Thursday, January 18, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • Room: 104C
Sponsored by Epson and presented by Equipment Zone, we’ll begin this Workshop with a discussion of the direct-to-garment (DTG) process for those new to the technology, including how to keep your machines operating at maximum production and efficiency. Proper maintenance and the secrets of perfect pretreating will be covered as... ...read more...

    Thursday, January 18, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

    • Room: 101A

    • Session Number:W01
    What makes an embroidery machine tick? Learn the components of the machine and what they do. Understand how to maintain it properly. There will be a machine in the Workshop to be taken apart and put back together. This is so you know what each part does, and how to... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Bill Garvin
    Owner
    BG Tech Services

    I'm a 25 year veteran. I have the experience of working in the retail side of our Industry the first 8 years of my carrier, running everything from Screen Printing, Embroidery, Engraving and Pad Printing. The last 14 years has been dedicated to Embroidery. After that I worked for SWF...

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    • Room: 101B

    • Session Number:W02
    Learn the fundamentals of screen printing to keep your shop running smoothly and efficiently. This Workshop will take you through the basics from the art department to screen making, job set-up, production and trouble shooting. A design will be set up and printed along with other demonstrations. This Workshop has... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Charlie Taublieb
    President
    Taublieb Consulting

    Charlie Taublieb is a technical screen-printing consultant with over 40 years in the industry. Charlie has worked in all aspects of the industry from designing facilities to resolving technical problems. He owned an award winning automated screen-printing company in Brooklyn, NY and a screen-printing supply house in Denver, Colorado....

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    • Room: 102B

    • Session Number:W03
    Are you looking for ways to diversify your printing business and take it to the next level? A heat press is the most versatile piece of equipment in a decorator's shop giving you more opportunities to profit. You will learn new ways to go outside the box to print beyond... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Jenna Sackett
    Education Specialist
    Stahls' TV

    Jenna Sackett is a Video Content Specialist at Stahls' TV. Jenna has been with Stahls' for over 3 years and during this time, has spent hours researching and learning new trends in the apparel decoration industry to teach decorators new and creative approaches to reach new markets. Jenna is a...

    Josh Ellsworth
    General Manager
    Stahls' TV

    Josh Ellsworth is the General Manager for Stahls' CAD-CUT Direct and educator for Stahls' TV. He's been in the heat printing industry for over 15 years after beginning his career with Stahls' in 1998 as a maintenance worker. From there, he moved to a position working in the sales department...

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    • Room: 102A

    • Session Number:W04
    Trying to expand your artistic knowledge to help you create new and intriguing designs? Dane Clement will share some of his tips and tricks you can apply to your designs to create fresh new looks to offer your customers. Using Photoshop, Dane will discuss the various brushes and tools you... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Dane Clement
    President
    Great Dane Graphics

    Dane Clement is president of Great Dane Graphics, a GroupeStahl company, specializing in the creation of production ready stock art for the apparel decorating industry. Clement has been speaking and writing for the decorated apparel industry since 1987. He is considered an expert on computer graphics and color separations for...

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    • Room: 102C

    • Session Number:W05
    Learn the basics of being profitable in the custom apparel and decal business. If you have a heat press and vinyl cutter, you've got everything you need to be successful! This hands-on Workshop is for anyone wanting to start or grow their rhinestone apparel or decal business. You'll learn proven... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Matt Vassallo
    CEO/Owner
    The Rhinestone World

    "Matt Vassallo is the founder and CEO of The Rhinestone World, Inc. (TRW), an international distributor of apparel and decal related software, equipment, and supplies. While working as a full-time teacher, Matt launched his company out of a bedroom of his home in 2006 selling finished rhinestone and vinyl products....

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    • Room: 103A

    • Session Number:W06
    This is a hands-on Workshop. Bring a laptop and follow along with Scott as he takes you through the entire process and teaches you how to do color separations in vector programs like Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW and how to do high-end separations in Adobe Photoshop. You will learn all... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Scott Fresener
    Director
    T-BIZ Network International

    Scott Fresener has been in the industry since 1970 and is the co-author of the book How To Print T-shirts For Fun And Profit along with 100 of online videos. He created automated separation programs called T-Seps and FastFilms, and is considered a pioneer in the direct-to-garment printing segment. Scott...

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    Friday, January 19, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

    • Room: 101A

    • Session Number:S01
    In this Seminar, Lee will be addressing push-pull or pull compensation from a different perspective. She will address what causes it, and how to digitize so there is none. You will learn to lay down your stitches so that they weave together to give you a design that looks like... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Lee Caroselli-Barnes
    Owner
    Balboa Threadworks

    Lee's professional career started with retail stores that sold both printed and embroidered products, and with her brother evolved into creating award winning stock designs that are considered Industry's best. The secrets that she and her brother learned are embodied in techniques that have set the pace in American Embriodery,...

