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August 2001

Kevin M. Burke has assumed the presidency of American Apparel And Footwear Association (AAFA), Arlington, Va., following the retirement of Larry Martin .

The Textile Education Foundation Inc. (TEF), Atlanta, has elected J. Tom Watters, Jr. , Syntec Industries, Rome, Ga., president; Richard P. Strawhorn , Mohawk Industries, Calhoun, Ga., vice president; and Lee S. Bryan , Mount Vernon Mills Inc., Trion, Ga., treasurer. Elected to serve three-year terms on the Board of Directors were; Ann Dorsey , Beaulieu of America, Atlanta; Scott R. (Rip) Johnston , SI Corp., Chickamauga, Ga.; and Douglas R. Tingle , 1888 Mills, Griffin, Ga. Elected to fill unexpired terms on the Board were John Cahill , Royal Ten Cate (U.S.A.), Duluth, Ga.; and Trey Hodges , Swift Spinning, Columbus, Ga. Re-elected were Roy Bowen executive vice president and Suzanne Wilkes secretary.

Belgium-based European Disposables and Nonwovens Association (EDANA) has elected three governors to its Board: Thomas Olsson , Mölnlycke Health Care AB, Sweden; Paul Eevers , Unilever FBE Supply Co., Belgium; and Marko Rajamaa , Buckeye GmbH, Germany.

The Board of Directors of Unifi Inc., Greensboro, N.C., appointed two new Board members: William (Billy) J. Armfield , Spotswood Capital, Greensboro; and Sue Cole , U.S. Trust Company of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Christian Maier GmbH & Co., Rotary Joint Division, Germany, has selected B. Austin Robinson as sales and marketing director for the United States and Mexico for the newly opened Maier America LLC distribution, training and service center in Duluth, Ga.

The United States Chamber of Commerce, Washington, Board of Directors has elected Larry A. Liebenow , Quaker Fabric Corp., Fall River, Mass., vice chairman for 2001-2002. Liebenow also serves as director of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI), Washington.

Mike Todaro of American Apparel Producers’ Network (AAPNetwork), Atlanta, was elected to the Board of Trustees of Caribbean/Latin American Action (C/LAA), Washington.

Thomas Gerhard was appointed president and CEO of Scholl Switzerland AG, Switzerland. Beat D. Geissbühler and Thomas Widmer have been named executive vice presidents of the company.

Harriet & Henderson Yarns Inc., Henderson, N.C., has elected Allison C. Zollicoffer vice president, marketing.

Improved Technologies, Northfield, N.H., announced the appointment of Alison Hardy as director, Textile Division; Steve Potthoff , vice president, sales; and Robert Degerstrom as director, channel sales.


Henry Surratt , Springs Industries Inc., Fort Lawn, S.C., was elected president of Southern Textile Association (STA), Gastonia, N.C. He succeeds Dan Nation of Parkdale Mills Inc., Gastonia, who was elevated to chairman of the Board of Governors. Larry Oates was elected first vice president; Mike Godfrey , second vice president; and Lee Thomas , member-at-large. Lillian Link remains secretary/treasurer. Elected to the Board of Governors for four-year terms are Steve Adams , Bo Bonner , Terry Hines , James Maddox and John Nims .

Kellwood Co., New York City, has appointed John R. Henderson executive vice president of Sag Harbor and women’s special markets. Paul A. Robb has joined the company as president of Slates Menswear Division.

Richmond, Va.,-based Alloy Polymers Inc. has appointed James R. Jandora , vice president, sales and marketing.

Brandon International, Industrial Sewing Division, Baldwin Park, Calif., named Tom Stavinoha eastern regional sales manager.

WestPoint Stevens Inc., West Point, Ga., announced Steve McGee has joined the company as vice president, sales, for Wal-Mart and JCPenney. New key assignments to the Basic Bedding business include Alan F. Kennedy , vice president, merchandising; Scott D. Howard , vice president, sales; and Thomas C. Burke , vice president, business operations. In addition, Robert P. Fleischer was named vice president, business development, for Ralph Lauren Home. 

August 2001