AATCC — the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals based in Research Triangle Park, N.C. — announced the winners of its 2015 AATCC Concept 2 Consumer® Student Design Competition. First place was awarded to Ornella Santoni, Drexil University for her Fold Me Away – Tech Me Away submission. Armani Dodd, Drexel University took second place for Illusion. Honorable mentions also were awarded to Brenna Conner, Kansas State University, and Emily Kopcik, University of Delaware.
Australia-based Alexium International Group Ltd. has appointed Steve Gravlee senior sales associate, Nicole Graver technical sales representative, and Reginald Didier head of product development. The company also added U.S. Brigadier General Stephen Cheney to its Board of Directors as a non-executive director.
Jon Arendt has joined Helsinki-based Suominen Corp. as product manager.
Diamond Springs, Calif.-based Miller Weldmaster West Coast has named James Nute sales manager for the alternative distribution team. Nute is responsible for sales and service in the company’s eastern sales territory, and also will implement the sales and marketing transition of the Sinclair Equipment product line into Miller Weldmaster.
Australia-based Impression Technology Pty. Ltd. has named Bruce Van Greunen sales and technical manager, UK, its European, Middle East and Africa sales division.
Hunter Douglas, Pearl River, N.Y., promoted Ron Kass to CEO effective July 1. Kass replaces Marv Hopkins who is retiring.
Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Coville Inc. has appointed Scott Willis COO.
Microban International, Huntersville, N.C., has made the following appointments: Robert Gunn, managing director, Europe; Martin Szeto, managing director, Asia; and Renato Souza, senior sales director, Latin America.
Southfield, Mich.-based JVS honored Randy and Craig Rubin, inventors of Crypton® fabric, with the JVS Business Leadership Award during its Strictly Business Networking and Awards Luncheon.
Switzerland-based Santex Group named Jude Britto head of sales for technical textiles and emerging technologies for India-based Santex Engineering India Pvt. Ltd.
Scott Hart has joined the sales team at Martin Patrick Evan Ltd. Hart is responsible for territory in Southern California.
The Memphis, Tenn.-based National Cotton Council (NCC) announced the following 12 members as participants in the Emerging Leaders Program for 2015-16: Producers — Rafe Banks, Brandon Brooks, Matt Coley, Paul Minzenmayer, Sutton Page and Brad Williams; Ginners — Phillip Kidd and Todd Waters; Merchants — Cory Barnes and Ken Burton; Warehouser — Joe Cain; and Marketing Cooperative — Vicki Dorris.

June 2015