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    • Introductory-Advanced
    • Room: 101B

    • Session Number:S02
    The Master Decorator Series kicks off with this important Seminar on basic art production. No matter whether you are an embroiderer, screen printer, digital decorator or a new company looking at the variables of all of the decorating processes to choose one for your company, this session is a starting... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Craig Mertens
    President
    Digital Art Solutions

    Craig Mertens is the President and CEO of Digital Art Solutions. Craig co-founded Digital Art Solutions to provide products and services to companies in the apparel decoration, sign making, awards and promotional products industries. Craig's approach to building a profitable business is based on a concept called ASSET. (A)rtwork +...

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    • Room: 102B

    • Session Number:S03
    Getting a good white print can be very difficult, while being the most used ink. Not smooth, won't flow, too heavy, lack of opacity, or won't clear the mesh are some of the problems that can make what should be even a small easy one-color print run the most difficult.... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Alan Howe
    Technical Sales Representative
    Saati

    Alan Howe is a native of Detroit Michigan with 31 years of industry experience. He entered the industry in 1987 with an equipment manufacturer and has since held technical-sales and management positions with well-known companies including Jay Products and Easiway Systems. Alan resides in Columbiaville Michigan and is a Technical...

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    • Introductory-Intermediate
    • Room: 102A

    • Session Number:S04
    This Seminar will teach you the secrets the pros know when doing high-end printing. From proper artwork creating, to having great color separations, proper halftone film output, great screen making, proper press setup and more, you will learn the key points to every part of the process that will make... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Scott Fresener
    Director
    T-BIZ Network International

    Scott Fresener has been in the industry since 1970 and is the co-author of the book How To Print T-shirts For Fun And Profit along with 100 of online videos. He created automated separation programs called T-Seps and FastFilms, and is considered a pioneer in the direct-to-garment printing segment. Scott...

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    • Introductory-Advanced
    • Room: 102C

    • Session Number:S05
    How to create decorated apparel price calculators is confusing and scary.  In Part I of this two-part Seminar, Greg Kitson of Mind's Eye Graphics will demystify what is necessary to create a PROFITable price structure. Your goal is to deliver a product to your customer at a price they are... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Greg Kitson
    President
    Mind's Eye Graphics Inc.

    Greg Kitson founded Mind’s Eye Graphics Inc. in 1980 and began the business as a back room operation of a small town family shoe store where he had been using heat applied textile graphics since 1974 at the age of 17. By 1984 the one-man screen printing operation had replaced...

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    • Introductory
    • Room: 103A

    • Session Number:S06
    Whether you call them stabilizers or backings and toppings, reaching for the right one gives embroidery designs a professional appearance and an added edge of clarity. From basics to specialty stabilizers, the choices are many. Learn which ones will solve the challenges every embroiderer faces in this informative session. In this... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Colleen Hartigan
    Consultant
    Madeira USA

    Colleen Hartigan is a 32-year veteran of the embroidery and apparel decoration industry. Recently retired as Executive Vice President of Sales Madeira USA, she now works as a consultant for Madeira USA and Madeira USA sharing her extensive knowledge of the embroidery industry and the embroidery process. A seasoned...

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    • Introductory-Basic

    Friday, January 19, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    • Room: 101A

    • Session Number:S07
    Learn how to be successful sewing caps on your machine. Different styles of caps create completely different issues. Find out why and how to adjust. Digitizing is the key to success. In this Seminar, you will learn: Why the design is causing 80% of your issues, and how to correct Why hoop tight... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Bill Garvin
    Owner
    BG Tech Services

    I'm a 25 year veteran. I have the experience of working in the retail side of our Industry the first 8 years of my carrier, running everything from Screen Printing, Embroidery, Engraving and Pad Printing. The last 14 years has been dedicated to Embroidery. After that I worked for SWF...

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    • Introductory-Advanced
    • Room: 101B

    • Session Number:S08
    This Seminar, second in the Master Decorator Series, is a rundown of the basic equipment, procedures and documentation need to run a screen printing shop. In this Seminar, you will learn: What equipment needs are necessary to start a textile screen printing business Space considerations Procedures to have a quality and productive business ...
    Speaker(s)
    Charlie Taublieb
    President
    Taublieb Consulting

    Charlie Taublieb is a technical screen-printing consultant with over 40 years in the industry. Charlie has worked in all aspects of the industry from designing facilities to resolving technical problems. He owned an award winning automated screen-printing company in Brooklyn, NY and a screen-printing supply house in Denver, Colorado....

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    • Room: 102B

    • Session Number:S09
    In this Seminar, Terry Combs will walk you through the step-by-step process of direct-to-garment printing (DTG), including the latest equipment and supplies available. The session will also address costs, pricing and examples of how others are making money with this comparatively new technology. In this Seminar, you will learn: A description of... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Terry Combs
    Sales & Training
    Equipment Zone

    Terry Combs is a nearly 40 year veteran of the garment decorating industry. He has written hundreds of management and technical articles and spoken at industry events worldwide....

