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Association for Managers of Innovation (AMI)
April 3-5, 2013
Proximity Hotel/Print Works Bistro
hosted by the Center for Creative Leadership
The meeting theme is “Innovation in the Apparel & Textile Industry” as it relates to its history and its reemergence and sustainability by turning towards innovation. Meeting Registration and hotel room reservation deadline date is February 21, 2013.

Hosted by Center for Creative Leadership, CCL AMI Members David Altman, Lyndon Rego, Rene Hultin, and Dan Buchner, along with the CCL Greensboro, North Carolina Campus. Accommodations and the hospitality suite evenings will be arranged at AMI Member Hotelier's Proximity Hotel.

Beg, Brag, What If sessions will bring us to the meeting close. The meeting will have the AMI traditional close with everyone contributing their hand-written Learnings. A box lunch arrives where you can stay in the meeting room or find your own spot with others and continue to converse about your insights or seek answers to your questions. If you have to depart at noon, the box lunches are made to take with you.

Hospitality Suite Nights
The Hospitality Suite is open on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at Proximity Hotel for AMI attendees and their guests to come and go until 11:30 p.m. Wine/beer and soft beverages are available while the AMI group gathers and shares ideas gleaned from their time together earlier in the day.


AMI Meeting participant rate is $875.00 US, which includes meeting rooms and support equipment, hospitality suite for two nights, Wednesday reception, lunches and breaks on Thursday and Friday, Thursday evening workshop, and travel expenses and honoraria for presenters, as well as other administrative expenses.

The AMI Workshop (included in the meeting fee) includes travel to and from the International Civil Rights Center & Museum, tour of four gallery exhibits ending at the original lunch counter, Original Four speaker, and dinner. There is a $100 fee per person for guests.


Proximity Hotel
a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum "green hotel"
704 Green Valley Road
Greensboro, NC 27408

Connection to Proximity Hotel and Cone Mills in Greensboro
The Proximity Hotel and Print Works Bistro are named after the Proximity Manufacturing Cotton Mill (1896) and Proximity Print Works Mill (1912), which are central to Greensboro’s rich textile history.

Loft King Sleeping Rooms are available at a special nightly rate for Single/Double Occupancy of $169 (plus prevailing state and local taxes and assessments, currently 6.75% and 6%). A la carte breakfast is included. This rate is available three (3) days prior to and three (3) days after the April 2 arrival and April 5 departure dates.

  • Check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check out time is 12:00 p.m.
  • Identify the group name: Association for Managers of Innovation (AMI)
  • Main: 336-379-8200
  • Toll Free: 800-379-8200

Room reservations received after February 28, 2013 will be accepted on a space and/or rate available basis only.

Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for Creative Leadership hosts each biannual Spring AMI meeting at their rotating campuses in Greensboro, Colorado Springs, and San Diego.

Meeting Location, Thursday, April 4
One Leadership Place
Greensboro, NC
Main: 336-288-7210
Fax: 336-288-3999

Wednesday, April 3, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m. 
A pre-meeting event: Imagine, Innovate, and Create: VF Jeanswear Style: a behind the scenes look at how VF Jeanswear (Wrangler & Lee) executes over 150 million pairs of jeans every year. Our guide is Jay Craft, VF Jeanswear, Product Development. You will get an opportunity to travel to VF Jeanswear's Service Support Center in Greensboro. The groups there are working with our Merchandising and Marketing teams together to create and solve for opportunities to improve our products and offer solutions to everyday opportunities. We will take you through the process and tour our facilities seeing some of the tools and letting the teams show how they approach our innovation. We will see body scanning, virtual prototyping, real prototyping, laundry (far from your washing machine at home) and our use and plans around RFID for garment tracking. We hope to spur your thoughts and insights that we can add to ours as you see what we do. Hopefully we can turn your imagination loose with ours.

Wednesday, April 3

Proximity Hotel
AMI Newcomers Only Orientation
Meeting Reception/Introductions
, followed by PBS Video Production – Still Standing: The real story of the North Carolina textile industry” presented by producer Robert Newton, President, Robert Newton Productions, Inc.

Thursday, April 4

The AMI meeting reconvenes at the Center for Creative Leadership until meeting close at 5:00 p.m. with return to Proximity Hotel.

Rachel Weeks, Founder and CEO, School House, American Made Collegiate Apparel, will address her company's role in the documentary seen on Wednesday evening.

Representatives from four organizations engage in a panel discussion of “Reemergence of the Apparel and Textile Industry through Innovation.” The panel includes:

Brian Goldberg, Director of New Business Development,VF Jeanswear: Jeanswear's actual innovation business practices 
Terry Montgomery, Ph.D., Vice President, Wovens, Precision Fabrics Group, Inc.: on the management of innovation product development that meet the stringent requirements of today's high-tech markets 
Paige Mullis, Concept Development Director/Concept Gallery Curator, Glen Raven: ability to identify and lead niche market segments when it comes to high-performance fabric-based solutions 
Edmir Silva, Product Development Manager, Unifi Manufacturing, Inc.: Repreve recycling operation, a family of first quality recycled polyester and nylon fibers that can be used in a wide range of applications.

Thursday, April 4, 6:15 - 9:30pm

AMI Workshop: Catalyst of the Civil Rights Movement in 1960: a national social innovation. The International Civil Rights Center & Museum is an archival center, collecting museum and teaching facility devoted to the international struggle for civil and human rights. The Museum celebrates the nonviolent protests of the 1960 Greensboro sit-ins that served as a catalyst in the civil rights movement. The original portion of the lunch counter and stools where the four students sat on February 1, 1960, has never been moved from its original footprint.

Please feel free to invite your spouse or significant other to participate in a Museum Tour of four gallery exhibits, ending at the lunch counter of the nonviolent 1960 sit in. Mr. Joseph McNeil, one of the “Original Four” student protesters will speak before dinner is served in the lobby of the museum. There is a $100 fee per guest.

Transportation is provided. Transportation departs at 6:15 p.m. for the AMI Workshop at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum, the F.W. Woolworth Landmark. The Workshop concludes at 9:30 p.m. Transportation is provided to Proximity Hotel.

Friday, April 5

The AMI meeting reconvenes at Proximity Hotel.

Soon Yu, Global Vice President of Innovation, VF Corporation, will address “Open Innovation at VF”. Over the past several years, VF has embarked on a journey to accelerate its innovation capability. The first step in that journey was to "Go Outside" for new ideas to learn from others and draw new analogies. This journey has already changed VF to become more competitive, while becoming more open.

The meeting closes Noon. Boxed lunches are delivered to the meeting room where you are welcomed to stay until 3:00 p.m.

Robert Brodnick,
Mar 5, 2013, 12:41 PM
Robert Brodnick,
Mar 5, 2013, 12:43 PM