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SMART Association announces election of officers, directors

Company News, News | March 28, 2024 | By:


The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textile (SMART) Association, a global organization of companies involved in reusing and recycling textiles and related secondary materials, announced the election of board members and officers to terms beginning March 1, 2024.

The newly elected members of the SMART Board of Directors are:

  • Gloria Avendano, Global Marine Transportation Inc. 202426 (first term)
  • Joe Howlett, St. Pauly Textile Inc. 2024–26 (first term)

The following director’s term has not expired and will remain on the board:

  • Helene Carter, Bank & Vogue Limited 2023–25 (third term)

The following individuals have been elected for positions on the SMART Board of Directors for the coming year for a two-year term.

  • Munir Hussain, Textile Recycler Inc. 2024–26 (third term)
  • Harold Kalfus, Rescon GmbH 2024–26 (third term)
  • Usman Kappaya, J and K Textiles Intl. Pvt. Ltd. 2024–26 (third term)
  • Gina Buty, American Textile & Supply Inc. 2024–26 (second term)
  • Marisa Adler, Resource Recycling Systems 2024– 26 (second term)

The SMART Board of Directors met on Monday, Feb. 26, and elected the following board members to serve as officers for 2024–25. The newly elected officers took office on March 1 and will serve for a one-year term. The officers for 2024–25 are:

  • Brian London, Whitehouse & Schapiro, president
  • Drew Weinberg, OVASCO, vice president
  • Brian Rubin, Erie Cotton Products, treasurer
  • Steve Rees, Wipeco Industries, immediate past president

“I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to the newly elected officers and board members joining the SMART family. As we navigate the complexities and challenges inherent in our industry, it is with great excitement that we look to the leadership and vision of our new board to guide us. This group will reinforce and amplify our dedication to fostering symbiotic relationships among the for-profit textile recycling industry’s various segments, providing a vital platform for networking, education, and advocacy,” says London.

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