ITA Welcomes New Board Members

HIGH POINT, N.C., September 20, 2017 – Mendy Kearns of Hamilton Fabric Sales, Inc. and Katherine Shoaf of STI have joined the 11-member Board of Directors of the International Textile Alliance, producers of the semiannual Showtime Market and governing body of the ITA Educational Foundation.

Mendy began her textile career in 2012 when hired to transition into the management of Hamilton Fabric Sales upon impending retirement of the current President. Her background in accounting and human resources gave her the experience needed to run the daily operations of the family owned business. Visiting the semi-annual Showtime Market, Mendy was exposed to the selling and buying side of the business. She now assists with both selling and buying at Hamilton.

Katherine Shoaf is the Director of Design and Merchandising for STI in Kings Mountain, NC. She has 18 years of experience in the industry working for companies including Highland House, Thomasville, Southern, Motioncraft, Se7en and Victor Group. In her current role at STI she works directly with the design team on new product and is also a sales representative for STI, Phoenix Trim and JBS Leather.

Ismail Arslan of De Leo has been named President of the ITA Board of Directors for a two-year term. Kelly DiFoggio of JLA Home Fabrics was elected by the board to serve as Vice President, and Kathryn Richardson of Libeco was elected as Treasurer. Both will serve a two-year term.

Other returning board members include Brian Bunch, Greenhouse Fabrics; Tom Forrester, Berkley Home Furniture; Jana Platina Phipps, Classical Elements; and Jesse Rector, Portfolio International. Todd Nifong has been elected to serve as chair of the ITA Educational Foundation.