Long Beach, CA January 23-25, 2025 Long Beach Convention Center

Shop Talk


Shop Talk, brought to you by Ink Kitchen, are relaxed, 20-minute sessions taking place on the expo floor, that discuss various industry related topics. Approximately 15 sessions* (*Subject to change) will take place during each Impressions event. Every Shop Talk is brief, on point, and delivered by the best and brightest that do this work every day, sharing their expertise and their vision.

2024 Shop Talk Schedule


All Shop Talk sessions take place in the Arena in booth #3619

Friday, January 19                       

10:30 am
Why Unionize?
Speaker: Howard Levine, Alliance Graphics

11:00 am
Organizing to Increase Sales
Speaker: Kevin Baumgart, Set Sales

12:00 pm
Getting S*** Done. Effective Project Management
Speaker: Ali Banholzer, Wear Your Spirit Warehouse

1:00 pm
Software Options for Sop Management
Speaker: Monty Mims, SanMar

2:00 pm
The Future of the Decorated Garment Industry
Speakers: Alex Phelan, Merchandise; Michelle Moxley, Ink Kitchen; Jacob Edwards, Jakprints; Kevin Tsukahara, Amazon

3:00 pm
State of the Industry, Fashion Directions
Speaker: Dov Charney, Los Angeles Apparel

4:00 PM
Life Achievement Award & Happy Hour
Dave Gardner ; Stan Banks, T-Shirt Side Hustle; Rick Roth, Ink Kitchen; Michelle Moxley, Ink Kitchen

Saturday, January 20                     

10:30 am
The Role of Pre-Treat in DTG Printing
Speaker: Erienne Murphy, Eastern Tech Company

11:00 am
Basics of AI and the Garment Industry
Speaker: Michelle Moxley, Ink Kitchen

12:00 pm
How to Ease into Garment Decoration Without Losing Your Shirt
Speaker: Latonna Roberson, Lady Print Boss

1:00 pm
Effective Social Media in a Changing Media World
Speaker: Sergio Ramirez, Supacolor

2:00 pm
The Future of AI in the Garment Industry
Speakers: Michelle Moxley, Ink Kitchen

3:00 pm
Women in the Industry: What is the Reality Now and How Can We Do Better?
Speakers: LaTonna Roberson, Lady Print Boss; Nicole Pape, Embellishr; Nikki Bowen, Cotton Street Apparel; Megan Griffith, P&M Apparel; Milissa Gibson, Lane Seven

4:00 pm
Transfers: What Are They Good For? What’s New? What’s Next?
Speakers: Josh Ellsworth, STAHLS’; Deric Hoch, 613 Originals; Jody Mazade, Howard Transfers; Michael Modgill, Supacolor; Nathan Anderson, FM Expressions

Sunday, January 21                      

11:00 am
A History of Automatic Screen Printing Equipment
Speaker: Rick Fuqua, Real Performance Machinery; James Ortolani, Hix Corporation; Tom Codute, SPSI

12:00 pm
Organize Your Shop for Faster Set-Ups
Speakers: Tony Palmer, Palmprint Consulting; Brian Lessard, Made Lab

1:00 pm
Education: How Do We Inspire and Teach the Next Generation of Squeegee Pullers
Speakers: Andy MacDougall, Squeegeeville


Bring your questions.

Talk with us.

Free all day long at the Ink Kitchen Decorator’s Hangout.