Come and Join Us !
Sean Kouplen is BACK by popular demand!
Sean Kouplen is the former Oklahoma’s Secretary of Commerce & Workforce Development and the Chairman & CEO of Regent Bank.
In his volunteer role as Secretary of Commerce and Workforce Development, Kouplen oversees 36 state agencies who lead the economic development, community development and workforce development efforts for the state of Oklahoma. Under his leadership, the state has attracted over 65 new businesses since 2019. Governor Stitt has now tasked Secretary Kouplen with leading our business and economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.
In 2008, Kouplen led an investor group that purchased 110-year old Regent Bank in Nowata, OK. Since that time, the bank has expanded to Tulsa, OKC Springfield, MO and now Bartlesville; growing from $72 million in assets to over $700 million- making it one of America’s fastest-growing banks. Regent Bank has won many awards including Inc Magazine’s Best Places to Work and the ICBA Central United States Community Banker of the Year.
Kouplen holds numerous local and statewide leadership positions, including Immediate Past Chairman of the OSU National Alumni Association, OSU-Tulsa Board of Trustees and Hospitality House Board of Directors. He is currently a board member for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, Tulsa Community College Foundation and Hillcrest South Hospital, an Elder of Southpoint Church in Bixby, and a member of the OK Bankers Association and Young President’s Organizations.
Kouplen’s awards include Central U.S. Community Banker of the Year, Journal Record’s Most Admired CEO Circle of Excellence Inductee, his fraternity’s top national alumni award, Citizen of the Year in Bixby, OK and, most recently, a black belt in Taekwondo. Kouplen has written three best-selling books and leads a daily call-in devotional for over 60,000 people throughout the country every morning at 8:17am and you are invited!
Kouplen has been married to Angela for 21 years and they have three children- Emory (16), Kennedy (13) and Finley (10).
Sean has started a weekly podcast that will continue to inspire you. https://www.spreaker.com/user/15324876/time-management-secrets
CEO + International Speaker + Author
Jeremie Kubicek is a powerful communicator, serial entrepreneur, and content builder. He creates content used by some of the largest companies around the globe found in the books he has authored: The 100X Leader,
5 Voices, 5 Gears, and the National Bestseller, Making Your Leadership Come Alive. His new book, The Peace Index, was released in October of 2022.
Jeremie is the Co-Founder of GiANT, a company that certifies coaches and consultants that serve companies and their employees. Jeremie has started over 20 companies while living in Oklahoma City, Moscow, Atlanta, and London. We all have a voice but not all of us are heard. If you would like to find out what your voice is you can take a free 5 voice assessment https://shift2success.giantos.com/store/5-voices.
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.
President - Vapor Apparel
Jackson is a native of Greenville, South Carolina. He graduated from Clemson University in 1994 with a BS in Textile Management a minor in Marketing and an area of concentration in Environmental Sciences. He then received his International MBA from CIMBA, headquartered in Pordenone, Italy.
He started his career at Unifi, Inc., the makers of Repreve, headquartered in Greensboro, NC for 8 years, where spent the last few years as Unifi’s Export Sales Manager handling their sales throughout Canada, Mexico, Central and South America.
Gordon Firemark practices entertainment and media law in Los Angeles and is devoted to the representation of clients in film, television, theatre, and new media. He helps creative industry professionals make deals that make sense, and that get their productions developed, financed, produced and distributed. His practice also covers intellectual property, cyberspace, new media, business transactions, and corporate matters for clients in the fields of media, entertainment, content and digital business. He holds a B.A. in Radio, Television and Film from the University of Oregon, and earned his law degree at Southwestern University School of Law. He teaches Entertainment Law at Columbia College Hollywood, Contract law at Pepperdine Law School and intellectual property law at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. Before starting his own firm, he was a partner in The Business Affairs Group, and worked in the legal and business affairs departments at Hanna-Barbera Productions and the MGM/UA Worldwide Television Group. Mr. Firemark is frequently referred to as “The Podcast Lawyer™”, and is the author of The Podcast, Blog, & New Media Producers’ Legal Survival Guide. (Https://podcastlawbook.comOpens in new window and redirects to external site.) He is also a podcaster himself. Since 2009, he has produced and hosted “Entertainment Law Update” (http://entertainmentlawupdate.comOpens in new window and redirects to external site.), which provides a monthly roundup of news and commentary about the field of entertainment law for artists, lawyers, and other professionals in the industry.
Roger Wambolt's career is the culmination of 28 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.
Sarah joined the Sawgrass team one year ago. As the Marketing Communications Manager and have loved learning about sublimation and all the incredible projects that can be created with our products. I worked at Silhouette America for 8 years before joining the Sawgrass Team. I love the creative industry and am excited to be a part of this event and help you get started on your sublimation journey!
