Wipes LogoWipes Conference in ChicagoWOW Conference June 5-7 Chicago
INDA on FaceBookINDA on FaceBookINDA on LinkedIn

Conference Speakers

Ian BellIan Bell Euromonitor International

European Wipe Trends Moving to the U.S.
Tues 2:00pm

Ian Bell manages the research programme for the global Home Care, Tissue & Hygiene industry at Euromonitor International, which he joined in February 2001. Euromonitor International is the leading provider of global strategic intelligence on consumer markets, with offices in London, Chicago, Singapore, Shanghai, Vilnius, Dubai, Cape Town and Sydney. With a network of 600 in-country analysts worldwide, Euromonitor has published internationally, for more than 30 years, respected market research reports, business reference books and online information systems, providing strategic business intelligence for the world's leading FMCG multinationals. Before joining the global research team at Euromonitor International, Ian worked initially as a Japanese FMCG Research Analyst and then as Research Manager overseeing FMCG market research for Northern Europe, including the UK, Germany and Russia. Ian has a degree in Japanese Studies (BSC) from the University of Sheffield, and has also studied at Nagoya University.


CastleCastle, Karen Suominen Nonwovens

Suominen’s New Wipe Focus
Weds 9:00am

Karen started her nonwovens career in 1997 at Veratec, a division of International Paper.  Through acquisition, she worked for BBA Nonwovens and when the wipes wave started in the early 2000’s she joined Ahlstrom Nonwovens and became a part of the leadership team that over the next 10 years would grow the wipes business by acquisition, capital investment and market share.  Moreover, Karen was part of the team that then integrated the acquisitions and forged a new stronger Wipes Business Area.  Recently, Ahlstrom decided to divest their Wipes business to Suominen Nonwovens due to its attractiveness and Karen moved with the deal.


CondonDr. Brian Condon SRRC-ARS-USDA

Potential Development of a New Cotton-based Antimicrobial Wipe
Thurs 9:00am

Dr. Condon earned his Bachelors and Doctorate degrees with high honor in Chemistry and Organic Chemistry from The Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Condon has conducted research in the areas of surfactants and interfacial chemistry, textile chemistry, textile process and product development and enzyme applications (including the areas of detergents, textiles, biofuels, food and paper). It is for his work in the area of environmentally friendly textile wet processes that Dr. Condon was awarded the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award from President George W. Bush. He now serves as Research Leader for the Cotton Chemistry and Utilization Unit at the Southern Regional Research Center for the USDA-ARS in New Orleans. Dr. Condon is active in the areas of cotton functional chemistries such as fire resistance, enzymes, medical  finishes and cotton nonwovens. Recently, Dr. Condon has spearheaded the design and installation of and serves as the head of the Cotton Nonwovens Research Laboratory at SRRC.


Ed Fabiszak Sussex IM, Inc.

Wipe Packaging Trends and Sustainability
Tues 4:00pm

Certified Packaging Professional, CPP, via the Institute of Packaging Professionals, IoPP, and holds an undergraduate degree from Marquette University and an MBA from the University of Washington.   He has been with SussexIM since 2003 and assisted in commercial continuity in SussexIM’s Leveraged Buyout from REXAM in 2010.  SussexIM’s core competency is in complex injection molding and lean manufacturing /assembly in to finished products.  Ed’s prior experience includes leadership roles in thermoforming and contract manufacturing with Placon Corporation and in engineering/process automation with MSC-Software, Neural Applications, and Pulsemetrics. 


FrankenJessica Franken INDA

EPA Wiper Rule
Tues 10:30am

Jessica Franken, has more than a decade of professional government relations/public policy experience. It includes several positions on Capitol Hill and many years of work with industry association clients including INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, as well as groups representing recycled textiles, pharmaceutical printing and healthcare packaging industries. In this capacity, Franken has acted as a primary policy liaison/advocate between clients and state, federal and international officials on a diverse array of issues.  They include the environment, consumer product safety, international trade, tax, healthcare, homeland security, chemicals, manufacturing, and labor/workplace policy.  She has also served as an appointed advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Industry Trade Advisory Committee for Textiles and Apparel (ITAC-13), is an active member in a number of textile industry and general business coalitions and is a frequent speaker on governmental issues of interest to her clients.

