This month, Behind the Seams is featuring "rising stars" in the sewn products world, individuals who have been recognized as future leaders for our industry. Kristy Meade, the Group Show Director for Techtextil North America, Texprocess Americas, and Process Expo for Messe Frankfurt, Inc., nominated Ali Rosenberger for this honor. Read below to learn why!
Kristy, why did you nominate Ali Rosenberger as a sewn products industry Rising Star?
Kristy Meade: Ali is dedicated to curating top notch education for the sewn products industry at Texprocess Americas and through the web series launched in 2020. She strives to structure the Symposium in ways that every visitor discovers or learns something that will enhance their business.
How has Ali contributed to your organization? To the industry?
KM: Ali is a vital member of our team at Messe Frankfurt, Inc. as an experienced marketer, master at organization, and content creator. She has elevated the Symposia at Texprocess Americas and Techtextil North America and takes pride in her role.
As organizers, our goal is to unite the industry for shared knowledge and in turn advance the industry which we serve. As Senior Marketing and Conference Manager, Ali nurtures industry relationships to discover what topics are of interest, who may offer new insights, and how to present it to an eager audience. If you have attended and made a connection at Texprocess Americas or learned something new in our Symposium over the past four years, then Ali Rosenberger played a key role in that.
Ali, what is your current job position? And what does your role entail?
Ali Rosenberger: I currently serve as the Senior Marketing and Conference Manager for Technical Shows at Messe Frankfurt North America. We put on the Texprocess Americas and Techtextil North America tradeshows (as well as several other non-textile industry events). I am responsible for all show marketing, and I get to work with experts in sewn products from both industry and academia to develop sessions in our Symposia and other educational features.
How were you first introduced to the sewn products industry? What attracted you to it?
AR: I was first introduced to the sewn products industry four years ago when I accepted the role with Messe Frankfurt, Inc., and once I planned/attended my first Texprocess Americas, I was hooked! The high level of innovation coming from this industry is truly amazing, and I love the collaborative mindset and commitment to addressing change for the better on issues ranging from global workforce development to sustainable manufacturing. What keeps me here are the people — I feel so lucky to get to work with such a friendly, passionate group throughout the course of planning these events.
Are you working on any projects right now that you are excited about (and can share)?
AR: Our next big event is Techtextil North America taking place in Raleigh, North Carolina, this August. With the addition of a Texprocess Americas pavilion and the co-location of SPESA’s Advancement Conference, sewn products will play a major role in this year’s content.
I love bringing folks from technical textiles, nonwovens, and sewn products together to develop sessions around the latest innovations, trends, and forecasts for the future of the textile industry as a whole. I know it may sound a little cheesy, but being able to provide information that helps companies evolve and tackle their biggest challenges brings me so much joy.
And of course, I can’t WAIT to see everyone again on the show floor after such a long hiatus (thanks COVID)!
Be sure to check out the Symposium schedule for the upcoming Techtextil North America show in Raleigh. Early bird registration ends June 18th!
Thank you to Ali for taking the time to answer our questions, and to Kristy for nominating her!
Background information on Messe Frankfurt Messe Frankfurt is the world’s largest trade fair, congress and event organiser with its own exhibition grounds. The Messe Frankfurt Group employs around 2,500* people in a total of 30 subsidiaries. The company generated annual sales of approximately €250* million in 2020 after having recorded sales of €738 million the previous year. Even in difficult times caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we are globally networked with our industry sectors. We have close ties with our industry sectors and serve our customers’ business interests efficiently within the framework of our Fairs & Events, Locations and Services business fields. One of the Group’s key USPs is its closely knit global sales network, which extends throughout the world. Our comprehensive range of services – both onsite and online – ensures that customers worldwide enjoy consistently high quality and flexibility when planning, organising and running their events. We are expanding our digital expertise with new business models. The wide range of services includes renting exhibition grounds, trade fair construction and marketing, personnel and food services. Headquartered in Frankfurt am Main, the company is owned by the City of Frankfurt (60 percent) and the State of Hesse (40 percent). For more information, please visit: www.messefrankfurt.com. * preliminary figures 2020 Messe Frankfurt North America is a subsidiary of Messe Frankfurt and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA. Messe Frankfurt North America produces and manages 10 shows within the United States, Canada and Mexico. In addition to Techtextil North America, the North American portfolio of events includes Texworld USA, Apparel Sourcing USA, Home Textiles Sourcing Expo, , Texprocess Americas, The Clean Show, INA PAACE Automechanika Mexico City, Waste & Recycling Expo Canada, Festival of Motoring US and PROCESS EXPO. For more information, please visit: http://www.us.messefrankfurt.com.