Effective September 1, the International Textile Alliance (ITA) will begin its 2020-2021 fiscal year with the promotion of Carrie Dillon to the newly created position of Managing Director.
Dillon has been with the organization since 2014 and has grown through its ranks, first as Assistant Executive Director, then taking on the additional management of the ITA’s Educational Foundation in 2017.
Dillon has been an invaluable member of the organization and has seen it through many transitions. She will continue to be essential in overseeing the management of the ITA as the ITA also announces the downsizing of the organization with the resignation of Brian Casey, the current Executive Director. With COVID-19 creating so much disruption in the textiles, trim and leather industries, ITA has seen a contraction of the member mills and a consolidation of the industry as a whole. As a result, the ITA saw the decision to scale back its management team as the right one for the current times.
Board President Kelly DiFoggio, said “We are grateful to Brian for the work he has done over the past 2.5 years. He has given a professional face to the ITA and has been a tremendous mentor and colleague. He will be missed, but at the same time, we are thrilled to have Carrie step into a management role for our organization. She is a wealth of knowledge, knows the industry and our members well, and will be instrumental in seeing us through these difficult and strange times.”
ITA’s future plans include continuing to make its mainstay, bi-annual wholesale tradeshow, SHOWTIME, a renewed focus with the addition of a new temporary floor in the Market Square Tower in High Point, NC. Despite the show’s cancellation in May, the November 15 -18, 2020 edition is currently still planned to proceed on schedule.