Michael McDonald has been chosen executive director of SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment and Suppliers of the Americas). He will work alongside current president Benton Gardner and managing director Dave Gardner until his retirement at the end of 2018. McDonald will take over full management of the organisation in January 2019.
McDonald is currently completing his doctoral degree in textile technology management at North Carolina State University. He was previously with the American Apparel and Footwear Association. He oversaw a diverse array of issues as lead lobbyist including product safety, intellectual property, military contracting, domestic sourcing, environment and chemical management, corporate tax reform, transportation and infrastructure, patent reform, labor, state chemical regulations, international trade, and internet sales tax. McDonald also developed resources and tools to help member companies with regulatory compliance.
Formed in 1990, SPESA is devoted to the advancement of suppliers of machinery, technology, ancillary equipment, parts, services and other solutions for the development, manufacture, and distribution of sewn products. Its members serve the apparel, upholstered furniture, home textiles, transportation interiors, leather goods, footwear, military, technical/industrial textiles and other sewn products segments.
SPESA promotes and coordinates business and social interaction and provides opportunities for the sharing of industry-specific and general business information for its members and their customers.