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Venue

Atlantic City Convention Center 1 Convention Boulevard Atlantic City , New Jersey 08401
Tel: (609) 449-2000
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ISS Atlantic City - Imprinted Sportswear Show

Attendees

10,000

Exhibitors

176

Register

$25 - $500

Overview

Event Overview:

The Imprinted Sportswear Show (ISS) in Atlantic City features an expo show floor with over 200 exhibitors in the decorated apparel industry. You will see embroidery equipment demonstrations, digitizing, custom-ready blank apparel and all the supplies you’ll need to create unique designs on clothing. The ISS Atlantic City show has the most embroiderers of all of the ISS shows. Embroidery has a steep tradition in the Northeast and the attendee participation in this area is evident. A full-day, hands-on workshop is available for illustrate the embroidery techniques and tip available to create unique designs and appliqué. The possibilities are unlimited with hundreds of thread colors, glitter threads and various thicknesses to create a masterpiece.

This show also features screen printing equipment demonstrations during show hours from a variety of the top vendors in the decorated apparel industry. ISS Atlantic City is a great place to compare capabilities and pricing with different exhibitors so that you will be assured you are making the right business decision for you. The equipment will work with CorelDraw and Adobe Photoshop computer designs. In addition to equipment, ISS Atlantic City has exhibitors with ink rollers, screens, inks and other products used by apparel screen printers. The blank apparel to display your design ranges from over 60 colors of t-shirts from small to 6X, plus baby apparel, pet appeal, bags, caps, aprons, bib overalls and more. See and feel the items first hand to ensure your design product with be the quality you desire.

Attendee Information:

Why Attend?

Timely and Relevant Topics
In addition to fresh topics, our core topics are continuously updated to reflect new developments and ensure you have up-to-date information and skills.

Proven Business Strategies 
Our classes provide the know-how you need to improve efficiency, profitability and the insight you need to survive and thrive.

Cutting-Edge Techniques 
Every program features new seminars on the latest products and processes to keep you on the leading edge of industry developments. 

Expert Instruction 
Our faculty members are acknowledged leaders in their fields. Their common goal is to provide you the information and a step-by-step blueprint for success.

Do Business and Have Fun 
At the Imprinted Sportswear Shows, you will not only experience the latest products, services and technology driving the growth of this dynamic industry, but the many networking opportunities at the Expo and Conference will ensure you have fun while you do it.

Exhibitor Information:

Why Exhibit?

Nothing can match the value of meeting with your customers and prospects in person, and the ISS shows deliver thousands of decision-makers and qualified attendees to you.  

Top 5 Reasons To Exhibit at ISS: 

To meet with thousands of attendees and benefit from face-to-face communication with buyers and key decision-makers.
To establish a framework for long term buying relationships.
To reach buyers who will determine how and where their dollars will be invested in the coming months and years.
To connect with the best cross-section of participants from: textile screen printing, embroidery, manufacturing, sporting goods and much more!
To increase your profits and grab your share of market in this growing industry.

Agenda

Mar 15   

Thursday, March 15, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

S01 Digitizing Great Mysteries: Push-Pull and Underlays NEW!

Session Number:S01

In this Seminar, Lee will be addressing push-pull or pull compensation from a different perspective. She will address what causes it, and how to digitize so there is none. You will learn to lay down your stitches so that they weave together to give you a design that looks like... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Lee Caroselli-Barnes

Owner

Balboa Threadworks

Lee's professional career started with retail stores that sold both printed and embroidered products, and with her brother evolved into creating award winning stock designs that are considered Industry's best. The secrets that she and her brother learned are embodied in techniques that have set the pace in American Embriodery,...

Tracks:

DigitizingDigitizing

Introductory-Advanced

S02 Master Decorator Series: Basic Art Production

Session Number:S02

The Master Decorator Series kicks off with this important Seminar on basic art production. No matter whether you are an embroiderer, screen printer, digital decorator or a new company looking at the variables of all of the decorating processes to choose one for your company, this session is a starting... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Craig Mertens

President

Digital Art Solutions

Craig Mertens is the President and CEO of Digital Art Solutions. Craig co-founded Digital Art Solutions to provide products and services to companies in the apparel decoration, sign making, awards and promotional products industries. Craig's approach to building a profitable business is based on a concept called ASSET. (A)rtwork +...

Tracks:

Digital DecoratingDigital Decorating

S03 Printing Better Whites NEW!

