For the last twenty-five years, Dr. Mike Fralix has worked in a variety of capacities at [TC]² and has provided guidance to hundreds of sewn products companies. With thirty-seven years of experience in apparel manufacturing, research and development, and operations and corporate management, he leads the company’s initiatives to develop next-generation supply chain technologies, and work with companies to implement currently available technologies and business processes.
In addition to overseeing [TC]²’s technology development, and technology dissemination initiatives, Dr. Fralix speaks internationally on a variety of topics. He and the [TC]² staff deliver an extensive array of programs and provide services to individual companies. These services span such topics as 3D product development, sizing for fit, virtual dressing, online shopping, additive manufacturing, production scheduling, industrial engineering, ergonomics, re-shoring, full package production, simulation, lean manufacturing systems, sustainable technologies, and the digital supply chain.
He holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Applied Mathematics and Philosophy from North Carolina State University, an MBA from Duke University and a Ph.D. in Technology Management from North Carolina State University. In 2009 he was appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor at N.C. State University and was name Distinguished Alumnus of the Year in 2013.
Dr. Fralix is also active in several industry organizations. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the AAFA (American Apparel & Footwear Association), Immediate Past Chairman of SPESA (Sewn Products Equipment and Suppliers of the Americas), a member of the Executive Committee of the IAF (International Apparel Federation), Chairman of the Technical Committee of the IAF, and serves on the Board of Trustees for C-CAA (the Caribbean Central American Action). He also is the President of the AAFA Education Foundation, Board Member of the Fashion Scholarship Fund, Past President of the Georgia Soft Goods Education Foundation, and Past Chair of the AAFA Human Resources Leadership Council. And, he was recognized at the OIA (Outdoor Industry Association) Thought Leader’s Dinner in January 2013.
Dr. Fralix’s key message is that tomorrow’s soft goods industry leaders are going to thrive through the use of digital technologies and processes that are integrated across continents. From product development to delivery and logistics, these companies will implement systems that: enable the shortest cycle time from concept to market, provide the most rapid and efficient response to consumer demand, and offer the best value for the investment.