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International Textile Market Association Gets New Directors And President

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The ITMA announced that three industry executives have joined the 14-member board of the International Textile Market Association, producer of the semiannual Showtime fabric shows and the ITMA Educational Foundation.

Three new directors on the board are Mac Lane, American Silk Mills; Kiran Singh, LAURA & KIRAN; and Jeff Veach, Brentwood Textiles.

Lane has been employed with American Silk Mills since 1999 and is currently sales director for residential furniture. Lane began his career as national sales manager for furniture manufacturer Carson’s of High Point.

Singh, who came to the United States from India in 1980, co-owns a design company, LAURA & KIRAN, with his wife Laura in Berkeley, Calif. LAURA & KIRAN has designed, produced and distributed fabrics to the home textile industry since 1992.

Veach has been employed by Brentwood Textiles since 1987. Originally hired to oversee export sales, Veach is currently vice president of Brentwood Textiles, overseeing all sales, product development and day-to-day operations.

Bob Patton of P.Kaufmann has been named board president and will serve a two-year term. Steve Shelly, of Classical Elements, will step down as board president, but will remain on the board for one term as Ex-Officio.

Other returning board members are Ismail Arslan, De Leo Textiles; Robert Lachow, J.B. Martin Co. Inc.; Wesley Mancini, Wesley Mancini Ltd.; Jesse Rector, theleathercollection; Art Reilly, Van Lathem USA; and Robin Starnes, Covington Fabric & Design, LLC.  In addition, Jim Calhoun, Miles Talbott/Michael Thomas Furniture; Anne Hood, Century Furniture; and Regenia Payne, Taylor King Furniture, serve on the board as industry liaisons.

“We are very excited to have our new ITMA board members and we wish to thank those who have served us so diligently in the past. The new board looks forward to serving its membership and their needs in the coming future,” said Patton.

In addition to organizing Showtime, the nonprofit ITMA supports educational programs for students of textile design and marketing through its Educational Foundation.

The group is online at www.itmashowtime.com, which also has registration information for the upcoming Showtime, set for December 5–8, 2010.

Founded in 1990, ITMA is a non-profit trade association, consisting of
mills, converters, tanneries and trimming manufacturers that supply
decorative coverings for the home furnishings industry, whose main objective
is to stimulate growth and development within the home furnishings industry.
Showtime boasts the most extensive presentation of fabric, leather and
trimmings in the Western Hemisphere.

More than 800 buying companies attend Showtime from such markets as:
1. Apparel and costuming
2. Decorative accessory manufacturers
3. Department stores
4. Fabric retailers
5. Furniture manufacturers
6. Handbag and fashion accessory manufacturers
7. Workrooms
8. Window Coverings
9. Linen Rental
10. Lampshades
11. Hospitality – hotels, resorts, et al
12. Interior design
13. Jobbers
14. Mail-order catalogs
15. Marine – boats, yachts, et al
16. Outdoor and casual furniture
17. Top of the bed and soft goods
18. Transportation

The next Showtime takes place December 5-8, 2010.

Further information about ITMA and Showtime is available at
www.ITMAshowtime.com or via email to info@itmashowtime.com or calling (336) 885-6842.

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