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November 27 - 29, 2018 | San Pedro Sula, Honduras



Clearly, the floodgates of incremental volume are open, being powered by unusually broad collaborative partnerships across the region anchored by the Honduras 2020 visionary project. Just one of the goals of Honduras 2020 is to elevate Honduras from the 7th to the 5th largest exporter of apparel to the US, surpassing Indonesia and Mexico. 

We are assembling a world class program of speakers and agenda, networking and interaction, tours and take aways. So, set aside the week of November 26 for one of highest valued trips you’ll take in 2018 - one that changes the formula of speed, ease, cost and your success. 

 Speaker Bios | Hotels & Venues | Factory/Mill Tours | Registered Attendee List

Attendee List (pdf)
Agenda (pdf)

Registration is Closed

Our venues are full and unfortunately we cannot accept anymore attendees. Note - our 2019 pro:Americas Annual Conference is scheduled for May 5 - 7 in Miami.  The agenda and registration information will be published in early January.



Honduras Required Vaccinations: Yellow Fever


Entry requirements


A Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is only required for travellers 1 year of age and older coming from country with risk of Yellow Fever transmission.


The vaccination requirement is imposed by this country for protection against Yellow Fever since the principal mosquito vector Aedes aegypti is present in its territory.

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Simon Mainwaring KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Simon Mainwaring is the founder of We First, a leading brand and leadership consultancy that provides purpose-driven strategy, content, and training that empowers businesses and associations to lead, shape culture, and better our world.

Simon is a member of the Executive Committee of Sustainable Brands, the Steering Committee of the Business Alliance for the Future, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London and the World Business Academy in the U.S. He was interim CMO at TOMS, helping lead the popular apparel company’s innovative marketing strategies.



 Jesus Canahuati

 Tony Anzovino  

 Ricardo Pettenati


Jesus Canahuati
Anthony Anzovino
Chief Sourcing & Merchandising Officer
Haggar Clothing Co
Ricardo Pettenati
Pettenati Industrias Textil S.A. 

Kurt Cavano




 Ed Gribbin


 Walter Wilhelm

Kurt Cavano
Founder & President
GT Nexus an Infor Company

Ed Gribbin
CEO, Gribbin Strategic LLC
Senior Advisor, Alvanon

Walter Wilhelm
WWA Advisors LLC

 Paulina Loyo




 Steve Cochran

 Mike Todaro

Paulina Loyo
Sr Manager - Global Social Compliance
Haggar Clothing Co

Steve Cochran
Tegra Global

Mike Todaro
Managing Director

Aaron Ledet


Aaron Ledet
VP, Americas Sourcing
VF Corporation

David Kyung Ha




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Please dress comfortably (business casual for all Summit events; closed toed, flat shoes are required for all plant tours) .  Note, we will be in the rainy season so please be prepared with a light rain-proof wind breaker and/or umbrella). 


The afternoon of day 1 and the morning of day 2 are reserved for guided tours. New and strategic textile mills will be the centerpiece. Additional stops will include production of trim; knitting/dyeing; cut/sew production; bio-mass energy plant; pioneering planned community for employees and more.

Honduras is the #1 destination for USA yarn exports globally totaling over $1b annually and is the #1 country of origin for USA imports of Cotton T-Shirts and sweatshirts. The New strategic textile investments are focusing on synthetic knits, adding to the region’s importance in this growing category. As a result, the entire supply chain is active in-country and the tours will allow to see each link in action.

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AGENDA At A Glance

Tuesday, November 27

7:00 pm  
Welcome Reception and Pickup Badges | Intercontinental Hotel

Wednesday, November 28

8:00 am - Noon
General Session | Copantl Convention Center

  • Welcoming Remarks
    • Mike Todaro, Managing Director | AAPN
    • Anthony Anzovino, President | AAPN and Chief Sourcing & Merchandising Officer | Haggar Clothing Co.
    • Jesus Canahuati, President | Elcatex
    • The Honorable Juan Orlando Hernández, President of Honduras
  • State of the Industry &  Connecting the Dots
    • Anthony Anzovino, Chief Sourcing & Merchandising Officer | Haggar Clothing Co.
    • Paulina Loyo, Sr Manager - Global Social Compliance | Haggar Clothing Co.
    • Simon Mainwaring, Founder | We First & Executive Committee | Sustainable Brands 
  • Investment, Innovation and (Re)Invention in the Americas
    • Moderated by Walter T. Wilhelm, CEO | WWA Advisors LLC
    • Panelists
      • Steve Cochran, CEO | Tegra Global
      • David Ha, CEO | TexOps
      • Aaron Ledet, VP, Americas Sourcing | VF Corporation
      • Ricardo Pettenati, CEO | Pettenati Industrias Textil S.A.

Noon - 1:00 pm
Buffet Lunch - Foyer

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Industry Tours  Click here for options

7:00 pm
Fashion Show, Reception & Gala Dinner | Club Hondureño Arabe 

Thursday, November 29

8:00 am - Noon
Industry Tours - Click here for options

Noon - 1:00 pm
Buffet Lunch - Foyer

1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
General Session | Copantl Convention Center




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