AAPN’s ‘Dynamic Duo’ Honored

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I’ve never seen anyone work harder or with more passion and patience that Devin Steele. He is tireless and so smart. So, receiving the following article weeks after it happened was not a surprise, but the content was. When Sue and I were asked to come onstage at the opening of our annual conference in May, we were, as Devin writes below, ‘startled’. I was in a coma. I didn’t hear a word spoken. But Devin did, because he recorded them as documented below. The short speeches by those on stage are really something. They document the growth of this network. Well, it was these same people and our Board who, in 2010, initially under the strong leadership of Carlos Arias, who took charge of this network, made it their own, and put us to work. This was a very cool surprise. 

AAPN’s ‘Dynamic Duo’ honored
By Devin Steele (DSteele@eTextileCommunications.com), July 10, 2019

MIAMI BEACH – Steadfast. Difference makers. A dynamic duo.



Those were just a few of the superlatives used to describe Sue Strickland and Mike Todaro after they were presented with the Americas Apparel Producers Network (AAPN) Lifetime Achievement Awards during AAPN’s pro:Americas Annual Conference here recently.

AAPN President Tony Anzovino, chief sourcing and merchandising officer at Haggar Clothing Co., Dallas, conferred the honor on the pair, who has led the network since the 1990s. Strickland, whose now late husband Don founded the organization in 1981 as the American Apparel Contractors Association, took over the reins of the group in 1990 as executive director. Todaro joined her in 1995 as managing director and, together with Strickland now for nearly a quarter century, they have led the network’s evolution into what today is a thriving, growing and relevant association. Read More