Meet the Apparel Decoration Committee

Christopher Bernat Principal Print Mannschaft
Christopher Bernat is Principal Officer at Print Mannschaft. Previously he was Director of Sales at Sawgrass Technologies and multiple positions in the telecommunications and internet industries. He is a graduate of Clemson University and US Army veteran.
David Landesman President Lawson Screen & Digital Products

David Landesman, President of Lawson Screen & Digital Products, is a former member of SGIA’s Board of Directors and currently serves on the SGIA Garment Decorating Committee. One of the early pioneers of screen print education, a champion of cross-platform imaging, and someone who holds several patents, Landesman is also the recipient of the screen & digital industry’s highest award for innovation and industry service, the prestigious Parmele Award.

Landesman has served the screen printing community since 1979, has published many articles on computer-to-screen, direct-to-garment, non-contact curing technology, troubleshooting, plastisol ink technology and other industry related topics. Holding degrees in sociology, management and education (Eckerd College), Landesman also earned a MEd in Future Studies (UMass/Amherst). Landesman serves on the Board of the Interfaith Partnership of Greater St. Louis, the Mathews-Dickey Boys & Girls Club and is an active member of the Bahá'í Faith.

Justin Lawrence Owner-Operator Oklahoma Shirt Company
Justin Lawrence is the proud owner-operator of Oklahoma Shirt Company. With his team of 40 rowdy Oklahomans' and a whole stable of Workhorse Automatic Presses, they tackle their multi-state Shirt of the Month products, always busy custom shop, and thriving retail line. As industry leaders, Justin and Oklahoma Shirt Company are always looking to partner with up and coming shops, industry giants, and thought leaders in the textile industry.
Kevin Kauth Technical Sales Representative Chromaline
Kevin Kauth is Chromaline’s Technical Sales Representative for the central states region and has been with the company for the past 10 years. In 2018 he was awarded Chromaline’s Salesperson of the Year. Prior to his time at Chromaline, he held the Applications Specialist position at Sefar and has a Graphic Communications Management degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stout. His extensive knowledge base for mesh and emulsion provides the perfect combination of overall screen making and he continues to give back to the screen printing community by teaching numerous seminars on the topic.
Lon Winters President Graphic Elephants

At the age of 21, Lon R. Winters was the Production Manager for Ocean Pacific. He learned screen printing from the ground up, starting his 30+ year career reclaiming screens. His companies have won more than 50 international, SGIA, industry publication and FESPA garment decorating awards and honors, has served over 15 years as an honorary Golden Image Judge, published hundreds of articles and columns, led a multitude of industry seminars and workshops, and consulted on projects large and small throughout the world. He is a master creative problem solver.

Winters is the president and founder of Colorado-based Graphic Elephants, an international consulting firm and apparel decoration studio specializing in screen printing technical advances, plant design, layout, troubleshooting, productivity, quality analysis and complete apparel decorating solutions. He was inducted into the Academy of Screen Printing Technology (ASDPT) in 2013 and is recognized for his contribution to the graphic printing industry. Learn more at www.graphicelephants.com.

Matthew Rhome Business Development, DTG Epson

Matthew Rhome is the founder of the Direct to Garment industry and the inventor of the world’s first commercially available Direct to Garment Printer the “Revolution”. He was awarded US Patent 6,095,628 on DTG printer technology in August 2000. Matthew was a member of the development team that produced the first DTG printer offering from Brother International and currently works for Epson America in DTG Business Development.

Nick Buettner Principal American Cut and Sew
 
Ted Pidcock President Chillybears
Ted Pidcock is the President of Chillybears and got his start peddling t-shirts door-to-door in student dorms during college. Chillybears, founded in 1988, serves the custom, uniform, promotional and corporate fulfillment market. He’s seen a major migration to brands that want print-on-demand apparel. In 2007 he launched Teddy the Dog. A direct-to-consumer brand. In 2015 he launched Resort Brand Beantown/ Chillybear’s largest t-shirt order ever was for 1.6 million pieces, part of an NFL Pepsi promotion with Reebok in 2006. They made pennies and learned that it was time to walk away from large brands who pound you down because they can.
Tim Williams CEO YRSTORE Inc.

Tim runs YR, world leaders in customization experiences and on-demand production. Collaborating with leading brands and agencies in the retail and events market. Our innovative interactive design experience, combines custom built design software, touch screen interfaces and state of the art garment decoration technology.

YR has worked with brands and retailers including Liberty, Selfridges, Nike, Ralph Lauren, Levi's and Star Wars and has offices in London, New York, LA, Hong Kong and Tokyo.