Schedule - all times are listed in EST

Sunday, April 24, 2022

1 - 6 pm

The Old Course Golf Course

Tee off on the Old Course, home of the nation’s oldest first tee in continuous use. The course, which debuted in 1892 has abundant fairway contouring that gives most shots a side hill, uphill, or downhill lie to smallish greens, making approach shots interesting!

Monday, April 25, 2022

7:30 am - 5 pm Registration Open
7:30 - 8:30 am

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8:30 - 9:15 am

Military Session: Alan Grayson, Esq., Former U.S. Congressman

Where are you in the supply chain?  Customers, prime contractors and subcontractors/suppliers have completely different goals, interests, strategies, risks, threats and opportunities.  It’s time to think strategically about what being a buyer, or a prime contractor, or a supplier to a prime contractor really means.


Geosynthetic Session: Dave Bauer, President & CEO, American Road & Transportation Builders Assocation (ARTBA)

The 2021 landmark federal infrastructure investment package will usher in record levels of investment for a wide variety of infrastructure improvements. With the first installment of funding for this widely heralded new framework just over a month old, now is the time to take stock of what it means for the transportation construction community in terms of market, operational impacts and future challenges.



9:20 - 10:05 am

Military Session: Ron Houle, Founder and President, Pivot Step Consultants LLC

The DoD procurement system can be perceived by many of us in many different ways. While cumbersome, complex, layered in bureaucracy and regulations, could it also be responsive and adapt to a changing world order. What does this all mean for our industry? This session will not make us experts in defense economics, but you will come away with a richer understanding of the competing issues and challenges. As corporate executives and leaders in our communities, we need to have a deeper understanding of how all of this comes together.


Geosynthetic Session: Jay Hansen, National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA)

Congressional passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022, will unlock billions of dollars of highway and airport infrastructure projects across the country. This legislation, combined with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (aka Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act), will deliver the largest Federal public works program ever enacted by Congress. Every asphalt producer and supplier will be impacted. This presentation will provide an overview of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, how it works with the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and how infrastructure funding compares to last year’s market.

10:10 - 10:55 am

Military Session: Donna Pointkouski, Chief, Strategic Material Sourcing Division at DLA Troop Support

This session provides an overview of the Defense Logistics Agency, its mission, and details on the procurement of clothing, textile, and equipment items for the Department of Defense and other customers.


Geosynthetic Session: Carolyn Slaughter, Director of Environmental Policy, American Public Power Association (APPA)

The presentation will discuss the significant environmental rules and policy initiatives impacting public power utilities as they transition to low and non-emitting generation resources. The audience will learn how public power utilities ensure affordable, reliable, and sustainable electricity for their customers while meeting environmental requirements

11 am - 12 pm

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12:05 - 1:50 pm

Roger Tutterow, Ph.D, Professor of Economics, Kennesaw State University

As the economic expansion moved through its 11th year, it was derailed by a global pandemic of magnitude not seen in a generation. In recent months, the public health aspects of the pandemic have moderated, but many of the economic consequence remain. In this session, Dr. Roger Tutterow provides a timely overview of global, national and regional economies including recent developments in the effect of COVID-19 on the retail sector and real estate, progress toward resolution of supply chain and labor market dislocations, the recent upturn in inflation and inflationary expectations and the structure and effect of recent fiscal stimulus. Topics will also consider Federal Reserve policy operations over the past decade, including recent volatility in the short-term funding market, “tapering” of bond purchases and the migration away from the zero-rate policy and changes in the political and regulatory climate on the performance of financial market and institution.

2 - 2:15 pm Afternoon Remarks & USIFI Annual Updates
2:15 - 2:55 pm

Melissa Henkle, Director of Brand Sales, Unifi Manufacturing, Inc.

Sustainability is making moves in the industry to help offset the impact of our things. Learn how one USA manufacturing company is working across leading industrial and textile industries to source recycled materials, reduce energy, water and greenhouse gas emissions and help plan for a future in circularity. How can you make a difference? Innovate to Elevate with Sustainability. Join the Green Team!

3 - 4 pm

Sara Beatty, President, White Haven Trade and Martin T. Whitmer, Jr., Founding Partner, Whitmer & Worrall, LLC

USIFI & NFI consultant Sara Beatty will review various federal policy matters currently confronting the U.S. textile sector followed by Martin Whitmer who will provide a government relations update on behalf of the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA).

Sara Beatty will provide an update on military procurement under the National Defense Authorization Act along with key legislative and enforcement initiatives related to international trade.

Martin Whitmer will then focus on the implementation of the IIJA and will demonstrate how GMA has leveraged its success into becoming a trusted federal partner to USDOT, EPA, Capitol Hill and the White House.

4 - 5 pm

Dr. Melissa Furman, MS, DBA, Founder/Consultant, Career Potential, LLC

Organizational leaders have been navigating challenges with recruiting and retaining an engaged, qualified workforce and the challenges continue to build. This interactive session will provide an overview of the workforce landscape and will provide strategies for recruiting, retaining, and engaging talent to help your organization become an “employer of choice”.

6:30 - 7:30 pm

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7:30 - 9:30 pm Dinner & Keynote

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

7:30 - 8:30 am Breakfast
8:35 - 9:20 am

Bill Rooney, Vice President Strategic Development, Kuehne + Nagel Inc.

This session will cover the conditions that created the global disruption in today’s supply chains, how each component of the sea logistics international supply chain have been affected, and an outlook for the future. The supply chain components to be covered include vessels, containers, port facilities, labor, chassis, trucking, rail, and warehousing in addition to the economic factors that drive trade.

9:25 - 9:55 am

Laura Murphy, Research Director, Fibers, Wood Mackenzie Chemicals

The synthetic fiber world is being rocked by volatility in supply, demand, energy prices and inflation. What can you do in the current environment? Will the madness end soon? This presentation will take a look at the state of affairs and how it is likely to affect your business.

10 - 11 am

Kim Glas, President and CEO, NCTO

This presentation will address key policies and critical issues facing the U.S. textile industry including maintaining CAFTA-DR as a tool for protecting and increasing production and trade in the Western Hemisphere, fighting GSP expansion, MTB Renewal, fighting China Forced Labor and military contracting issues related to the Berry Amendment, PFAS and PPE.

11 am - Noon

Alan Grayson, Esq., Former U.S. Congressman

You may think that if you deliver conforming supplies or services on time, you’re done.  Not even close!  Thousands of companies are debarred each year, and hundreds are indicted and convicted, for breaking rules that have nothing to do with your Statement of Work.  Here are some of the rules that bind you, and some tips on how to stay out of trouble.

Noon Closing Remarks
1 - 6 pm

The Cascades Golf Course

Regarded as one of the finest mountain course in the country, The Cascades offers challenging links set against the backdrop of Virginia’s breathtaking Allegheny Mountains.



2 - 4 pm

Turn back the clock and join us for a game of croquet on the Homestead Lawn. Take in the historical surroundings and beautiful scenery while enjoying a crafted cocktail and light bites. Dressing the part is always encouraged! Feel free to wear white and your finest argyle socks to get in the spirit of the game!

6:30 - 7:30 pm

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7:30 - 9:30 pm Dinner
*schedule subject to change