ITMA Gains New Board Member, Director Positions, and Committee Chairs

HIGH POINT, NC – September 18, 2015 — Industry trimmings expert has joined the 10-member Board of Directors of the International Textile Market Association, producers of the semiannual Showtime® textile show and the ITMA Educational Foundation. The ITMA welcomes new director, Jana Platina Phipps, Design & Sales Agent, Blogger “Trim Queen.”

Phipps began her career translating handbag specifications from Italian to English for the likes of Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren. In 2004, she became an independent consultant specializing in branding, merchandising and sales representation for manufacturers. Phipps has collaborated with Classical Elements for the last 10 years. A UC Berkeley alum, she has continued her education at FIT, Parsons and NYU. In 2003 she received the Young Leadership Award from WithIt and now serves as their New York Design Tour Co-Chair. Known as “Trim Queen” by her clients, she uses her blog and social media channels to chronicle how the design community uses trimmings creatively.

Todd Nifong of Altizer & Co. Decorative Fabrics has been named President of the ITMA Board of Directors and will serve a two-year term. Ismail Arslan of De Leo Textiles was elected by the board to serve as Vice President, and Kelly DiFoggio, JLA Home Fabrics was elected as Secretary/Treasurer. Both will serve a two-year term.

Other returning board members include; Mac Lane, American Silk Mills; Jesse Rector, Portfolio International; and Kathryn Richardson, Libeco. Brian Bunch, Greenhouse Fabrics and Tom Forrester, Avanti Furniture serves on the board as Industry Liaisons. Wesley Mancini of Wesley Mancini, Ltd. will remain as the ITMA Educational Foundation Chair.

“On behalf of the board, I’d like to thank Art Reilly for his dedication and service,” stated Nifong. “I’m honored to represent the ITMA, its board of directors, and most importantly the member companies. We are looking forward to the future growth of Showtime, and the ITMA Educational Foundation.” Nifong’s agenda during his two year term includes Education and Industry Involvement. He wants to foster industry involvement through the creation of targeted committees. The new committee chairs are Kathryn Richardson, Membership Committee; Mac Lane, Publications Committee; Jana Platina Phipps, Special Events and Nifong will chair the Executive Roundtable.
In addition to organizing Showtime, the nonprofit ITMA supports educational programs through their Educational Foundation, for students of textile design and marketing.

The group is online at, which also has registration information for the upcoming Showtime, held December 6-9, 2015.