidery and fabrics, Margo is now managing the Design team’s fittings, sketches, and realization of the collection within the plan and timing for six collections annually; two Bridal and four RTW.

A Minnesota native, Margo graduated from Northwestern University of Chicago with dual degrees in
Communication Studies and Art History. The combination of the Art History background and a life-long love of fashion propelled Margo to move to New York where she landed a job that utilized both.

Design, Innovation and Technology
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
College of Textiles
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Hari KenkareHari Kenkare – Lectra
Hari Kenkare currently holds the position of Schools Partnership Manager in Lectra’s New York. In his current position, he is responsible for establishing and maintaining partnerships with Industry partners and educational institutions. He is involved in planning, organizing, and execution of various marketing projects to promote Lectra solutions. He has represented Lectra in conferences, panels, user group meetings, and research projects.

Prior to joining Lectra, Hari held a variety of teaching and research positions at textile-related educational institutions in his native India. He completed his PhD in Textile Technology Management at North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles in 2006. Upon completion of his studies, he worked as a research associate at North Carolina State University.

Hari grew up in the textile industry in India and loves fashion and technology. His experience working in spinning and weaving factories combined with his education and expertise on fiber, fabrics and fashion make for a unique and strong understanding of the fashion and textile industries.

Anastasia CharbinAnastasia (Stacey) Charbin – Lectra
A born and bred Delawarean, Anastasia, or Stacey as everyone calls her, is Fashion Marketing Director at Lectra Headquarters in France. Stacey started sewing at a young age, sometimes faking sick to stay home and finish a project. As soon as she could drive, she began working for different theaters making costumes in high school and went on to U of D for two Bachelors, one in Apparel Design and the other in Business Administration with a concentration in Operations Management. Stacey then decides to avoid the rigors of a professional life a bit longer and went on to obtain a Master of Textiles and Apparel Management from North Carolina State University, which ended up serving her well. She has almost 20 years experience in fashion and fashion technology for companies like Gerber Technology, Karat Software, Cross Creek Apparel, and Perigee Software.

Today, she finds herself at Lectra. She started as a Product Manager for Lectra’s Fashion and Textile Design Solutions and then progressed on lead a new team dedicated to bringing several new technology and consulting offers to market. She had the extraordinary opportunity of shaping both her job role and developing a new team from scratch. Although it would have been easier to give birth to an elephant without the aid of hallucinogenic medication, Stacey is happy to work with both a core team based in Paris and London and Lectra subsidiaries around the world in regions such as China, Italy, France, N. America, Japan, Germany, UK, and N. Europe. This gives her a worldwide perspective on the fashion industry and is a lot of fun.

A self-professed fashion and technology junkie, she has lived and worked in the United States, Canada, and France and has traveled around the world. She now teeters around in her high heels around Paris where she lives with her family. In her spare time, she trades her high heels for sneakers and runs.

Laura BlalockLaura Blalock – Hanesbrands Inc.
As a supply chain and product development professional, Laura Blalock has led efforts to establish product development processes with a specific focus on the technical design discipline. Additionally, Laura also established technical training programs to support offshore manufacturing.

In 1992, Laura began a successful career at Hanesbrands Inc. (then Sara Lee Knit Products) with responsibilities for technical training in Mexico and Central America as Sara Lee’s apparel plants, began to transition to off-shore manufacturing. After completing the off-shore transition and after transitioning training responsibilities to regional management, Laura joined the product development team just as the casualwear business was starting to grow. In this role Laura was challenged with building a new team to support this business. Her passion for excellence resulted in a highly successful,team including strong liaisons to both manufacturing as well as the front end of the business. In subsequent years, Laura assumed additional responsibilities and provided strategic leadership for the development and implementation of many product development processes, including the PLM system. Laura began her career with Gerber Childrenswear, including several years living and working off-shore in the Dominican Republic and Mexico.

Laura is passionate about strategic business process development as well as nurturing others to grow talent within the organization. This has been a common thread throughout her career as is evidenced by her contributions in both new and growing business opportunities. Laura has also been an active member of ASTM D13 for many years and was awarded the Herbert C. Pratt award for Excellence in Terminology in 2009.

