2019 Sourcing & Sustainability Summit Agenda



Monday, July 22, 2019

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm 

Reception at HH Brown Shoe Company Showroom (1441 Broadway 15th Floor, New York, NY)

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Location: New York Stock Exchange

8:50 am

Opening Remarks

  • Matt Priest, President & CEO, FDRA
  • Andy Polk, Senior Vice President, FDRA

9:00 am

Global Sourcing Trends and New Strategy Q&A

  • Mike Jeppesen, President of Global Operations, Wolverine Worldwide
  • Matt Priest, President & CEO, FDRA

9:45 am

Intelligent Compliance Keynote

  • David Klein, Managing Director of Product and Co-Founder, Inspectorio

10:15 am


10:45 am

Production Issues & Sourcing Innovation Insights

  • Moderator: Matt Priest, President & CEO, FDRA
  • Matt Brown, Vice President, Richlife Footwear, Hong Kong
  • Jean-Marc Pedeboy, Vice President, Romans CAD
  • Luis Humberto Vela, Former Vice President and Current Board Member, Mexican Footwear Chamber; Founder & CEO, Gösh Footwear
  • Cherie Blum, COO, Adesso-Madden of Steve Madden

11:30 am

Production Innovation Highlight: 3D Bonding Technology

  • Adrián Hernández, Founder and CEO, SimplicityWorks
  • Ezequiel Sánchez, Partner, Binomio Ventures

11:50 am

Sample Size Updates on Quality and Compliance (7 mins each)

  • Randy Burk, Executive Vice President, Quality Corrections & Inspections on current quality issues
  • Sandeep Khatua, Global Technical Director, TUV SUD on footwear chemical fail reports update
  • Ben DeVito, Global Sales Director, Soft-Lines and Leather, Eurofins on traceability & DNA supply chains
  • Michael Hanrahan, Senior Vice President—Americas, SuperDry International, Ltd. on current mold issues
  • Ryan Gaither, International Sales Executive, BillerudKorsnäs on shoe box issues and updates

12:30 pm


1:30 pm

Organizing For Innovation—A Case Study: Faster Cheaper Tooling to Unleash Design, Performance and Sustainability

  • Stuart Jenkins, Owner, White Hat Innovations

2:00 pm

An Honest Discussion on Footwear Sustainability

  • Moderator: Andy Polk, Senior Vice President, FDRA
  • Anders Bergstrom, General Manager, TEVA
  • Xavier Vital, Global Environmental Service Manager, SGS
  • Darren Glenister, CEO, Material Exchange
  • Beth Goldstein, Executive Director, Industry Analyst, Footwear & Accessories, NPD Group

2:30 pm


3:00 pm

Where to Begin When Launching Sustainable Product: A Keds Case Study

  • Tracy Graham, Director of Product Development, Keds
  • Suzie Glover, Design Director, Keds
  • Matt Priest, President & CEO, FDRA

3:30 pm

Sustainable Supply Chains and Updates

  • Moderator: Thomas Crockett, Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs, FDRA
  • Mike Piza, Senior Vice President—Corporate Sales, Apex Logistics International Inc.
  • Kerry Rasmussen, Manager, Major Accounts, Farrow

4:00 pm

Tariff & Trade Outlook and Strategy

  • Moderator: Matt Priest, President & CEO, FDRA
  • Nathan Serphos, Senior Vice President, Accessories & Footwear, Michael Kors
  • Jeff McCauley, Vice President, Thomson Reuters
  • Lesley Couch, Principal, Indigo Trade Solutions
  • Irina Vaysfeld, Principal, Trade and Customs Practice, KPMG

4:30 pm


Thanks to our Sponsors!

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