The Textile Education Foundation Elects New Officers Directors
PONTE VEDRA, FL Richard P. Strawhorn, Director, Risk Management for Mohawk Industries in Calhoun, GA, was today elected President of The Textile Education Foundation, Inc. (TEF) at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Foundation in Ponte Vedra, FL.Strawhorn succeeds J. Tom Watters, Jr., the Chairman of the Board of Syntec Industries in Rome, as President. Lee S. Bryan, General Manager of Finishing for Mount Vernon Mills, Inc. in Trion was elected Vice President, and John Cahill, Vice President of Human Resources for Ten Cate Nicolon, USA in Pendergrass, GA was elected Treasurer.Strawhorn was born and raised in Abbeville County, South Carolina and graduated from Furman University in Greenville and subsequently from The Financial Management Program of Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.He began his career as an Accounts Payable Clerk for the Rocky River Plant of Bigelow Sanford and went on to become a member of the senior management teams at Bigelow, Fieldcrest Cannon and the Residential Division of Mohawk Industries. Extremely active in the community and with his church, Strawhorn serves on the Executive Committee of the Gordon Chamber of Commerce and is a past Chairman of that organization. He is also a member of the Administrative Council of the Calhoun United Methodist Church where he has served for several years as Chairman of the Finance Committee. He is a member of the Board of the North Georgia Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants and the Coosa Valley Technical College and serves on the Financial Officers Council of the Carpet and Rug Institute. He also serves on the Board of GTMA - The Association of Georgias Textile, Carpet and Consumer Products Manufacturers.Bryan is a member of a family which has provided distinguished leadership to the industry, to GTMA and to TEF for decades. A native of Jefferson, he began his career in the industry in 1980 as a manufacturing trainee with Burlington Industries following his graduation from Purdue University with a degree in Industrial Engineering. He joined his family-owned Jefferson Mills in 1984 as Finishing Plant Manager and was subsequently named Vice President of Manufacturing. Jefferson Mills was sold to Texfi Industries in 1991, and Bryan remained with the company as its Plant Manager until he joined Mount Vernon Mills in 1993.Bryan has been very active in his community having served as President of Armuchee Education Foundation and the Jefferson Rotary Club, and past board member of the Summerville/Trion Rotary Club and First Methodist Church of Rome. He currently serves on the External Advisory Board of the Georgia Tech School of Textile and Fiber Engineering and as a mentor to a current textile student. In addition, he serves on the Executive Committee of TEF and the Board of GTMA. Cahill is a graduate of Kings College in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, where he lettered in both football and golf. His professional career has included stints at Sears RoebuckandCompany and Borden, prior to joining Ten Cate Nicolon USA in 1990. He has been involved with the Human Resources Committee of GTMA for several years and currently serves as its Chairman. He is a avid golfer and budding author, now working on his first book.Three textile executives were elected by the Foundations membership to serve three-year terms on the board of directors: Hank Millsaps, Vice President of Human Resources, CollinsandAikman Floorcoverings, Dalton; Larry Porter, General Manager of Greige Fabrics, Mount Vernon Mills, Alto; and Denise Statham, Director of Marketing, Southern Mills, Inc., Union City.In addition, the Foundation elected Harry Batty, Chief Executive Officer of Sylvania Yarn Systems, Sylvania and Jimmy L. Prater, Group Director, Natural Yarn and Carpet Manufacturing of Shaw Industries, Dalton to fill unexpired terms on the Board.The Foundation also re-elected Roy Bowen as Executive Vice President and Suzanne Wilkes as Secretary.Over 175 industry executives, their spouses and those who supply and support the industry attended the Annual Meeting of TEF, which was held in conjunction with the 102nd Annual Meeting of GTMA at the Sawgrass Marriott, Ponte Vedra, Florida.Established in 1943 to help meet the industrys demand for textile engineers, TEF has expended several million dollars, primarily for assistance to the School of Textile and Fiber Engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta and at the Apparel/Textile Engineering Technology Department at Southern Polytechnic State University in Marietta. Included have been funds for student scholarships and recruitment, the Executive-in-Residence, textile machinery and laboratory equipment, field trips to textile plants and promotion of textile career opportunities.