Monday, August 17, 2020 at 12:00 PM EDT
Friday, August 21, 2020 at 1:00 PM EDT

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Lillian Link 
Southern Textile Association 

Summer Marketing Forum - Lunch & Learn Series

SURVIVING AND THRIVING: Resilient U.S. textile industry emerging stronger, more sustainable in wake of COVID-19

The Southern Textile Association is pleased to announce its plans for the Summer Marketing Forum "Lunch and Learn Series" being held virtually Monday, August 17 - Friday, August 21 from Noon - 1:00 PM each day.   The cost is $25 per person for the entire week.  I hope you will plan to participate. 


Jim Booterbaugh, Chief Executive Officer 
National Spinning Company
STA Past President


Monday, August 17 

Clothing:  The New Frontier For Drug Delivery            
Jordan Schindler, Chief Executive Officer 

Jordan is the founder and CEO of Nufabrx, an innovative technology compay focused on controlled delivery of active ingredients (vitamin, supplement, medication) through clothing; Jordan has spent the past 7 years developing proprietary technologies that allows active pain ingredients (Capsaicin, CBD, etc.) to be embedded into yarn; effective delivery lasts through numerous wash cycles.

Jordan has developed products from conception to sales, including receipt of a million dollar Department of Defense and Massachusetts Institute of Techology University (MIT) Grant.  Published in numerous articles from Forbes, to Golf Week and Textile World; featured speaker at Techtextil, WTIN and the Southeast Defense Summit.  Sole inventor on provisional U.S. patent no. 61/566,707 - incorporation of oils into textiles.  Co-Inventor on Issued US Patent 9,669,012.

Tuesday, August 18

Outlook:  Returning to Economic Normalcy
in the 'New Normal'
Roger Tutterow, Ph.D, Professor of Economics
Kennesaw State University

Roger Tutterow is Professor of Economics at Kennesaw State University where he holds the Henssler Financial Endowed Chair.  In addition, he serves as Director of the Econometric Center, and applied research center housed in KSU's Coles College of Business.

A Georgia native, Dr. Tutterow holds a B.B. in Decision Science from Berry College and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from Georgia State University.  Prior to joining Kennesaw State University, Dr. Tutterow held faculty and administrative appointments at West Virginia University, Georgia State University and Mercer University.  He has also served as a visiting professor at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and at the Institute for Industrial Policy Studies in Seoul, South Korea.

Wednesday, August 19

High Times for Hemp Fiber
Guy Carpenter, President
Bear Fiber Inc.

Guy Carpenter is the President of Bear Fiber Inc. in Wilmington, NC, the leading US hemp supply chain management company for domestic hemp fiber, yarn, textiles and apparel.  He has over 30 years of industry experience on five continents in sales, sourcing, textiles, cut/sew, and senior management.  Guy has consulted for the World Bank, IFC, USAID, various governments, brands, corporations and producers.  Through it all, a passion for textile quality, natural fibers and the environment has brought him to a focus on hemp fiber and textiles.  He serves as commissioner for the North Carolina Industrial Hemp Pilot Program.

Mr. Carpenter earned a BS from the College of Charleston and an MBA in International Business from the University of South Carolina.  He has served as both a Peace Corps Volunteer (Niger, West Africa) and in the U.S. Army (Airborne/Air Assault Calvary Scout).

Thursday, August 20

Legacy + Leadership:  Why Embracing Shifts
in Our Industry Is Necessary for Survival
Emily Neville, Founder/Chief Executive Officer
Reborn Clothing

Emily Neville is a graduate of the prestigous Park Scholarships program, a four-year fully funded merit-based scholarship at NC State that is rewarded to 40 individuals eash year.  Emily started Reborn as a sophomore at NC State while simultaneously spearheading an effort to bring the first Boys & Girls Club to her hometown in Harnett County.  The club openend its doors to 100 students in tdhe fall of 2018.  Emily has raised over $300k in investment funding prior to this raise and graduated in December 2019 after completing her degree in three and half years.  She leads Reborn with a strong belief that businesses can have a tremendous positive impact on the world.

Friday, August 21

Evrnu & The Future of Textiles & Apparel
Stacy Flynn, Chief Executive Officer

Stacy Flynn is CEO and a founding partner of Evrnu, a textile innovations company.  An accomplised sustainable systems expert, Stacy is committed to developing innovative fiber technologies that reduce textile waste and preserve natural resources.

Under Stacy's leadership, Evrnu is working to solve the most pressing challenges facing the global textile and apparel industry.  In 2019 Evrnu debuted NuCyclTM, a technology that transforms garment waste into a resource by recovering the raw materials for reuse.  A future where textile producers, brands, retailers and customers reimagine their relationship with nature is now becoming a reality. 

Stacy holds an MBA in Sustainable Systems from Presidio Graduate Institute and a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Development and Marketing from the Fashion Institute fo Technology.