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October 2013

The Clover, S.C.-based Synthetic Yarn and Fiber Association (SYFA) has named Diane Bayatafshar managing director. Former managing director Kim Pettit will focus on member recruitment and continue to represent SYFA at industry trade shows.

The German Engineering Federation (VDMA) Garment and Leather Technology Association, Germany, has elected Günter Veit, VEIT Group, chairman, and Klaus Freese, Klöckner Desma Schuhmaschinen GmbH, deputy chairman.

Ventura, Calif.-based Patagonia Inc. has named Joy Howard vice president, marketing.

Howard (Photo courtesy PRNewsFoto/Patagonia Inc.)

Paris-based Lectra has named Charlie Xu vice president of sales, fashion for Greater China.

Wellford, S.C.-based Leigh Fibers Inc. has appointed Darrell J. Turner COO. Former COO Keith Taylor has been named to the company's Board of Directors.

Perkasie, Penn.-based Secant Medical Inc. has appointed Jeff Robertson president.

The International Forum for Cotton Promotion (IFCP), Washington, has elected Mark A. Messura, Cotton Incorporated, chairman; Elke Hortmeyer, Bremen Cotton Exchange, vice chairman; and Nayan C. Mirani, Cotton Association of India, treasurer.

Duquesne, Penn.-based American Textile Company has appointed John Burke, Armada Supply Chain Solutions, and Charles Bitzer, Abarta Inc., to its Board of Directors.

The Alexandria, Va.-based Textile Rental Services Association of America (TRSA) has given the 2013 TRSA Operator Lifetime Achievement Award to Richard J. L. Senior, Morgan Services, in recognition of his exceptional personal service to the textile services industry and TRSA.

Marshall, Mich.-based Distinguished Restaurants of North America has appointed Anthony M. Cerone, Riegel/Mount Vernon Mills, to its Board of Directors.

Tuscaloosa, Ala.-based Phifer Inc. has added Monica Thornton and Raymond Neuse to its fabric design team.

Thornton and Neuse

Lang Ligon and Co. Inc., Greenville, has named Stephen Charron technical services representative, responsible for sales, service and installation of all Lang Ligon and Co. products.


Brian Shore has established a new company, Hospitality Provisions & Co., Greensboro, N.C., to serve the hospitality and contract markets.


October 2013