The Proof is in the Process: Key Lessons Learned From 35+ Years in the Apparel Business, with Lon Winters
How to successfully diversify product lines, best practices for customer and supplier communication, mitigating order variables and more, with Lon Winters and Mark Suhadolnik.
Lon Winters, of Graphic Elephants, is a long-time GPX and GRAPHICS PRO columnist, contributor and ambassador to the apparel community. Join Winters as he sits down with shop owners, educators and manufacturers for a one-on-one conversation focused on common screen-printing challenges. At GPX Irving, Winters is joined by Mark Suhadolnik, applications specialist at GSG. They will chat up pressing topics impacting apparel decorators, exploring screen printing, direct-to-garment, direct-to-film, embroidery, heat transfer. and more — all with a view toward equipping you with perspectives and ideas that may help improve your business.
Lon WintersPresident & FounderGraphic ElephantsAt 21 years old, Lon Winters was the production manager for Ocean Pacific and started his 30+ year career reclaiming screens. His companies have won 50+ garment decorating awards and honors, and he's served 15+ years as an honorary Golden Image Judge, published hundreds of articles and columns, led various industry seminars and workshops, and consulted on projects large and small. He's the president and founder of Colorado-based Graphic Elephants, an international consulting firm and apparel decoration studio specializing in screen printing technical advances, plant design, layout, troubleshooting, productivity, quality analysis and complete apparel decorating solutions. He was inducted into the Academy of Screen Printing Technology in 2013 and is recognized for his contribution to the graphic printing industry. www.graphicelephants.com.
What our attendees have to say
Melanie HutchinsonThe Embroidery Hutch
Having the ability to interact and speak with suppliers and educational professionals and to see new products is priceless!
Charli BelzImpress Designs
Each time I attend GRAPHICS PRO EXPO I come away with new knowledge and resources. One of my favorite things is the training offered; I love being able to offer my team new ways to expand their knowledge from other sources in the industry!
Erich ElfeldtLanternMax Engraving
Attending GRAPHICS PRO EXPO is essential for anyone in the business. I go every year and always learn something new. Meeting suppliers face-to-face has really helped leverage my product line, and the personal contacts I make are invaluable. GPX is a can’t miss event and already on my calendar for the next one.
Mike LearySundance Sign
This show is an investment in my business. After seeing the diverse cross section of information available, it inspired me to look at other products and services that we could provide to our customers, and ways to do what we do better.
Bill KuiperClan Customs, LLC
The amount of new information I gain both in training sessions and talking to the exhibitors on the floor is fantastic!
Chris MerzHarbor Wraps
I have attended the GRAPHICS PRO EXPO two years in a row now and have had an amazing experience both times. It’s a fantastic place to connect with vendors and other industry professionals.
Judy KriehnDallas Makerspace
This has always been an event that I’ve looked forward to each year, and I wanted to thank you for a very nice event yesterday. I got a lot out of the UV printing seminar in the morning and had good discussions with a few vendors as well.
Kerstyn KunkleKunkle Kreations
I really enjoyed the show and learned tons of new tricks to better my business. I’m grateful for this experience and the opportunity to meet with vendors that related to my line of business. There is really everything for anyone who works with designing/producing custom graphics.