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February 2002

The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA), New York City, will honor Elbert Hand, chairman and CEO, Hartmarx Corp.; and John Pomerantz, chairman, The Leslie Fay Company Inc.; at the 2002 American Image Awards Dinner to be held March 20th in New York City. A special presentation will also be made to Tracy Mullin, president of the National Retail Federation.

Pomerantz (left) and Mullins

Peter Brust has been named president of American Dornier Machinery Corp., Charlotte, N.C. Brust succeeds Hans Geiger, who recently retired after 45 years with the company (See “Weaving Into the Future,” www.TextileWorld.com, February 2002).

Bill Ghitis has been named president of global apparel, DuPont Apparel and Textile Sciences (ATS), Willmington, Del.

Harodite Industries Inc., North Dighton, Mass., has named K.C. Spengeman vice president, Latin American operations.

Floor Universe, Atlanta, announced it has become part of a new, technology-focused ownership group, Floor Universe Inc. Roland Boucher, previously COO of Floor Universe, has been named president of Floor Universe Inc. Gregory Rawley, previously general manager of Eagle Automation Inc., has been named chairman of the Board. The company will have its main office in Atlanta, along with a newly opened branch office in Dalton, Ga.

C. Robert Tait Jr.has succeeded J.A. Millane as president of Tinius Olsen, Willow Grove, Pa. C. Robert Tait III has assumed responsibility for sales and marketing.

The National Needlework Association (TNNA), Zanesville, Ohio, has elected the following directors for 2001-2002: Carol Gantz, Associated Talent, director; Deborah Wilson, Beau Geste Inc., director; Kenneth Bridgewater, Westminster Fibers Inc., director; Maria Gornatti, The Handworks Gallery, associate member director for the Southwest region; Jan Stahl, Crafty Lady, associate member director for the Midwest region.

Salem, N.H.-based StockerYale Inc. has named Frank J. O’Brien executive vice president and CFO.


The Washington-based Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA) has promoted Kathleen A. Shaver to vice president, industry relations.

Ron Goglick has joined the staff of Fiber Science Inc., Palm Bay, Fla., as business development manager.

The Russell Corp., Atlanta, has named Scott Mosteller corporate vice president, operations ;and Bob Keller president, Desoto Socks.

Acsis Inc., Marlton, N.J., has appointed Mike Allen Southeast regional manager.

The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI), Dalton, Ga., has named Jennifer Mendez as Washington area representative and Sarah Nicholas as administrative assistant for customer satisfaction. CRI has also promoted Barbara Day to communication advocacy manager. In addition to her duties as Electronic Advocacy Manager, Joan Seelaus is now helping to oversee the Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) program. She also manages CRI’s advocacy coordination work group.

Jeffrey Aschkenes has succeeded Donald Baron as president of Kellwood New England, a division of Kellwood, New York City.

Woolrich Inc., Woolrich, Pa., has named Alan Levy manager, domestic licensing. Beth Brownlee has been named national sales manager. Brownlee joins Woolrich following three years as south central regional sales manager for Columbia Sportswear.

Levy (left) and Brownlee

Linda Collins has been named area manager of Dunleary, Towson, Md. She is responsible for Georgia, eastern Tennessee and southern South Carolina.

Medina, Ohio-based Fire-Dex Inc.has named Bob Schaefer plant manager.

Gwen Boddie, Springs Industries, has been recognized as a 2002 Premier 100 IT Leader by Computerworld.

February 2002