An accomplished writer, Jessica Franken has contributed to and authored more than 80 policy-themed articles for trade publications, and has developed numerous industry-adopted position papers and formal submissions to the U.S. government.  She received a Master’s degree in Public Policy from George Mason University’s School of Public Policy, and was named the 2006 recipient of the university’s coveted Alexis de Tocqueville Award for academic achievement and professionalism in the field of public policy.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics, graduating with honors from the University of Maryland, College Park, in 1997. 

Franken is the President of The Franken Group, LLC, a government affairs consulting firm in Arlington, Virginia.  Current clients include INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry and the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART).


HolmesRory A. Holmes INDA

The Industrial Wiper Market – Growth & Opportunities
Tues 10:30am

Rory A. Holmes is President of INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry.  INDA has represented the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry since 1968.  The members represent the entire value chain of the industry, including Raw Materials, Equipment, Fabric Manufacturers, Converters and End Users.  INDA’s main activities concentrate on Conferences, Expositions, Training Courses, Industry Statistics and Government Outreach. 

Mr. Holmes served as the Associate Director, Technology Transfer, of the Nonwovens Cooperative Research Center of the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University before joining INDA and received the University Outstanding Extension Service award in 2003. 

Mr. Holmes pursued a 25-year career with Johnson & Johnson, where he had a series of increasing responsibilities in Operations, Research and Sales & Marketing.  Mr. Holmes received the Hoffmann Award for Research & Development and the Johnson Medal for development and commercialization of the Johnson & Johnson line of Operating Room Gown & Drape fabrics.  Mr. Holmes is the inventor of record for 7 patents. 

Mr. Holmes left J&J in 1995 to lead the Sales & Marketing efforts for Chicopee as a division of the Polymer Group Inc.   At Chicopee/PGI, Mr. Holmes had direct responsibility for the Medical, Industrial and APEXâ businesses. 

At INDA, Mr. Holmes has led the Association through expansions in membership and the launch of new products and services.  The World of Wipes Event has developed into an industry showcase for Consumer Wiping Products.  The Statistical Reports delivered by INDA provide the most accurate and complete information on the industry.  Mr. Holmes is the cornerstone of the Technical Service activities at INDA where almost 700 requests per year are fulfilled.  INDA is becoming the recognized leader in the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry Worldwide.


Kimberly Dennis MacDougall Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Worker Exposure to Metals in Laundered Shop Towels
Tues 10:30am

Maureen Nunn The Dow Chemical Company

Binder Technology for Wipes – The Challenges and the Successes
Thurs 9:00am

ogleSteve Ogle, INDA

Flushable & Non-Flushable Products Impact Report
Weds 3:45pm

Steve Ogle joined INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, in April 2007 to replace the retiring Technical Director, the late Cos Camelio.

Steve is a graduate of Missouri Southern State University with degrees in Engineering Technology and Business. He was the youngest Chairman for the local Society of Manufacturing Engineers, was a charter member and Chairman the Carthage JAYCEES, and was an elected Councilman for the City of Carthage Missouri. He’s been married for 33 years, has two children and a grandson.

Steve has pursued a 33 year career in product, process and equipment development for many diverse industries such as Offset Printing, Defense and Aerospace, Consumer Product Display Systems and Home Furnishings.

Steve spent 25 years with Leggett & Platt where his responsibilities included specialized machinery design and development to support all of Leggett’s business platforms. This included automotive, retail store fixture display systems, aluminum die casting and home furnishings. His expertise in product development and intellectual property earned Leggett multiple patents.

While working in the nonwovens industry, he served as Chairman of INDA’s Board of Directors. He has also chaired several task forces including Home Furnishings, Flammability and Standard Test Methods. He currently serves on several standards committees, i.e., ASTM D-13, F-23 & F-33, AAMI’s (Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation) Technical Committee on Protective Barriers as well as Convener of ISO TC38 WG9.

Since coming to INDA, Steve’s number one function is to handle the lion’s share of the technical inquiries received by INDA daily. He also manages JEFF, the Journal of Engineered Fibers and Fabrics, and he oversees several of INDA’s committees:

Steve helps to plan, organize, execute and occasionally speak at the many events INDA hosts annually.