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    • Introductory
    • Room: 102A

    • Session Number:S10
    This Seminar is presented by Scott Fresener, who is considered one of the great marketers in this industry. You will learn how to take your business to the next level with "old school" techniques along with the very latest in website funnels, social media/Facebook marketing, using traditional printed pieces and... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Scott Fresener
    Director
    T-BIZ Network International

    Scott Fresener has been in the industry since 1970 and is the co-author of the book How To Print T-shirts For Fun And Profit along with 100 of online videos. He created automated separation programs called T-Seps and FastFilms, and is considered a pioneer in the direct-to-garment printing segment. Scott...

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    • Introductory-Advanced
    • Room: 102C

    • Session Number:S11
    In Part II, join Greg Kitson (a 43-year industry veteran) as he discusses how to format and present the information to your staff and customers. Bring your laptop or tablet to work along with Kitson as he demonstrates how the spreadsheet calculator works and how it can be modified for... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Greg Kitson
    President
    Mind's Eye Graphics Inc.

    Greg Kitson founded Mind’s Eye Graphics Inc. in 1980 and began the business as a back room operation of a small town family shoe store where he had been using heat applied textile graphics since 1974 at the age of 17. By 1984 the one-man screen printing operation had replaced...

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    • Introductory
    • Room: 103A

    • Session Number:S12
    One of the most powerful advertising channels for small businesses is Facebook. It can be super effective for generating local business, on demand. This brand new Seminar will teach you everything you need to create powerful, effective, profitable advertising. Never be afraid of advertising again. Learn how to test and... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Mark Coudray
    Principal
    Coudray Growth Technologies

    Mark A Coudray is a respected and well known industry pioneer, innovator, and strategist. His works have been published in more than 500 papers, columns, features, and articles in every major graphics publication in the US and abroad in addition to hundreds of blog and forum posts. ...

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    • Basic-Advanced

    Friday, January 19, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

    • Room: Onsite Learning Area - Arena

    • Session Number:D01
    Ryan Moor and Brett Bowden will share stories about their successes/failures and what they have learned from them.  Then, they will give the audience a chance to share theirs.  It’s kind of a time to laugh about our struggles, learn how to avoid them and then talk about the amazing... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Brett Bowden
    CEO
    Printed Threads

    Brett Bowden got his start in the industry when he opened his first screen printing shop called The Merchandise Factory in 2000. In 2010, he formed Printed Threads in Keller, Texas. Starting in his garage, the company has since grown to four automatics. In 2015, Inc. magazine ranked the...

    Ryan Moor
    President
    Ryonet

    Ryan Moor is the founder and CEO of Ryonet, a business he started in 2004 after printing shirts in his garage for his punk rock band. Since that time, Ryonet has grown to 120 team members who have been a part of helping more than 100,000 screen printing companies from...

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    Friday, January 19, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    • Room: 101A

    • Session Number:S13
    This Master Decorator Series Seminar, led by industry veteran Bill Garvin, provides a basic explanation of the types and brands of embroidery machines, as well as what software can do with them. The basic understanding of the production of the embroidery process will be covered. In this Seminar, you'll learn: What questions... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Bill Garvin
    Owner
    BG Tech Services

    I'm a 25 year veteran. I have the experience of working in the retail side of our Industry the first 8 years of my carrier, running everything from Screen Printing, Embroidery, Engraving and Pad Printing. The last 14 years has been dedicated to Embroidery. After that I worked for SWF...

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    • Room: 101B

    • Session Number:S14
    This Seminar will address the basics for designing, separating and printing simulated process from white shirts to black ones. Mesh selection, squeegee considerations and printing procedures will be discussed. In this Seminar, you will learn: Designing for simulated process Mesh and screen selection Printing procedures ...
    Speaker(s)
    Charlie Taublieb
    President
    Taublieb Consulting

    Charlie Taublieb is a technical screen-printing consultant with over 40 years in the industry. Charlie has worked in all aspects of the industry from designing facilities to resolving technical problems. He owned an award winning automated screen-printing company in Brooklyn, NY and a screen-printing supply house in Denver, Colorado....

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    • Basic-Advanced
    • Room: 102B

    • Session Number:S15
    Learn the beginning and intermediate realities of the imprint industry’s graphic development. This session will focus on logo clean-up, artwork re-creation, bitmap-to-vector conversion, basic drawing skills and advanced design concepts. We will be using CorelDRAW design systems (mostly), and discussing all forms of imprintable media, as well as online application.  In... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Clay Barbera
    Education Director
    Action Illustrated

    Clay has been a consistent contributor to the Imprint Industry for over 10 years. He brings a technological perspective to the tasks we perform daily. Understanding our goals as business owners and graphics professionals Clay shows heart in every class he teaches. With degrees in Business Advertising, and Industrial Psychology...

