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highlights of some of our speakers / instructors

Sean Kouplen

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You will not want to miss our  keynote speaker as he leads an entertaining and thought-provoking speech titled 

"Five Questions to Significance."

Sean Kouplen our Keynote speaker will motivate you to be the best that you can be, whether it is being a home crafter or running a business.  His perspective on living  on purpose, will inspire you to become all you dreamed you could be, no matter the mountains you need to climb.  Mr. Kouplen is the CEO of Regent bank in Tulsa, OK, and is the Secretary of Commerce for the State of OK.     Sean Kouplen has been married to Angela for 21 years and they have three children- Emory (15), Kennedy (12) and Finley (9).  You won't want to miss him.

Jimmy Lamb

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Award-winning author and International Speaker Jimmy Lamb, has more than 28 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. Mr. Lamb is a frequent speaker at industry events and trade shows domestically and internationally. Currently, he works with Sawgrass Technologies as the Manager of Education, where he has been instrumental in developing their educational seminars and webinars.

David Gross

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David Gross is the president of Condé Systems Inc. For more than 25 years he has developed and built the Mobile, Alabama based company into the premier source for printers, substrates, and consumables serving the personalized photo gift industry.  You will have an opportunity to have an up-close  a personal training with one of the best in the industry.  A highly sought after educator with extensive knowledge on the process and application  of sublimation.  

Aaron Montgomery

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Aaron Montgomery - Chief Solutions Officer of WeHeart.biz and President and CEO of MontCo Consulting .   Aaron has been involved with small businesses his whole life and is a sales and marketing leader in the garment decorating and personalization industry since 2000. He is also actively involved in the industry trade shows via speaking, attending and exhibiting. He has also written articles for the industry magazines and blogs on topics that include marketing, social media, the personalization market, sublimation and garment decorating techniques. He is dedicated to helping small businesses grow and succeed. You can find Aaron co-hosting the industry’s oldest and most listened to Podcast – 2 Regular Guys. Aaron and his wife, Kylene, launched an e-commerce business in 2019, putting his teaching to the test and giving them a fun family project – WeHeart.biz. Additionally, he hosts his own personal Podcast Channel as a recap and replay of his weekly Small Business Saturdays Series.

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Vik Patel

  

Vik Patel is a proven sales and marketing director, with more than 20 years of international experience and 10 years within the product decorating industry. As the Director of Marketing and Global Business Development at Sawgrass in Charleston, SC, Vik uses a methodical, data-driven approach for the strategic development of new markets. He has a degree in Chemistry and Business Administration from the University of Kingston, London and has an Executive MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. In his free time, you can catch him at places like the Charleston Food & Wine Festival running his pop-up food business specializing in spicy, hot-off-the-grill “Fire Chicken.” 

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Joe Dovi


Joe Dovi is the COO and EVP of UniNet, and directly manages the development of their innovative iColor line of white toner transfer printers and short run label 

presses. Joe has been at the helm for 15 years and is responsible for worldwide sales channels, iColor product R&D, and is co-author to many of UniNet's groundbreaking patents.

UniNet is a worldwide Original Equipment Manufacturer with over 25 years of experience in the imaging industry.

Our product capabilities and technologies have evolved over the years allowing us to leverage our experience, market leadership, and R&D capabilities. Our continued commitment is to offer the highest value products, flexible full color, and multi-use solutions with durable and reliable results.

 At UniNet, we choose to raise the bar by creating solutions that have a positive, lasting and sustainable global impact.


Rich Zydonik

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 Richard Zydonik is Chief Commercial Officer for Rowmark, LLC.   He is responsible for business development in new regions and new markets, as well as sales for the Global Rowmark engravables division. Rich has been with the company since 2000 and has served as the VP of Sales and Marketing for much of that time. Prior to working at Rowmark, Rich spent over fifteen years working for the founding manufacturers of rotary & laser engraving systems in several capacities, including operations management, worldwide sales and general management.  He is largely responsible for bringing new and exciting products to the market, both to sublimate and to laser.

Rich has written columns for the Awards & Engraving Magazine (A&E) and has also authored “The Engravers Bible,” the definitive text for engravers. Rich is active on several industry marketing and educational boards and formerly served as President of the Awards and Recognition Association, serving 4,000 members.  Rich is active in the Findlay community. He served for eleven years on the Board of Directors and as President in 2007 for the Children’s Mentoring Connection (CMC). CMC serves “at risk” children of Hancock County. Rich now serves on the CMC Foundation and actively supports a number of other local charities and non-profit organizations including the Conventions & Visitors Bureau.  Rich lives in Findlay, Ohio with his wife Laurie.

