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August 2004

Culp Inc., High Point, N.C., has made the following appointments: Howard L. Dunn , vice chairman; Franklin N. Saxon , president and COO; Rodney A. Smith , president, Culp Decorative Fabrics; Boyd B. Chumbley , president, Culp Velvets/Prints; and Robert G. Culp IV , president, Culp Home Fashions.

Gerber Technology, Tolland, Conn., has named Rachel Ho marketing director, Asia.



The Hosiery Association, Charlotte, recently elected Fritz Schulte , Accessory Source LLC, chairman; Jonathan Shugart , W.Y. Shugart & Sons Inc., first vice chairman; and Larry Small , Acme-McCrary Corp., second vice chairman. Huntley Bossong , Bossong Hosiery Mills Inc.; Robby Davis , DeSoto Mills Inc.; Becky Lessard , Fox River Mills; Bill Nichol , Kentucky Derby Hosiery; Alan Parker , PAM Trading Corp.; and Ray Walker , Moretz Inc., were elected to first terms as hosiery manufacturer and supplier directors.

Wilmington, Del.-based Optimer Performance Fibers has promoted Karen Deniz to president, European Division.

CHT R. Beitlich Corp., Charlotte, has named Barry L. Ferguson vice president of sales.



Wichita, Kan.-based INVISTA™ Inc.’s Kennesaw, Ga.-based Invista Interiors organization has made the following appointments: Bobby Berrier , vice president, commercial/transportation flooring; Steve Griffith , vice president, residential flooring; Ana Torrence , vice president, home/hospitality interiors; Nelson Altero , business director, South America; Dilip Kumar , vice president, interiors, Asia Pacific; Russell Pike , vice president, interiors, Europe; and Harry Dickerson global technology director.

Wacker Chemical Corp., Adrian, Mich., has appointed Joseph Wilson Jr. vice president, performance materials, Wacker Silicones.

The Lowell, Mass.-based American Textile History Museum recently elected Normand E. Deschene , Lowell General Hospital; Diana Prideaux-Brune , University of Massachusetts Lowell; and David A. Webster , Webster & Co. Ltd, to its Board of Trustees. The museum re-elected John E. Pearson Jr. , Butler Bank and Pearson & Pearson LLP, chairman; Michael J. Smith president and CEO; Hiram M. Samel , Merida Meridian Inc., vice chairman; Marguerite Church secretary and clerk; Kenneth J. McAvoy treasurer; and Jonathan Stevens , Ames Textile Corp., assistant treasurer.

Michael Penn has joined Karen Neuburger/KN Ltd., San Rafael, Calif., as vice president, brand licensing.



The Atlanta-based Association of Georgia’s Textile, Carpet and Consumer Products Manufacturers (GTMA) has elected Donald R. Henderson , Mount Vernon Mills Inc., chairman; J. Tom Watters , Syntec Industries, vice chairman; David C. Clarke , Royal Ten Cate USA, treasurer; and Elizabeth Hopkins secretary. Richard P. Strawhorn , Mohawk Industries Inc.; Merritt Loring , Victor Forstmann Inc.; Miles Wright , Mannington Carpets Inc.; Bill Shapard , American Mills Inc.; Russell Grizzle , Milliken & Company; and Bob Hammersla , Engineering Textile Group Inc., were appointed to the Board of Directors. Roy Bowen was re-elected president of the board.

The International Rayon and Synthetic Fibers Committee (CIRFS), Brussels, has appointed Omer Sabanci president.

Textile Education Foundation Inc., Atlanta, has elected John Cahill , Ten Cate Nicolon USA, president; Douglas R. Tingle , 1888 Mills LLC, vice president; Jim Prater , Shaw Industries Inc., treasurer; and Elizabeth Hopkins secretary. Roy Bowen was re-elected executive vice president. Thomas Little , YKK USA; Doug Hettinger , Ethicon Inc.; and Mike Hopp , Mannington Carpets Inc., were elected to the Board of Directors.

The Southern Textile Research Conference, operating under the auspices of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists, Research Triangle Park, N.C., recently presented Luther B. Arnold scholarships to Kelly Grogan , Clemson University, and Katie Hudson , Auburn University.

August 2004