Session Number:S03

Getting a good white print can be very difficult, while being the most used ink. Not smooth, won't flow, too heavy, lack of opacity, or won't clear the mesh are some of the problems that can make what should be even a small easy one-color print run the most difficult.... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Alan Howe

Tech sales

SGIA, International

Alan Howe is a native of Detroit Michigan with 31 years of industry experience. He entered the industry in 1987 with an equipment manufacturer and has since held technical-sales and management positions with well-known companies including Jay Products and Easiway Systems. Alan resides in Columbiaville Michigan and is a Technical...

Tracks:

Screen PrintingScreen Printing

S04 The Secrets of High-End Printing NEW!

Session Number:S04

This Seminar will teach you the secrets the pros know when doing high-end printing. From proper artwork creating, to having great color separations, proper halftone film output, great screen making, proper press setup and more, you will learn the key points to every part of the process that will make... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Scott Fresener

Director

T-BIZ Network International

Scott Fresener has been in the industry since 1970 and is the co-author of the book How To Print T-shirts For Fun And Profit along with 100 of online videos. He created automated separation programs called T-Seps and FastFilms, and is considered a pioneer in the direct-to-garment printing segment. Scott...

Tracks:

Screen PrintingScreen Printing

S05 How to Create PROFITable Decorated Apparel Price Calculators Part I NEW!

Session Number:S05

ATTENTION this is a 2-part presentation and the best value will be obtained by registering for both Part I AND Part II How to create decorated apparel price calculators is confusing and scary.  In Part I of this two-part Seminar, Greg Kitson of Mind's Eye Graphics will demystify what is necessary to... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Greg Kitson

President

Mind's Eye Graphics Inc.

Greg Kitson founded Mind’s Eye Graphics Inc. in 1980 and began the business as a back room operation of a small town family shoe store where he had been using heat applied textile graphics since 1974 at the age of 17. By 1984 the one-man screen printing operation had replaced...

Tracks:

BusinessBusiness

Thursday, March 15, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

S06 How to Correctly Hoop and Run Hats NEW!

Session Number:S06

Learn how to be successful sewing caps on your machine. Different styles of caps create completely different issues. Find out why and how to adjust. Digitizing is the key to success. In this Seminar, you will learn: Why the design is causing 80% of your issues, and how to correct Why hoop tight... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Bill Garvin

Owner

BG Tech Services

I'm a 25 year veteran. I have the experience of working in the retail side of our Industry the first 8 years of my carrier, running everything from Screen Printing, Embroidery, Engraving and Pad Printing. The last 14 years has been dedicated to Embroidery. After that I worked for SWF...

Tracks:

EmbroideryEmbroidery

S07 Master Decorator Series: Screen Printing

Session Number:S07

This Seminar, second in the Master Decorator Series, is a rundown of the basic equipment, procedures and documentation need to run a screen printing shop. In this Seminar, you will learn: What equipment needs are necessary to start a textile screen printing business Space considerations Procedures to have a quality and productive business ...

Speaker(s)

Charlie Taublieb

President

Taublieb Consulting

Charlie Taublieb is a technical screen-printing consultant with over 40 years in the industry. Charlie has worked in all aspects of the industry from designing facilities to resolving technical problems. He owned an award winning automated screen-printing company in Brooklyn, NY and a screen-printing supply house in Denver, Colorado....

Tracks:

Screen PrintingScreen Printing

 S08 The Complete Direct-to-Garment Seminar: Understanding the Equipment, the Process, and How to Make Money! NEW!

Session Number:S08

In this Seminar, Terry Combs will walk you through the step-by-step process of direct-to-garment printing (DTG), including the latest equipment and supplies available. The session will also address costs, pricing and examples of how others are making money with this comparatively new technology. In this Seminar, you will learn: A description of... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Terry Combs

Sales & Training

Equipment Zone

Terry Combs is a nearly 40 year veteran of the garment decorating industry. He has written hundreds of management and technical articles and spoken at industry events worldwide....

Tracks:

Digital DecoratingDigital Decorating

Introductory

S09 Garment Decorating Marketing 101: So You Want to Make Money? NEW!