Craig Spooner is the Director of Sales for UNINET and has been with the company for 19 years. Craig is intimately familiar with all of UNINET’S products and services. He is responsible for the coordination, communication and training of the UNINET dealer network and is instrumental in the coordination and launching of new products on the company’s website, including the execution of video and written instructions for all IColor transfer printers and associated transfer papers, media and specialty cartridges.
Lycia Evanoff is the owner and founder of Caught by Design, a site dedicated to educating and inspiring others in their creative pursuits. She specializes in teaching both hobbyists and business owners to supercharge their projects using technology such as Silhouette Studio, Design Space, Glowforge, sublimation and more. Lycia teaches these skills through online tutorials and videos as well as in-person and virtual events at both the local and national levels.
Aaron Knight is the Vice President of Geo Knight & Co, a 5-generation manufacturing company established in 1885. Aaro
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’.
Douglas DeWitt, Condé's Product Manager, oversees color laser transfer systems and all transfer paper products offered by Conde Systems. With 26 years' experience in the digital decoration market, Douglas educates the sales and technical staff at Conde, presents transfer paper products at industry trade shows and provides content for CondeTV.
Stephanie Young, self proclaimed “Professional Crafter”. Stephanie is the Craft Coordinator for Siser North America, which is the industry leader in HTV and PSV vinyl. She is also a licensed Silhouette Instructor and currently providing video instruction on Siser’s newest products. Siser has launched their own electronic cutters, Romeo and Juliet. Stephanie educates on all things vinyl, embroidery and sublimation and offers helpful tips and tricks no matter what the topic is. If you want to have a great class and a good time… be sure to take a class from So Stephanie Says.
Aaron Montgomery is the Co-Founder of OurSuccessGroup.com. Their goal is to help over 1,000 businesses in 2023 reach their idea of success through training, community, and accountability. Aaron has over 25 years of experience with personalized products and small business development. You can also find Aaron co-hosting the industry’s oldest and most listened to Podcast – 2 Regular Guys Podcast (www.2regularguys.com) He has his own Podcast Channel and weekly live videos called Small Business Saturdays Series. New episodes are released weekly at smallbusinesssaturdayspodcast.com. You can find out more about Aaron at www.aaronmontgomery.info
Karla Flowers is a Digital Equipment Sales Representative with Johnson Plastics Plus with 14 years of industry experience. Karla has worked in various roles during her time with JPPlus, including customer service, advanced support, and sales and sales administration. You may have seen Karla at any number of trade shows, and she's loves interacting with customers and answering their questions about JPPlus products and equipment.
Austin is a Sublimation Specialists at JDS Industries, he graduated from the University of South Dakota with a bachelor's degree in graphic design and joined JDS in 2016. He assists customers with free tech support, troubleshooting the sublimation process, as well as assisting with the design and layout of thousands of items. He also teaches sublimation classes and seminars throughout the year at industry tradeshows across the country.
Samantha Bame is not just a knowledgeable Account Manager at Conde Systems; she is a multifaceted professional with extensive experience in sublimation. With over six years of expertise in the field, she has helped her clients in a wide range of areas, including identifying niche markets, setting optimal sales prices, and perfecting transfer techniques.
Dane Clement, President of Great Dane Graphics and Vice President of Art and Creative Process for GroupeSTAHL, is well-known for his expertise in computer graphics and color separations. He has authored Artwork for Vinyl Cutting, Artwork for DTG Printing, Artwork for White Toner Transfers and T-shirt Artwork Simplified for Adobe and Corel users. Dane conducts seminars at the Impressions Shows, SGIA Expo, DAX, and PPAI Expo, and is a regular contributor to Impressions Magazine and SGIA Journal. He has consulted worldwide helping art departments work smoothly and efficiently, and judges for Impressions Magazine Impressions Awards and the SGIA Golden Image Awards.
Lauren Kilgore is an accountant turned wreath maker turned Etsy expert. After 20+ years as an accountant, she recently "un-retired" to work her Etsy shop, BeautifulMesh, and coaching full-time with Handmade Sellers University. Her experience in the corporate world makes her an ideal coach for the business side of this creative world! She's been a guest speaker on Etsy in many online forums, podcasts, events, and publications.
Frank first started with Trotec Laser as their North East Regional Sales Manager. His focus to put customer service first has helped make Trotec Laser one of the most trusted brands in the industry.
After being with Trotec Laser for almost a decade he is now working as the National Sales Manager with his team of 16 regional representatives to continue delivering that same level of service across the country.
Frank currently resides in New Jersey with his wife, Anne, who is a high school art teacher, and his two daughters Mia (5) and Alex (3).
