SPESA Elects New Leadership

At its most recent conference, the members of SPESA (the Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas) elected their new leadership for two-year terms.

Chairman: Sam Simpson, Vice President of Gerber Technology
Vice Chairman: Nina McCormack, Vice President & CFO of DAP America, Inc.
Secretary/Treasurer: Ed Gribbin, President of Alvanon, Inc.
President: Benton Gardner, SPESA

During the Conference other industry leaders were elected to the SPESA Board of Directors:
  • Mel Berzack, Sewn Products Equipment Co.
  • Melvyn Blore, Pegasus of America
  • Rolando Bohlemann, Schmetz Needle Corp.
  • Per Bringle, Eton Support
  • Yoram Burg, EFI Optitex (USA)
  • Mike Fralix, [TC]2
  • Martin Gopman, Universal Sewing Machine Co.
  • Ed Gribbin, Alvanon
  • Mark Hatton, American & Efird
  • Frank Henderson, Henderson Sewing Machine Co.
  • Rick Ludolph, Productive Solutions
  • Nina McCormack, DAP America
  • Michael Rabin, Morgan Tecnica America
  • Eric Schlossman, Consew
  • Lonny Schwartz, Superior Sewing Machine & Supply
  • Sam Simpson, Gerber Technology
  • John Stern, Methods Workshop
Samuel F Simpson, a 40+-year veteran of Gerber Technology, is vice president of the company's global strategic accounts being responsible for managing, maintaining and expanding relationships with key enterprises, agents and distributors worldwide. Since joining Gerber Technology, he has held the positions of vice president/general manager of the Americas, vice president of global sales, and director/general manager of the international division.

Simpson played an integral role in the expansion of Gerber's international business activities in the EMEA, CIS, Far East, Southwest Asia, and Latin America regions. Prior to joining Gerber, he was product manager with Hughes Aircraft Company for the AM-1 design, grading, and marking system. Prior to Hughes Aircraft Simpson was with Genesco where he was a member of the team that pioneered the first automated pattern grading and marking system, including the development of the first laser cutter for apparel applications.
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