OliphantTiffany Oliphant Floratech

Nonwoven Wipes: Skin Barrier Improvement Using Natural Jojoba Esters
Thurs 9:00am

Tiffany Oliphant began her career in cosmetics in 2005 at Floratech working for their quality control department.  She was later promoted to a position within their clinical research department to explore the potential skin benefits of various ingredients within cosmetic and personal care products, and now manages their Consumer Testing Laboratory.  She has contributed to numerous technical publications and has been invited to present at multiple events within the cosmetic industry. 

Tiffany obtained her BSc in Molecular Bioscience and Biotechnology from Arizona State University, and continued her education with an MSc in Pharmaceutics with an emphasis in Cosmetic Science from the University of Cincinnati.  She is also certified as a clinical research coordinator by the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.  

Floratech is a supplier of plant derived ingredients for the cosmetic and personal care industries. 


SavageGeorge Savage CalRecovery, Inc.

Overview of International Developments Related to Solid Waste Management
Weds 2:00pm

Mr. Savage is Principal and Executive President of CalRecovery, Inc., a consulting engineering firm specializing in waste and resource management worldwide.  He has over 35 years of domestic and international experience in the waste management and resource utilization.  His experience encompasses basic research and development studies, designing and permitting waste processing facilities and recycling businesses, and providing advice to the public and private sectors.  Mr. Savage received an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley.  He is a registered professional engineer. 



Susan Stansbury Converting Influence LLC

International Treatment of Waste Wipes
Weds 2:00pm

VilleeRob Villee Plainfield Area Regional Sewerage Authority

Effect of Non-Flushable Wipes on Wastewater Collection Systems and Pump Stations
Weds 3:45pm

Rob Villee has over 30 years of experience in the wastewater industry, working for several public utilities. He is the Executive Director of the Plainfield Area Regional Sewerage Authority in NJ, a position he has held for the last 16 years. Rob is currently the chair of the Water Environment Federation Collection Systems Committee.  

WallaceRob Wallace Wallace Church, Inc.

Best Practices of Applying Design-Thinking to Business Issues
Weds 9:00am

Ask Rob Wallace what he does for a living and he’ll tell you that he has the world’s most engaging job. As Managing Partner of Wallace Church Inc., a Manhattan and San Francisco -based brand identity strategy and package design consultancy, Rob works with some of the world’s smartest and most successful consumer brand marketers.

Current Wallace Church clients include Procter & Gamble, Nestlé, Heinz, Miller Brewing, Target and more than a three dozen other fast moving global consumer brand corporations of equal caliber.

Rob is among the Board of Advisors of the Design Management Institute, the world’s leading design strategy consortium.  He is among ten members of the Distinguished Faculty of the Path to Purchase Institute and a speaker at more than three dozen industry events across North America, Europe and Asia.  He lectures annually at Columbia Business School and other MBA programs.

Brand identity is not just Rob’s job; it’s his passion. Often referred to as “the thought-leader on design’s return on investment”, Rob sees his primary goal as proving that brand identity/package design is a marketer’s single most effective tool.

When he’s not traveling or entertaining with his wife and three adult daughters, Rob plays a wicked blues harmonica and a truly terrible game of golf. Rob can be reached at 212-755-2903 or Rob@wallacechurch.com.


WilsonAdrian Wilson Sustainable Nonwovens Magazine

A Tale of Two Industries and Their Sustainable Futures?
Thurs 9:00am

Analyst and writer specializing in the nonwovens, textiles and composites industries.

He is currently the editor of Sustainable Nonwovens, Ecocomposites and Smart Textiles and Nanotechnology, while contributing to many other industry titles.

His most recently published books include:

Automotive Composites: From Steel to Carbon and Glass to Grass (Textile Media Services, 2011)

The Future of Smart Fabrics’ (IntertechPira, 2011)




Program subject to change.
The opinions expressed at WOW 2012 are those of the speakers and not necessarily that of INDA or its Board of Directors.

© INDA 2012. INDA and NEEDLEPUNCH are registered trademarks of INDA, CAB is a trademark of INDA.