8:00 am- 9:30 am
FASHION INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
DAVID DUBINSKY CENTER
Bldg. A, 8th floor
Northeast Corner of 27th St. & 8th Ave., NYC
In Partnership with FIT Professional Studies

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Breakfast Meeting

 

HEAR A WASHINGTON INSIDER'S VIEW ON THE ISSUES FACING THE APPAREL INDUSTRY

 

From February 2016 through January 2020, Rick Helfenbein served as President and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA). His years at the helm of this DC-based trade association, where he continues to serves as special advisor, have given him a unique perspective on the political issues affecting the apparel industry at home and abroad.

Speaking exclusively to RMS members and guests, Rick will touch on:

  • Lobbying in the halls of Congress in today’s tumultuous environment: The inside story of what it’s like to get a piece of legislation passed.

  • The topsy-turvy world of international trade and tariffs and the devastating impact they are having on the many brands and consumers affected by these measures.

  • The outlook for the U.S. retail industry, as companies struggle to gain share of wallet from an increasingly demanding consumer.

As always, there will be time for a lively Q&A.

At AAFA, Rick Helfenbein is credited with overseeing a full overhaul of the operation, including comprehensive rebranding and revamped management systems. Prior to becoming President and CEO, Rick served two years as Chairman of the AAFA Board of Directors. He often appears on TV networks, including CNBC, CNN, Fox Business and BBC. He has also written numerous op-eds for The Hill, Forbes, WWD, Sourcing Journal, Just-Style and Morning Consult.

Previously, Rick was president of all USA operations for Luen Thai Holding Limited, the largest publicly listed apparel manufacturing and supply chain services company on the Hong Kong Exchange. The company manufacturers clothing, shoes and accessories for some of the most recognized brands in the industry, including Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Adidas and Michael Kors.

Conducting the conversation: RMS Board Member Joan Volpe, Managing Coordinator, Professional Studies Program, FIT and Fashion Business Management faculty member, FIT

Fees:

RMS Members: $75

Guests: $100

Students (with valid ID): $30* 

*For this event, there is no charge for FIT students, but FIT students must confirm in order to attend; call 212-217-4617 to be added to the roster.

Time:

8:00 am-9:30 am

(8:00 am-8:30 am - registration, continental breakfast & networking)

(8:30 am-9:30 am - panel discussion)

Location: 

Fashion Institute of Technology

David Dubinsky Center

Building A, 8th floor

Northeast Corner of 27th St.

& 8th Ave., NYC

 

 

 

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