For the past 8 years, Edgar has dedicated himself to the world of Marketing, working with a range of companies from Fortune 500’s (Publicis Groupe) to small & mid size brands in Asia (China), Africa, and the United States (AHGO & Jhotech Int’l Investment). Within the past 3 years his focus has been on creating a solution to help make small brands more competitive in a digital globalized world through Technology and Marketing.
Edgar and his co-founder; Zolisa Boza (based in Capetown, SA) came together with a mission to boost local economies by investing in what they like to call “emerging empires” (early-stage & small brands) through AHGO; a Virtual Marketing Hub. The AHGO platform acts as an ecosystem creating access to education, advisory in Marketing, community, tools (productivity), and practical resources to help support business growth.
Most recently in January of 2022, Edgar was nominated to serve on the board of Tech organization, Techqueria.
However, beyond work, Edgar’s greatest passions lie in sharing his gifts, meeting new people, acting as a bridge for those he’s called to serve, his faith, fitness, travel, learning, and sharing love with the amazing folks in his life.
Charlie Coombe is the Director of Sales for Unisub and ChromaLuxe in the East Region of the U.S. and Canada. He is responsible for driving growth and business development with key channel partners, to include wholesale distributors, photo labs, and fulfillers. Charlie has extensive experience representing premium manufactured products, and he is passionate about creating strategic partnerships with his customers.
Kaitlyn Mulliniks is an Account Manager for Unisub and ChromaLuxe. She is responsible over 100 accounts that span across the entire geographies of the U.S. and Canada, as well as four key customer channels: distributors, photo labs, e-commerce, and fulfillers. Kaitlyn has comprehensive experience selling premium manufactured goods. She is a seasoned sales professional who is committed to excellence and building strong relationships with her customers.
Richard Bloedow is an expert in home and commercial machine embroidery, embroidery applique, digitizing and decorating apparel. With more than 30 years of experience in the industry. He has specialized in automated cutting, vinyl cutting, sublimation, direct to garment printing and machine embrodiery. Richard teaches nationally for many great companies including SewingMachine.com, Brother International and GS USA. He has a clear and easy to understand style that makes a class fun and rewarding.
Ryan Tjalsma is an Account Executive in the Distributor Sales Department for the Advertising Specialty Institute. He started with ASI in December 2021, helping to grow overall new member base. Ryan works within the US and Canada, with a focus on educating the benefits of adding promotional products to anyone’s business and the services ASI has to offer. He grew up surrounded by promotional products, as both of his parents were multi-line reps for suppliers in the industry. Ryan graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Marketing and currently resides in Pennsylvania with his wife of 3 years.
Patrick Moore is no stranger to the sublimation industry. As Print Lab Manager for Beaver Paper, Moore has spent the last 6 years implementing Quality Control programs for all dye-sub related products, as well as expanding the lab’s capabilities by adding new equipment, inksets, heat presses, and RIP software. In addition, Moore is an integral part of product development efforts at Beaver Paper. He also provides invaluable technical support to their customers and sales team. Prior to Beaver Paper, Moore worked at Sawgrass Technologies for 14 years in R&D, Ink Production, and QC. Transitioning away from traditional lab work, Moore turned to industrial sublimation applications, helping integrate and optimize the dye-sub process to improve customer success and satisfaction.
”Finch Gross has been with Conde Systems since his birth, being the son of David Gross, CEO of Conde, and has been full-time for 2 years working with sales & marketing. Since 2015, Finch has traveled with Conde to various trade shows across the U.S. and has a pssion for teaching and helping others grow their business with sublimation. He graduated in 2018 from the University of South Alabama with a degree in Business Administration."
Anne Sierakowski Senior Product Manager - Anne Sierakowski has been with Neenah since December 2021. Prior to this she was with Canon Solutions America for 16 years, most recently in their Large Format division. She has an MBA and MS and resides in the suburbs of Chicago with her boyfriend and golden retriever furbaby.
Charlie Myers Senior Sales Executive - Charlie Myers has been with Neenah for 28 years with in a sales role and has been involved with Digital Transfer Papers for 19 years. Charlie has been a part of the development, marketing, and sales of some of the most iconic brands in the Heat Transfer industry including JET-PRO®️ Soft Stretch, 3G JET-OPAQUE®️, and the IMAGE-CLIP®️ brands. He has a degree in Chemistry and is originally from North Carolina and now lives in Tennessee.
Carlos is the International Sales Manager for FOREVER (Germany) with more than 10 years of international experience in the sportswear industry (Puma) and Digital Transfer Application Technologies in different countries around the world (Colombia, USA, Venezuela, China & Germany).