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Winning the Time-to-Market Race: Don't Fall Behind

Wasted time can seriously hinder success. With little room for error, teams must work efficiently to keep up with today's demands. But how?
Audience: Open industry. All apparel and footwear industry professionals, regardless of AAFA membership, are encouraged to participate.


Join Steve Chastain, Head of Global IT at Volcom, and Walter Wilhelm, Partner at Black Ink as they discuss the strategies they use to help streamline product development and set the foundation for efficient and explosive growth. They’ll discuss critical factors that maximize time to market, ways to prioritize your action plan, and how to manage change within your organization while still supporting timely development and growth.
You don’t want to miss this important discussion to help you stay ahead of the pack!
Attendees of this webinar will learn: 

  • Critical factors that maximize time to market
  • Ways to prioritize your action plan
  • How to manage change within your organization while still supporting timely development and growth


Steve Chastain
VP, Head of Global IT 

Steve has many years of experience in apparel and sporting goods equipment, holding positions mainly in IT. Today he holds the position of VP, Head of Global IT at Volcom. Volcom has been acquired by luxury group Kering and has been a part of the luxury group for more than 13 years. 

Walter Wilhelm
Black Ink

Walter has more than 20 years of experience in product development in the consumer goods industry. He is the former VP of Product Integration at Safariland and former VP of Business Processes at Black Diamond Equipment.


Susan Lapetina
Senior Vice President, Education and Corporate Marketing

Susan Lapetina leads AAFA’s education, programming, and special events initiatives. An experienced executive in meetings, events, marketing, and strategic planning, she directs the association’s signature events, the Executive Summit, Hong Kong Summit, American Image Awards, as well as AAFA’s Board meetings. Susan launched AAFA’s international training conference series throughout Asia and built its webinar platform. Spearheading AAFA’s Elite sponsor program, Susan works closely with supplier members to bring them visibility and recognition among association members. Before joining AAFA in 1999, she was Principal of Marketing Evolutions, a strategic planning services firm focused on associations and nonprofits. She also served as the Director of Marketing at the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the American Society of Landscape Architects. A graduate of Canisius College, Susan is originally from upstate New York.

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10/23/2019 2:00 PM - 10/23/2019 3:00 PM