Laura earned her MS from North Carolina State University in 1985 in the Management Science program– a precursor to the Poole College of Management’s current MBA program. She received a Bachelor of Science in Textile Management in 1981, also from North Carolina State University.

Jennifer PeaveyJennifer Peavey – Eastman Chemical Company
Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s in Chemical Engineering from Clemson University. From there, she has spent 19 years at the Sealed Air Corporation and Eastman Chemical Company working in development of technologies for creation and production of advanced materials. But don’t let the technical background fool you. She is a creative engineer who enjoys the blank sheet of paper involved in start up of technologies and markets. Her adventure at Eastman has been in bringing design in earlier into the development process. The results have been the combination of chemistry and raw material expertise with designed systems to create what has not been before. This passion leads her to meet people from all walks of life and to learn something new each and every day.

In 2013, this journey brought her to be part of the Eastman Innovation Center on the Centennial Campus at NC State University. Here she has the opportunity to bring in new skill sets not within Eastman and expand the opportunity for a total systems solution.

Vince HankinsVince Hankins – Glen Raven
Vince Hankins is Industrial Business Manager at Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, LLC, a subsidiary of Glen Raven, Inc., a global provider of innovative fabric solutions, selling products in more than 100 countries worldwide. He is responsible for all commercial activities involving the Awning, Shade and Solar Protection as well as Marine market including sales and service, product line management and new product development; and channel management. He serves actively as a supply representative in both the Marine Fabricator’s Association and the Professional Awning Manufacturer’s Association. He has held a number of senior management positions in sales, technical and business development in his 25 year career in the industry. He possesses an extremely diverse market background by virtue of servicing apparel from hosiery to active outerwear; residential and contract furnishings; automotive interiors; narrow fabrics; digital print fabrics; solar shading as well as a myriad of industrial textiles.

Prior to rejoining Glen Raven in 2006, he was Sales Manager – Nylon Business with Unifi, Inc. which culminated over 19 years focusing on fiber and yarn with both companies.

He is a 1986 graduate of NC State College of Textiles with a BS in Textile Chemistry. Immediately after graduation he worked in the Office of Student Services as a recruiter. Vince and his wife Robin (BSME NCSU ’87) live in Burlington, NC and have two grown sons, Philip (BSTT NCSU ’11) and Sam (COT Freshman). Vince’s outside interests include Wolfpack athletics as well as boating, fishing, snow skiing and travel.

Mary FenskeMary Fenske – Posture Wings
Mary Fenske, CEO, Inventor and Founder of Posture Wings. Posture Wings are revolutionary garments that effectively and comfortably improve posture. Ms. Fenske was awarded an Entrepreneur grant for a bio-mechanic study and a utility patent for her invention. The desire to innovate posture garments came from a personal need to alleviate debilitating cervical pain and limited mobility. Her vision was to engineer the first proven posture garments that are beautiful and comfortable to wear.
Ms. Fenske came to NCSU College of Textiles to evolve her garments to have “Orthopedics meet Fashion”! Previously, Mary was an Analyst for Fortune 500 companies.

Cindy IstookDr. Cindy Istook – NCSU College of Textiles
Dr. Cynthia Istook has conducted extensive research in the areas of 3D Body Scanning, sizing systems, fit, mass customization and rapid prototyping. These endeavors have been directed at finding ways to enable the industry to meet the clothing needs of its customers. She works on national committees to help establish data integration standards for developing technologies, as well as sizing standards for apparel products. Finding ways to meet consumer needs through better market research, improved customization processes, better forecasting, improved fit of ready-to-wear, better use of available technologies, and shorter time to market are all integral inputs to the research conducted. She has the privilege to work with many entrepreneurs who come to the College of Textiles for guidance and through collaboration with the Raleigh Fashion Association to support the apparel industry in North Carolina and the US.

Kate CarrollDr. Kate Carroll – NCSU College of Textiles
Dr. Kate Carroll is currently an Assistant Professor of Fashion in the Department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management, College of Textiles, at North Carolina State University. She obtained her B.A. degree from the University of Manchester in Art History, M.A. in Clothing and Textiles from
Michigan State University, and Ph.D. in Clothing and Textiles from Virginia Tech. She is founder and coordinator of the Fashioning Health and Well-Being website program at NCSU, and her research focuses on clothing for health and well-being; product development for differently-abled populations, and historical and cross-cultural inspirations on fashion design.

