Principal Textiles Engineer- Hand Tools, Milwaukee Tool
Apurba Banerjee is the Principal Textiles Engineer at Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation and leads their Textile-related Safety initiative with personal protective gear. Utilizing her background in functional fabrics and protective textiles, she collaborates with several cross functional teams to develop protective products that save lives in a variety of fields such as construction, plumbing, remolding, etc. She has a passion for sustainability in material selection and product longevity and plans to develop products in the protective textiles field. In the past she has worked on thermoregulation products at brrr˚Inc.
Outside of Milwaukee Tool, Apurba is also an Associate Editor for the AATCC (American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists) Journal of Research, is the Vice Chair of the AATCC Technical Committee on Research (TCR) and leads several AATCC standards committees (Thermoregulation, Young Professionals Committee, etc).
She is a 2017 graduate of the PhD program of Polymer, Fiber and Textile Science from the University of Georgia and a 2016 graduate of the master’s program of Apparel and Merchandising at Colorado State University. While at Georgia, she spent years researching biodegradable plastics (Polyhydroxyalkanoates) that are derived from marine algae and their application in the biomedical field.
Senior Vice President, Innovation and Technology, Unifi Manufacturing, Inc.
Meredith Boyd is nearly fifteen-year veteran at Unifi, a global supplier of resin, fiber and filament offerings, with a key emphasis on value-added and sustainable solutions. She drives international growth as Senior Vice President, Innovation and Technology where she plays a pivotal role in the conception and execution of key product and capability differentiation while emphasizing sustainable practices and development. Meredith is a key member of the organization and has dynamically driven commercial, product and process capability across Unifi’s infrastructure in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Before joining the Innovation and Technical organization, she most recently held the role of Vice President of Brand Sales where she focused on developing and driving strategic commercial solutions for brand and retail customers on a global basis. Prior to this, she led the Global Business Development group where she focused on capability expansion, technology transfer and strategic cooperative ventures. Meredith has spoken at many conferences and consortiums worldwide including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AiChE), Textile Exchange, Techtextil, the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). Her writing has been featured in publications including Technical Textiles International. Meredith sits on the Board of Directors for the Synthetic Yarn and Fabric Association (SYFA). Prior to her current role, Meredith held key positions within Unifi including Quality, Technical, Product Development, Global Business Development and Brand Sales divisions.
Vice President Sourcing & Product Development, brrr°
With a passion for textiles, Courtney holds a B.S. in Clothing, Textiles and Design and an International MBA.
With 15+ years of experience in the textile and apparel industry, she has spent 7 years of her professional career working in China & Taiwan. Her French and Chinese language skills have opened many doors to grow her wide industry network.
When she is not out hiking with her dogs, Courtney develops and sources quality, sustainable textiles by leveraging her global manufacturing connections to benefit all consumers.
As brrr° VP Sourcing and Product Development, her goal is to keep the world cool by bravely innovating without boundaries and fostering creativity for exponential growth!
Kim joined NCTO in May 2019 as President and CEO. She has over 20 years of experience in government policy development and advocacy. Her multi-faceted career includes spearheading manufacturing and trade policy efforts on Capitol Hill, serving as a key leader on behalf of the textile industry in the Obama Administration, and leading a non-profit organization working to advance critical policies to grow quality, U.S. jobs in the clean energy economy.
Most recently she served as Executive Director of the BlueGreen Alliance, a non-profit partnership of labor and environmental organizations. In that capacity, she led an organization that works to advance policies to help achieve a stronger economy and a more sustainable future at the intersection of energy, the environment and trade.
Before leading the BlueGreen Alliance, Kim served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles, Consumer Goods, and Materials at the U.S. Department of Commerce. In that role, she worked to improve the domestic and international competitiveness of the broad product range of U.S. industries, including fiber, textiles, apparel, footwear, consumer goods, metals and mining, forest products, and chemicals. She also served as the chairman for the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, which supervises the negotiation and implementation of textile and apparel agreements.
Kim served for a decade on Capitol Hill working extensively on manufacturing, trade, and economic policy issues for Congressman Michael H. Michaud from Maine and Congressman John J. LaFalce from New York. As Deputy Chief of Staff and Legislative Director for Congressman Michaud, she led efforts in the House of Representatives to establish the House Trade Working Group, a key coalition of Members of Congress that works extensively on trade policy and domestic competitiveness issues to this day.
Kim earned a B.A. in History and graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New
York at Geneseo.
Mary-Cathryn Kolb has been a visionary leader in the apparel and textile industry for a decade and a half. She founded brrr° in 2014 with a vision to improve the performance and comfort of the fabrics we wear and touch in our everyday lives.
A graduate of Southern Methodist University, Mary-Cathryn began her career working for the Von Dutch brand, and she gained increasingly senior sales and business responsibilities there and at Seven7 Jeans.
In 2008, she collaborated with Blake Mycoskie of TOMS Shoes to help him launch the company as his first hire, which gave her a front-row seat to the intensity of starting a company from scratch.
Mary-Cathryn then joined SPANX in its early years, rising to Director of Sales. She helped grow the company through strategic initiatives, and ensured that sales targets were met or exceeded. She was also involved in product development, sales and profit projections, and other critical business functions.
Now Mary-Cathryn is leading brrr° through a pivotal stage of growth and expansion as the company deepens its investment in research and development to create new cooling performance yarns. brrr° has a proprietary blend of natural cooling minerals, active wicking and rapid drying technologies that work together to create a “Triple Chill Effect” that instantly and continuously draws heat and moisture away from the skin. The cooling properties of brrr°’s library of 500 fabrics and products are rigorously tested and verified by independent globally recognized labs to prove that they outperform other products in the marketplace.
In 2019, Mary-Cathryn was selected for the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program that identifies successful women whose business show potential to scale and provides them with support and resources to support that growth. She was named Small Business Person of the Year for 2018 by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
Rachal McCarthy is President of NTI Global, a family owned and operated industrial plastics and textile manufacturer. She was named President at the age of 26 and has spent her tenure modernizing the manufacturing processes and shaping company goals. She co-filed her first patent at 18 and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts at 20. She is an avid reader and enjoys spending leisure time with her husband, their two dogs, and large extended family. As the fourth child of six, and the only daughter, she has a great depth of understanding the rewards and challenges of working in a family business. Her go to quote is, “The measure of a (wo)man is determined by the size of the problem that alters their course."
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