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ITA names all-female exec

 7 October 2019     HGO Staff 

HIGH POINT, North Carolina – The International Textile Alliance (ITA) has announced the election of Kelly DiFoggio as president of its ten-member board of directors. ITA are the organisers of the semi-annual Showtime Market and governing body of the ITA Educational Foundation.

DiFoggio is the first female president of the 29-year-old association. She succeeds Ismail Arslan of De Leo Textiles in the role.

ITA executive committee members (left to right): Mendy Kearns, treasurer; Kelly DiFoggio, president; and, Kathryn Richardson, vice president.Kathryn Richardson of Libeco, the textile mill based in Belgium, will serve as vice president and Mendy Kearns of Hamilton Fabric Sales as treasurer to complete the first all-female ITA executive committee for the two-year term.

DiFoggio is currently the director of sales and marketing for Yarn & Loom and has served on ITA’s board for the past seven years and as a member of the executive committee for the past four years.

“I am both flattered and honored to serve the association and industry I love,” said DiFoggio. “During my tenure as a board member, I have seen wonderful work by a strong volunteer board and I’m excited for ITA’s future. I am looking forward to announcing some new initiatives in the near future that we hope will benefit both our members and the industry we serve.”

Other returning board members include Nathan Copeland, Highland House; Carmen Herndon Barbee, Ballard Designs; David Lappert, Kravet; Dada Patil, Catania Fabrics; Jana Platina Phipps, Classical Elements; Katherine Shoaf, STI; and David Stunda, Barbarossa Leather.

The next edition of Showtime will be held here from 17 to 20 November.

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