2019 Convention Keynote Speaker


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Michael Benstock, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Benstock has served as Chief Executive Officer of the Superior Group of Companies since October 24, 2003. Mr. Benstock previously served as Co-President of the Company beginning May 1, 1992. Prior to such date, Mr. Benstock served as Executive Vice President of the Company. Mr. Benstock has served as a Director of the Company since 1985. He also served as a director with USAmeriBank, Inc. from 2007 until its sale to Valley National Bank in 2017.

He is also an active Director of The Office Gurus, a nearshore call/contact center business located in Central America. Mr. Benstock has served in many charitable capacities within Pinellas County and the West Coast of Florida. He served on the Board at The Pinellas County Jewish Day School and multiple times on the Executive Board at Congregation B'nai Israel in St. Petersburg. He was also the West Coast Campaign Chairman of the Israel Development Corporation (Israel Bonds). He is a founding Board Member of Camp Ramah Darom in Clayton, Georgia, the conservative Jewish movement's first summer camp experience in the south. In addition, Mr. Benstock has served for over 20 years as an Editorial Board Member of Apparel Magazine and its predecessor magazine, Bobbin Magazine.

 
 

Convention Speakers

Susan Fahey Desmond is a Principal in the New Orleans office of Jackson Lewis P.C.

Ms. Desmond specializes in the areas of labor and employment and civil litigation, including representing employers in Family and Medical Leave cases, discrimination claims relative to age, sex, disability, race, religion, and sexual harassment, and handling EEOC charges and other administrative complaints through the administrative and judicial process.  Ms. Desmond also specializes in wage and hour litigation as well as non-compete litigation.  

Ms. Desmond also routinely counsels clients on a variety of employment practices, including employment contracts and employee handbooks and policies. She conducts employee training seminars, harassment investigations, and frequently speaks on employment-related topics for groups such as the Society for Human Resource Management,  Aurora Training Center, Edupliance, Audiosolutionz, and other management organizations.

She maintains an active practice in both Louisiana and Mississippi.

Alex Chausovsky, ITR Economics

Mr. Chausovsky is a highly experienced market researcher and analyst with more than a decade of expertise in subjects that include macroeconomics, industrial manufacturing, energy efficiency, automation and advanced technology trends.  He has consulted and advised companies throughout the United States, Europe, Brazil, China and Japan for the last 17 years.  Mr. Chausovsky is currently responsible for providing reliable industry and company forecasts, presentations, webinars and economic consulting services to small businesses, trade associations and Fortune 500 companies across a spectrum of industries.