Joe Quinn is Senior Director, Public Affairs and Government Relations. In this role Quinn helps build national Walmart relationships with elected officials, suppliers, customers, communities, and associates. Quinn is currently focused on the major Walmart effort to bring manufacturing and jobs back to the United States. The company has committed to buying an additional $250 billion in American products during the next ten years.
Walmart is the largest retail store in the United States, serving 140 million customers weekly with more than 200 million transactions. From it’s start in a modest building in Rogers, Arkansas in 1962 Walmart has grown to operate under 69 banners in 27 countries.
During his time at Walmart Quinn has helped manage the company commitment to hire 100,000 veterans over five years, has worked in the Walmart Benefits Division that makes company benefits available to 1.3 million associates, and has helped lead the company effort to make healthier food more accessible and affordable for all families. Walmart is the largest grocer in the United States.
In 2006 Quinn was part of the Walmart team that rolled out the innovative $4 generic drug program that changed the national healthcare landscape by saving customers billions of dollars. For that work Quinn was a co-winner of the 2007 Walmart Sam Walton Entrepreneurial Award.
Before joining Walmart in 2006 Quinn was Director of Policy for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. In 2002 Quinn was Director of Communications for the successful Huckabee reelection campaign.
Quinn previously was Director of Communications for the Arkansas Department of Human Services and a television journalist with the CBS TV affiliate in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Quinn is a member of the Board of Directors of Goodwill of Arkansas, and a past President of the Board of Directors of the Children’s Museum of Arkansas. In 2010 Quinn co-chaired a successful community campaign to raise $70 million in new funding for the Bentonville School District. Quinn is also on the Northwest Arkansas Lacrosse Program Board of Directors.
Quinn and his wife Shannon live in Rogers, Arkansas with their two amazing children…Jimmy and Ava.
Mark Sawchak, owner of Expand Systems, is a business development specialist with a background in chemical engineering. His involvement with digital textile printing dates back to 1998, when he was an Associate Director with Kimberly Clark Corporation in their Printing Technology Business Unit. Mark was instrumental in commercializing new technologies that were incorporated into printing solutions and then brought to market by Kimberly Clark and their Korean affiliate, Yuhan Kimberly.
Mark and his wife Ann started Expand Systems in 2006 as a provider of digital textile printing solutions. Expand Systems works with a wide variety of companies that manufacture printed textiles and helps them identify the role that a digital strategy can play in implementing optimum product manufacturing solutions. They take into consideration all aspects of the process including fabric preparation, printing and finishing. In recent years, the technology advancements in digital textile printing has significantly increased the type and number of companies that can now take advantage of using a digital strategy. During his presentation, Mark will discuss the implementation of a digital workflow for a product category offered by a major retailer in the USA, and the benefits it provides to the company.
Harold Mull began his textile career in his hometown of Salisbury, NC in 1967. There he worked for Dressmaker Fabrics, which supplied over-the-counter fabric, operated a chain of fabric stores, and owned a manufacturing facility specializing in women’s denim apparel. During his seven years with Dressmaker Fabrics, Mull was integral in starting the company’s circular knit operation. In 1970, Mull helped the company acquire one of the first heat transfer print calendars in the United States, which marked the beginning of a new age of rotogravure heat transfer textile printing.
In 1974, Mull left Dressmaker Fabrics to cofound Co-Co Prints, Inc. with four other partners in the textile industry, including Cannon Mills’ VP of art and design and Cannon Mill’s VP of Global research and development. Just five years later, Mull purchased all outstanding stock of the partners, and continued to own and operate Co-Co Prints, Inc. as the sole owner until 2012. For 38 years, the Matthews, NC based company provided fabrics and heat transfer printing services to a variety of industries including hospitality, healthcare, apparel, home décor, toy, and over-the-counter retail.
Since 2013, Mull has been associated with Springs Creative Products Group, LLC, based out of Rock Hill, SC, where he has pioneered the company’s entrance into digital printing. Mull oversaw the installation of the company’s digital lab and helped the company develop key customer relationships. He continues to expand the company’s digital printing capabilities with the addition of personalization options and new substrates.