Prototyping & Sustainability Manager, Lenzing AG
Sustainability Roundtable - Tuesday 9:30am
Peter Bartsch joined Lenzing AG in 1995 after finishing his PhD at the Institute for Textile Chemistry at University of Stuttgart/Germany. In Lenzing R&D he was managing fiber development and fiber processing projects. Within his former managing positions in Technical Service, Business Development and Marketing Apparel he serviced the entire supply chain including brand and retail level. Main focus is on product development of apparel applications with Lenzing Fiber Brands and to support the supply chain in marketing their products. Since August 2013 he is head of the Consumer Products Team of Innovation & Strategic R&D. Within his function he coordinates roll out of new Lenzing fiber innovations and sustainability activities along the entire textile and nonwovens supply chain.
Commercial Manager- UK Retail, Rockline Industries
Matt has always worked for, or with, some of Europe's most exciting retailers, products and brands. Starting in‐store whilst studying for his Management Science degree (BSc) at University of Manchester, he progressed post‐graduation to Retail Head Office functions with experience of purchasing and category management for several retailers including Halfords, Currys and Lloyds Pharmacy. In 2008, Matt switched from buying to selling and after successfully managing the largest healthcare retailer in Europe for SSL International (now Reckitt Benckiser), joined Rockline Industries in 2011. Matt is now responsible for developing several Top 6 Grocery Retailers for Rockline in the UK as well as new business development, finding new products and markets for growth.
Director, Business Development – Nonwovens, Ecosynthetix
Worked in non-wovens manufacturing and operations for 12 years before joining EcoSynthetix
Inc. in a Business Development role in 2011. Leading efforts in the nonwoven space to
introduce sustainable bio-based binder technologies to help the growing needs of the market
Director-Regulatory Affairs, National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)
At First Flush: Collaborating to Protect our Sewers, Starting with Wipes - Wednesday 2:00pm
Cynthia A. Finley is Director of Regulatory Affairs at the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), which represents the interests of nearly 300 municipal wastewater utilities. Cynthia earned her Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004, specializing in the risk‐based assessment of contaminated groundwater remediation. She received a Master of Science in civil engineering from the University of Washington in 1997 and a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Texas A&M University in 1995. From 2004 to 2006, Cynthia was an assistant professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Missouri – Columbia, where she worked on international engineering education programs and taught courses in risk and reliability, landfill design, and groundwater flow and contamination. She joined NACWA in 2006 and works on regulatory issues related to wet weather management, collection systems, climate, energy, security and emergency preparedness, and pretreatment and pollution prevention. When not working at NACWA, Cynthia is kept busy by her four kids, two dogs, and two cats.
Director of Government Affairs, INDA
Wipe Your Tears Away: Washington Isn't Completely Dysfunctional - Tuesday 1:00pm
Jessica Franken, INDA's Director of Government Affairs, has more than 15 years of professional government relations/public policy experience that includes 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 public officials on a diverse array of issues including the environment, product safety, trade, tax, healthcare, manufacturing, and labor/workplace policy. She serves 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. She is a founding member of the Washington‐based Alliance of Textile Professionals, a networking organization dedicated to connecting professionals involved in textiles/apparel, retail, sustainability and related arenas.
An accomplished writer, Jessica Franken has contributed to and authored more than 150 policythemed 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 offering services to multiple association and industry clients.
Vice President - Clinical Affairs, PDI and Nice-Pak
Dr. Hudson Garrett is currently employed as the Vice President, Clinical Affairs for PDI, and is responsible for the global clinical affairs program and also the Medical Science Liaison program. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology/Chemistry and Nursing, a dual Masters in Nursing and Public Health, a Post-Masters Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner, a dual Post-Masters Certificate in Infection Prevention and Infection Control, and a PhD in Healthcare Administration and Policy. He has completed the Johns Hopkins Fellows Program in Hospital Epidemiology and Infection Control, and the CDC Fundamentals of Healthcare Epidemiology program. He is board certified in family practice, critical care, vascular access, moderate sedation, and long term care.