Session Number:S09

This Seminar is presented by Scott Fresener, who is considered one of the great marketers in this industry. You will learn how to take your business to the next level with "old school" techniques along with the very latest in website funnels, social media/Facebook marketing, using traditional printed pieces and... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Scott Fresener

Director

T-BIZ Network International

Scott Fresener has been in the industry since 1970 and is the co-author of the book How To Print T-shirts For Fun And Profit along with 100 of online videos. He created automated separation programs called T-Seps and FastFilms, and is considered a pioneer in the direct-to-garment printing segment. Scott...

Tracks:

BusinessBusiness

Introductory-Advanced

S10 How to Create PROFITable Decorated Apparel Price Calculators Part II NEW!

Session Number:S10

ATTENTION this is a 2-part presentation and the best value will be obtained by registering for both Part I AND Part II In Part II, join Greg Kitson (a 43-year industry veteran) as he discusses how to format and present the information to your staff and customers. Bring your laptop or tablet... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Greg Kitson

President

Mind's Eye Graphics Inc.

Greg Kitson founded Mind’s Eye Graphics Inc. in 1980 and began the business as a back room operation of a small town family shoe store where he had been using heat applied textile graphics since 1974 at the age of 17. By 1984 the one-man screen printing operation had replaced...

Tracks:

BusinessBusiness

Thursday, March 15, 12:00 PM - 12:20 PM

ST1 Value

Room: Show Floor

 Session Number:ST1

What are ways you can add value to a commoditized industry?  We ask for better prices, but is that what we really need? We try to pay people the least, but is that the way to get the best? Value has been driven out of our industry and, as a... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Ryan Moor

CEO

Ryonet

Ryan Moor is the founder and CEO of Ryonet, a business he started in 2004 after printing shirts in his garage for his punk rock band. Since that time, Ryonet has grown to 120 team members who have been a part of helping more than 100,000 screen printing companies from...

Thursday, March 15, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

S11 Master Decorator Series: Understanding Embroidery - Machines, Software and Production

Session Number:S11

This Master Decorator Series Seminar, led by industry veteran Bill Garvin, provides a basic explanation of the types and brands of embroidery machines, as well as what software can do with them. The basic understanding of the production of the embroidery process will be covered. In this Seminar, you'll learn: What questions......read more...

Speaker(s)

Bill Garvin

Owner

BG Tech Services

I'm a 25 year veteran. I have the experience of working in the retail side of our Industry the first 8 years of my carrier, running everything from Screen Printing, Embroidery, Engraving and Pad Printing. The last 14 years has been dedicated to Embroidery. After that I worked for SWF...

Tracks:

EmroideryEmbroidery

S12 Simulated Process Printing NEW!

Session Number:S12

This Seminar will address the basics for designing, separating and printing simulated process from white shirts to black ones. Mesh selection, squeegee considerations and printing procedures will be discussed. In this Seminar, you will learn: Designing for simulated process Mesh and screen selection Printing procedures ...

Speaker(s)

Charlie Taublieb

President

Taublieb Consulting

Charlie Taublieb is a technical screen-printing consultant with over 40 years in the industry. Charlie has worked in all aspects of the industry from designing facilities to resolving technical problems. He owned an award winning automated screen-printing company in Brooklyn, NY and a screen-printing supply house in Denver, Colorado....

Tracks:

Screen PrintingScreen Printing

Basic-Advanced

S13 CorelDraw Graphics Knowledge for Imprinters

Session Number:S13

Learn the beginning and intermediate realities of the imprint industry’s graphic development. This session will focus on logo clean-up, artwork re-creation, bitmap-to-vector conversion, basic drawing skills and advanced design concepts. We will be using CorelDRAW design systems (mostly), and discussing all forms of imprintable media, as well as online application.  In... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Denise Arends

Art Director

Action Illustrated

Tracks:

Digital DecoratingDigital Decorating

Introductory-Advanced

S14 Photoshop Basics for Garment Decoration NEW!

Session Number:S14

For many people the thought of using Photoshop can be a very daunting subject. However, it doesn't need to be. In this Seminar, Dane Clement will cover various aspects of Photoshop that will help demystify the subject and have even the most novice designers on the way to creating designs... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Dane Clement

President

Great Dane Graphics

Dane Clement is president of Great Dane Graphics, a GroupeStahl company, specializing in the creation of production ready stock art for the apparel decorating industry. Clement has been speaking and writing for the decorated apparel industry since 1987. He is considered an expert on computer graphics and color separations for...

Tracks:

Digital DecoratingDigital Decorating

Introductory

S15 Start With Stabilizers…Hidden Hero of Embroidery Design NEW!

