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Bella-Dura
NEW YORK - MJ Ramos has joined textile mill Bella-Dura as director of Bella-Dura-merchandising.
     Ramos brings more than 20 years of experience in textiles and trimming to the new role in the company's expanded merchandising and design department,
     "MJ is an exceptionally talented individual with an incredible eye and intuition for design," said Irwin Gasner, Bella-Dura/Wearbest CEO. "Her past collaborations have produced many of the best-selling fabrics and trim in production today. We are honored and thrilled to have her on our team and we are already planning some amazing things."
     Ramos began her career at Sunbury Textile Mills. She later created the Highland Court brand, a luxury division of an international wholesaler.

Executives

Henredon Carolina Mills

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HICKORY, N.C. - Former Henredon CEO Michael K. Dugan received an honorary doctor of humane letters from Lenoir-Rhyne University during its spring graduation ceremony.
     Dugan , who was CEO of nearby Morganton, N.C.'s Henredon Furniture Inds. from 1987-2004, and later penned "Furniture Wars" in 2009, has been involved with the university for almost two decades, including a stint as a business professor and business school chairman from 2006 until 2012.
     "As one of the most respected business leaders in the community, many seek him out for advice and support," said Wayne Powell, Lenoir-Rhyne president. "He has distinguished himself as businessman, author, educator, philanthropist, public servant, and family man."
     Additionally, George A. Moretz, who retired as chairman of the board of Maiden , N.C., fabric supplier Carolina Mills in 2008, was honored with the university's Trustee Award.
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     "George, like his parents before him, believes in giving back. He has seen the impact Lenoir-Rhyne has had on the Hickory area and continues to support our endeavors," Powell said. "The Trustee Award is the highest service award granted by Lenoir- Rhyne, and I can think of no one who deserves it more that George Moretz."

Sleep Train
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Sleep Train CEO and founder Dale Carlsen received an honorary doctorate in humanities from his alma mater, Sacramento State University, on May 24 at the university's commencement ceremony at Sleep Train Arena.
     Carlsen founded Sleep Train in 1985, just one year after graduating from Sacramento State. He has since grown the employee owned mattress retailer to more than 280 stores and nearly 1,500 employees.

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     "Our honorary doctorate degree recognizes significant achievements and meritorious and outstanding service to humanity. Dale's amazing story of success reflects the highest ideals of a Sacramento State education. His entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to helping others, including his support of foster youth, are inspiring future students and making lives better in our communities," Alexander Gonzalez, Sacramento State president, said in a press release.
     Carlsen has dedicated his philanthropic efforts to providing support for children and youth. The Sleep Train Foster Kids program has collected thousands of items for foster children, including shoes, clothes and school supplies, and has raised more than $2 million.

Marketing/Sales

Creative Ticking
GASTONIA, N.C. - Creative Ticking has added two textile veterans to its sales team. Brett Schneider will serve customers in the western and southern United States, while Tim Scorziell will focus on West Coast sales.
     Schneider has more than 30 years of textile sales and marketing operations experience, most recently as a sales representative for Maxime Knitting Mills in the southern U.S. He has also held sales positions with Lava, Blumenthal Print Works and Burlington Inds.
     Scorziell has been in bedding and bedding textiles industry for more than 35 years, with experience in management, consulting, sales, merchandising, design and account growth and development. He has held positions with Banner Mattress, Golding, Tietex and Value Ticking, and also worked as an independent sales representative for Springs Creative.
     Schneider and Scorziell report to Jerry Pratt, president of Creative Ticking.
     A division of Beverly Knits, Creative Ticking produces mattress ticking, along with fabrics for the automotive, apparel, industrial and medical markets.

Wesley Hall
HICKORY, N.C. - Upholstery manufacturer Wesley Hall has hired Amy Huff as marketing and media director.
     Huff will report to President Zack Taylor and will be Wesley Hall's primary point person for marketing initiatives, website management and oversight of sales aids. She also will work with Mary Elizabeth Gietner, design director, and Darrell Full bright, visual merchandiser, on fabric and frame selections and will promote the company through various platforms including social media and customer-direct communications.
     Huff was previously an upholstery merchandise manager for Lexington Home Brands and has also worked with Lane Venture as a retail designer and sales trainee. She has a degree in interior design from Appalachian State University and was named a Celia Moh Scholar, a scholarship that recognizes exemplary

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undergraduates in home furnishings programs.
     "Amy is widely regarded as one of the strongest young talents in our industry," Taylor said.

RizzTex USA
CALHOUN, Ga. - RizzTex USA named Teresa Parris creative and visual manager for Rizzy Home.
     Parris, who has received numerous awards for showroom and visual display, will be responsible for in-store branding and visual marketing.
     "Teresa is a tremendously creative talent that will be a great asset as we continue to move Rizzy forward," Mark Ferullo, vice president of RizzTex USA, said in a press release.
     Prior to joining Rizzy Home, Parris worked as a buyer, merchandise manager and visual display director for Henco Furniture, The Spencer Group and Southern Motion. Most recently she was a principal at Kevin Sergeant Enterprises.

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