Shelton Joins ITA Board of Directors

HIGH POINT, N.C. – Patrick Shelton, Vice President of Sales with Valdese Weavers, has been elected to join the International Textile Alliance (ITA) Board of Directors.

“I am very excited to be adding another member to our board.” said Kelly DiFoggio, President of the ITA Board of Directors. “Not only does Patrick represent one of our oldest member companies but his knowledge and enthusiasm for the industry will be a great addition.”

Shelton has been in the textile industry for nearly a decade. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Sewanee, The University of the South. In addition to excelling academically, Shelton also played football during his tenure at Sewanee. He began his career at Valdese Weavers in 2011 and spent his first two years working and learning the manufacturing processes. Shelton transitioned into a sales role in 2013, steadily grew his sales experience and was named VP of Sales in January 2019.

Shelton joins the current ITA Board of Directors which includes: Kelly DiFoggio of Stein Fibers and ITA President; Kathryn Richardson of Libeco and ITA Vice President; Mendy Kearns of Hamilton Fabric Sales and ITA Treasurer; Nathan Copeland, Highland House Furniture; Carmen Herndon Barbee, Ballard Designs; David Lappert, Kravet Inc.; Dada Patil, Catania Fabrics; Katherine Shoaf, Radiate Textiles; and David Stunda, Barbarossa Leather.

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Formed in 1990 to advance the textile industries through the promotion of education, networking and collaboration year-round, ITA hosts the bi-annual ITA Showtime Market and directs the ITA Educational Foundation. The non-profit, member-driven organization is based in High Point, North Carolina and is supported by leading companies across the industry. For more information, visit