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    • Introductory-Advanced
    • Room: 102A

    • Session Number:S16
    For many people the thought of using Photoshop can be a very daunting subject. However, it doesn't need to be. In this Workshop, Dane Clement will cover various aspects of Photoshop that will help demystify the subject and have even the most novice designers on the way to creating designs... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Dane Clement
    President
    Great Dane Graphics

    Dane Clement is president of Great Dane Graphics, a GroupeStahl company, specializing in the creation of production ready stock art for the apparel decorating industry. Clement has been speaking and writing for the decorated apparel industry since 1987. He is considered an expert on computer graphics and color separations for...

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    • Introductory
    • Room: 102C

    • Session Number:S17
    Sublimation is an expanding part of most decorating businesses. In this Seminar, we will look at the vertical markets that are rapidly expanding and how to attract new customers by focusing on consumer benefits. From the resort and fishing markets to health-focused events and UV/UPF features, the world of performance... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Chris Bernat
    Chief Revenue Officer
    Vapor Apparel

    Christopher Bernat is Chief Revenue Officer of Source Substrates, where he is responsible for a number of duties including sales and marketing. Prior to that he was Director of Sales at Sawgrass Technologies where he also served as the Business Manager of the Sublimation Division and Product Manager of the...

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    • Basic-Advanced
    • Room: 103A

    • Session Number:S18
    Email marketing is still one of the most effective strategies a small business can do. It's free or cheap and can routinely generate thousands of dollars of new business on demand. You'll also learn how to create nurturing sequences that develop new customers and keep you connected to your existing... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Mark Coudray
    Principal
    Coudray Growth Technologies

    Mark A Coudray is a respected and well known industry pioneer, innovator, and strategist. His works have been published in more than 500 papers, columns, features, and articles in every major graphics publication in the US and abroad in addition to hundreds of blog and forum posts. ...

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    • Basic-Advanced

    Friday, January 19, 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

    • Room: Onsite Learning Area - Arena

    • Session Number:D02
    The memorial products industry has a lot of opportunities for digital printing. Though it may not be your first choice of markets to pursue, with more than 2 million funreals taking place each year in the US, this is a significant opportunity that currently is underserved. Digital processes such as... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Jimmy Lamb
    Manager Of Education
    Sawgrass

    Award-winning author and International Speaker Jimmy Lamb, has over 25 years of product decoration business experience. Mr. Lamb has extensive knowledge in many facets of digital decorating and embellishing including business startup, applications, techniques, marketing, sales, mobile, production and management. He has owned and operated a successful production facility,...

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    Friday, January 19, 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

    • Room: Onsite Learning Area - Arena

    • Session Number:D03
    This session will focus on revenue opportunities with large-format dye sublimation. It will cover sourcing vs. doing it it in-house, and the benefits of each. Also, AOP (All Over Print) vs. cut/sew; what's the different and which should I do? Where do patterns and templates for cut/sew come from? Which... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Matt Gusse
    VP Sales & Marketing
    Advanced Color Solutions

    Matt Gusse has over 20 years of continued knowledge & hands on experience in Imprinted Apparel, Cut/Sew Apparel/Uniforms, Awards/Engraving, Home Décor/Art, Signs/Displays & other markets. Matt has had proven success in sales and service from small ‘Mom & Pop’ business’s to some of the largest companies in the world. He...

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    Friday, January 19, 3:15 PM - 4:00 PM

    • Room: Onsite Learning Area - Arena

    • Session Number:D04
    Want to know more on why you’re supposed to do certain processes a certain way? Why some shortcuts don’t work? This is the session for you. Prepress is so important to production, so let’s take an in-depth look at your prepress process to fully understand it to increase productivity and... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Tiffany Rader Spitzer
    Consultant
    RedHeaded Step Shirt

    Tiffany Rader Spitzer is a technical screen printing consultant that got her start in the industry when she opened Allusive Butterfly, an award winning contract screen printing shop specializing in special effects, followed by her consultant firm RedHeaded Step Shirt. As a seminar speaker, she has presented at the Imprinted...

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    Saturday, January 20, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

    • Room: 101A

    • Session Number:S19
    Even for the experts in digitizing, starting with the basics gives you a firm foundation. A foundation that is there when you are in trouble. Understanding the stitch process will allow you to create embroidery designs that run well and look beautiful. Learn to digitize the three basic stitches, then... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Lee Caroselli-Barnes
    Owner
    Balboa Threadworks

    Lee's professional career started with retail stores that sold both printed and embroidered products, and with her brother evolved into creating award winning stock designs that are considered Industry's best. The secrets that she and her brother learned are embodied in techniques that have set the pace in American Embriodery,...