Session Number:S15

Whether you call them stabilizers or backings and toppings, reaching for the right one gives embroidery designs a professional appearance and an added edge of clarity. From basics to specialty stabilizers, the choices are many. Learn which ones will solve the challenges every embroiderer faces in this informative session. In this... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Colleen Hartigan

Consultant

Madeira USA

Colleen Hartigan is a 32-year veteran of the embroidery and apparel decoration industry. Recently retired as Executive Vice President of Sales Madeira USA, she now works as a consultant for Madeira USA and Madeira USA sharing her extensive knowledge of the embroidery industry and the embroidery process. A seasoned...

Tracks:

Embroidery Embroidery

Thursday, March 15, 2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

ST2 The Customer Service Conundrum

Room: Show Floor

 Session Number:ST2

It is hard to control all of the variables in printing, but what we can do is set customer expectations.  This is a time learn and share examples of how we can save our butts with simple communication....

Speaker(s)

Brett Bowden

CEO

Printed Threads

Brett Bowden got his start in the industry when he opened his first screen printing shop called The Merchandise Factory in 2000. In 2010, he formed Printed Threads in Keller, Texas. Starting in his garage, the company has since grown to four automatics. In 2015, Inc. magazine ranked the...

Thursday, March 15, 4:00 PM - 4:20 PM

ST3 Embroidery Tensions: Why Do They Change?

Room: Show Floor

 Session Number:ST3

Join industry expert, Bill Garvin, for a Q&A discussion on tension, bobbin case, thread types, and needles....

Speaker(s)

Bill Garvin

Owner

BG Tech Services

I'm a 25 year veteran. I have the experience of working in the retail side of our Industry the first 8 years of my carrier, running everything from Screen Printing, Embroidery, Engraving and Pad Printing. The last 14 years has been dedicated to Embroidery. After that I worked for SWF...

Mar 16   

Friday, March 16, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

S16 ABC's of Digitizing NEW!

Session Number:S16

Even for the experts in digitizing, starting with the basics gives you a firm foundation. A foundation that is there when you are in trouble. Understanding the stitch process will allow you to create embroidery designs that run well and look beautiful. Learn to digitize the three basic stitches, then... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Lee Caroselli-Barnes

Owner

Balboa Threadworks

Lee's professional career started with retail stores that sold both printed and embroidered products, and with her brother evolved into creating award winning stock designs that are considered Industry's best. The secrets that she and her brother learned are embodied in techniques that have set the pace in American Embriodery,...

Tracks:

Digitizing

S17 Mastering CorelDRAW for Apparel Decoration and Personalization NEW!

Session Number:S17

This Seminar will outline the core skill set required to effectively produce graphics in CorelDRAW for apparel decoration and personalization. Users will experience the steps for producing apparel graphics from concept to production. The session will focus on design and production techniques for sublimation, screen printing, heat applied graphics with... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Craig Mertens

President

Digital Art Solutions

Craig Mertens is the President and CEO of Digital Art Solutions. Craig co-founded Digital Art Solutions to provide products and services to companies in the apparel decoration, sign making, awards and promotional products industries. Craig's approach to building a profitable business is based on a concept called ASSET. (A)rtwork +...

Tracks:

Digital Decorating

S18 Master Decorator Series: 10 Keys to Successful Heat Printing NEW!

Session Number:S18

Are you looking for ways to start a t-shirt printing business or expand your shop's capabilities with a heat press? This Master Decorator Series Seminar will answer all of your basic questions about heat printing. Find out what it takes to be successful in the highly profitable world of heat... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Jenna Sackett

Education Specialist

Stahls' TV

Jenna Sackett is a Video Content Specialist at Stahls' TV. Jenna has been with Stahls' for over 3 years and during this time, has spent hours researching and learning new trends in the apparel decoration industry to teach decorators new and creative approaches to reach new markets. Jenna is a...

Josh Ellsworth

General Manager

Stahls' TV

Josh Ellsworth is the General Manager for Stahls' CAD-CUT Direct and educator for Stahls' TV. He's been in the heat printing industry for over 15 years after beginning his career with Stahls' in 1998 as a maintenance worker. From there, he moved to a position working in the sales department...

Tracks:

Digital Decorating

S19 Getting the Art Right for Screen Printing NEW!

