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Augustine Tantillo Takes Helm As NCTO President

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), Washington, has named Augustine "Auggie" Tantillo president of the organization. Tantillo previously served as executive director of the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition (AMTAC), which, along with the National Textile Association (NTA), recently merged with NCTO in order to form a unified group to represent U.S. textile industry interests in Washington, particularly with regards to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) currently being negotiated among the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations (See " The TPP — High Stakes For U.S. Textiles," Textile World, May/June 2013).

Over the last 25 years, Tantillo also served in other capacities including chief-of-staff to the late U.S. Sen. Strom Thurmond, R-S.C., and deputy assistant secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce for Textiles and Apparel.

Tantillo succeeds Cass Johnson, who served as NCTO's president from its beginnings in 2004 and previously as president of NCTO's predecessor, the American Textile Manufacturers Institute.

"We are incredibly pleased to welcome Auggie's leadership and many years of experience to NCTO at such an important juncture of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations," said NCTO Chairman William L. "Bill" Jasper. "In his new role as president, Auggie will continue NCTO's unparalleled commitment to fighting on behalf of American textile manufacturing and jobs at home and abroad.

"We certainly wish Cass the very best in his future endeavors and remain grateful for his dedicated service over the years to our organization and the broader U.S. textile industry," he added.

"I come into this role at a critical time in the Trans-Pacific Partnership," Tantillo said. "I will work to help the U.S. textile industry navigate through the details of this historic free trade agreement. This agreement has the ability to significantly impact the U.S. textile industry and our Western Hemisphere trading partners. With over 1.5 million jobs at stake, NCTO is committed to ensure that this agreement will be satisfactory for our members and the broader U.S. textile industry in this hemisphere."

Augustine Tantillo

September/October 2013