NAUMD 2017 Convention
Education Sessions

As of March 1, 2017



Alex Chausovsky – ITR Economics
Uniform Industry Forecast

Alex Chausovsky ITR EconomicsITR Economics has a 95% accuracy rate in predicting swings in our economy’s business cycles over the past 60 years. Alex will apply macroeconomic data to the uniform industry to provide insights into our industry’s future and give specific, action oriented recommendations. Alex is a contributor to NPR and the BBC. He specializes in manufacturing and gives over 50 keynote addresses annually. An NAUMD partner, ITR Economics produces the Uniform Industry Forecast, a quarterly publication for association members.

Eric Spackey, President & CEO
Bluewater Defense
Technology’s Impact on Future Apparel Production in the United States

Eric Spackey Bluewater DefenseEric Spackey has been with Bluewater Defense, an innovative, standard- setting apparel manufacturer, since 2009. He has a technology background, and has worked in the diverse industries of healthcare, telecom, finance and manufacturing. He is now applying his expertise in technology to apparel manufacturing in the United States.

Eric is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He is a member of the Republican Governors Association Executive Roundtable and works closely with senior government and military leaders.

Neal Waters, President
State of the Association

Neal WatersNeal will review the past year and talk about plans for the future. He will lay out the needs and challenges for the NAUMD to be a better resource for its members and continue to grow its membership. The aspiration of the NAUMD is to be your best source of information about the uniform industry.

Neal was an executive with VF Imagewear and Apparel Sewn Right for 25 years before becoming President of the NAUMD in October, 2015.



Tom Davin, CEO
5.11 Tactical
Build Your Company's Culture or Die

Tom Davin 5.11

How does a leader create a company culture?:  By aligning people with the mission and values.  Learn how to hire the right people, and discover low cost, practical ways to fire up staff on your return from this convention.  

Tom Davin became CEO at 5.11 in 2010. He served four years in the military as a company commander for Recon Battalions. Upon leaving the military, he attended Harvard Business School. After graduation, he worked with Goldman Sachs & PepsiCo in their mergers divisions. Tom later was COO for Taco Bell and CEO for Panda Restaurant Group.


 Neal Waters, President

Breakout Session: NAUMD University: If You're Not Training Online, Catch the Wave

NAUMD University SessionNAUMD University offers a cost effective program to provide online training to employees. The programs gives access to over 7,000 business courses and a growing offering of courses specific to the uniform industry. NAUMD provides practical advice to better manage the program, ensuring each participant optimal results.



Emmie Brown, Senior Partner
Southwestern Consulting
Breakout Session: The People Business: How to Identify, Attract and Retain Top Talent 

EmmieBrownDiscover practical actions that you can implement immediately to hire and keep the best people. In this session, you'll learn to calculate cost of turnover ; identify your ideal candidate; methods to create a better applicant pool ; develop behavioral interview questions for hiring; and use an emotional preparation checklist to hire outstanding sales people.

Emmie Brown shares her knowledge as an executive coach, senior consultant and speaker. She is the premier thought leader on the subject of “facilitative selling” and the author of the upcoming books Seek First Selling and Manage Systems, Lead People. She has spoken and consulted for over 500 companies. Her knowledge and enthusiasm provide real world advice in an infectious presentation.


Eric Kurjan, President
Six Disciplines Consulting
Breakout Session: The Annual Review is Dead

Eric KurjanEric Kurjan helps you answer the question, “How can I get more out of my people?” In this session, you will learn how to align your people with your strategic goals. Implement ongoing, continuous employee feedback, and build an agile culture that can adapt to change.

Six Disciplines Consulting is in the business of evaluating companies, helping them achieve better strategies, alignment, team work, operational execution and leadership.


Charles Benoualid, VP, Research & Development 
Visual Next 
Breakout Session: The Top 3 Uniform Business Challenges - Solved!  

Charles_Visual NextCustomers expect faster, easier and more intuitive purchasing experiences. Learn how to make your business more efficient and cost effective with these three key business processes: Automation, Integration and Optimization. Join Charles Benoualid, fashion technology industry figurehead and VP of Research and Development at Visual Next for this eye-opening discussion on improving your business processes to ensure sustainable success.

For over 30 years, Charles Benoualid’s experience in the apparel, footwear and uniform industries has guided over 600 global apparel companies to improve their business processes and become both more profitable and sustainable. Visual Next offers world-class business software to centralize and unify business processes, customer touchpoints and supply chains. As a provider of Omnichannel and End2End business solutions, Visual Next is recognized as one of today’s industry leaders.


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