HIGH POINT, N.C.–Six new directors have joined the 13-member International Textile Market Association’s board of directors. ITMA produces the semiannual Showtime fabric events here.
New directors include Ismail Arslan, DeLeo Textiles; Wesley Mancini, Wesley Mancini Ltd.; Art Reilly, Van Lathem Inc.; and Robin Starnes, Covington New York. Board members serve a three-year term. In addition, Regenia Payne, Taylor King Furniture; and Jim Calhoun, Miles Talbott/Michael Thomas Furniture, have joined the board as industry liaisons.
Steve Shelly, of Classical Elements, will serve the second year of his two-year term as board president.
Returning members in addition to Shelly are Bob Patton, P/Kaufmann, board vice president; Jessie Rector, theleathercollection; Roger Burnim, Heritage House Fabrics; Sunil Eamani, MDS Fabrics; Robert Lachow, J.B. Martin Co., and Anne Hood, Century Furniture, industry liaison.
“The ITMA board always consists of individuals who have a passion for our industry and our new board members are no different,” Shelly said. “We already had our first official board meeting with our new members attending and each of them brought valuable input to the meeting as we discussed Showtime and our educational projects. I have dealt with many of our new members over the years and I am extremely excited to be working with them again.”
ITMA is a nonprofit organization whose members represent the mills, converters, tanneries and trimming manufacturing companies that supply decorative coverings for the home furnishings and other industries. In addition to organizing Showtime, ITMA supports educational programs for students of textile design and marketing.
More information is available on the Web at www.itmashowtime.com , including registration information for the upcoming December event.