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Meet Chris Pilkerton: Opening Keynote at the 2019 SPESA Executive Conference 

chris pilkertonChris Pilkerton, Acting Administrator and General Counsel of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will be the opening keynote at the 2019 SPESA Executive Conference. Acting Administrator Pilkerton will offer his expertise on the Made in America movement and his thoughts on workforce development in the sewn products manufacturing industry. 

Prior to his time with the SBA, Pilkerton was a compliance director at JP Morgan Chase, advising both the business and corporate functions on matters related to enterprise compliance risk and regulatory change management. While there, Pilkerton was named one of the "Heroes of the Fortune 500" by Fortune Magazine, in recognition of his efforts in support of orphans in Liberia impacted by ebola.

Pilkerton was a Fulbright Teaching Scholar in Poland and holds a master's degree in public administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. He earned his J.D. from the Catholic University of America, a bachelor's degree from Fairfield University, and a certificate in data analytics from Cornell University's College of Business. Pilkerton and his wife are certified foster parents for the District of Columbia.

In addition to keynotes Pilkerton & Carville, the Executive Conference will also host several notable speakers including representatives from VF Corporation, the National Council of Textile Organizations, U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration, and the American Apparel & Footwear Association.

Click here to see the current agenda & speaker list.

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