Dr. Garrett currently serves on the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America Pediatric Subcommittee, President, Board of Directors, for the Vascular Access Certification Corporation, is the past Education Chair for the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Association for Professionals In Infection Control and Epidemiology Board of Directors, a National Faculty Member for the Emergency Care and Safety Institute, President, Board of Directors, for the Southeast Chapter of the Infusion Nurses Society, a member of the Conference Planning Committee for the Association for the Healthcare Environment, a member of the Clinical Practices Advisory Committee for the Association for Vascular Access, and a member of the Recommended Practices Advisory Board for the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses. In addition, he received a Presidential Citation from the Society of Critical Care Medicine in 2011 in recognition for his advancement of critical care nursing and infection prevention. He also serves as the Chairperson for the Association for the Healthcare Environment Research Committee, and is the lead faculty member for the 2013 Association for the Healthcare Environment's Online Certificate Program in the Essentials of Infection Prevention for Environmental Services Professionals. He is also a two time nominee for the AVA Herbst Award. He also served as a reviewer for the 2013 Best Practices in Adult Peripheral Vascular Access Resource Guide for the Association of Vascular Access, and is currently the second author for the second revision of the PEDIVAN Guidelines which is scheduled to be released in 2014 and also an author for the AVA CVC Best Practices Resource guide.
He has published in many publications including Infection Control Today, Managing Infection Control, Provider, The Assisted Living Journal, and in the American Journal of Long Term Care, American Journal of Critical Care, and also in several Mosby Saunders medical textbooks. He was the co-author for the Association for Perioperative Registered Nurses Transmissible Infections Recommended Practice from and also on the author group for the Association for the Healthcare Environment Practice Guidance for Environmental Cleaning. He also serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Vascular Access, the Journal of Perioperative Nursing, AVA EVAN Newsletter, OSAP Newsletter, the Journal of Healthcare Risk Management, and the American Journal of Long Term Care.
He is currently an active member of many professional organizations including: Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, the Association for the Healthcare Environment, the Society of Hospital Epidemiology of America, Infectious Disease Society of America, Association for Vascular Access, Infusion Nurses Society, the American Society for Professionals in Patient Safety, Society of Critical Care Medicine, Association for Perioperative Registered Nurses, American Medical Directors Association, American Association of Moderate Sedation Nurses, the American College of Healthcare Executives, and the American Academy of Nurse Practioners.
Director of Fibers & Nonwovens, Natureworks LLC
Sustainability Roundtable - Tuesday 9:30am
Robert Green is the Ingeo Fibers and Nonwovens Global Business Director for NatureWorks LLC. Robert has been employed with NatureWorks since 2002 and has been involved in a broad range of applications for both Ingeo fibers as well as Ingeo packaging.
Prior to joining Natureworks LLC, Robert was employed with Wellman Inc for 11 years holding a number of technical positions at several US and international locations supporting a variety of PET fiber and resin activities.
Robert has a BS in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and a MBA from the University of South Carolina. Robert is an active member of several fibers and nonwovens industry associations and serves on the INDA Technical Advisory Board (TAB).
Senior VP-Sewage Grinders, JWC Environmental
New Sewer Debris Removal Technologies – Take a Trip with the Muffin Monster - Wednesday 2:00pm
Gregory S. Guard is Senior Vice President of Sales for JWC Environmental, a global manufacturer of industrial shredders and screens. Mr. Guard has two decades of experience in environmental industries, including top leadership posts at Waste Management, WasteQuip and ThermoFluids. Today he heads JWC's municipal sales in North and South America and oversees industrial sales globally. JWC provides Muffin Monster® brand shredders and screens for wastewater, MSW and green technology applications. JWC offers a range of products to help cities deal with trash and debris in wastewater. Mr. Guard is a graduate of UCLA.
Research Scientist, ARS-USDA, Southern Regional Research Center
Dr. Hinchliffe is a Research Molecular Biologist with the USDA in New Orleans, LA. His research interests include pre-harvest modification of cotton fibers through breeding and genetic manipulation, and identification of novel compounds and treatments for postharvest modifications to cotton fibers and fabrics. Dr. Hinchliffe holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey and a Ph. D. in Molecular Biology from New Mexico State University.