Session Number:S19

When creating artwork to be screen printed, whether it's vector artwork or raster artwork, setting it up properly from the beginning will save you time and money in the end by making the final production process run a lot smoother. Dane Clement will discuss all aspects of the artwork process... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Dane Clement

President

Great Dane Graphics

Dane Clement is president of Great Dane Graphics, a GroupeStahl company, specializing in the creation of production ready stock art for the apparel decorating industry. Clement has been speaking and writing for the decorated apparel industry since 1987. He is considered an expert on computer graphics and color separations for...

Tracks:

Digital Decorating

S20 Screen Printing Tips & Tricks NEW!

Session Number:S20

This is a fast paced presentation on the logistics of getting things done in a modern screen print production facility. Join Greg Kitson, President of Mind's Eye Graphics and a 40-year veteran of the t-shirt business as he shares how to get more done with less. You will leave this... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Greg Kitson

President

Mind's Eye Graphics Inc.

Greg Kitson founded Mind’s Eye Graphics Inc. in 1980 and began the business as a back room operation of a small town family shoe store where he had been using heat applied textile graphics since 1974 at the age of 17. By 1984 the one-man screen printing operation had replaced...

Tracks:

Screen Printing

Friday, March 16, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

S21 Sustainability In Your Shop: Picking Up a Duffle Bag of Money

Session Number:S21

In this fast-paced and information-filled discussion, attendees will learn tricks and tips to deploy a sustainability program in their shops. Using sustainability as a tool, companies can realize bottom-line generating savings and add margin to their businesses. In this Seminar, you will learn: How to reduce your shop operating costs, operate more... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Marshall Atkinson

Program Manager

InkSoft

Gilbert, AZ based Marshall Atkinson is one of the leading production and efficiency experts for the decorated apparel industry. He is the owner of Atkinson Consulting, LLC. As a coach for shops in the industry, Atkinson focuses on operational efficiency, continuous improvement and workflow strategy, business planning, employee motivation,...

Tracks:

Business

BasicS22 Four-Color Process Printing NEW!

Session Number:S22

Four-color process printing is the most difficult in the industry. This Seminar will address the modifications needed to successfully print a four-color process design. Mesh, squeegees and ink selection will be discussed as well as printing procedures. In this Seminar, you will learn: Designing and separating for four-color process printing Mesh and screen... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Charlie Taublieb

President

Taublieb Consulting

Charlie Taublieb is a technical screen-printing consultant with over 40 years in the industry. Charlie has worked in all aspects of the industry from designing facilities to resolving technical problems. He owned an award winning automated screen-printing company in Brooklyn, NY and a screen-printing supply house in Denver, Colorado....

Tracks:

Screen Printing

S23 Master Decorator Series: Sublimation

Session Number:S23

Sublimation is a digital printing application that utilizes a unique molecular bonding process to permanently apply full-color, high definition images to a variety of products. Apparel, promotional products, plaques and awards, signage, photo products, personalized gifts and more…the list is long. In this Master Decorator Series Seminar, learn how to... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Jimmy Lamb

Manager Of Education

Sawgrass

Award-winning author and International Speaker Jimmy Lamb, has over 25 years of product decoration business experience. Mr. Lamb has extensive knowledge in many facets of digital decorating and embellishing including business startup, applications, techniques, marketing, sales, mobile, production and management. He has owned and operated a successful production facility,...

Tracks:

Digital Decorating

S24 Facebook Advertising for Local Businesses NEW!

Session Number:S24

One of the most powerful advertising channels for small businesses is Facebook. It can be super effective for generating local business, on demand. This brand new Seminar will teach you everything you need to create powerful, effective, profitable advertising. Never be afraid of advertising again. Learn how to test and... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Mark Coudray

Principal

Coudray Growth Technologies

Mark A Coudray is a respected and well known industry pioneer, innovator, and strategist. His works have been published in more than 500 papers, columns, features, and articles in every major graphics publication in the US and abroad in addition to hundreds of blog and forum posts. ...

Tracks:

Business

Basic-S25 Secrets of a Great Color Match NEW!

Session Number:S25

In this Seminar, you'll learn the secrets of color and some extremely effective ways to improve your color-matching skills. You'll leave with a better understanding of color matching facts and limitations, potential problem areas we all face, and will take a dive deep into the theory behind color perception. In this... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Johnny Shell

Vice President

SGIA, International

Johnny Shell has served as Vice President of Technical Services for SGIA for the past nineteen years. In this role, he directs and coordinates the activities of the Technical Services department and works to educate the industry on the capabilities and viability of specialty printing. Shell also teaches numerous workshops...

