Speakers

David Buck

Chief Technology Officer & Chairman, Zweave, Inc.

David is the Chairman of the board of Zweave. He co-founded Zweave with Laura McCann, with the vision of transforming product development activities for federal and consumer product development organizations. Prior to co-founding Zweave, David was the Founder, President & CEO of Advis, Inc., an early leader in the Internet consulting industry. David grew Advis 1650% in 5 years to achieve the 155th ranking on the 1998 “Inc. 500”, and the 121st ranking on the Deloitte & Touche “Fast 500”. At Advis, he delivered over 50 successful custom Internet solutions for Blue Chip clients beginning with Fidelity Investments in 1993, and including Wellington Management, Boston City Hospital, Standard & Poor, Apple Computer, Salomon Brothers, Aetna US Healthcare, AT&T, MCI, Ciena, Level3 Communications, Stratus Computer and Fannie Mae. Prior to founding Advis, David was senior technical sales professional for the object-oriented technology company founded by Steve Jobs – NeXT Computer, and the artificial intelligence software leader, Symbolics, Inc. In 1999, David founded ERP2Web, Inc a software company that sold an innovative development environment to support the development of robust object oriented web applications using ERP systems as their back-end systems of record. The product featured an object modeling and web development environments and adapters to major ERP systems including SAP and Peoplesoft. ERP2Web customers included Apple Computer, Bose, FannieMae, and Allied Signal. All assets of ERP2Web were acquired by a major Fortune 500 software company in late 1999. Prior to Symbolics, David was a Senior Management Consultant at Deloitte Haskins & Sells where he worked with the United States Air Force on multiple, large-scale software projects including Enhanced Transportation Automated Data System (ETADS), Advanced Technical Order System (ATOS) and Stock Control and Distribution (SC&D). Prior to Deloitte, Mr. Buck worked as a National Accounts Sales Engineer for IBM. David holds a B.S. degree in Management Information Systems from the University of Dayton School of Business Administration. He is a graduate of MIT’s “Birthing of Giants Program” and has been a member of the EO, the Entrepreneurs Organization.

Laura McCann-Ramsey

CEO, Zweave, Inc.

Laura is the Founder and CEO of Zweave. At Zweave she is responsible for global operations, sales, marketing, solution delivery and product development. Laura’s vision supports Zweave’s focus on designing tools that address the complexity of product development organizations. She has won seven Small Business Innovation Research Grants from the Department of Defense. Prior to founding Zweave, Laura was the Founder and CEO of Fashion Express Worldwide and FX Asia, Private Label Buying Offices, developing apparel products for vertical retailers. Fashion Express was profitable in twelve months and continued to grow at 300% annually for 5 years. In 1997, Laura merged Fashion Express (FX) to form International Product Options (IPO). As CEO and Creative Director of IPO, Laura expanded her business into a global private label sourcing business with offices in Hong Kong, Taiwan and China serving the leading vertical retail brands in the United States. Laura directed operations for these businesses and managed product development and sourcing activities. Laura founded Zweave to fulfill the technology gap she experienced as an apparel product developer. Zweave is Laura’s third startup. Laura is an author and frequent speaker on the topic of Product Life Management (PLM), Product Development and Sourcing for the Fashion Industry. She has presented at numerous industry conferences including The National Retail Federation Super Show, WWD Teens and Tweens Summit, ASAP Global Sourcing Show, ASTM standards conference, and NYNMA. Laura has been featured in articles on Apparel technology and entrepreneurship including Success, Fortune, Entrepreneurs, MSI, Apparel Magazine, WWD, and Bobbin. McCann has been featured on CNN fn, Entrepreneurs Only on NPR, NY-1, and was featured in Money Hunt’s technology profile pilot. Laura holds a Bachelors degree in Fashion Design from Parson’s School of Design and is a graduate of several Executive Management programs including MIT’s “Birthing of Giants” and Leadership America. Laura was a longstanding member of EO, the Entrepreneurs Organization and was Chapter President of New York and held multiple international board positions throughout the late 90’s. Laura’s professional experience commenced at the age of seven as a child actress in France. Laura’s major accomplishment was in 1980 when she starred in “La Petite Sirene”. Laura’s story has appeared in People Magazine, Variety, The Los Angeles Times, The New York times and others and, she has appeared on television and Radio. Raised in Europe as a child Laura is fluent in French and Spanish.

Nancy Winslow

PLM Process and Technology Consultant, TBC Unlimited, Inc.

Nancy Winslow is the principle of TBC Unlimited, A soft-goods industry consulting firm specializing in PLM strategy, process analysis and improvement and the management of software implementation projects.  Nancy has over a decade of IT related services experience as well as prior hands-on experience working for companies that include GAP, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Limited, Inc. As a product manager, she oversaw the many aspects of developing garments and accessories giving her in-depth knowledge of the many tasks required in the development of products.  During her years working as a process consultant and project manager, she has been responsible for projects for various major soft-goods retailers and brands including Liz Claiborne, LL Bean, Federated, and Dillard’s Department Stores. Her main focus has been in the area of process analysis and software implementation. Recently she has begun to work with e-commerce, offering strategy for the development, management, and marketing of an on-line business. Nancy holds a Bachelor of Science from the Fashion Institute of Technology (New York, NY), with a concentration in business for apparel manufacturing. She also holds a certificate of Project Management for Information Technology Professionals.

Kurt Chen

Research Analyst, Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC)

Kurt Chen is a research analyst focusing on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) at Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC). With extensive experience in planning and realizing enterprise information systems, Kurt conducts software research oriented toward both business needs and market trends. Kurt has over 15 years of experience in IT strategy consulting and project management in the manufacturing sector. Before joining TEC, he was a cofounder of a leading PLM vendor in China. As one of the early PLM advocators in China, Kurt contributed toward Chinese industry standards for enterprise information system implementations. More recently, as a consultant for a global manufacturer, Kurt was responsible for identifying issues and recommendations related to the management of environmental issues, which he sees as a key element to both manufacturing and IT governance best practices. Currently, Kurt is working on a project to build an evaluation model for Fashion PLM to help business users in their solution selection process. Kurt earned his MBA from HEC Montreal (Quebec, Canada), with a concentration in IT management. He is also an SAP-certified consultant.