2019 Footwear Materials Summit Agenda


Tuesday August 13, 2019

Location: Oregon Convention Center (The Materials Show)

8:30 am

Registration, Breakfast, Networking, Exhibits

9:30 am

Welcome and Summit Opening

9:45 am

Keynote on Sustainability: Allbirds Carbon Tax and Sustainability Traceability

  • Romesh PatelSenior Manager, Materials Innovation, Allbirds

10:15 am

Keynote on Material Development Innovation 

10:45 am

Networking, Exhibit and Coffee Break

11:15 am

Sustainability Panel Discussion: What’s the impact of making materials and shoes? Case studies and where can a brand start? How can the entire industry join together and move the needle?


The Future of Material Development and Management

12:45 pm

Lunch, Networking and Exhibits

1:30 pm

Material Management and Development Issues and Innovations (protocols, innovation, customization, supplier/brand relations)

2:15 pm

Key Compliance Rules and QC Tips

2:45 pm

Networking, Exhibit and Coffee Break

3:15 pm

Emerging Material Technologies and Applications

4:00 pm

Key updates from FDRA partners, Trade and Tariff Outlook

  • Moderator: Matt Priest, President and CEO, FDRA
  • Quinn O’Rourke, Director of Compliance and Logistics, LaCrosse Footwear, Inc.
  • Ryan Gaither, International Sales Executive, BillerudKorsnäs
  • Don Snyder, Acting Managing Director of Commercial Operations, Port of Long Beach

4:30 pm


5:30 pm 

3rd Annual PORTLAND BREWS AND SHOES! Location: Wacom Experience Center (REGISTER HERE

Wednesday August 14, 2019

9:00 am

The Materials Show Opens (Be sure to REGISTER HERE

11:00 am

Special Material Innovation Tour For Brands

Hisham Muhareb, Owner and Operator of The Materials Show, and other staff, will guide small groups around the floor to showcase new innovative materials. Details and registration to follow. 

Thanks to our Sponsors!

Please contact apolk@fdra.org if you are interested in sponsoring this event.