Tracks:

Screen Printing

Basic-Friday, March 16, 12:00 PM - 12:20 PM

ST4 Questions to Ask When Shopping for a DTG

Room: Show Floor

 Session Number:ST4

This Shop Talk will give attendees a list of questions to ask every DTG vendor, and why. Understanding the process and the product will help attendees be educated buyers....

Speaker(s)

Terry Combs

Sales & Training

Equipment Zone

Terry Combs is a nearly 40 year veteran of the garment decorating industry. He has written hundreds of management and technical articles and spoken at industry events worldwide....

Friday, March 16, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

S26 Big Tips for Small Lettering NEW!

Session Number:S26

Small lettering is a BIG DEAL! More than 80% of all logos contain lettering and most logos contain some form of small lettering.  Learn how to identify potential small lettering issues and correct them beforehand. After attending this session, you will no longer be intimidated by small lettering. In this Seminar,... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Ed Levy

Director of Software Technologies

Digitize4u, Inc.

Since 1987, Ed Levy has been an industry professional with experience in all aspects of the apparel decorating industry. Ed is a regular speaker, columnist, contributor and advisory board member for many different industry companies. Additionally, he is also the Director of Software Technologies for Hirsch Solutions, the...

Tracks:

Digitizing

S27 Special Effects Without Special Equipment

Session Number:S27

This Seminar is geared to anyone in the garment decorating field and not only screen printers. The objective of this session is to take a standard t-shirt and transform it into an item that has greater value. Combining spray paint, embroidery, sublimation, digital printing and cutting t-shirts to create unique... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Charlie Taublieb

President

Taublieb Consulting

Charlie Taublieb is a technical screen-printing consultant with over 40 years in the industry. Charlie has worked in all aspects of the industry from designing facilities to resolving technical problems. He owned an award winning automated screen-printing company in Brooklyn, NY and a screen-printing supply house in Denver, Colorado....

Tracks:

Screen Printing

S28 Digital Appliqué and Multimedia: Combining the Best of Two Worlds NEW!

Session Number:S28

With appliqué, the fabric itself can make the difference between ‘ho-hum’ and ‘WOW POW’! Using simple digital processes like sublimation, direct-to-garment (DTG) and heat transfers, you can easily create themed fabric that complements the design and takes your products to a higher level. The same concepts apply to multimedia —... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Jimmy Lamb

Manager Of Education

Sawgrass

Award-winning author and International Speaker Jimmy Lamb, has over 25 years of product decoration business experience. Mr. Lamb has extensive knowledge in many facets of digital decorating and embellishing including business startup, applications, techniques, marketing, sales, mobile, production and management. He has owned and operated a successful production facility,...

Tracks:

Digital Decorating

S29 Effective Email Marketing for Apparel Decorators NEW!

Session Number:S29

Email marketing is still one of the most effective strategies a small business can do. It's free or cheap and can routinely generate thousands of dollars of new business on demand. You'll also learn how to create nurturing sequences that develop new customers and keep you connected to your existing... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Mark Coudray

Principal

Coudray Growth Technologies

Mark A Coudray is a respected and well known industry pioneer, innovator, and strategist. His works have been published in more than 500 papers, columns, features, and articles in every major graphics publication in the US and abroad in addition to hundreds of blog and forum posts. ...

Tracks:

Business

Basic- S30 Master Decorator Series: DTG - How to Sell What You Decorate

Session Number:S30

You only make money with your apparel decorating equipment when it is producing. Using direct-to-garment (DTG) as an example, Greg Kitson, a 43-year industry veteran and President of Mind's Eye Graphics in Decatur, Indiana will show how to create selling programs that not only keep your decorated apparel equipment running... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Greg Kitson

President

Mind's Eye Graphics Inc.

Greg Kitson founded Mind’s Eye Graphics Inc. in 1980 and began the business as a back room operation of a small town family shoe store where he had been using heat applied textile graphics since 1974 at the age of 17. By 1984 the one-man screen printing operation had replaced...

Tracks:

Digital Decorating

Friday, March 16, 2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

ST5 Adding Sublimation to a Business

Room: Show Floor

 Session Number:ST5

Top ten pieces of advice to give to someone starting a sublimation business and what are some of the pitfalls to avoid in the sublimation process including the graphics and the pressing....

