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Wednesday, March 14, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

  • Room: 304
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 well. An Equipment Zone... ...read more...

    Wednesday, March 14, 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM


    • 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 industry veteran. I have had the experience of working in the retail side of our Industry the first eight years of my career, running everything from screen printing, embroidery, engraving and pad printing. The past 14 years has been dedicated to embroidery. I worked for SWF east...

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    • 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 more than 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, N.Y., and a screen-printing supply house in Denver, Colo....

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    • 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)
    Bob Robinson
    Sales & Education
    Stahls'

    Bob Robinson's knowledge of production and business-to-business sales experience brings a benefit to customers seeking technical information, decorating techniques, placement specs as well as product information for apparel decoration. His production experience has ranged from small custom orders to high-volume garment decorating by means of embroidery, cutting and heat-seal applications....

    Jenna Sackett
    Stahls' TV Educator
    Stahls'

    Jenna Sackett is an Educator and Content Creator for Stahls' TV. Beginning in 2012, Jenna worked for Stahls' CAD-CUT’ direct as an Outbound Call Representative with a dominant focus on all things heat-transfer vinyl. Following her success at CAD-CUT direct, she advanced in sales and became a dedicated Inside sales...

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    • 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. He is also the Vice-President of Art and Creative Process for GroupeSTAHL. Clement has been speaking and writing for the decorated apparel industry since 1987. He...

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    • Session Number:W05
    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 LLC

    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 hundreds 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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    Thursday, March 15, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM


    • 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

    After college in Texas and Colorado, Lee entered the imprinted sportswear industry through family retail stores in Vail, Colo. After leaving Vail, In 1987, Lee, and her brother Keith, exhibited at their first ISS Show showing the beginning of their award-winning collection of stock designs, which featured low-stitch designs that...

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    • Introductory-Advanced

    • 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 has been working in the apparel decoration industry for over 30 years. The Mertens family owned one of the largest screen-printing and embroidery businesses in the western United States. Prior to co-founding Digital Art Solutions, Craig was a...

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    • 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)
    Richard Greaves
    Greaves Enterprises

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    • Introductory-Intermediate

    • 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 LLC

    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 hundreds 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

    • Session Number:S05
    ATTENTION this is a 2-part presentation and the best value will be obtained by registering for both Part I AND Part II 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... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Greg Kitson
    President
    Minds 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 the shoe...

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    • Introductory

    Thursday, March 15, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


    • Session Number:S06
    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 industry veteran. I have had the experience of working in the retail side of our Industry the first eight years of my career, running everything from screen printing, embroidery, engraving and pad printing. The past 14 years has been dedicated to embroidery. I worked for SWF east...

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    • Introductory-Advanced

    • Session Number:S07
    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 more than 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, N.Y., and a screen-printing supply house in Denver, Colo....

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    • Session Number:S08
    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 35+ year veteran of the garment-printing industry, and has managed production shops large and small across the United States. He has written hundreds of management and technical articles for garment printing publications and spoken at industry events worldwide. He is currently in sales and training with...

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    • Introductory

    • Session Number:S09
    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 LLC

    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 hundreds 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

    • Session Number:S10
    ATTENTION this is a 2-part presentation and the best value will be obtained by registering for both Part I AND Part II 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... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Greg Kitson
    President
    Minds 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 the shoe...

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    • Introductory

    Thursday, March 15, 12:00 PM - 12:20 PM

    • Room: Show Floor-Booth 1507

    • Session Number:ST1
    What are ways you can add value to a commoditized industry?  We ask for better prices, but is that what we really need? We try to pay people the least, but is that the way to get the best? Value has been driven out of our industry and, as a... ...read more...
    Speaker(s)
    Ryan Moor
    CEO
    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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    Thursday, March 15, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


    • Session Number:S11
    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 industry veteran. I have had the experience of working in the retail side of our Industry the first eight years of my career, running everything from screen printing, embroidery, engraving and pad printing. The past 14 years has been dedicated to embroidery. I worked for SWF east...

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    • Session Number:S12
    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 more than 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, N.Y., and a screen-printing supply house in Denver, Colo....

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    • Basic-Advanced

    • Session Number:S13
    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)
    Denise Arends
    Art Director
    Action Illustrated

    Denise Arends has been the Art Director at Action Illustrated for over 9 years and working for Action Illustrated for over 11 years. She went to the University of Arizona for Fine/Arts and Visual Communications and was hired as an Illustrator for Action Illustrated right after graduation. She has been...

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    • Introductory-Advanced

    • Session Number:S14
    For many people the thought of using Photoshop can be a very daunting subject. However, it doesn't need to be. In this Seminar, 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. He is also the Vice-President of Art and Creative Process for GroupeSTAHL. Clement has been speaking and writing for the decorated apparel industry since 1987. He...

