Awards

AATCC Future Leaders Award presented to Meredith McQuerry at International Conference

The AATCC Future Leaders Award was presented to Meredith L. McQuerry on April 11, 2019 at the International Conference held in Fort Worth, TX, USA. The Future Leaders Award recognizes promising young professionals in the fields of textiles, apparel, and related material sciences. These young professionals are the future of our industry and the future leaders of AATCC. Award recipients are determined by each AATCC Interest Group.

Meredith L. McQuerry

McQuerry is a tenure-track assistant professor in the Retail Entrepreneurship Department at Florida State University. McQuerry joined AATCC in 2012, the same year she graduated with a BS from the University of Kentucky, where she double-majored in Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles, and Career and Technical Education (Family and Consumer Sciences). In 2013, she received an MS from the University of Kentucky, majoring in Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles (Textile Science), and in 2016, earned a PhD in Textile Technology Management from North Carolina State University.

McQuerry has over USD 380000 in research grants. She has 12 journal articles published, and seven manuscripts in preparation for submission. One of the journal articles, published with Emil DenHartog and Roger Barker in 2016, received the AATCC J.W. Weaver Paper of the Year Award. She also is a graduate advisor, and undergraduate mentor for students with research scholarships and grants.

Among her many skills, she is certified in Six Sigma Green Belt. She was also a winner of the 2013 AATCC Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Student Paper Competition. She currently is an invited member on the AATCC Strategic Planning Committee and is a faculty advisor for the Florida State University AATCC Student Chapter.

The Future Leaders Award

Nominees for the AATCC Future Leaders Award must be AATCC members who are 39 years old or younger and actively engaged in the greater textile or related industries. They must display leadership skills and have a history of service to AATCC or the greater textile and related industries. A key quality of successful candidates is a desire to become more involved with the objectives of AATCC: to increase expertise, encourage research, and establish channels for the interchange of professional knowledge. Nominees must agree to join the AATCC Young Professionals Committee and must participate, as their professional commitments allow, in the work of the committee. The award includes a framed certificate signed by the AATCC president and the Interest Group (IG) chairs and a special pin.

AATCC is the world’s leading not-for-profit association serving textile professionals since 1921. AATCC, headquartered in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA, provides test method development, quality control materials, and professional networking for members in about 50 countries throughout the world.

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AATCC Future Leaders Award also presented to Ryan Stanley at International Conference

Stanley has been a member of AATCC since 2011. He is senior director of color at PVH Corp. in New York, USA. Prior to this, he served as exploratory colorist with Under Armour. Stanley held numerous roles in color management for Archroma/Clariant from 2004-2014, including marketing and formulations manager and production manager.

Ryan Stanley

Stanley attended the University of North Carolina—Charlotte, In North Carolina, USA. He has been a voting member on the AATCC Color Measurement Test Method Committee since 2011. He currently serves a member of the Fashion Institute of Technology Advisory Board.

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AATCC Future Leaders Award also presented to Apurba Banerjee at International Conference

The AATCC Future Leaders Award was also presented to Apurba Banerjee on April 11, 2019 at the International Conference held in Fort Worth, TX, USA. The Future Leaders Award recognizes promising young professionals in the fields of textiles, apparel, and related material sciences. These young professionals are the future of our industry and the future leaders of AATCC. Award recipients are determined by each AATCC Interest Group.

Apurba Banerjee

Banerjee is chief scientist at brrrº Inc. In 2011, she received a Bachelor of Technology in Fiber and Textile Processing from the Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. In 2013, she received an MS in Design and Merchandising from Colorado State University, and in 2017 graduated from the University of Georgia with a PhD in Polymer, Fiber, and Textile Sciences.

She joined AATCC in 2012, while a student and, since joining, has been a very active AATCC member. While a student, she presented papers each year from 2013 through 2017 at the AATCC International Conference Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Student Paper Competitions. She also received two AATCC Foundation Student Research Support Grants in 2014 and 2017. She served as president of the University of Georgia AATCC Student Chapter from 2014 to 2015, and treasurer from 2015 to 2016. She has co-authored four publications and two patents.

Banerjee currently serves on the AATCC Executive Committee on Research and is the vice chair on AATCC Technical Committee of Research.

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AATCC Future Leaders Award also presented to Kiarash Arangdad

The AATCC Future Leaders Award was presented to Kiarash Arangdad on April 11, 2019 at the International Conference held in Fort Worth, TX, USA. The Future Leaders Award recognizes promising young professionals in the fields of textiles, apparel, and related material sciences. These young professionals are the future of our industry and the future leaders of AATCC. Award recipients are determined by each AATCC Interest Group.

Kiarash Arangdad

Arangdad is a research and development chemist at ITG/Burlington. In 2007 and 2009, respectively, Arangdad earned a BSc and an MSc in Chemical Textile Engineering at Tehran Azad University in Tehran, Iran. In 2015, he earned a PhD in Fiber and Polymer Science from the Wilson College of Textiles at North Carolina State University. Arangdad joined AATCC in 2016. He is a member of AATCC Stain Resistance, Antimicrobial Activity, and Insect Resistance Test Method Committees, as well as Water Resistance, Absorbency and Wetting Agent Evaluation Test Method Committee and Global Sustainability Technology Test Method Committee.

