Kelly DiFoggio Becomes First Female President of International Textile Alliance: Creators of Showtime Market

December 12, 2019

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Kelly DiFoggio has been named the president of the 10-member board of directors of the International Textile Alliance, producers of the semiannual Showtime Market and the governing body of the ITA Educational Foundation.

ITA has its first female executive committee with (left to right) Mendy Kearns, treasurer; Kelly DiFoggio, president; and Kathryn Richardson, vice president.

DiFoggio is the first female president of the 29-year-old association.

Kathryn Richardson, Libeco, will serve as vice president and Mendy Kearns of Hamilton Fabric Sales as treasurer to complete the first all-female ITA executive committee for the two-year term from 2019-2021.

DiFoggio is currently the director of sales and marketing for Yarn & Loom and has served on the ITA Board of Directors for the past seven years and as a member of the executive committee for the past four years.

“I am both flattered and honored to serve the association and industry I love,” DiFoggio says in a statement. “I am looking forward to announcing some new initiatives in the near future that we hope will benefit both our members and the industry we serve.”

Other returning board members include Nathan Copeland, Highland House; Carmen Herndon Barbee, Ballard Designs; David Lappert, Kravet; Dada Patil, Catania Fabrics; Jana Platina Phipps, Classical Elements; Katherine Shoaf, STI; and David Stunda, Barbarossa Leather.

Formed in 1990 to advance the textile industries, 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.


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