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    • Introductory

    • Session Number:S15
    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 35-year veteran of the embroidery and apparel decoration industry. Former Executive Vice President of Madeira USA, she has now retired and works as a consultant for Madeira USA and Madeira Germany sharing her extensive knowledge of the embroidery industry and the embroidery process. A seasoned speaker...

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    • Introductory-Basic

    Thursday, March 15, 2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

    • Room: Show Floor-Booth 1507

    • Session Number:ST2
    It is hard to control all of the variables in printing, but what we can do is set customer expectations.  This is a time learn and share examples of how we can save our butts with simple communication....
    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 business...

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    Thursday, March 15, 4:00 PM - 4:20 PM

    • Room: Show Floor-Booth 1507

    • Session Number:ST3
    Join industry expert, Bill Garvin, for a Q&A discussion on tension, bobbin case, thread types, and needles....
    Speaker(s)
    Bill Garvin
    Owner
    BG Tech Services

    I'm a 25-year industry veteran. I have had the experience of working in the retail side of our Industry the first eight years of my career, running everything from screen printing, embroidery, engraving and pad printing. The past 14 years has been dedicated to embroidery. I worked for SWF east...

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    Friday, March 16, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM


    • Session Number:S16
    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

    After college in Texas and Colorado, Lee entered the imprinted sportswear industry through family retail stores in Vail, Colo. After leaving Vail, In 1987, Lee, and her brother Keith, exhibited at their first ISS Show showing the beginning of their award-winning collection of stock designs, which featured low-stitch designs that...

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    • Introductory-Advanced

    • Session Number:S17
    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 has been working in the apparel decoration industry for over 30 years. The Mertens family owned one of the largest screen-printing and embroidery businesses in the western United States. Prior to co-founding Digital Art Solutions, Craig was a...

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    • Introductory-Intermediate

    • Session Number:S18
    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)
    Bob Robinson
    Sales & Education
    Stahls'

    Bob Robinson's knowledge of production and business-to-business sales experience brings a benefit to customers seeking technical information, decorating techniques, placement specs as well as product information for apparel decoration. His production experience has ranged from small custom orders to high-volume garment decorating by means of embroidery, cutting and heat-seal applications....

    Jenna Sackett
    Stahls' TV Educator
    Stahls'

    Jenna Sackett is an Educator and Content Creator for Stahls' TV. Beginning in 2012, Jenna worked for Stahls' CAD-CUT’ direct as an Outbound Call Representative with a dominant focus on all things heat-transfer vinyl. Following her success at CAD-CUT direct, she advanced in sales and became a dedicated Inside sales...

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    • Session Number:S19
    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. He is also the Vice-President of Art and Creative Process for GroupeSTAHL. Clement has been speaking and writing for the decorated apparel industry since 1987. He...

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    • Introductory

    • Session Number:S20
    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
    Minds 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 the shoe...

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    • Introductory

    Friday, March 16, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


    • Session Number:S21
    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

    Gilbert, AZ based Marshall Atkinson is one of the leading production and efficiency experts for the decorated apparel industry. He is the owner of Atkinson Consulting, LLC. As a coach for shops in the industry, Atkinson focuses on operational efficiency, continuous improvement and workflow strategy, business planning, employee motivation,...

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    • Basic

    • Session Number:S22
    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 more than 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, N.Y., and a screen-printing supply house in Denver, Colo....

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    • Intermediate-Advanced

    • Session Number:S23
    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 more than 28 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, started...

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    • Session Number:S24
    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 U.S. and abroad in addition to hundreds of blog and forum posts. He is a...

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    • Basic-Advanced

    • Session Number:S25
    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

    Johnny Shell has served as Vice President, Print Technology & Training for SGIA since 1998. 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 annually, and...

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    • Basic-Intermediate

    Friday, March 16, 12:00 PM - 12:20 PM

    • Room: Show Floor-Booth 1507

    • Session Number:ST4
    This Shop Talk will give attendees a list of questions to ask every DTG vendor, and why. Understanding the process and the product will help attendees be educated buyers....
    Speaker(s)
    Terry Combs
    Sales & Training
    Equipment Zone

    Terry Combs is a 35+ year veteran of the garment-printing industry, and has managed production shops large and small across the United States. He has written hundreds of management and technical articles for garment printing publications and spoken at industry events worldwide. He is currently in sales and training with...

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    Friday, March 16, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM


    • Session Number:S26
    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

    • Session Number:S27
    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 more than 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, N.Y., and a screen-printing supply house in Denver, Colo....

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    • Introductory-Advanced

    • Session Number:S28
    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 more than 28 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, started...

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    • Introductory-Advanced

    • Session Number:S29
    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 U.S. and abroad in addition to hundreds of blog and forum posts. He is a...

