HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — June 29, 2022 — Brad Burnett, who spent his entire career in the textile industry, was awarded the David Clark Award for distinguished leadership and service to the Southern Textile Association (STA).
The presentation was made June 29 during the STA Business Breakfast Session of the Joint Annual Meeting of the STA and Fiber Buyers Groups at The Sonesta Resort at Shipyard Plantation here. The award was presented by Ed Cox, plant manager at Elevate Textiles.
Recipients of the David Clark Award are selected by the Board of Governors from past presidents of the association who have continued to provide leadership and service to the organization and industry for a minimum of 10 years after their term has ended. Burnett served as president of the Southern Textile Association in 2010-2011 and as chairman 2011-2012. Recipients are selected by vote of the Board of Governors.
Burnett graduated from Boiling Springs High School third in his class and went on to college at Wofford College, where he played football on a combined academic and athletic scholarship and graduated magna cum laude with majors in Economics, Sociology and Psychology. He also earned a master’s degree in Business Law and Management.
Burnett began his textile career with Milliken and Company in early 1979 and served over 10 years at four plant locations in all aspects of manufacturing management. He joined Inman Mills in 1990, beginning with the plant manager of the Mountain Shoals plant and later at all of the Enoree Division operations in South Carolina.
Burnett has served in leadership roles with the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA) and subsequently the Southern Textile Association (STA). He served two terms as mayor of the city of Woodruff, SC. He still works with the city, even though his terms concluded in 2019. He retired from Inman Mills in 2018.
Burnett and his wife of 44 years, Sharon, have two daughters.
Posted July 5, 2022
Source: Southern Textile Association