Industry Advisory Board

Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management (TATM) – Industry Advisory Board (IAB)

The Board consists of global industry and government executives and on-campus meets two (2) times a year (fall, spring).

  • Connect with Students: interface with industry and government personnel to enhance student and faculty linkages (resources, information, opportunities).
  • Advise Educators: advise on program direction to strengthen and build program (undergraduate, graduate) offerings. This will include advice on educational programs, identification of education and research opportunities, and support and assistance with business model and funding of the Textile Management Sciences Lab.
  • Enhance visibility of the FTM Program: board representation includes global industry leaders throughout the supply chain (fiber ->consumer). Recent formation of additional Industry Advisory Networks, located in key global communities will complement the core board and its role.
  • Visionary Planning: planning for the program including educational and research experiences, TMSL laboratory, and other opportunities. Review the annual Department Strategic Plan, giving advice to the Department Head. Involved are sub-committees: Vision Membership, Textile Management Science Lab and Marketing.
Current IAB Members:

(starting back left to right)

Alexander Julian, President, Alexander Julian
Daniel Montaño León, Studio Principal – Retail, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting
Larry Marshall, COO, Gitman Neckwear
Andy Long, Vice President of Sales, Parkdale Yarns
Kyle Blakely, Director Materials and Development, Under Armor

(starting front left to right)

Lynsey Jones, Senior Director, Carter’s Osh Kosh Operations, Western Hemisphere
Afaf Seyam, Head Designer, Ruyi Design & Manufacturing, Inc., & Founder of Heurueh
Mark Messura, Board Chair/Vision, Senior Vice President, Global Product Supply Chain, Cotton Incorporated
Abdel-Fattah M. Seyam, Professor and Department Head, Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management
David Queen, Chief Operating Officer, Gerber Children’s Wear
Amy Isenhour, VP Sales and Marketing, Meridian Specialty Yarn Group

Not Pictured

Steve Ellington, President & COO, TriVantage, LLC
Claire Hider, Mohawk Industries
Glenn F. Jackman, International Business Development Manager, NC Department of Commerce
Doris Lee, Vice President – Research and Development, Everest Textiles
Sohan Mangaldas, Global Market Intelligence/Corporate Strategy, Unifi, Inc.
Steve McSween, Vice President, Global Design-Men’s, Nautica
Ned Munroe, Chief Design Officer, Activewear, Hanesbrands, Inc.
Chris Pawlus, Senior Global Creative Director, Timberland (no longer with Timberland)
Nikki Player, Materials Sourcing – R&D, Everlane
Matt Priest, President, Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America