Meet the members of 亿博体育app and hear about the benefits of membership in their own words. Members come from all over the world and from every market segment, and each brings a unique view on the industry.


Form & function: Maureen MacGillivray, Central Michigan University

June 2015

Dr. Maureen MacGillivray uses her functional apparel expertise to design and test textiles and teach those skills to the next generation.

"Functional design is multidisciplinary, with the user at the very center of that design process."

From surviving to thriving: Dan Hooks, Party Reflections Inc.

May 2015

Dan Hooks propels his organization to new heights by maximizing regional opportunities and building a management team.

"We know that we can only provide the best possible equipment and service if we make the profit necessary to maintain that equipment and pay for the services provided."

- Dan Hooks, CEO of from Charlotte, N.C.

Productivity paired: Stewart and Ross Brown, Brown Sales Corp.

April 2015

Father and son team Stewart and Ross Brown embrace the challenge of change by making the most of their strengths.

"There鈥檚 no harm in trying new things, and you can always go back to Plan A if Plan B isn鈥檛 working. 鈥擲tewart Brown The interesting thing about systems is that once you start organizing one piece of information, it soon has a domino effect. Soon you鈥檙e able to organize other areas because you鈥檝e tackled that first one. 鈥擱oss Brown "

- Stewart Brown and Ross Brown, President and Vice President of from Madison, Wisc.

Good, Better, Best: Charles Webster, DOWCO Inc.

March 2015

Charles Webster uses lean techniques to continuously improve production and efficiency.

"It鈥檚 really important to establish an integration plan when you鈥檙e opening a new facility. With a new place full of new people things can easily get off course if there鈥檚 confusion about communication."

- Charles Webster, President and CEO of from Manitowoc, Wisc.

Trendsetter: Vernon Schaefer, Glawe Awnings & Tents

February 2015

Vern Schaefer is what is known as an 鈥渆arly adopter,鈥 trying new equipment as soon as it鈥檚 available. As he transitions company leadership to his daughter, he鈥檚 still setting trends.

"鈥淏efore you make a significant purchase you have to start laying the groundwork with the employees. They鈥檙e the ones who are going to be using it, and if they鈥檙e not comfortable with it, it鈥檚 not going to work.鈥"

- Vernon Schaefer, MFC, CEO of from Fairborn, Ohio

Rest stops on the road to success: David Snoad, Pinz Pty. Ltd.

January 2015

David Snoad implements systems and empowers employees so his business can flourish鈥攁nd he can take a vacation.

"When you give people new responsibilities, they鈥檙e going to make mistakes鈥攁nd some of them will be costly. You have to let them know that you鈥檙e aware they鈥檒l make mistakes and when they do you鈥檙e not going to blame them."

- David Snoad, Managing director of from Seaton, Australia

Everything鈥檚 connected: Mr. Sadao Izumi, Izumi Co. Ltd.

December 2014

Mr. Sadao Izumi moves the tent industry forward鈥攂y keeping the big picture in mind.

"While of course your individual business is important, you have to be aware that the industry has to survive or your business will not be able to grow. You can鈥檛 only focus on being competitive."

- Mr. Sadao Izumi, President of from Toyama City, Toyama, Japan

The human factors: Aris Makris, Med-Eng

November 2014

Dr. Aris Makris and his team keep their sights on the end user when developing personal protective equipment for Soldiers.

"Between the person and the threat that may endanger his or her life there is a pile of materials鈥攁nd materials science. Understanding the threat, the person and what the materials can do is how we solve these problems."

- Aris Makris, Vice president R&D, CTO of from Ottawa, Ont., Canada

Boldly genuine: Bob Jacquart, Jacquart Fabric Products Inc.

October 2014

Bob Jacquart uses the 鈥減ower of pluck鈥 to expand his company and build a strong brand identity.

"But I also always made sure to have somebody around who could help pull me up to the next level. It's important to have someone who can criticize and challenge you."

- Bob Jacquart, CEO of from Ironwood, Mich.

Entrepreneur in action: Steve Frost, Stamford Tent & Event Services

September 2014

Steve Frost advances his company by standardizing processes鈥攁nd being willing to change.

"I think at some point, companies reach a level where the best move is to specialize."

- Steve Frost, President of from Stamford, Conn.

Partners in leadership: Susan Shields and Mike Miller, Airtex Design Group

August 2014

Susan Shields and Mike Miller foster leadership skills and personal accountability to pursue entrepreneurial excellence.

"I think at the core of this process is getting the right person in the right seat鈥攎aking sure they can do their job in the best possible way, defining what that possibility is, and connecting the dots of people to make sure they鈥檙e accountable and that they understand that accountability. 鈥揝usan Shields"

- Susan Shields and Mike Miller, Owners of from Minneapolis, Minn.

Trust the process: James Gallagher, Tensile Integrity Inc.

July 2014

James Gallagher manages projects from conception to completion鈥攂y paying attention to detail and practicing transparency.

"I鈥檓 very particular on this; there is a clear chain of command. I鈥檒l communicate with anybody under the sun, but I have only one customer."

- James Gallagher, President of from Burlington, Ont., Canada

The next steps: Carol Racine, Racine Design

June 2014

Carol Racine takes on one challenge after another as she and her husband build a business and make plans for a sewing school.

"There鈥檚 such a desperate need for people who know how to sew, particularly in the upholstery arena. My dream is to teach the different techniques to people who intend to make a career of it."

- Carol Racine, President of from Jacksonville, Fla.

The structure of success: Jeremy Calhoun, Calhoun Super Structure Ltd.

May 2014

Jeremy Calhoun builds strong dealer networks to support customer service.

"I spend a lot of time researching people, to find who can help me develop the business鈥攑utting together what I call the stars of my team."

- Jeremy Calhoun, President of from Tara, Ont., Canada

Sharp focus, broad impact: Hal Lapping, Economy Tent Intl.

April 2014

Hal Lapping tightens his company鈥檚 focus to make quality products affordable.

"Improving profitability while keeping pricing low is a balancing act. In order to do this we are always looking for more efficiency in the manufacturing process and for ways to reduce costs."

- Hal Lapping, President of from Miami, Fla.

Positively powerful: Kisha Moldovan, Capital City Awning

March 2014

Kisha Moldovan builds relationships with sincerity and enthusiasm to boost business and advance the industry.

"If I can help create an enjoyable work environment for myself and my team鈥攖hat in turn makes for a more positive experience for our customers."

- Kisha Moldovan, Sales manager and marketing director of from Columbus, Ohio

The failsafe questions: John Conroy, House of Canvas

February 2014

John Conroy ensures project success by asking the right questions.

"It鈥檚 a very difficult thing for everyone when you walk into an existing company with your own attitudes and style鈥攚hile being compassionate to the people who are experiencing the changes. You have to be careful how you infuse yourself into the company."

- John Conroy, Owner of from Ottawa, Ont., Canada

Solutions in motion: Andy Moon, Baraboo Tent & Awning

January 2014

Andy Moon鈥檚 concern for customers is the driving force behind product design.

"We鈥檙e always looking to add equipment and technology that help us do things faster. That鈥檚 one of the ways we鈥檝e been differentiating ourselves from the competition."

- Andy Moon, CEO of from Baraboo, Wis.