Shinola’s COO Heath Carr to Address Apparel Executive Forum

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Shinola’s COO Heath Carr to Address Apparel Executive Forum

A new keynote, “Shinola: The Building of a Great American Brand,” has been added to the agenda for the 16th annual Apparel Executive Forum, set for Oct. 5-7, 2016 at the Ritz-Carlton in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Shinola, the Detroit-based watch, leather goods, bicycle and accessories brand is on a tear of expansion. With its mostly Processed-in-America products and “localized” retail stores — from Miami to Dallas to Los Angeles to Brooklyn to Chicago to London — it’s been called the “coolest brand in America” by Adweek, and an “innovative giant” by The Washington Post. 

With a theme of “Doubling Down on Innovation,”  the Forum is a senior-level event that offers apparel and retail executives a networking-rich agenda, including high-level keynotes, interactive panel discussions and one-on-one meetings with fellow attendees and is designed to provide expert-led, insightful content and clear takeaways. 

Among the additional speakers to date are:
• David Levin, President & CEO, Destination XL Group;
• John Allen, Co-Founder, Ivory Ella
• Tom Paterson, CEO & Founder, Tommy John;
• Jason Richard, CIO, Lucky Brand;
• Vincent (Vinny) Bucino, Director of Business Applications, Kellwood Company;
• Kelly Pedersen, SVP, Global Planning & Supply Chain Strategy, Theory;
• Sucharita Mulpura, VP & Principal Analyst, Forrester Research Inc.;
• Gough Grubbs, Fmr. SVP, Distribution/Logistics, Stage Stores
• Rick Helfenbein,  President & CEO, American Apparel & Footwear Association;
• Kai Kight, Composer, Motivator & Innovator; and more.

Special highlights for the 2016 event include AEF University, featuring an array of interactive, topic-right workshops and peer-to-peer discussions; a panel discussion focused on the success stories from Apparel’s 2016 Top Innovators; as well as an evening recognizing Apparel’s Top Innovators featuring Kai Kight.
Sponsors to date include Premium Sponsors, Dematic, Knapp and Sunrise Technologies; Social Media Sponsor, SDI; Gold Sponsors Gerber Technology, JustEnough and NGC; and Silver Sponsors, K3 Software Solutions and PTC.
Registration is complimentary for qualified apparel brand, retail and manufacturing executives at  Or contact Susan Nichols at [email protected] to learn more about attending or sponsoring the event.