Specification Management Summit Unites Industry Leaders and Technology Professionals to Address Sustainability, Economic Challenges, and How to Build A Resilient Supply Chain

This year Specright is heading to Austin, TX., to host its annual Specification Management Summit, Jan. 31- Feb. 02.

Posted on 
November 6, 2023
Matthew Wright
Founder & CEO, Specright

Our annual Specification Management Summit, or Spec Summit as we call it, is an opportunity to build on an ecosystem of companies coming together to collaborate and work to solve the challenging issues today's world poses - all with a spec-first approach in mind.  My team has been hard at work planning and collaborating with customers and industry leaders to put on another high-value, successful event for attendees.

What to Expect at Spec Summit 2024

As supply chain complexities continue to rise, economic challenges surface and sustainability regulations expand across the globe, now more than ever, is the time to implement a spec-first approach into your business model.

In order to stay ahead of competitors, businesses must embrace change by harnessing data and tech for quick, intelligent decision making. The Specification Management Summit is here to ignite and inspire that change.

This year, industry leaders like Colgate-Palmolive, Jack in the Box, Manscaped, and Cummins will present insights about the value of a spec-first approach and the tangible impacts it has made on their companies. Specification Data Management (SDM) should be top of mind for all companies looking to ignite collaboration and build a resilient supply chain 

This is a bit of what you can expect. 

Why Austin?

When it came to selecting the perfect venue for the Spec Summit in 2024, I knew I wanted to head back to Austin. We held Spec Summit 2022 there, and the city strikes the right balance between being a large city without the overwhelming scale of some of the other metropolitan cities. Austin is welcoming and I know will be a pleasant experience for our attendees.

Locationally Austin is also more central to the Midwest and East Coast, being a convenient destination for our valued customers spread across these regions. Beyond logistics, Austin's vibrant live music scene and overall cool, appealing vibe promise an enriching experience, ensuring participants not only engage in meaningful discussions but also enjoy the unique charm of the city. And, for those who have attended previously, they can tell you we mix learning and networking… with fun! 

2024 Specification Management Summit Chair 

This year we are excited to announce that Paul Gray, Director of Continuous Improvement at Central Garden & Pet, is this year’s chair. Paul is a valued customer of Specright and has deep insight into the impact and value of taking a spec-first approach. 

With years of experience working at industry-leading companies such as The Home Depot, Newell Brands, and Masonite, Paul is a wealth of knowledge. This year Paul will highlight Central Garden & Pet’s 5+year journey with Specright from quality and procurement to supplier collaboration and more.  

“Central Garden & Pet has been on an incredible journey with Specright and I’m excited to share more about that journey with Spec Summit attendees as next year’s Event Chair. Spec Summit is also a great place to learn from others, across industries, so I’m looking forward to bringing learnings home to my team as well,” - Paul Gray

Industry Leaders Highlighting the Benefits of a Spec-First Approach 

In addition to Paul and Central Garden & Pet, Spec Summit attendees will also hear from speakers across industries. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from companies such as Jack in the Box, Cummins, Saint Gobain, and BASF, gaining industry knowledge and best practices for leveraging a spec-first data strategy. 

Not only does the agenda include Specright’s customer success stories but attendees can also expect to see live demos of our Specification Data Management Platform, speaker with our technologists about product developments and enhancements, and network with industry leaders on topics like sustainability and product innovation. You can check out the full list of speakers and our agenda here

Registration is still open, with limited capacity. So, grab your spot today and e hope to see you this January in Austin. Together, we can further explore the benefits of a spec-first approach and discuss the latest developments in the industry while building new relationships and expanding the ecosystem.


Matthew Wright

Matthew Wright is the founder & CEO of Specright. Prior to founding Specright, he spent more than 25 years in the packaging industry, holding leadership positions at International Paper, Temple Inland, and rightPAQ — a packaging company he co-founded. He has also been involved in leading multiple M&A deals in the packaging industry. He sits on the Packaging Advisory Board at Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo.

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