Karen Schulz

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Karen Schulz is a designer of digital scrapbook kits and is passionate about all things Photoshop. She designs digital products for both personal and commercial use. Her style is a mixture of realistic, shabby, and artsy, which makes her digital kits unique and versatile. Karen loves sharing her knowledge with others and teaches on a monthly online subscription based program.  She also writes weekly Photoshop tutorials for her blog, posts You Tube educational videos, and has been a presenter at creativeLive.

Roger Wambolt

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Roger Wambolt's career is the culmination of 24 years in graphic design and education. It began in the trenches at Corel, where Roger provided user support, training and championed Corel's partner programs. Over the years, he acquired extensive knowledge through his relationships with graphics professionals in many industries, including print, sublimation, screen printing, sign making, engraving, and embroidery. 

A CorelDRAW Graphics Suite expert, Roger has been a popular presenter at industry trade shows. He has developed and conducted classroom training and online sessions throughout North America and has authored articles for key industry magazines, including SQE Professional, The Screen Printers Resource Guide and is a regular contributor to Trophex magazine. You can train at home with Roger using his book Bring It Home with CorelDRAW: A Guide to In-House Graphic Design or by watching his online course CorelDRAW Essential Training at www.linkedin.com/learning, in addition to his numerous tutorials on the Corel Discovery Center.

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Matt Vassallo

  • 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. Through hard work and determination, Matt has grown TRW into the thriving business it is today. Well-acquainted with the difficulties of starting a business, Matt has developed a business model as a distributor dedicated to training and equipping those who are beginning just like he did. He is best known for his YouTube channel which boasts over 3,000 free videos aimed at helping business owners get started or grow in the apparel and decal industry. Matt continues to be devoted to teaching as a top instructor at industry events across the United States, and also hosting weekly live and recorded online trainings.Matt is a cancer survivor, a coach and an ardent fan of baseball. For more info about Matt, visit www.therhinestoneworld.com or email info@therhinestoneworld.com.

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Aaron Knight

Aaron Knight is the Vice President of Geo Knight & Co, a 5-generation manufacturing company established in 1885. Aaron has designed most of the current digital line of presses at www.heatpress.com and has directed the company towards a product line that is USA-made & support-oriented. With a background in accounting and computer programming & IT, his primary focus is the factory’s industry reputation for quality heat press machinery. Married & Father of 3, he is also a private aerobatic pilot, musician, and high performance ‘track driver’.

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Maradith Schwandner

  • "Maradith Schwandner is a Premier Customer Relations Representative at Coastal Business Supplies with over 13 years of experience in the garment decoration industry. Maradith boasts a breadth of knowledge regarding dye-sublimation, heat transfer vinyl, heat transfer paper and various other personalization methods. Due to her vast knowledge of decorating methods, Maradith assists in coordinating and is a prominent figure at many of Coastal’s events She is also popularly seen in many of Coastal’s Facebook and YouTube training videos and live productions."

Tony Lorenc

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Tony’s passion for photography goes back to 1970s when he got his first 35mm camera. Tony has an MBA in Management and International Business and studied photography under many world class photographers. His photographic experience includes; wedding, portraiture, commercial, model portfolios and product photography. He thought adult photo enthusiasts in NJ and PA and to do so effectively he wrote a textbook; Guide to Digital SLR Photography. The book is based on the input from students and the content focuses on what they wanted to learn; practical techniques for better digital pictures, the book is available on Amazon.com. Tony is a past member Professional Photographers of America, North East Pennsylvania Professional Photographers and NJ Professional Photographers.

Erika Ferraby

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Erika is a maverick of licensing and product development. With a background in Industrial Design and Retail Buying and Management, Erika has found her calling with High Cotton Gifts. She first fell in love with the High Cotton Brand when their hilarious gift products were sold at her parents Ace Hardware Store (where she worked as a teen). She had no idea that years later, she would carry on the legacy of High Cotton Gifts, proudly produced in the USA for 30 years.