Senior Scientist, UL Environment
First-Ever ECOLOGO® Certification Gives Wipers the Edge - Thursday 8:00am
William F. Hoffman III (Bill) manages the UL Environment science team working on the technical basis for the development of standards and guidance for standards including the green chemistry and sustainable chemistry aspects of product environmental performance, validation of claims and product certification. The goal of this work is to provide a strong technical basis to product environmental performance by using a deep scientific analysis of the environmental impact of a product while also assuring companies producing the product are using environmentally progressive manufacturing methods.
Formerly Bill was the Director of Sustainability Services for a non-for-profit consulting firm Chicago Manufacturing Center where he was responsible for strategy and deployment of sustainability services. He also managed the Chicago Waste to Profit Network which was responsible for the diversion of 40,000 tons of material from local landfills and 30,000 tons of CO2 saved as a result of those diversions. He also performed a Product Carbon Footprint assessment of craft beer brewery.
While at Motorola Bill worked on the development of several internal specifications including standards governing the chemical content of products and was heavily involved in external standardization efforts for environmental issues in electronics. These standards often included consideration of chemical risk, trends in regulation, business need, product design requirements and environmental management trends. Bill also developed the core design of an electronics industry component database that was used to manage RoHS compliance of product components and provide analysis of material content for reporting to automotive industry customers. Bill also led the semiconductor packaging team for an early Life Cycle Assessment of an electronics product performed by an industry consortium.
Bill spent 2 years at Argonne National Laboratory as a Post Doctoral Appointee. While at
Argonne he studied the chemistry and formation of transition metal clusters. The reactions of
Nickel and Iron with hydrogen and ammonia were the main topics of the research.
Principal, Smith, Johnson & Associates
WIPES 101 – A Look at Things to Come - Tuesday 9:30am
Rob Johnson has more than 26 years experience in the nonwovens industry and is a well-known speaker and conference moderator. Johnson's industry tenure started in air laid nonwovens research with Scott Paper; he then transferred to Scott Nonwovens (now PGI Nonwovens) where he held a number of equipment, process, product development, and research assignments prior to promotion to Director of Research and Development. In 1993, Johnson shifted his responsibilities into marketing, sales and business development as Director of New Business Development with PGI Nonwovens.
Throughout his career, Johnson has been involved with technology assessment, materials development, strategic planning, and competitive intelligence; he has traveled extensively to consult with customers and internal clients as well as to investigate new market and technology opportunities. Johnson holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Virginia Tech and is a registered professional engineer in multiple states.
Director of Market Research & Statistics, INDA
The North American Nonwovens and Wipes Markets - Tuesday 1:00pm
Brad joined INDA April 2013. Kalil comes to INDA from The Hartman Group where he was Senior Quantitative Research Analyst, advising the world's best known brands on consumer demand and market strategy. Prior to joining The Hartman Group, Kalil had a number of market research/analyst roles in the specialty pulp, tissue and hygiene markets. He also worked for RISI and spent seven years with Weyerhaeuser in market research and business intelligence with many of his customers being the largest hygiene producers in the world.
Senior Research and Engineering Manager, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
The Industrial Wiping Market - Wednesday 8:00am
Chris Luettgen is currently Senior Research and Engineering Manager for Kimberly‐Clark Corporation and is based in Roswell, GA. He holds a B.S. in Paper Engineering from Western Michigan University and M.S. and PhD degrees from the Institute of Paper Science and Technology, Atlanta, GA.
During his career he has worked in research, engineering and operations roles with Scott Paper and with Kimberly‐Clark Corporation (K‐C) and currently serves as Senior R&E Manager, North American Regional Innovation, for the K‐C Professional Business. Previous responsibilities included technical leadership roles in recycled fiber, greenfield mill commercialization, new product development, operations management, manufacturing coordination, open innovation management and enterprise transformation. Chris has been an active member of TAPPI since 1986, has served on the Board of Directors the past three years, is currently Vice Chair of the Board and was named a TAPPI Fellow in 2013.
