Valdese Weavers announces sales, marketing appointments

Textile producer hires four new associates

Valdese, N.C. – Valdese Weavers, a designer and manufacturer of decorative textile products for residential and contract markets, announced the appointment of four new associates to its sales and marketing team.

“The new additions to our sales and marketing team are the result of a thoughtful and purposeful process to ensure we have the finest representation in each of the markets we serve,” said Blake Millinor, chief marketing officer for Valdese Weavers . “We’re very excited to have them on board.”

After two-and-a-half years as a management and sales trainee with Valdese Weavers, Patrick Shelton becomes an independent sales agent in the company’s Northeast territory, working as a junior partner for Neil Nahoum.

In addition to learning every area of the mill during his training period, Shelton has been working in sales in New York for the past 10 months.

Shelton is a 2010 graduate of The University of the South, Sewanee with a degree in economics. He played quarterback and served as captain for the varsity football team and was a member of the Order of Gownsmen academic honor society.

Maggie Reilly , who’s been with the company since 2012 in sales support, was recently promoted to sales representative in the Northeast territory, also working for Neil Nahoum. Her new position will focus on opportunities in the apparel market and managing boutique fabric distributor accounts.

Before joining Valdese, Reilly worked for luxury interior designer Philip Gorrivan and Meredith Jayne Interior Spaces. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in interior design from Syracuse University.

Lindsay Valdez joins Valdese as an independent sales agent on the West Coast, working as a junior partner for Brek Jacobsen.

From 2008 to 2013, Valdez worked with Fairmont Designs in Cerritos, Calif., in merchandising and product development. Valdez oversaw sample development for domestic and import upholstery lines, and selected fabrics for all trade show and inline upholstery. She also managed communications with fabric vendors and worked the company’s trade shows in the United States and China.

Valdez is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles, with an associate’s degree in interior design.

Anna Hilton joins Valdese Weavers as a management trainee. Hilton interned for Valdese Weavers on three occasions before coming on board full-time in January. During her internships in 2011 and 2012, Hilton worked in design, product engineering and sales. She is a 2013 graduate of Wingate University.

Hilton will spend 2014 in a comprehensive training program that will rotate her through all departments of the company’s five brands to learn how textiles are designed, manufactured and sold. She will then focus her efforts on sales and marketing.

While at Wingate, Hilton was a Division II All-American in volleyball, and captain of her team. She was a two-time South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year.

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