INDA Webinars

Explore the Top Issues Facing the Global Nonwovens Industry.

  • Grow your export strategies with key insights
  • Join the Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guides discussion

Make better business decisions with INDA’s series of complimentary 50-minute webinars. Below is the first round of webinars for 2023…stay tuned for more!

Grow Your Export Markets
Tuesday, March 28th, 11 am EDT
Shirreef Loza, Director, International Trade Specialist,
US Commercial Service, US Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration

Discover your next Export Solution from an expert trade professional at the U.S. Commercial Service. Learn about all aspects of exporting and world markets. Get answers to your most pressing export questions. Create your successful international sales strategies with new insights. Register today!

This complimentary webinar is designed for CEOs, CFOs, Business Development, Marketing, Legal and Logistics professionals.

Industry Expert:

Shirreef Loza, Director, International Trade Specialist, US Commercial Service, US Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
Shirreef Loza is Director and Senior International Trade Specialist with the United States Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA), U.S. Foreign and Commercial Service office. In this role, he actively works with foreign service officers in U.S. Embassies and Consulates to promote U.S. businesses, schools and organizations in international markets. Since 2003, Mr. Loza has held a variety of leadership roles on the Healthcare, Education, and Information Communication Technology teams, and served as Deputy Leader for the Africa/Near East/South Asia regional team. Mr. Loza is co-founder and President of Blacks Building Opportunities to Leverage Diversity (BBOLD), an ITA employee resource group (ERG). He earned his B.A. in Philosophy and Master of International Studies with a concentration on Middle East – U.S. Policy Formation from N.C. State University.

INDA Roundtable Discussing the Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guides Updates
Wednesday, April 12th, 11 am EDT
Moderator: Wes Fisher, Director of Government Affairs, INDA

Share your input! Guide INDA’s engagement and comments regarding updates to the FTC “Green Guides.” INDA is in the process of collecting information from membership with respect to long-awaited updates to the Federal Trade Commission’s Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims, also known as “Green Guides.”

Last updated in 2012, the guides provide direction regarding environmental advertising and labeling claims. The guidelines outline general principles applicable to all environmental marketing claims, and specific guidance regarding common environmental benefit claims. For each claim covered, the Guides: (1) explain how reasonable consumers likely interpret it; (2) describe the basic elements necessary to substantiate it; and (3) present options for qualifications to avoid deception.

The FTC is requesting public input as it begins its green guides update process. INDA needs your feedback, so we can accurately represent the views of the industry on these issues. Please review the Federal Register notice at this link to read the specific questions the FTC is posing to stakeholders regarding the update process. General comments are due to the FTC on April 24th and comments specific to “recyclable” claims are due on June 13th.

This complimentary webinar is designed for CEOs, Presidents, Vice Presidents, Division Management, Marketing, Sales, and Product Management.

Industry Expert:

Wes Fisher is the Director of Government Affairs at INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, where he leads the association’s government and regulatory affairs activities and manages strategic relationships with allied organizations, government officials, industry partners, and stakeholders in support of the nonwovens industry.

Prior to joining INDA in 2022, Mr. Fisher was the Senior Director of Government Affairs for the Pet Advocacy Network (formerly the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council) where he directed a multi-faceted legislative and regulatory portfolio on behalf of the pet care industry, and previously was the Director of Federal and State Affairs at the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA), the national trade group representing the vending and unattended retail industry.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Area State Relations Group (WASRG) and was appointed by the Governor of Virginia to serve on the state’s Rare Disease Council.

Maintaining Value in Your Business During the M&A Process
Wednesday July 12th, 11 am EDT
Len LaPorta, Managing Director – Investment Banking, Wiley Bros. – Aintree Capital LLC

Company leaders making the decision to sell their business often forget to manage the business for growth during the process.  Too often they are concerned about retaining their company’s value while growth is pushed aside. By using a competitive sell-side process during the M&A transaction, a company has the best chance to keep – and improve – its valuation until the papers are signed.

Join Len LaPorta, Managing Director – Investment Banking, Wiley Bros, as he reviews the M&A industry to learn how a potential bidder looks at your management team’s performance and the impact on valuation.  Follow Len as he reviews several M&A case studies to create templates to help you create new operational performance to improve value. Gain a better understanding of the M&A process and the value a robust side-sell partner can provide.

Learn strategies to:

  • Engage the entire management team in the M&A process to increase the valuation
  • View a current operational challenge and creating framework to increase the valuation
  • Look at the forward new business “visibility” and increase the valuation

This complimentary webinar is designed for CEOs, CFOs, Business Development, Marketing, Legal and Logistics professionals.

Industry Expert:

Len LaPorta, Managing Director – Investment Banking, Wiley Bros. has a rare combination of skills developed as a former hands-on business owner turned investment banker. He has spent years “on the shop floor,” and truly understands the ins and outs of business ownership which enables him to appreciate the needs of both buyers and sellers. He successfully assists business owners in determining and achieving their best next move.

In his 30-year career, Mr. LaPorta has advised on and negotiated numerous transactions in a wide range of diverse industries including artificial intelligence (IoT), autonomous vehicles, manufacturing, industrial, capital equipment, composite materials, powder metal, industrial technology, HVAC, non-woven fabrics, machine tooling, contract machining, precision machining, stamping and fabrication sectors. He has a keen sense for companies that produce highly engineered products. He is an expert in developing competitive sell-side strategies leading to multiple bidders. Mr. LaPorta has a global network that has facilitated strong cross border deal flow and execution. This earned him both M&A Advisor and M&A Atlas; Cross Border Deal of the Year Award, for Lapmaster’s acquisition of Peter Wolters GmbH from Lam Research creating one of the world’s largest capital equipment providers of lapping, polishing and grinding equipment.

Registration information is coming soon!

We encourage you to share webinar invitations with your peers, colleagues, and customers. If you have topics you would like INDA to explore or want to be part of a webinar, feel free to reach out to Ryan Ragan, Director of Membership & Industry Relations,

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