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AAFA celebrates Fashion’s Future with the American Image Awards

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) hosted the AAFA American Image Awards on April 15 at night with a sold-out event celebrating the accomplishments of the fashion and retail industry at the iconic Plaza Hotel in New York City. Hosted by award-winning actress Brooke Shields, the gala honored leaders, influencers, and innovators in the apparel and footwear industries and benefitted the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Foundation

The AAFA American Image Awards honorees included Person of the Year, Isaac Ash, President and CEO of United Legwear & Apparel Co.; Retailer of the Year, American Eagle Outfitters; Company of the Year, Birkenstock; Designer of the Year, Eileen Fisher; Media Brand of the Year, WWD; and Fashion Collaboration of the Year, Disney Princess X Ruthie Davis.

“It is no secret that our industry has been navigating profound change in the way we sell and bring product to market. Our honorees have not only welcomed these changes, but have thrived,” said Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association. “The American Image Awards is about celebrating the future of fashion. This year’s honorees exemplify where the industry is heading, and it was a privilege to showcase their success.”

“We thank the AAFA and all those who attended the American Image Awards for the support to the CFDA Foundation. Through the Foundation, we are able to devote funds towards important causes and initiatives, such as HIV/AIDS, Fashion Targets Breast Cancer, disaster relief, domestic manufacturing, and education and professional development,” said Steven Kolb, President and CEO of the CFDA.

The AAFA American Image Awards (Top Left to Right): Jay Schottenstein (CEO, American Eagle Outfitters), Isaac Ash (President & CEO, United Legwear & Apparel Co.), Brooke Shields (Host), Eileen Fisher (President, Eileen Fisher), Rick Helfenbein (President & CEO, AAFA), David Kahan (CEO, Birkenstock Americas), Steven Kolb (President & CEO, CFDA). (Below Left): Ruthie Davis (Designer), Lala Anthony (TV Personality). (Below Right): Paul Jowdy (WWD Senior VP and Group Publisher), Rick Helfenbein (AAFA) and James Fallon (WWD Editorial Director). (PRNewsfoto/AAFA American Image Awards)

Jay Schottenstein received an enthusiastic reception upon accepting his award for Retailer of the Year. Schottenstein spoke about the age of Amazon and Millennials and the company’s secret to success — happy customers, great quality and exciting product, and motivated, positive employees. Guests were treated to a fun and engaging video from Ruthie Davis X Disney which noted the launch of a new princess collection for Aladdin featuring highlights of this empowering collaboration. Guests listened attentively as honorees Ruthie Davis, designer, and Heather Sanchez, Senior Licensing Manager for Consumer Products, spoke about the successful partnership. Eileen Fisher accepted the Designer of the Year award. Known for her commitment to social issues and timeless designs, Fisher engaged audiences with her inspiring journey through the fashion industry, as well as her latest inspiring projects. Legendary for both his business acumen and generosity, Isaac Ash was presented with the Person of the Year Award. Ash received a resounding response and spoke about his deep-rooted philosophy in giving back to those in need as an everyday occurrence. During his electrifying speech, Ash committed to donating 500,000 pairs of socks to Delivering Good. The Media Brand of the Year award was presented to Paul Jowdy, Chief Business Officer and Publisher of WWD & Fairchild Live, and James Fallon, the WWD Editorial Director. David Kahan, CEO of Birkenstock Americas, accepted the Company of the Year Award. Kahan spoke about the brand’s heritage, its fashion collaborations, and the company’s vision for the future.

AAFA American Image Awards (Left): Steven Kolb (CFDA), Stacey Bendet (CEO, Alice and Olivia) (Right): Brandon Maxwell (Fashion Designer, Judge of Project Runway) (PRNewsfoto/AAFA American Image Awards)

The red carpet buzzed with stars, fashion executives, and designers in celebration of the night’s honorees. Designers and Creative Directors included Peter Som (Fashion Designer), Naeem Khan (Fashion Designer), Nick Graham (Fashion Designer), Brandon Maxwell (Fashion Designer, Judge of Project Runway), Stacey Bendet (CEO, Alice and Olivia), Sara Eisen (Squawk on the Street, Co-Anchor and Closing Bell, Co-Anchor, CNBC), among others. Victor Luis (CEO of Tapestry), Josh Schulman (CEO of Coach), and President of Tapestry, Todd Kahn, represented the heavy-hitting business contingency. Celebrity highlights included the stunning Katherine McNamara, actor from “Happyland;” Holly Taylor, actor from “The Americans” and TV Personality Lala Anthony.

“On behalf of AAFA’s Board of Directors, let me congratulate this amazing group for their inspirational work and contributions to our industry,” said Gary F. Simmons, chairman of the American Apparel & Footwear Association. “AAFA is delighted to showcase the success of the industry and to support its future growth through our collaboration with the CFDA Foundation.”

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) is the national trade association representing apparel, footwear and other sewn products companies, and their suppliers, which compete in the global market. Representing more than 1,000 world famous name brands, we are the trusted public policy and political voice of the apparel and footwear industry, its management and shareholders, its nearly four million U.S. workers, and its contribution of more than $400 billion in annual U.S. retail sales. AAFA provides exclusive expertise in trade, brand protection, and supply chain & manufacturing to help our members navigate the complex regulatory environment and lower costs. Members gain unparalleled access to information and exclusive insights on regulation and policy, and premier opportunities for networking and collaboration.

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