Jared Hoch

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Jared Hoch, BASI, is ASI’s executive director of business development. With over 15 years of experience in the print, merchandising and promotional products industry, he brings great knowledge of how to increase sales by using multichannel approaches. Throughout his career, he has also served as vice president for Ryonet and as the CEO for a merchandising company that worked directly with Fortune 100 companies. Before joining ASI, Jared was listed in ASI’s “Power 50 – Most Influential People in the Industry” in Stitches magazine. Jared is passionate about presenting new ideas and training modules to help both startup businesses and seasoned veterans in the industry find innovative ways to increase sales.

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Randy Braatz

  

Randy Braatz is an entrepreneur with a passion for building and automating online businesses. In 2011, he discovered sublimation and started a successful online business, all while working a fulltime job. Randy enjoys sharing his knowledge and helping others discover ways to grow and automate their business. 

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Jim Tenholder

Jim Tenholder is the Dealer Sales Manager for Imaging Supplies Warehouse, a global wholesale distribution company that provides laser, inkjet, heat transfer and sublimation supplies to resellers in the product personalization industry. He possesses 15+ years of sales experience in the specialty printing market, with three years specifically dedicated to garment decoration. Jim has devoted his focus and energy to thoroughly understanding every aspect of the transfer printing process, and because of this, ISW is now one of the few select OKI-exclusive distributors in the world. His transfer printing expertise extends from production to marketing,  he can tell you which specialty papers work best with OKI's line of printers, and he also knows how businesses can utilize the OKI  printing system to generate revenue immediately.

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James "Jay" Spencer II

  

James “Jay” Spencer is the Technology & Applications Specialist for Johnson Plastics. Jay’s primary mission is to integrate the best solutions for his clients in the fields of personalization, engraving, marking, and signage. With a mindset that equipment choice is only the first step in the process, Jay’s goal is to ensure that his clients have a complete solution and access to information so they can maximize the effectiveness of their investments.  During his 15 + years of industry experience, Jay has consistently built relationships that extend past the sale and into his clients success.  

Jay’s technology specialties include laser and rotary engraving, UV printing, sublimation and heat transfer. He is a certified technician for several manufactures and has provided countless seminars and trainings throughout his career on various applications and business growth concepts. 

Jay received his education from North Carolina A&T State University and shares his passion for golf and guiding the next generation as a coach for the First Tee program. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia. 

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Sprite Wood

Sprite Wood is Senior Product Developer and Graphic Artist for Condé Systems, Inc. With over 20 years experience in marketing, graphic design, and digital decorating, Sprite has become a well-respected figure in the sublimation industry by sharing her extensive product knowledge, showstopping product designs, epic marketing strategies, and cutting-edge transfer techniques in countless Condé webinars, workshops, and weekly Live Broadcasts. Don't miss your opportunity to hear Sprite discuss topics ranging from innovative graphic design to outside of the box sales tactics while on her quest to find the next big thing in sublimation!

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Joe Piazza

  

Joe Piazza has been with Siser North America for over 5 years, as Marketing/Sales. Joe runs their social media, videos, attends tradeshows, teaches classes, and does trainings. Joe has 13 years’ experience in the textile decoration industry, with a background in: CAD-cut, large format printing, DTG, Sublimation, Digital Art, and CNC.

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Becky Dykes


Becky Dykes has truly found her passion, teaching those wanting to join the Silhouette creative adventure. Instructing on behalf of Craft Chameleon, Becky specializes in helping beginners learn the basics and advanced users the full power of the Silhouette Software. 

Becky began 7 years ago and has worked from self-taught hobbyist to licensed Silhouette enthusiast. Her work includes being half of the crafty duo 'Vinyl Me Crazy', owner of 'Silhouette & Cricut Inspiration Box', contributor for top industry blogs, instructor for several national conferences representing various crafting brands, plus hosting Silhouette Weekend Retreats around the country and on cruises!

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Chris Bernat

Christopher Bernat is the Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer at Vapor Apparel, a leading provider of Sublimation Certified apparel and accessories. For the last 15 years he has helped sublimators across the world identify their target markets and perfect their production process. Prior to starting Vapor Apparel, he was Director of Sales at Sawgrass Technologies. Chris is a leading speaker and writer within the decorated apparel community. He sits on the SGIA Executive Board of Directors and is slated to be the Chairman in 2021. Chris is a veteran of the US Military and a graduate of Clemson University.  He resides in Charleston, South Carolina.