Becky Hurd has over 30 years of experience engineering textile solutions that maximize athletic performance. She has consistently delivered game changing innovative materials and product solutions that consider the athlete’s body, psychology, and sport, while pushing the boundaries of textile science and technology. Her research approach and insatiable curiosity for learning have also led to implementation of revolutionary sustainable textile dyeing methods that provide an opportunity to reduce water and energy use. She is currently Director, Material Science and Innovation for NIKE, Inc. based in Asia; and can often be found happily educating colleagues, consultants and attorneys on the science of textiles.
Becky has been recognized internationally for achievements in textile innovation; including numerous utility patents, featured materials and product in Popular Science Best of What’s New (Grand Award Winner), Time MagazineBest Innovationsof the Year, ISPO’s Top Innovations of the Year and Future MaterialsTextile Related Innovations of the Year. She is a graduate of Oregon State University (BS) and Kansas State University (MS), where she is also an Alumni Fellow. She is a member of The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists and is formally trained as a Master Gardener.
Linda Keppinger, CEO & Founder of MaterialsMove started her career as an innovative designer at age nine, when she treadle-sewed her first dress out of an American flag, to now recognizable as one of the most influential textile business leaders in the world. Her innovative designs and solutions have proven she is a catalyst for materials moving into future technologies and sustainable pathways.
Linda is a world-renowned speaker at textile summits around the globe because of her palette of creativity that leads to strategic product outcomes. Her custom designs, ideas and sourcing have influenced big brands like Pendleton, White Stag, and NIKE. For the last twenty years, Linda was the Global Materials Director atNIKE World Headquarters, where she lead and managed cross-functional areas of brand innovation, materials, sustainability and product development, for products sourced in Asia and the Americas regions.
At MaterialsMove, Linda is moving materials into creative solutions for sustainable supply chains around the globe as a lead business consultant, educator and speaker. The truth of the matter is simple, “materials matter” so Linda is an expert worth talking to about how your company can make a difference. Leaders and designers everywhere love her strategic approach and texture-rich ideas.
Lutz Walter is Head of the R&D, Innovation and Projects Department of Euratex, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation based in Brussels. He has a university degree in business management and political science and has been working in European Affairs since 1998. Since he joined Euratex in 1999, he has coordinated various European collaborative research and networking projects. His further responsibilities at Euratex include the monitoring of EU research policies and programmes for the textile/clothing sector, as well as the development of strategies and position papers. Since 2004 he has been coordinating the European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing, the largest European textile research and innovation experts network. In 2013, the European Technology Platform became an independent legal entity and Lutz Walter was appointed its Secretary General
Ryan Catalano has been researching new materials since 1998. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Stonehill College, located in North Easton, Massachusetts. Ryan started his career as a Materials Coordinator at Reebok International in 1998. He has taken on progressively larger roles within materials development and innovation for the Reebok Brand of the adidas-group. Ryan has been leading the Footwear & Apparel Materials and Innovation teams as well as the Footwear Development Operations team at Reebok for the past several years, in a Senior Director capacity. Ryan is also named on several patents as a result of various material innovation projects while working at Reebok. Ryan currently resides outside Boston, Massachusetts with his family.
Sophie is passionate about sustainable textile innovation. Her experience spans on the ground work in the US, EU and Asia, whilst working for key industry leaders such as Nike and supplying Marks & Spencer. She set up her business biov8tion in 2010, to focus on industry changing work that reduces resource impacts whilst driving performance innovation to new levels. She is the inventor of two global patents and constantly thinks outside of the box seeing challenges as new opportunities.
Thomas Michaelis, Master Professional of Technical Management (CCI), started his career at Bayer AG in Leverkusen in 1982. He held various technical engineering positions in the area of textile coloring, coating and polyurethane coagulation. These experiences together with his assignments in Leverkusen, Germany and in Milan, Italy have developed a profound knowledge of the technical and market aspects in polyurethane coatings for textiles. After his recent position as a technical marketing manager he is currently Head of Textile Coatings Europe, Middle East and Africa in the Covestro Deutschland AG.
Thomas White has a Textiles and Science degree from Philadelphia University. Thomas wide range of professional experience includes roles as Fabric Designer for Burlington Menswear; Brand Manager for Sara Lee; Materials Development Manager; Merchandising Manager - Performance Fabrics for Burlington Performance Fabrics; Senior Materials Development Manager – Outdoor for Under Armour. Thomas current responsibility is development of innovative materials for athletes.
Yvonne Johnson is back at Cotton Incorporated for the second time in her career, returning in 2007. Between her first and second tours with the company, she held a range of design and development positions with manufacturers of apparel, home and automotive fabrics, served as a textile design instructor at the university level, and owned her own design consultancy. Her knowledge base encompasses both natural and man-made fibres.
In her current role in the Product Development & Implementation Division of Cotton Incorporated, Yvonne Johnson directs R&D efforts on engineering performance attributes in cotton through the integration of technical fabric constructions and dyeing and finishing technologies. Under her guidance, the number of requests for fabric samples and information as well as concept adoptions by mills, brands and retailers has increased substantially.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Clothing and Textiles with coursework towards a Masters of Design, with a concentration on fibre.
Jim has over 25 years of textile experience and has held numerous positions in Manufacturing, Production and Product Development during his tenure.
His formative years were spent at Polartec where he was fortunate to have been instrumental in many fabric developments. He has led engineering and technical manufacturing, spearheaded the technical rebuilding of the USA manufacturing operations after the 1995 devastating fire, led training and technical support for a former Eastern European facility, and managed technical efforts for selecting, establishing, and overseeing the Asian manufacturing partnerships and vendor supply chain.
He is also co-author of numerous USA and international patents as well as developer of several trade secret processes and equipment technology. For the last few years he has been consulting with a number of firms on technology introductions within the textile sector.
Cotton Incorporated is the research and promotion company for cotton and is a trusted global source for: technical expertise, textile, and agricultural innovations; and a range of market data.
An overview of the company and information on the full range of its resources and services can be found at: www.cottoninc.com
From fiber to finish, Archroma’s chemical technology plays a key role throughout the entire textile supply chain.
Archroma is a leading producer of dyes and chemicals for the textile industry. Brands and mills in the areas of apparel and fashion, automotive, home textiles, and technical textiles turn to us to meet the constantly changing specifications of their respective sector.
With 2015 sales of EUR 12.1 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and the sports and leisure industries. Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, has 30 production sites around the globe and as of the end of 2015 employed approximately 15,800 people (full-time equivalents). Find more information at www.covestro.com
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