During its recent Annual Business Meeting as part of the 38th IAF World Fashion Convention in Philadelphia, PA, the Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) announced the approval of its incoming officers and the election of the Board Class of 2026, which includes a new member of the association’s Board of Directors.
SPESA’s new officers are Mark Hatton, Managing Director, Americas at American & Efird, serving as Chairman of the Board; Daniella Ambrogi, Global Senior Marketing Director of CGS, Inc., as Vice Chairwoman; and Michael Rabin, Sales Director of the Americas at Morgan Tecnica Spa, as Secretary/Treasurer. The newly elected officers will each serve two-year terms. Exiting Chairman Ed Gribbin will continue to serve on the Board as the Immediate Past President.
SPESA also presented the recipients of the inaugural SPESA Member Emeritus awards. 2023 honorees were Dave Gardner (retired: SPESA Managing Director and Editor/Publisher of The Needle's Eye), Benton Gardner (retired: SPESA President), along with Past SPESA Chairmen Lonny Schwartz (retired: Superior Sewing Machine & Supply), Sam Simpson (retired: Gerber Technology), and Al Irvine (retired: American & Efird).