Schedule - all times are listed in EST

Sunday, August 29, 2021

1 - 6 pm

Robert Trent Jones Golf Course

A long-time favorite on the island, come play a round at the oldest course at Palmetto Dunes, well-known for its many views of the ocean. This facility features an extensive lagoon system which winds through the course impacting play on eleven holes. Add some of Jones’ seemingly patented bunkers and large, well-bunkered greens and you’ve got plenty of good golf ahead of you here.


Monday, August 30, 2021

8 am - 5 pm Registration Open
8 - 9 am

Sponsored by 

9 - 9:30 am

Paul Campbell, General Manager, Clothing & Textiles, Federal Prison Industries

A brief description of the origin of UNICOR, it’s mission, customers and business groups, who it supports and how it protects society.


9:35 - 10:05 am

Teresa Downs​, V.P. Business Development, The Kennedy Center

Quality products, delivered on time and manufactured by Adults with Disabilities.

As a Central Non-profit Agency, SourceAmerica supports over 600 Non-profit agencies, by developing contract opportunities with the Department of Defense and other Federal agencies.
These agency capabilities range from cut & sew manufacturers to medical supply companies, to hardware & equipment, to food & subsistence providers.

How might your organization partner with one of these hundreds of manufacturing companies?

10:10 - 10:55 am

Ron Houle, Founder and President, Pivot Step Consultants LLC

There are many inputs to the DoD budget. There are also competing demands on constrained resources.  Within all of this, there is a budgetary context, and a strategic context, which determines the broad shape and angles of how we will allocate more than three quarters of a trillion dollars. This session will help explain how the FY2022 DoD Budget meets all of these challenges.

11 - 11:30 am

Lisa Marie Vivino, Chief of the Field – Clothing Division, Clothing & Textiles at 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.


11:30 am - 12:45 pm

Sponsored by

1 - 1:15 pm Afternoon Opening Remarks & USIFI Annual Updates
1:15 - 1:45 pm

Laura Murphy, Research Director, Wood Mackenzie Chemicals

2021 – The year of the great supply disaster. The textile industry has been rocked by the coronavirus, trade wars, and force majeure incidents. This presentation will examine the impact of these issues, and more, on the synthetic fiber industry.

1:45 - 2:45 pm

Auggie Tantillo, President, SRG & Associates

USIFI & NFI consultant Auggie Tantillo will review various federal policy matters currently confronting the U.S. textile sector.  Included will be updates on military procurement under the National Defense Authorization Act; key legislative and enforcement initiatives related to international trade; and efforts to bolster domestic production of medical personal protective equipment. His  presentation will give insight as to how ongoing policy deliberations in Washington, D.C. will potentially impact U.S. manufacturers of technical textiles and narrow fabric.

3 - 4:15 pm

     Auggie Tantillo, President, SRG & Associates

     Kim Glas, President and CEO, NCTO
     Morris Collins, Director of Member Relations, INDA
     Joe Przepiorka, Vice President of Marketing, Shawmut Corporation

As we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is crucial to prevent another Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shortage from occurring by understanding and advocating for domestic production of this essential equipment. Join in a panel discussion to learn the perspectives from industry professionals, advocates and the legislatures involved in creating change.

4:15 - 5 pm Roundtable Discussions
6:30 - 7:30 pm

Sponsored by

7:30 - 9:30 pm

Come enjoy a low country oyster roast, ocean views and listen to NCTO President, Kim Glas, present a Washington Update on key issues and how they impact the textile industry and particularly YOUR business.

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

7 - 8 am

Sponsored by

8:15 - 9 am

Roger Tutterow, Professor of Economics, Kennesaw State University

Seven years ago, we cleared important hurdles that were important steps back toward “normalcy”. However, as the economic expansion moved through its 11th year, it was derailed by a global pandemic of depth not seen in a generation. In this session, Dr. Roger Tutterow provides a timely overview of the economic climate including recent implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the retail and real estate sectors, the causes and effects of recent changes in energy prices, the structure and effect of recent fiscal stimulus and the linkages between trade policy and currency valuation, an overview of recent Federal Reserve policy actions and the ongoing impact of changes in the political and regulatory climate on the manufacturing sector. The implications for employment and activity in the national and regional economies are also considered.

9 - 9:45 am

Aubrey Hilliard, CEO, Horizon Energy LLC

A general overview of what a renewable and biodegradable future means for our businesses.

9:50 - 10:30 am

Jeff Sackaroff, M.Ed., Director of Career Services, Wilson College of Textiles, NC State University

With the rapidly approaching changes in workforce demographics, it is more important now, than ever, that textile-related companies understand the employment wants and needs of Gen Z. Join this session to learn about today’s college-aged job seekers, as well as explore best practices when it comes to building and leveraging your company’s recruiting strategies.

10:30 - 11:30 am

Richard Lui is a thought leader at the intersection of media, social impact and storytelling. He is a content and digital-social specialist with 30 years of experience in television, technology and business.

11:30 am Closing Remarks
12:15 - 6:15 pm

Arthur Hills Golf Course

Tee off one of Hilton head Island’s most distinctive course. The golf course layout takes full advantage of the area’s natural beauty, creating a round of golf that is both beautiful and challenging. With reason, the course has earned its reputation as delivering one of the island’s best golf experiences.


1:45 - 4:15 pm

After the morning’s education, take in the sights and sounds of the beautiful South Carolina Lowcountry on a boat cruise. Enjoy drinks and a snack while exploring the picturesque Broad Creek and surrounding waterways in search of some of the area’s most fascinating wildlife. A licensed captain and naturalist will lead the tour and share an intrinsic knowledge of the habitat, including local and migratory dolphin populations.

Transportation included

6:30 - 7:30 pm Reception
7:30 - 9:30 pm Dinner
*schedule subject to change