DAVID SPEIGEL was literally born into the apparel world, as his family owned two textile mills. That type of linage is rare, and ingrained the industry in every pore of his being. It was a given that he would also become a textile grad from North Carolina State University, then join his family as an active member of their business. Eventually, David’s family ended up selling the textile mills to one of their main competitors (a manufacturer of products for the medical industry), and he was asked to join their new corporate leadership. After a number of years, David took over the division in charge of medical applications for narrow fabrics (a new up and coming process for new medical applications). Ultimately, his team built that business into the largest makers of elastic bandages, stretch gauze, and medical binders in the USA. They supplied 30% of the US market in elastic bandages for customers like: Johnson & Johnson, Medline, Cardinal, Cypress, General Medical, Zimmer, Novation, and around 100 more, including the casting companies. David was able to retire at the age of 57, before Johnson & Johnson Medical distributors lured him out of retirement to assist them with the relocation of their entire operation from Sherman, Texas to China.