David HinksDr. David Hinks – NCSU College of Textiles
Dr. David Hinks is the Cone Mills Professor of Textile Chemistry and is Associate Department Head and Director of Graduate Programs in the Department of Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science at NC State University. He is also Director of NC State’s new Forensic Sciences Institute. He is a graduate of the University of Leeds in the U.K., with a Bachelor’s (1989) and a Ph.D. in Colour Chemistry (1993).
David first came to NC State’s College of Textiles in 1993 as a post doctoral research associate. After a two year spell at Milliken and Company from 1996-1998, he returned to NC State in 1998.

David teaches courses and workshops in color science and color management, dyeing and finishing, forensic textile chemistry, and a general education course called Impact of Industry on the Environment and Society.

In 2011 and 2012, he and his colleagues won the American Association for Textile Chemists and Colorists’ (AATCC) Best Research Paper award for work on bleach activators and forensic analysis of dyed fibers.

In 2002, David was inducted into the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers and was inducted into the NC State Academy of Outstanding Faculty Engaged in Extension in 2011. He has led research and professional training projects totaling more than $7.5 million in government and industry funding.

He has co-authored three patents, more than 150 peer-reviewed and conference papers.

Kenneth MurrayKenneth Murray – WakeMed Health and Hospitals
Kenneth Murray is the Director of Performance Improvement at WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh, NC. Kenneth supports initiatives focused on improving the quality of care and the process of providing care. Kenneth holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Strayer University.




Terry MontgomeryTerry Montgomery – Precision Fabrics Group
Dr. Terry Montgomery has been involved in textile management, fabric innovation, business development, and textile education for over 30 years. He is the Vice President and Business Director of the Woven Division for Precision Fabrics Group, Inc, based in Greensboro, NC. Terry is also Managing Director of Precision Fabrics Group (Europe). His business interests include therapeutic bedding, contract fabrics, industrial, medical, healthcare, military, composites, home furnishings, and protective apparel markets.

Prior to joining Precision Fabrics, Terry was the Director of Business Development for Glen Raven Inc. He has also held positions in product development and business development with Milliken & Company and Burlington Industries, as well as Director of Corporate R&D for Springs Industries.

In addition to his duties at Precision Fabrics, Terry is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Textile  and  Apparel,  Technology  &  Management  and the Department of Textile  Engineering, Chemistry and Science in the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University.

Terry is the immediate past President of the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Textile Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing support for student scholarships, faculty, and facilities at the College of Textiles.

Terry has a BS degree in Textile Technology and a Ph.D. in Fiber and Polymer Science, both from NC State’s College of Textiles. He also has an MBA from Winthrop University.

Traci LamarDr Traci Lamar – NCSU College of Textiles
Dr. Traci A.M. Lamar is an Associate Professor in the Department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management in the North Carolina State University College of Textiles where she has been since 2000. This appointment followed 12 years as a faculty member at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Southern Illinois University. Prior to that, she held industry positions in apparel design and development. Dr. Lamar holds a Ph.D. from North Carolina State University, an M.S. degree from Arizona State University, and a baccalaureate degree from Kansas State University. She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in fashion and textile design including computer aided design for printed, knitted and woven textiles and garments.

Dr. Lamar’s scholarship, from creative works to structured research investigation, focuses on design of textile products from functional garments to highly aesthetic, and the use of technology in design and development of such products. She also works in the area of needs assessment and end user input into the process of textile product design. Her work with functional apparel products including surgical gowns and patient gowns engages many aspects of the patient care environment and is framed around the complexity of creating patient garments that must address the needs of many, not just the wearer. A critical focus of her work has been on needs assessment of multiple stakeholders and methods for managing diverse and  competing design expectations to optimize design solutions. Other areas of focus for her research include investigation of seamless and fully fashioned knit garments and application of digital technologies including CAD and digital printing to costume design for the stage. She holds membership in professional organizations including the International Textile Apparel Association, American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, and The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.


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