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Jenkins Retires From ARTA

The American Reusable Textile Association (ARTA) Board of Directors has announced a change in leadership. After serving 16 years as executive director, Nancy Jenkins of Jenkins Integrated Methods is leaving the association to launch her retirement career as a licensed professional counselor (LPC). Craft, an association management firm based in South Carolina and led by Jim Ritchie, has been selected to lead ARTA effective August 1. Jenkins will help with the transfer and officially departs the end of September.

“Nancy has been instrumental in helping grow ARTA’s education conferences, coordinate peer reviewed LCA research, and develop a robust website,” said President Gabriel Boardman. “We wish her the best as she begins her next adventure.” Jenkins joined ARTA in 2003 as editor of its bimonthly newsletter. In 2007, she stepped into the executive director role when Bill Carroll retired. She previously served as managing editor for TRSA from 1984 to 1990.

The ARTA Board of Directors began its search for new leadership in late 2022. Based on its goals for the future, the board felt that Craft was best positioned to help ARTA meet its growth objectives.

“Craft has the bandwidth to provide the services our members need and want,” said Boardman. “And personally, we believe Craft and its staff are a good cultural fit for ARTA and the textile services industry.”