Speaker(s)

Shon Roti

Sublimation Specialist

JDS Industries

Shon Roti began his career at JDS Industries, Inc. in 1998 in the Fabrication Department in sublimation production. Shon has been a Sublimation Specialist since 2009 and was named APA Speaker of the Year in 2015. He has a BA from the University of Sioux Falls with an emphasis in...

Friday, March 16, 4:00 PM - 4:20 PM

ST6 80/20 Decision Making

Room: Show Floor

 Session Number:ST6

80% of your profits come from 20% of your customers AND 80% of your problems come from a different 20% of your customers.  Find out how to manage these statistics for PROFITability....

Speaker(s)

Greg Kitson

President

Mind's Eye Graphics Inc.

Greg Kitson founded Mind’s Eye Graphics Inc. in 1980 and began the business as a back room operation of a small town family shoe store where he had been using heat applied textile graphics since 1974 at the age of 17. By 1984 the one-man screen printing operation had replaced...

Mar 17   

Saturday, March 17, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

S31 Made to Make It NEW!

Session Number:S31

This Seminar helps to form the foundation in which your company can build on, from building your own principles to creating a culture for you customers to be attracted to. This Seminar provides the tools to take your business in a direction that makes you love going to work every... ...read more...

Speaker(s)

Brett Bowden

CEO

Printed Threads

Brett Bowden got his start in the industry when he opened his first screen printing shop called The Merchandise Factory in 2000. In 2010, he formed Printed Threads in Keller, Texas. Starting in his garage, the company has since grown to four automatics. In 2015, Inc. magazine ranked the...

Ryan Moor

CEO

Ryonet

Ryan Moor is the founder and CEO of Ryonet, a business he started in 2004 after printing shirts in his garage for his punk rock band. Since that time, Ryonet has grown to 120 team members who have been a part of helping more than 100,000 screen printing companies from...

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Business

S32 When Bling is the Thing NEW!

Session Number:S32

In this Seminar, you will receive an in-depth look at the different ways of adding bling to apparel for decoration and what adding these forms of decoration can do to boost your visibility and sales. From rhinestones to the finest metallic threads, this session covers it all. In this Seminar, you... ...read more...

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Colleen Hartigan

Consultant

Madeira USA

Colleen Hartigan is a 32-year veteran of the embroidery and apparel decoration industry. Recently retired as Executive Vice President of Sales Madeira USA, she now works as a consultant for Madeira USA and Madeira USA sharing her extensive knowledge of the embroidery industry and the embroidery process. A seasoned...

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Embroidery

S33 A Guide to Cutting Heat Transfer Vinyl - Top Opportunities & Best Practices NEW!

Session Number:S33

Creating your own heat transfers with a vinyl cutter opens you up to better control over production, reduced costs, fast turnarounds and increased opportunity. However, many businesses enter into vinyl cutting for apparel graphics with little to no knowledge of how to maximize their equipment and consequently find it a......read more...

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Jenna Sackett

Education Specialist

Stahls' TV

Jenna Sackett is a Video Content Specialist at Stahls' TV. Jenna has been with Stahls' for over 3 years and during this time, has spent hours researching and learning new trends in the apparel decoration industry to teach decorators new and creative approaches to reach new markets. Jenna is a...

Josh Ellsworth

General Manager

Stahls' TV

Josh Ellsworth is the General Manager for Stahls' CAD-CUT Direct and educator for Stahls' TV. He's been in the heat printing industry for over 15 years after beginning his career with Stahls' in 1998 as a maintenance worker. From there, he moved to a position working in the sales department...

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Digital Decorating

S34 Mixed Media: DTG and Embroidery NEW!

Session Number:S34

In this Seminar, you will receive an in-depth overview of how to combine embroidery with a printed design. This technique opens new, unique and creative ways that operators can complete in house. We will address the equipment that can be used, how to prepare art for print and digitizing embroidery.... ...read more...

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John LeDrew

DTG Director

Melco International

John LeDrew is the DTG Director for Melco International. He has worked professionally in garment decoration since 2006, managing accounts and overseeing production for some of the world's most recognizable brands and retailers. He was an early adopter of DTG and has owned and operated the majority of printers on...

Mike Doe

Applications Team

Melco International

I was introduced to sewing by my father back in 1979. During his time in the Navy, he learned how to intricately sew upholstery in the boats that he managed in Vietnam. As part of my child hood he taught me the trade of sewing the different upholsteries in boats,...