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    • Introductory-Advanced
    • Room: 101B

    • Session Number:S20
    This Seminar will outline the core skill set required to effectively produce graphics in CorelDRAW for apparel decoration and personalization. Users will experience the steps for producing apparel graphics from concept to production. The session will focus on design and production techniques for sublimation, screen printing, heat applied graphics with... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Craig Mertens
    President
    Digital Art Solutions

    Craig Mertens is the President and CEO of Digital Art Solutions. Craig co-founded Digital Art Solutions to provide products and services to companies in the apparel decoration, sign making, awards and promotional products industries. Craig's approach to building a profitable business is based on a concept called ASSET. (A)rtwork +...

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    • Introductory-Intermediate
    • Room: 102B

    • Session Number:S21
    Are you looking for ways to start a t-shirt printing business or expand your shop's capabilities with a heat press? This Master Decorator Series Seminar will answer all of your basic questions about heat printing. Find out what it takes to be successful in the highly profitable world of heat... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Jenna Sackett
    Education Specialist
    Stahls' TV

    Jenna Sackett is a Video Content Specialist at Stahls' TV. Jenna has been with Stahls' for over 3 years and during this time, has spent hours researching and learning new trends in the apparel decoration industry to teach decorators new and creative approaches to reach new markets. Jenna is a...

    Josh Ellsworth
    General Manager
    Stahls' TV

    Josh Ellsworth is the General Manager for Stahls' CAD-CUT Direct and educator for Stahls' TV. He's been in the heat printing industry for over 15 years after beginning his career with Stahls' in 1998 as a maintenance worker. From there, he moved to a position working in the sales department...

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    • Room: 102A

    • Session Number:S22
    When creating artwork to be screen printed, whether it's vector artwork or raster artwork, setting it up properly from the beginning will save you time and money in the end by making the final production process run a lot smoother. Dane Clement will discuss all aspects of the artwork process... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Dane Clement
    President
    Great Dane Graphics

    Dane Clement is president of Great Dane Graphics, a GroupeStahl company, specializing in the creation of production ready stock art for the apparel decorating industry. Clement has been speaking and writing for the decorated apparel industry since 1987. He is considered an expert on computer graphics and color separations for...

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    • Introductory
    • Room: 102C

    • Session Number:S23
    Printing for brands can be consistent and lucrative work. It can also be a massive pain. From large worldwide brands that have so many demands you can't count, to startup brands that barely understand how it works-it can be difficult. This Seminar will cover the top problems faced when working... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Tiffany Rader Spitzer
    Consultant
    RedHeaded Step Shirt

    Tiffany Rader Spitzer is a technical screen printing consultant that got her start in the industry when she opened Allusive Butterfly, an award winning contract screen printing shop specializing in special effects, followed by her consultant firm RedHeaded Step Shirt. As a seminar speaker, she has presented at the Imprinted...

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    • Introductory-Basic

    Saturday, January 20, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    • Room: 101A

    • Session Number:S24
    In this Seminar, we will walk through the stages of every order, from initial contact and quoting, through art approval, production, finishing, shipping and pickup, and finally ending with follow-up contact and retention. We'll examine the function of each stage, how it relates to the process as a whole, common... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Erich Campbell
    Partner Relationship Manager
    DecoNetowrk

    Erich Campbell is the Partner Relationship Manager at DecoNetwork, having joined in 2017 after a 20 year career in garment decorating where he was an award winning embroidery digitizer, designer, and a manager of several e-commerce properties. Erich has written for several industry publications and blogs both in the US...

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    • Introductory-Basic
    • Room: 101B

    • Session Number:S25
    Four-color process printing is the most difficult in the industry. This Seminar will address the modifications needed to successfully print a four-color process design. Mesh, squeegees and ink selection will be discussed as well as printing procedures. In this Seminar, you will learn: Designing and separating for four-color process printing Mesh and screen... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Charlie Taublieb
    President
    Taublieb Consulting

    Charlie Taublieb is a technical screen-printing consultant with over 40 years in the industry. Charlie has worked in all aspects of the industry from designing facilities to resolving technical problems. He owned an award winning automated screen-printing company in Brooklyn, NY and a screen-printing supply house in Denver, Colorado....

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    • Intermediate-Advanced
    • Room: 102B

    • Session Number:S26
    Sublimation is a digital printing application that utilizes a unique molecular bonding process to permanently apply full-color, high definition images to a variety of products. Apparel, promotional products, plaques and awards, signage, photo products, personalized gifts and more…the list is long. In this Master Decorator Series Seminar, learn how to... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Jimmy Lamb
    Manager Of Education
    Sawgrass

    Award-winning author and International Speaker Jimmy Lamb, has over 25 years of product decoration business experience. Mr. Lamb has extensive knowledge in many facets of digital decorating and embellishing including business startup, applications, techniques, marketing, sales, mobile, production and management. He has owned and operated a successful production facility,...

