HIGH POINT – Effective Sept. 1, the International Textile Alliance will start its 2020-2021 fiscal year with the resignation of Executive Director Brian Casey and the promotion of Assistant Director Carrie Dillon to its newly created managing director position.
“We are grateful to Brian for the work he has done over the past two and a half years,” said Kelly DiFoggio, ITA Board president. “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.”
According to the ITA, it chose to downsize the organization in reaction to disruption caused by COVID-19. The group, according to a release, “has seen a contraction of the member mills and a consolidation of the industry as a whole,” making the decision to scale back “the right one for the current times.”
Dillon has been with the organization since 2014, first serving as assistant executive director before taking on the additional management of the ITA’s Educational Foundation in 2017.
Under her leadership, the group plans to expand member benefits and continue making its biannual wholesale tradeshow, Showtime, a renewed focused with the addition of a new temporary floor in Market Square Tower.
Although the show’s May edition was cancelled this year, the ITA still has plans to proceed on schedule with its Nov. 15-18 fall show.