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 also presented the recipients of the inaugural SPESA Member Emeritus awards. The SPESA Business Meeting took place Monday, October 23rd, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as part of the 38th World Fashion Convention, co-hosted by SPESA and the International Apparel Federation (IAF).
David Handal Joins SPESA Board of DirectorsDavid Handal is the General Manager of Agencia J.E. Handal, S.A. de C.V., an authorized distributor for complete lines of industrial sewing, cutting, and finishing equipment as well as spare parts for the apparel industry. Based in Honduras, the company has contributed to the development of the textile, apparel, and sewn products industries in Central America for more than 40 years. Ahead of the membership vote, Mr. Handal expressed his commitment to support the association and share his knowledge for a great future for the industry in Central America.
SPESA looks forward to benefiting from Mr. Handal’s expertise as it looks to pursue initiatives in the region.
SPESA Members Vote on SPESA Board Class of 2026San Pedro Sula, Honduras-based David Handal joins the SPESA Board of Directors as part of the Board Class of 2026. In addition, the SPESA membership voted to re-elect several current SPESA Board members. The SPESA Board Class of 2026 includes: • Daniella Ambrogi, CGS, Inc. • Dan Berzack, Sewn Products Equipment Co. • David Handal, Agencia J.E. Handal S.A. de C.V. • Ed Gribbin, Gribbin Strategic • Nina McCormack, DAP America, Inc.
Each of these Board members will serve a three-year term, which began on October 23rd, 2023.
SPESA Board Approves Officer SlateInaugurated October 23rd, SPESA’s new leadership team consists of
• Chairman: Mark Hatton, Managing Director, Americas at American & Efird
• Vice Chairwoman: Daniella Ambrogi, Global Senior Mkting. Director of CGS
• Secretary/Treasurer: Michael Rabin, Sales Dir. of the Americas at Morgan Tecnica
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.