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    • Room: 102A

    • Session Number:S27
    This Seminar will explore the wide range of options associated with a screen's stencil. Namely, new (and old) emulsion chemistries, CTS systems and LED Exposure. This eye-opening session will reveal the secrets to syncing your emulsion, CTS and exposure workflow. In this Seminar, you will learn: The choices of the newest emulsions,... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Johnny Shell
    Vice President
    SGIA, International

    Johnny Shell has served as Vice President of Technical Services for SGIA for the past nineteen years. In this role, he directs and coordinates the activities of the Technical Services department and works to educate the industry on the capabilities and viability of specialty printing. Shell also teaches numerous workshops...

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    • Intermediate
    • Room: 102C

    • Session Number:S28
    This is a fast paced presentation on the logistics of getting things done in a modern screen print production facility. Join Greg Kitson, President of Mind's Eye Graphics and a 40-year veteran of the t-shirt business as he shares how to get more done with less. You will leave this... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Greg Kitson
    President
    Mind's Eye Graphics Inc.

    Greg Kitson founded Mind’s Eye Graphics Inc. in 1980 and began the business as a back room operation of a small town family shoe store where he had been using heat applied textile graphics since 1974 at the age of 17. By 1984 the one-man screen printing operation had replaced...

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    • Introductory

    Saturday, January 20, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

    • Room: Onsite Learning Area - Arena

    • Session Number:D05
    LED exposure systems burst on the scene a few years ago, with lots of excitement and unfortunately some opinions and conjecture. If you are thinking about investing in this technology, you’ll need to make an objective decision. What are LED exposure units? What makes it a good one from a... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Alan Howe
    Technical Sales Representative
    Saati

    Alan Howe is a native of Detroit Michigan with 31 years of industry experience. He entered the industry in 1987 with an equipment manufacturer and has since held technical-sales and management positions with well-known companies including Jay Products and Easiway Systems. Alan resides in Columbiaville Michigan and is a Technical...

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    Saturday, January 20, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

    • Room: 101A

    • Session Number:S29
    Small lettering is a BIG DEAL! More than 80% of all logos contain lettering and most logos contain some form of small lettering.  Learn how to identify potential small lettering issues and correct them beforehand. After attending this session, you will no longer be intimidated by small lettering. In this Seminar,... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Ed Levy
    Director of Software Technologies
    Digitize4u, Inc.

    Since 1987, Ed Levy has been an industry professional with experience in all aspects of the apparel decorating industry. Ed is a regular speaker, columnist, contributor and advisory board member for many different industry companies. Additionally, he is also the Director of Software Technologies for Hirsch Solutions, the...

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    • Introductory-Basic
    • Room: 101B

    • Session Number:S30
    This Seminar is geared to anyone in the garment decorating field and not only screen printers. The objective of this session is to take a standard t-shirt and transform it into an item that has greater value. Combining spray paint, embroidery, sublimation, digital printing and cutting t-shirts to create unique... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Charlie Taublieb
    President
    Taublieb Consulting

    Charlie Taublieb is a technical screen-printing consultant with over 40 years in the industry. Charlie has worked in all aspects of the industry from designing facilities to resolving technical problems. He owned an award winning automated screen-printing company in Brooklyn, NY and a screen-printing supply house in Denver, Colorado....

    Tracks:
    • Introductory-Advanced
    • Room: 102B

    • Session Number:S31
    With appliqué, the fabric itself can make the difference between ‘ho-hum’ and ‘WOW POW’! Using simple digital processes like sublimation, direct-to-garment (DTG) and heat transfers, you can easily create themed fabric that complements the design and takes your products to a higher level. The same concepts apply to multimedia —... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Jimmy Lamb
    Manager Of Education
    Sawgrass

    Award-winning author and International Speaker Jimmy Lamb, has over 25 years of product decoration business experience. Mr. Lamb has extensive knowledge in many facets of digital decorating and embellishing including business startup, applications, techniques, marketing, sales, mobile, production and management. He has owned and operated a successful production facility,...

    Tracks:
    • Introductory-Advanced
    • Room: 102A

    • Session Number:S32
    In this fast-paced and information-filled discussion, attendees will learn tricks and tips to deploy a sustainability program in their shops. Using sustainability as a tool, companies can realize bottom-line generating savings and add margin to their businesses. In this Seminar, you will learn: How to reduce your shop operating costs, operate more... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Marshall Atkinson
    Program Manager
    InkSoft

    Tempe, AZ based, Marshall Atkinson is the program manager for the InkSoft Production Manager tool. This software is targeted for decorated apparel shops to easily automate production scheduling, help make proactive decisions, and understand shop production metrics to build better efficiency. For more information on the software go...

    Tracks:
    • Basic
    • Room: 102C

    • Session Number:S33
    You only make money with your apparel decorating equipment when it is producing. Using direct-to-garment (DTG) as an example, Greg Kitson, a 43-year industry veteran and President of Mind's Eye Graphics in Decatur, Indiana will show how to create selling programs that not only keep your decorated apparel equipment running... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Greg Kitson
    President
    Mind's Eye Graphics Inc.

