Commerce Announces NC Textiles Conference To Be Held On October 13

RALEIGH, NC — October 1, 2010 — Secretary Keith Crisco today announced that the N.C. Department
of Commerce will sponsor a conference focused on North Carolina textile opportunities and
developments in military and government-related markets both nationally and around the world. 
The conference will be held Oct. 13 in Greensboro.

“North Carolina has a long, strong tradition of textile production excellence,” said Sec.
Crisco, a former textile executive from Asheboro.  “We want to do all we can to support the
more than 1,800 textile-related companies in our state and the hundreds of others businesses
dependent on this industry, while growing our multi-billion dollar military economy.”

The one-day conference, Military/Government Textiles Conference: Dealing With the
Government-Military and Non-Military, will include speakers from the private sector, academia and
the state and federal government to offer insights on research, trends, U.S. military purchasing
guidelines, marketing strategy and other topics, including selling to military exchange services
and the General Services Administration.

Sec. Crisco will offer remarks during the conference luncheon.  Featured conference
speakers also include: Dr. Roger Barker of the N.C. State University College of Textiles, Teresa
Bouchonnet of the N.C. Military Business Center, Dinora Gonzales, Regional Director of the General
Services Administration, Debbie Horton, Supplier Diversity Manager for the Army and Air Force
Exchange Service and a senior official from DSCP.

The conference is being organized by Jim Leonard and Jorman Fields of International Market
Solutions, a textile-related consulting firm in Greensboro.  Leonard, a former deputy
assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Commerce, is a specialist in international textiles
and apparel trade.  The event will highlight N.C.’s textile industry and assist textile
companies pursuing market growth.  The media is invited to attend.

The conference will be held at the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons and will begin
at 8:30 a.m.  A registration fee of $75 per attendee is payable at the door by cash or check;
no credit cards accepted.  A networking reception, sponsored by Duke Energy and Progress
Energy, is scheduled from 5-6:30 p.m.

Advance registration is suggested.  For further details, contact Jim Leonard at (336)
454-3583/ or Jorman Fields at (336) 668-7060/  More information is available
online at

Posted on October 5, 2010

Source: North Carolina Office of the Secretary of the Commerce