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    • Basic-Advanced

    • Session Number:S30
    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
    Minds 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 the shoe...

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    Friday, March 16, 2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

    • Room: Show Floor-Booth 1507

    • Session Number:ST5
    Top ten pieces of advice to give to someone starting a sublimation business and what are some of the pitfalls to avoid in the sublimation process including the graphics and the pressing....
    Speaker(s)
    Colin Van Lint
    JDS Industries, Inc.

    Colin Van Lint is a Sublimation Specialist that started with JDS Industries in August of 2015. Colin graduated with a Bachelors of Art with an emphasis on Multimedia Design from Northern State University in 2014 where he learned graphic design skills. While attending college he worked as a Computer and...

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    Friday, March 16, 4:00 PM - 4:20 PM

    • Room: Show Floor-Booth 1507

    • Session Number:ST6
    80% of your profits come from 20% of your customers AND 80% of your problems come from a different 20% of your customers.  Find out how to manage these statistics for PROFITability....
    Speaker(s)
    Greg Kitson
    President
    Minds 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 the shoe...

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    Saturday, March 17, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM


    • Session Number:S31
    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 business...

    Ryan Moor
    CEO
    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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    • Introductory

    • Session Number:S32
    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 35-year veteran of the embroidery and apparel decoration industry. Former Executive Vice President of Madeira USA, she has now retired and works as a consultant for Madeira USA and Madeira Germany sharing her extensive knowledge of the embroidery industry and the embroidery process. A seasoned speaker...

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    Handout(s)
    • Introductory-Intermediate

    • Session Number:S33
    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)
    Bob Robinson
    Sales & Education
    Stahls'

    Bob Robinson's knowledge of production and business-to-business sales experience brings a benefit to customers seeking technical information, decorating techniques, placement specs as well as product information for apparel decoration. His production experience has ranged from small custom orders to high-volume garment decorating by means of embroidery, cutting and heat-seal applications....

    Jenna Sackett
    Stahls' TV Educator
    Stahls'

    Jenna Sackett is an Educator and Content Creator for Stahls' TV. Beginning in 2012, Jenna worked for Stahls' CAD-CUT’ direct as an Outbound Call Representative with a dominant focus on all things heat-transfer vinyl. Following her success at CAD-CUT direct, she advanced in sales and became a dedicated Inside sales...

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    Handout(s)
    • Introductory-Advanced

    • Session Number:S34
    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
    Digital Imaging Director
    Melco International

    John LeDrew is the Digital Imaging Director for Melco Intl. He has worked professionally in garment decoration since 2006, managing accounts and overseeing production for professional sports NBA, NHL, MLB, MLS, NFL, NLL, and large license accounts like Ford, Disney, MTV, Comedy Central, Cartoon Network, and many more. He was...

    Mike Doe
    Sr. Applications Engineer
    Melco International

    I was introduced to sewing by my father back in 1979. During his time in the Navy, he learned how to intricately sew upholstery in the boats that he managed in Vietnam. As part of my childhood, he taught me the trade of sewing the different upholsteries in boats and...

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    • Basic-Intermediate

    Saturday, March 17, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


    • Session Number:S35
    In this class, Brett and Ryan will step behind the print and explore the fascinating garment underneath. What’s it made from, how it’s made, and most importantly how the choice of the garment you select to sell and/or print on effects on the world, people and final print you make.... ...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 business...

    Ryan Moor
    CEO
    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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    • Introductory-Basic

    • Session Number:S36
    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)
    Richard Greaves
    Greaves Enterprises

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    • Introductory-Intermediate

    • Session Number:S37
    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

    Johnny Shell has served as Vice President, Print Technology & Training for SGIA since 1998. 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 annually, and...

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    Handout(s)
    • Intermediate

    • Session Number:S38
    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
    TRW

    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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    Handout(s)
    • Introductory-Basic

    Saturday, March 17, 12:00 PM - 12:20 PM

    • Room: Show Floor-Booth 1507

    • Session Number:ST7
    Dane Clement will discuss some of the trends in the garment decorating industry. He'll discuss such things as the growing popularity of full-color graphics and the personalization and customization of designs for use on garments and other products. Find out what "tools" you'll need in your toolbox to start incorporating... ...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. He is also the Vice-President of Art and Creative Process for GroupeSTAHL. Clement has been speaking and writing for the decorated apparel industry since 1987. He...

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    Saturday, March 17, 2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

    • Room: Show Floor-Booth 1507

    • Session Number:ST8
    Everybody wants to save money, especially on the cost of there ink usage and yield. But the one thing that can increase your ink yields 10-15%, it is a second thought to most screen printing shops....
    Speaker(s)
    Richard Greaves
    Greaves Enterprises

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