NEW YORK — Many educational seminars are planned to run before and during the Material World trade show in Miami Beach on topics ranging from world trade to fashion direction. Several national delegations will also be conducting seminars. There is no charge for admission unless otherwise noted.

Sunday, Sept. 28
Noon-4 p.m.:
“The 2005 Trade & Sourcing Environment.” A discussion and outlook on how the dropping of quotas on textiles and apparel among World Trade Organization members will affect production patterns, beginning with an overview by Tom Travis, managing partner at the law firm Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg. His talk will be followed by a roundtable discussion, moderated by Stephen Lamar, senior vice president at the American Apparel & Footwear Association, with commentary from John Windham, senior vice president of strategic sourcing at Kellwood Co.; Jeff Streader, vice president of global sourcing at VF Corp., and Howard Kahn, chief executive officer of Kahn Lucas Lancaster. Admission is $150 in advance, $175 at the door. The fee includes lunch.

Monday, Sept. 29
8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.:
“AAFA Presents: It’s Your Job Now — Coping With the New Border Security Mandates.” A look at Customs guidelines in the face of the intensified security demands of the post-Sept. 11 world. Moderated by Lee Sandler, managing partner of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, with comments from Charlie Mussoline, security director at Seaboard Marine, and Jose S. Ramirez, director of U.S. Customs at the Port of Miami. Admission is $50 in advance, $75 at the door.
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: “Cotton Inc.’s Fall 2004-Winter 2005 Trend Presentation.” Fashion outlook, focusing on color palettes.
11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m.: “International Outreach: Yúcatan, Mexico — 2005 Global Crisis — Yúcatan Solutions.” State-sponsored presentation on how sourcing managers can take advantage of production in this Mexican state to diversify their operations. Presentation by David Birnbaum, consultant and author of “Birnbaum’s Guide to Winning the Great Garment War” and other titles.
1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.: “National Textile Association Presents: 2005 and the American Hemisphere.” An overview of Western Hemisphere trade patterns and regional trade blocks, including discussion of the value of local production in the post-quota environment.
3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.: “Rodriguez, O’Donnell, Ross, Fuerst, Gonzalez & Williams P.C. Presents: Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism — The Impact, Consequences and Costs of Developing a Long-Term Strategy.” Mitchell S. Fuerst and Kevin Williams, partners with the sponsoring law firm, will discuss the costs and benefits of complying with the C-TPAT program.
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: “Central America Free Trade Agreement: An Opportunity for the Western Hemisphere to Survive Quota Removal in 2005.” A look at the CAFTA talks and their potential to create a local trade bloc that can compete against Asian suppliers. Speakers include Miguel Shyfter, chairman of the Central American Council of Apparel & Textiles; Kevin Burke, executive director of the AAFA; Marcio Cuevas, president of the Non-Traditional Product Exporters Association in Guatemala; Jesús Canahuati, general manager of Elcatex, a major Honduran textile manufacturer, and Joe Stephenson, president of the Nicaraguan apparel association ANITEC.Tuesday, Sept. 30
8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.:
“Learn the Ins and Outs of the Major Trade-Preference Programs.” Update on trade pacts, presented by three attorneys: Jonathan Fee, partner in Alston & Bird LLC; David Murphy, partner in Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz & Silverman, and a yet-to-be-named representative of Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg. Admission is $50 in advance, $75 at the door.
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.: “WGSN Presents: Fall 2004-Winter 2005 Trend Directions, Spring-Summer 2005 Color Intros.” Fashion forecast by Barbara Kennington, WGSN creative and editorial director.
11:30 a.m.-1:20 p.m.: “International Outreach: Nicaragua — Unexplored Opportunities — Investment and Sourcing Opportunities in Nicaragua.” State-sponsored presentation by Juan Carlos Pereira, executive director of ProNicaragua.
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m.: “Unifi Presents: Maximizing Domestic Opportunities Through Global Sourcing and Downstream Marketing Efforts.” Case studies and recommendations on how to improve Western Hemisphere sourcing, by Ron Smith, sourcing manager with the fiber company.
2:30 p.m.-3:20 p.m.: “International Outreach: El Salvador.” State-sponsored presentation by Miguel Lacayo, Minister of the Economy for El Salvador, on the advantages of producing in that country.
Wednesday, Oct. 1
8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.:
“AAFA’s Supplier & Resource Division Presents: Information Technologies — The Key to Building Effective Sourcing Partnerships with Top Brand Managers.” Discussion on technology and its use in the apparel industry. Moderated by Rick Ludolph, president of Productive Solutions. Speakers include Marshall Gordon, industry manager for apparel and footwear with SAP; Paul Mathans, product manager with Tyco-Sensormatic; John Robinson, vice president of apparel with Lectra U.S.; Alan Brooks, president of New Generation Computing; Richard Lawn, ceo of eWarna, and Kevin Evans, a representative of Jesta IS.

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