    Greg Kitson founded Mind’s Eye Graphics Inc. in 1980 and began the business as a back room operation of a small town family shoe store where he had been using heat applied textile graphics since 1974 at the age of 17. By 1984 the one-man screen printing operation had replaced...

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    Saturday, January 20, 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

    • Room: Onsite Learning Area - Arena

    • Session Number:D06
    In this Onsite Learning Seminar, you’ll learn the requirements for high-end screen printing such as simulated, index and four-color process—just like the pros! You’ll learn about separation techniques and screen parameters that ensure success....
    Speaker(s)
    Johnny Shell
    Vice President
    SGIA, International

    Johnny Shell has served as Vice President of Technical Services for SGIA for the past nineteen years. In this role, he directs and coordinates the activities of the Technical Services department and works to educate the industry on the capabilities and viability of specialty printing. Shell also teaches numerous workshops...

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    Saturday, January 20, 2:15 PM - 3:00 PM

    • Room: Onsite Learning Area - Arena

    • Session Number:D07
    When creating designs for vinyl cutting, having your artwork set up properly from the beginning can save you a lot of time and trouble during the production process. Improperly prepared artwork can cause cutting issues that later translate into weeding issues. Let Dane show you the proper techniques to consider... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Dane Clement
    President
    Great Dane Graphics

    Dane Clement is president of Great Dane Graphics, a GroupeStahl company, specializing in the creation of production ready stock art for the apparel decorating industry. Clement has been speaking and writing for the decorated apparel industry since 1987. He is considered an expert on computer graphics and color separations for...

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    Sunday, January 21, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

    • Room: 101A

    • Session Number:S34
    In this Seminar, you will become educated about the challenges in the textile mass customization market and how to stay profitable and efficient while bridging the profitability gap between the online market and mass production. In this Seminar, you will learn: To understand the challenges faced with mass customization About the solutions for... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Sharon Donovich
    Product Marketing Manager
    Kornit Digital

    Sharon Donovich, Product Marketing Manager in Kornit Digital, responsible for the Mass customization market, including Kornit Vulcan and Kornit Paradigm II products. In this position, Sharon is responsible on managing all inbound and outbound activities related to the products and market. Prior to joining Kornit Digital, Sharon served as a...

    Tracks:
    • Basic-Advanced
    • Room: 101B

    • Session Number:S35
    Learn how to use lasers for decorating apparel and fabrics. You will be taught the basics of how lasers work and the software required to engrave and cut using a laser. Apparel decorating with a laser will show direct engraving onto apparel and how to make heat tranfers using simple... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Mike Fruciano
    Vice President
    LaserBits

    Mike Fruciano brings over 22 years of laser processing experience and is the President of MF Consulting. Mike offers clear and practical solutions to laser processing helping laser systems owners to expand and increase productivity. Mike Fruciano is a frequent author and presenter on the topic of lasers and...

    Tracks:
    • Introductory-Basic
    • Room: 102B

    • Session Number:S36
    Creating your own heat transfers with a vinyl cutter opens you up to better control over production, reduced costs, fast turnarounds and increased opportunity. However, many businesses enter into vinyl cutting for apparel graphics with little to no knowledge of how to maximize their equipment and consequently find it a... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Jenna Sackett
    Education Specialist
    Stahls' TV

    Jenna Sackett is a Video Content Specialist at Stahls' TV. Jenna has been with Stahls' for over 3 years and during this time, has spent hours researching and learning new trends in the apparel decoration industry to teach decorators new and creative approaches to reach new markets. Jenna is a...

    Josh Ellsworth
    General Manager
    Stahls' TV

    Josh Ellsworth is the General Manager for Stahls' CAD-CUT Direct and educator for Stahls' TV. He's been in the heat printing industry for over 15 years after beginning his career with Stahls' in 1998 as a maintenance worker. From there, he moved to a position working in the sales department...

    Tracks:
    • Introductory-Advanced
    • Room: 102A

    • Session Number:S37
    In this Seminar, you'll learn the secrets of color and some extremely effective ways to improve your color-matching skills. You'll leave with a better understanding of color matching facts and limitations, potential problem areas we all face, and will take a dive deep into the theory behind color perception. In this... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Johnny Shell
    Vice President
    SGIA, International

    Johnny Shell has served as Vice President of Technical Services for SGIA for the past nineteen years. In this role, he directs and coordinates the activities of the Technical Services department and works to educate the industry on the capabilities and viability of specialty printing. Shell also teaches numerous workshops...

    Tracks:
    • Basic-Intermediate
    • Room: 102C

    • Session Number:S38
    In this Seminar, you will receive an in-depth overview of how to combine embroidery with a printed design. This technique opens new, unique and creative ways that operators can complete in house. We will address the equipment that can be used, how to prepare art for print and digitizing embroidery.... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    John LeDrew
    DTG Director
    Melco International

    John LeDrew is the DTG Director for Melco International. He has worked professionally in garment decoration since 2006, managing accounts and overseeing production for some of the world's most recognizable brands and retailers. He was an early adopter of DTG and has owned and operated the majority of printers on...

