MISSION, KANSAS, JULY 27, 2023 — 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. “And 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.”

About Craft
Craft opened its doors in Columbia, South Carolina, in 2017. It defines itself as a firm delivering realized value through difference-making strategies crafted with clear vision. “We help our clients craft a roadmap to success,” said CEO Ritchie. “We do this by developing strategies built on strengthening member connectivity and improving the association’s impact. When our clients see tangible wins in their business from their membership investment, that drives the association forward and affects the greater good.”

Ritchie brings 30 years of legal and public policy experience to Craft, where his work focuses on association leadership, government relations, and strategic planning for its clients. More information at www.craftsc.com.

ARTA’s mission is to create greater appreciation and demand for reusable textiles. Founded in 1982 by Nathan Belkin, PhD, ARTA membership is open to all in the textile services industry. Its members represent the entire industry and include allied associates, suppliers, manufacturers and commercial, institutional, and cooperative laundry operators. For more information: www.ARTA1.com.