Principal, Phillip Mango Consulting and Udhav Doctor, Director, Business Development – Nonwovens, Ecosynthetix
Phillip Mango has spent over thirty years in nonwovens, starting in 1981 with Air Products and Chemicals, where he was the Manager of the Nonwovens Group. Air Products was the major supplier of latex binders to major nonwovens used in wipes, notably airlaid and DRC (double recrepe). In 1991, he left Air Products to join Walkisoft USA as Director of Technology. Walkisoft was the largest global producer of airlaid at that time. Sensing a need for a more innovative, specialty oriented airlaid producer, Mr. Mango started his own airlaid business and designed and built a specialty airlaid line in 1997. This company, Airformed Composites, was one of the early developers of commercial multibonded airlaid for baby wipes, as well as other unique products and process advances. In 2000, Concert Industries acquired Airformed Composites and Mr. Mango. With Concert, Mr. Mango was the Director of Product Development. In 2002, Mr. Mango left Concert to start his own consulting business, Phillip Mango Consulting. Over the last 12 years, Mr. Mango has consulted extensively in the wipes market, technology, nonwovens and raw materials. He has authored numerous studies on flushable wipes, the global wipes market and technology, and other nonwovens related subjects.
Research Scientist, H.B. Fuller Company
Review of Binders for Flushable Wet Wipes - Wednesday 4:00pm
Mutombo Muvundamina, Ph.D. is a Research Scientist at H. B. Fuller in the emerging technology group.
Senior Technical Service Scientist, The Dow Chemical Company
New Approaches in "Flushable" Binder Technology - Wednesday 4:00pm
Maureen Nunn is a senior technical service scientist in The Dow Chemical Company's Packaging and Specialty Plastics business. In this role, she is the primary technical point of contact in the Textiles and Nonwovens area of Dow Adhesives and Functional Materials.
Nunn has 30 years of experience in product development, including automotive topcoat coatings, paper chemicals, polymers and coagulants for wastewater treatment, electronics and adhesives. Before her career at Dow, Nunn had experience working in research and development with product development and maintenance responsibilities for corporations including DuPont, Nalco, Heraeus, and Pecora.
Nunn holds a B.A. in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and a M.S. in Organic Chemistry from Georgetown University. She currently resides in Lower Gwynedd, PA.
Director, Strategic Initiatives, Cotton Incorporated
Sustainability Roundtable - Tuesday 9:30am
Jan O'Regan is Director, Strategic Initiatives for Cotton Incorporated. In this capacity she works to uncover new opportunities for cotton to bring value in to the nonwovens supply chain. The work includes leading efforts in strategic planning, technical and marketing research, analysis and marketing with companies and industry professionals around the world.
Jan's professional experience is strong in nonwovens. She has spent over three decades in this industry in a variety of assignments including market development, research, marketing, strategic planning and business unit management. Her market responsibilities spanned consumer and industrial on regional, national and global scales. Over the past nine years, Jan has had the opportunity to apply her broad experience to new markets for cotton and learn about natural fibers.
She earned a BS in Textiles and Business from Penn State and an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. She has also attended several executive education programs at Northwestern University.
Technical Director, INDA
INDA's Product Stewardship Focus on Flushability - Wednesday 2:00pm
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.
Chief Architect – Retail and Consumer Brands, NSF International
Chief Architect – Retail and Consumer Brands
Prior to joining NSF in July 2013, Alan was Technical Director at Rockline Industries for 16 years. He started my professional career with Shuster Labs (now owned by UL Labs) 13 years ago and have been in the wet wipe industry since 1984.
Sustainability Manager - Care Chemicals & Formulation Technologies North America, BASF
Denise Petersen, Sustainability Manager for Care Chemicals and Formulation Technologies, North
Denise Petersen is responsible for sustainability in the Care Chemicals and Formulation Technologies businesses in North America. Denise represents BASF on the Natural Products Association Board and is a member of The Sustainability Consortium. Shereceived her undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and MBA from Texas State
Business Development Manager, ITW Professional Brands
Methods & Trends for Coloring Nonwovens - Thursday 8:00am
Chris Plotz is responsible for North American Product Development for ITW Professional Brands. He has a 14 year history in developing non‐woven products for a number of industries. In 10 years with ITW he has 3 wet wipe patents and several patents pending. He has a degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin Stout, an MBA from Rockhurst University and is currently working on a Masters in Textiles from North Carolina State.
