Valdese Weavers’ vice president of sales has been elected to joing the International Textile Alliance board of directors.

Shelton has been part of the textile industry for nearly a decade. After graduating in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Sewanee, The University of the South, 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 and after growing his sales experience was named vice president of sales in January 2019.

“Not only does Patrick represent one of our oldest member companies, but his knowledge and enthusiasm for the industry will be a great addition,” said Kelly DiFoggio, president of the board of directors.

The ITA board currently includes: ITA President Kelly DiFoggio, Stein Fibers; ITA Vice President Kathryn Richardson, Libeco; ITA Treasurer Mendy Kearns, Hamilton Fabric Sales; 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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