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Digital Decorating

Basic-Saturday, March 17, 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

S35 Apparel Decorating With a Laser NEW!

Session Number:S35

Learn how to use lasers for decorating apparel and fabrics. You will be taught the basics of how lasers work and the software required to engrave and cut using a laser. Apparel decorating with a laser will show direct engraving onto apparel and how to make heat tranfers using simple... ...read more...

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Mike Fruciano

Vice President

LaserBits

Mike Fruciano is a Market Development Manager for Coherent the worlds largest manufacturer of laser sources and systems. Mikes brings 25 years of laser system, laser processing and laser materials experience. He is a frequent writer and speaker on laser processing topics. Contact Mike at 602 616 4971 or...

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Digital Decorating

S36 5 Fundamentals the Top Printers Know and Do (and You Should Too) NEW!

Session Number:S36

Some of the top printers produce work day after day to the amazement of most printers, with others thinking, “What is the secret? I could never do that.” When the truth is…top printers know and control some basic fundamentals no matter if its a four-color process or a one-color, left-chest... ...read more...

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Alan Howe

Tech sales

SGIA, International

Alan Howe is a native of Detroit Michigan with 31 years of industry experience. He entered the industry in 1987 with an equipment manufacturer and has since held technical-sales and management positions with well-known companies including Jay Products and Easiway Systems. Alan resides in Columbiaville Michigan and is a Technical...

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Screen Printing

S37 Using Today's Emulsions, CTS & Exposure Technology: What You Should Know NEW!

Session Number:S37

This Seminar will explore the wide range of options associated with a screen's stencil. Namely, new (and old) emulsion chemistries, CTS systems and LED Exposure. This eye-opening session will reveal the secrets to syncing your emulsion, CTS and exposure workflow. In this Seminar, you will learn: The choices of the newest emulsions,... ...read more...

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Johnny Shell

Vice President

SGIA, International

Johnny Shell has served as Vice President of Technical Services for SGIA for the past nineteen years. In this role, he directs and coordinates the activities of the Technical Services department and works to educate the industry on the capabilities and viability of specialty printing. Shell also teaches numerous workshops...

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Screen Printing

S38 How to Save Your Business Time and Money Throughout the Production and Application Process Using Rhinestones, HTV, and Sign Vinyl NEW!

Session Number:S38

When working with heat transfer vinyl, rhinestones, foil, sign vinyl or decals, the most costly expense is the time it takes to produce the final product. Matt started his business from scratch and along the way to success learned the essentials and non-essentials of product creation. This Seminar is packed... ...read more...

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Matt Vassallo

CEO/Owner

The Rhinestone World

Matt Vassallo is the founder and CEO of The Rhinestone World, Inc. (TRW), an international distributor of apparel and decal related software, equipment, and supplies. While working as a full-time teacher, Matt launched his company out of a bedroom of his home in 2006 selling finished rhinestone and vinyl products....

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Digital Decorating

Saturday, March 17, 12:00 PM - 12:20 PM

ST7 Trends in Artwork

Room: Show Floor

 Session Number:ST7

Dane Clement will discuss some of the trends in the garment decorating industry. He'll discuss such things as the growing popularity of full-color graphics and the personalization and customization of designs for use on garments and other products. Find out what "tools" you'll need in your toolbox to start incorporating... ...read more...

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Dane Clement

President

Great Dane Graphics

Dane Clement is president of Great Dane Graphics, a GroupeStahl company, specializing in the creation of production ready stock art for the apparel decorating industry. Clement has been speaking and writing for the decorated apparel industry since 1987. He is considered an expert on computer graphics and color separations for...

Saturday, March 17, 2:00 PM - 2:20 PM

ST8 Reduce Your Screen Print Ink Cost…Simple

Room: Show Floor

 Session Number:ST8

Everybody wants to save money, especially on the cost of there ink usage and yield. But the one thing that can increase your ink yields 10-15%, it is a second thought to most screen printing shops....

Speaker(s)

Alan Howe

Tech sales

SGIA, International

Alan Howe is a native of Detroit Michigan with 31 years of industry experience. He entered the industry in 1987 with an equipment manufacturer and has since held technical-sales and management positions with well-known companies including Jay Products and Easiway Systems. Alan resides in Columbiaville Michigan and is a Technical...

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