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An Exclusive Industry Exploration

May 6-8, 2019
The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee – Greensboro, GA

Discover a signature experience for industry leaders at Outlook 2019. Dive in to a deep exploration of the industrial fabrics industry and uncover:

  • Essential information, including driving factors and challenges, that will define the future growth of our industry
  • Exclusive insights to power informed decisions that improve our organizations and daily lives
  • Empowered understanding and decreased uncertainty to mitigate risk
  • Expansive, shared knowledge from across industry sectors

Join USIFI, NFI and the Military Division to explore our industry at Outlook 2019.


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Schedule at a Glance

Monday, May 6, 2019

1 – 6 pm Chairman’s Golf Event

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

8 – 5 pm Registration Open
8 – 9 am Military Morning Breakfast
Sponsored by MMI Textiles
9 – 10 am

Ron Houle, Founder and President, Pivot Step Consultants LLC The outlook for the Dod Budget is uncertain. What is certain, however, is that federal fiscal year 2020 (beginning October, 2019)

10 – 10:45 am

Lisa Marie Vivino, Chief of the Field Clothing Division, DLA Troop Support

The Defense Logistics Agency is the Department of Defense’s combat logistics support agency. Delve into its’ mission and details on the procurement of clothing, textile and equipment items for the Department of Defense and other customers.

11 – 11:45 am

Brian Kenny, Director, Business Leader of Government/Safety Industry, YKK Understand the value of Berry Compliance to the Defense Industry, the challenges of the supply chain from prime contractors to the TIER I and II suppliers and the responsibility of industrial manufacturers to develop new, higher-value added products that enhance warfighter protection.

Noon – 1 pm Lunch
including Opening Remarks & Annual Meeting Updates
Sponsored by Brawer Bros.,Inc.
1 – 2 pm

Colin Touhey, CEO, Pvilion Helen Sahi, VP Global Corporate Sustainability, Unifi Manufacturing, Inc. and Karen Leonas, Professor, Wilson College of Textiles, at North Carolina State University.

Sustaining energy and resources is a priority in the textile industry. Join the discussion with panelists who are making a difference. From solar energy to plastic conservation, these individuals bring a unique perspective to the sustainability conversation.

2:15 – 3:15 pm

Stephanie Rodgers, Director of Advanced Product Development, Apex Mills Technical and Performance textiles are the flagship of our industry. Yarn has become the next invention and electronics are a topic of laundering performance and next level ubiquity know as Functional Fabrics. Successful outcomes of the first and third industrial revolutions are converging together as we begin the fourth; a hybrid of technology and humanity through textile applications. Who thinks of these new applications and what are the roadblocks to mass production and consumer acceptance? The fourth industrial revolution allows for the exploration of interdisciplinary approach and machine learning to help us innovate. Progress is happening in standards development and Manufacturing USA? What will we create?

3:30 – 4 pm

Laura Murphy, Research Director, Wood Mackenzie Chemicals A review of the synthetic fiber industry. What has been the impact of antidumping cases and the trade war with China? How has raw material pricing contributed to fiber pricing?

4 – 5 pm

Sara Beatty, President, White Haven Trade Update on Congressional and Executive Branch policy activities. Topics covered will include defense, government procurement and trade-related issues impacting the bottom lines of IFAI members as well as USIFI and NFI activities in Washington, D.C. The presentation will conclude with information about how members can get more involved.

6:30 – 7:30 pm Reception
7:30 – 9:30 pm

David Hinks, Dean of Wilson College of Textiles, NSCU Join David Hinks as he discusses innovation and workforce development at NCSU.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

7 – 8 am Breakfast
8 – 9 am

John Connaughton, Barings Professor of Financial Economics and Director of the Barings/UNC Charlotte Economic Forecast, UNC-Charlotte After a pickup in growth in 2018, will the tax cuts provide a continued stimulus into 2019 and 2020.

9:15 – 10:15 am

Aubrey Hillard, President, Texican A discussion of innovations in the energy industry that reduce pollution and greenhouse gases

10:30 – 11:30 am

Byron Reese,  Author, Speaker, Entrepreneur 1 : Futurist, technologist, founder of several high-tech companies; 25 years as a successful tech entrepreneur with multiple IPOs and successful exits 2 : CEO and Publisher of Gigaom, one of the world’s leading technology research companies; obtained or has pending numerous patents in disciplines as varied as crowdsourcing, content creation, and psychographics 3 : Expert on artificial Intelligence, blockchain and the transformative effect of technology on the workplace 4 : Author of “Infinite Progress: How Technology Will End Ignorance, Disease, Hunger, Poverty, and War” (2013) & “The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity” (2018) 5 : Served on both public and private boards of directors; founded several non-profit organizations; Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Rice University with a degree in Honors Economics

1 – 6 pm Annual Golf Tournament
2 – 5 pm Sporting Clays Shooting Event
6:30 – 7:30 pm Reception
7:30 – 9:30 pm Dinner

*schedule subject to change


Tim Offray, EVP of Business Operations at OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics, Inc. sums up his experience:

“The Outlook Conference provided an excellent forum to connect with industry experts and broaden my knowledge on a variety of valuable and important subject matters.  As a first-time attendee, I was very impressed by the quality of the speakers, the insight and knowledge they shared, as well as their enthusiasm for the new and unique opportunities that lie ahead for the U.S. textile industry.”