Augustine Tantillo, president and CEO of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), has been given the Chapman Award by the Southern Textile Association (STA). The annual award recognizes individuals for exemplary service to the textile industry.
By vote of the STA Board of Governors, Augustine Tantillo received the award during the joint annual meeting of the STA and Fiber Buyer Groups. The award was presented by Randy Blackston, vice president of operations, Glen Raven Custom Fabrics and past president of STA.
Augustine Tantillo was named president and CEO of the NCTO in August 2013. Prior to joining the organization, Tantillo served as executive director of the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition (AMTAC) for more than 10 years. AMTAC’s mission was to represent U.S. producers dedicated to improving international trade policies in order to bolster U.S. investment and employment in the manufacturing sector.
Tantillo began his career in Washington, D.C., after graduation from Clemson University in 1981. He served as chief-of-staff to U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina. In 1989, he was appointed deputy assistant secretary of commerce for textiles, apparel and consumer goods. In addition, he has served as chairman of the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (CITA).
The Southern Textile Association Inc., established in 1908, is a nonprofit organization for individuals in the textile and related industries with a common interest in all phases of textile manufacturing in the southern U.S.