    Tracks:
    • Basic-Intermediate

    Sunday, January 21, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    • Room: 101A

    • Session Number:S39
    This Seminar helps to form the foundation in which your company can build on, from building your own principles to creating a culture for you customers to be attracted to. This Seminar provides the tools to take your business in a direction that makes you love going to work every... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Brett Bowden
    CEO
    Printed Threads

    Brett Bowden got his start in the industry when he opened his first screen printing shop called The Merchandise Factory in 2000. In 2010, he formed Printed Threads in Keller, Texas. Starting in his garage, the company has since grown to four automatics. In 2015, Inc. magazine ranked the...

    Ryan Moor
    President
    Ryonet

    Ryan Moor is the founder and CEO of Ryonet, a business he started in 2004 after printing shirts in his garage for his punk rock band. Since that time, Ryonet has grown to 120 team members who have been a part of helping more than 100,000 screen printing companies from...

    Tracks:
    • Introductory
    • Room: 101B

    • Session Number:S40
    In this Seminar, you will receive an in-depth look at the different ways of adding bling to apparel for decoration and what adding these forms of decoration can do to boost your visibility and sales. From rhinestones to the finest metallic threads, this session covers it all. In this Seminar, you... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Colleen Hartigan
    Consultant
    Madeira USA

    Colleen Hartigan is a 32-year veteran of the embroidery and apparel decoration industry. Recently retired as Executive Vice President of Sales Madeira USA, she now works as a consultant for Madeira USA and Madeira USA sharing her extensive knowledge of the embroidery industry and the embroidery process. A seasoned...

    Tracks:
    • Introductory-Intermediate
    • Room: 102B

    • Session Number:S41
    Some of the top printers produce work day after day to the amazement of most printers, with others thinking, “What is the secret? I could never do that.” When the truth is…top printers know and control some basic fundamentals no matter if its a four-color process or a one-color, left-chest... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Alan Howe
    Technical Sales Representative
    Saati

    Alan Howe is a native of Detroit Michigan with 31 years of industry experience. He entered the industry in 1987 with an equipment manufacturer and has since held technical-sales and management positions with well-known companies including Jay Products and Easiway Systems. Alan resides in Columbiaville Michigan and is a Technical...

    Tracks:
    • Introductory-Intermediate
    • Room: 102A

    • Session Number:S42
    In this Seminar, you will learn about how eCommerce both benefits and challenges the decorated products industry today and how it will impact the future. Consumers continue to increase their online spending and rely less on traditional brick and mortar purchases as well as traditional unit quantity orders. More and... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Mike Angel
    Business Development
    Kornit Digital

    Mike is a Senior Sales and Business Development Professional with 18 years of experience leading domestic and international business development, manufacturing and sales of commercial digital garment printers, embroidery machines, digitizing software and eCommerce SaaS solutions for the decorated products industry. He currently heads Kornit sales development for the Western...

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    • Intermediate-Advanced
    • Room: 102C

    • Session Number:S43
    When working with heat transfer vinyl, rhinestones, foil, sign vinyl or decals, the most costly expense is the time it takes to produce the final product. Matt started his business from scratch and along the way to success learned the essentials and non-essentials of product creation. This Seminar is packed... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Matt Vassallo
    CEO/Owner
    The Rhinestone World

    "Matt Vassallo is the founder and CEO of The Rhinestone World, Inc. (TRW), an international distributor of apparel and decal related software, equipment, and supplies. While working as a full-time teacher, Matt launched his company out of a bedroom of his home in 2006 selling finished rhinestone and vinyl products....

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    • Introductory-Basic

    Sunday, January 21, 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

    • Room: Onsite Learning Area - Arena

    • Session Number:D08
    This short Onsite Learning Seminar will help you become successful with your direct-to-garment machine. Or, if you are thinking of buying a machine, you will learn the good, the bad and the ugly about the process. Scott shares his experience from the early days of DTG until toady’s technology. You... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Scott Fresener
    Director
    T-BIZ Network International

    Scott Fresener has been in the industry since 1970 and is the co-author of the book How To Print T-shirts For Fun And Profit along with 100 of online videos. He created automated separation programs called T-Seps and FastFilms, and is considered a pioneer in the direct-to-garment printing segment. Scott...

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    Sunday, January 21, 1:15 PM - 2:00 PM

    • Room: Onsite Learning Area - Arena

    • Session Number:D09
    Learn backings and when and where to apply the correct stabilizer. Also learn some tricks that can save you time and money.  ...
    Speaker(s)
    Bill Garvin
    Owner
    BG Tech Services

    I'm a 25 year veteran. I have the experience of working in the retail side of our Industry the first 8 years of my carrier, running everything from Screen Printing, Embroidery, Engraving and Pad Printing. The last 14 years has been dedicated to Embroidery. After that I worked for SWF...

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