2017 pro:Americas Seattle Regional

August 23 | Columbia Tower Club | Seattle, Washington

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Attendee List

AAPN hosted the 2017 pro:Americas Seattle Regional last Wednesday, August 23, on the 76th floor of the Columbia Tower Club in Seattle. Sixty-six industry professionals attended. 

Welcome - Kevin Williams, AAPN President & President/CEO of EPIC Brand Management Group
AAPN and the 21st Century Supply Chain - Mike Todaro, AAPN Managing Director
Four Mega-Trends Impacting our Industry - Daniella Ambrogi, VP Marketing, Lectra
Fashion Disrupted: How Technology, Innovation, Consumers and Politics are Changing the Future of Fashion - Ed Gribbin, President, Alvanon
A Trade Update on the Americas and a View of the Changing Region - Anthony Anzovino, VP Global Sourcing, Haggar Clothing Company
Disintermediation: Can It Save The World? - Rick Fowler, CTO, Youngone 

Brands/Retailers attending included:

  • Columbia Sportswear Company
  • Eddie Bauer
  • Five Ultimate
  • Nordstrom
  • Outdoor Research
  • REI

Testimonials from these prospects included these:

  • All information was very valuable.
  • Great conversation across different functions. Good resource for sourcing and marshalling efforts across brands and functions to increase opportunities in the Americas
  • To have all aspects of apparel under one roof helps us overcome challenges we face in sourcing.
  • Good opportunity for networking and hearing about shared challenges
  • Working in an organization that is Asia supplier dependent, it was great to be in a room surrounded by like-minded people who want to see the Americas region succeed, and have the resources to make it happen.
  • The regional events are a treat.  Not only are they a wonderful opportunity to network (which is what AAPN is all about) but it is a terrific way for members that haven't attended the annual meeting

In truth, Kevin Williams, Tony Anzovino, Ed Gribbin and Mike Todaro were joined spontaneously by TexRay’s John Strasburger, WWA’s Walter Wilhelm and Buhler’s David Sasso throughout the conference to steer the conversation. I think that is what earned us this comment, "Mike did a great job of setting the stage so that we all felt safe to collaborate. Without AAPN's culture of sharing and inclusiveness, people wouldn't necessarily open up as much. But they did, and we got to hear real issues and talk shop (mostly during the coffee breaks) without any posturing or chest-puffing. This was my first AAPN event and I felt included and respected”.