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Jill Newman
Education & Events Coordinator

Interaction and Insight for Industry Leaders

May 6-8, 2018
Chateau Elan Resort & Winery – Braselton, GA

USIFI and NFI join together to unite respected industry leaders and provide perspectives on current trends and future insights. Attend Outlook 2018 to gain expert insight and a competitive edge.

Many stimulating experiences await:

Explore new market trends and opportunities.
Connect to key industry executives through conversation and networking.
Secure unique insight from industry projections, government, military and DoD spending.

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Sunday, May 6, 2018
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM  Chairman’s Golf Event

Legends Golf Course at Chateau Elan Golf Club

Monday, May 7, 2018
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Registration Open
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM – 9:45 AM

Ron Houle, Pivot Step Consultants LLC

We will witness a time of great change in defense resourcing and priorities now and in the near future. Get a comprehensive overview of what we may expect in the next 2-5 years.

9:45 AM – 10:30 AM

Donna Pointkouski, Strategic Material Sourcing Group

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.

10:45 AM – 11:30 AM

Clay Williamson and Kate Young, U.S. Army Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC)

Maximizing survivability, sustainability, mobility, combat effectiveness and field quality of life U.S. Army Soldiers are key goals of U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development & Engineering Center (NSRDEC). Hear about advanced capabilities in Soldier uniforms and equipment, anticipated future capabilities, and how we can work together to outfit the Soldier of 2030.

11:45 AM – 12:45 PM Lunch

Opening Remarks and Annual Meeting Updates

Sponsored by Brawer Bros. Inc.

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

John E. Connaughton, UNC-Charlotte

Legislative changes are a constant. Investigate the impact these changes will have on the economic outlook for the next 18 months.

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Eric Spackey, Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA)

Innovation is on the rise. Dive into the progress the AFFOA is making towards enabling a manufacturing-based revolution—the transformation of traditional fibers, yarns and textiles into highly sophisticated, integrated and networked devices and systems.

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

Laura Murphy, PCI Wood Mackenzie

Economics is at the heart of every industry. Review the global and local impacts of supply and demand on the synthetic fiber industry and examine the influence of raw material pricing on synthetic fibers.

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Bill Jackson, U.S. Trade Representative

Experts in U.S. trade policy provide valuable perspective. Sharpen your knowledge of key issues regarding textiles with an overview by the official who leads the United States in international negotiations on textiles trade.

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Reception

Sponsored by Highland Industries

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Dinner and Keynote, Kevin Hall, UNIFI
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM Breakfast

Sponsored by Graniteville Specialty Fabrics

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Sara Beatty, White Haven Trade
Lloyd Wood, Lloyd Wood GroupUSIFI and NFI advocate for our legislative and regulatory needs. Hear a recap of their activities in Washington on policy items of interest, and gain an outlook on both ongoing and upcoming policy challenges that will affect the industry.

9:15 AM – 10:15 AM

Aubrey Hilliard, Texican

Technologies are improving in every area of energy from drilling for hydrocarbons to carbon free applications that will fuel future growth. Explore how your business can profit from understanding the direction of technological change.

10:30 AM – 11:45 AM

The Champion’s Code: Building Relationships Through Life Lessons of Integrity and Accountability from the Sports World to the Business World.

Have you ever wondered why certain teams WIN consistently, whereas others come up short? Ross explains WHY in an engaging and visually entertaining style that’s designed to improve YOUR organization’s productivity, morale, and bottom-line profitability.

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Closing Remarks
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM Annual Golf Tournament

Woodlands Golf Course at Chateau Elan Golf Club

1:30 PM – 4:00 PM Wine Education, Tasting and Tour Experience

Chateau Elan Winery

6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Reception

Sponsored by Glen Raven

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM Dinner

*schedule subject to change