Director of Global Insights, The Hartmann Group
Ethnography: What It Is and How Can It Help the Wipes Industry Grow - Tuesday 1:00pm
Greg Prang is Director of Global Insights at The Hartman Group. He brings to The Hartman Group a rich experience concerning cross‐cultural consumer behavior. Greg received a BA in marketing from Western Michigan University, and an MA and PhD in sociocultural anthropology from Wayne State University. He spent more than 10 years as a university professor, teaching courses in business anthropology and the culture of consumption. He has also spent many researching the global aquarium fish trade as a visiting professor at the University of Amazonas and a trade analyst for the Zoological Society of London.
CED, Dude Products, Inc.
Brand Your Wipes, Dude - Tuesday 1:00pm
Sean Riley is the President of Dude Products, the creative young company which introduced Dude Wipes® to adult moist toilet tissue market in 2013. Riley has a passion for building products with differentiated brands that make life easy and more fun. Dude Product's current initiatives include introducing new original wipe products, implementing Eco‐friendly manufacturing and saving the world one dude at a time.
Founder, DRS Solutions
Creating Exceptional Customer Experiences in a Participatory World - Tuesday 1:00pm
Deb is an Internet industry veteran who merges expertise in design, technology and innovation to bring fresh approaches to business. She is widely recognized for her understanding of the dynamics of the social web and its impact on culture, society and media and technology. Her current work focuses on the importance of real‐world experimentation, open‐innovation and the new dynamics required for both startups and large organizations to succeed in an always‐on connected world. She architected a first of its kind, Social Media Innovation Lab for P&G, and served on Procter & Gamble's Digital Advisory Board, was a founding Partner and Senior Fellow with the Altimeter Group and early blogger and employee of blog start‐up SixApart. Deb has consulted with and advised Fortune 50 companies including Pepsi, General Mills, and GE, as well as numerous Internet startups and VC firms. She is a regular keynote speaker at tech and business conferences and is a co‐founder of the popular podcast Tummelvision.tv and Geek Arts Festival YxYY.
Technical Support Manager International, Schülke & Mayr GmbH
Wolfgang Siegert holds a degree in chemical engineering and trained as a Laboratory Assistant at Reichhold-Chemie, in Germany. He joined Schülke & Mayr, GmbH in 1974, where he began his career developing disinfectants and insecticides for veterinary application. He later became responsible for the development of synthesis methods for chemical specialties and the management of the pilot plant. In 1985, Mr. Siegert became head of the Application Department for Schülke & Mayr, GmbH. In this position he was the key company contact to customers with questions regarding microbiological quality management, including the selection of preservatives and disinfectants. In 2009 he became Schülke & Mayr, GmbH Technical Support Manager International, a position that allows him to travel the world promoting proper microbiological handling of products and processes across a variety of industries. Since 2003 he is member of the EDANA Wet Wipes Committee.
CEO and Consultant, Right Angle Concepts
Wipes - Playing a Critical Role in Food Service Cleanup - Wednesday 10:00am
Susan Stansbury has been involved in the paper, nonwovens, wipes and converting industries for more than 25 years where she has managed strategic marketing, product development, and specialized in personal care markets. She is heavily involved in nonwovens issues, from fabrics to additives, nonwovens and converting.
Susan was founding executive of Converting Influence, a group of converters and associated
companies…which held its Seventh Expo this year. She has reported on and given presentations about product development, packaging,
automation and sustainability considerations and regulatory issues. Susan writes for a number of national industry magazines including Nonwovens Industry and
Flexible Packaging. She previously directed strategic marketing efforts for the Georgia-Pacific Nonwovens Group and other corporations.
Application Technologist, American Truetzschler Inc. and Kai Poehler, Senior Application Manager, Voith Paper, GmbH & Co. KG
New Flushable Wipe Technology from Trützschler & Voith - Wednesday 4:00pm
Company: Trützschler Nonwovens GmbH
Occupation: Application Technologist
Grade: Dipl. Ing. (Diplom Ingenieur Maschinenbau / TH Darmstadt)
Career: 09.1989 – 12.1994 ITT Automotive Europe, Finite Element Engineer
01.1995 – 03.1997 Varity Kelsey-Hayes, R&D Engineer
04.1997 – 06.2000 Fleissner GmbH, Design- and Finite Element Engineer
06.2000 – today Trützschler Nonwovens / Fleissner GmbH, Application Technologist Technical Sales Support