Shelton joins International Textile Alliance board of directors

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.

IMC reports Las Vegas Market attendance about 20% of normal

Visitors walking out of the new Expo Center at the Las Vegas Market this week were required to wear masks and follow social distancing protocols.

LAS VEGAS — International Market Centers reported more interior designers attending the Las Vegas Market this week, but overall attendance was about 20% compared with a normal market.

“Buyers were happy to come to a market and interact face-to-face with sellers, see new introductions and get back to relational aspect of markets,” said Dorothy Belshaw, IMC executive vice president and chief digital marketing officer, adding that demand was high and buying robust for those attending the show.

All of the buildings were open at the Las Vegas Market, with about 40% of showrooms open presenting 1,300 resources. Attendees at this market came primarily from California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona and Texas.

“We checked temps each day for everyone entering the complex and had hand sanitizer and touchless registration,” said Bob Maricich, International Market Centers chairman and CEO. “We realized that you can’t remind people too much about the new protocols. We had signage everywhere and made announcements about safety every 20 minutes. We will spare no expense to do this safely and securely.”

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