Mike Shelton retires as Valdese Weavers CEO

Posted November 10, 2021


VALDESE, N.C. – Michael (Mike) Shelton has retired from his position as CEO at Valdese Weavers, the company announced.


In March 2021, Blake Millinor assumed the role as president of the company and has now been named CEO with Shelton’s retirement.


After a stint as an assistant football coach at Furman University, Shelton entered the textile industry as a sales representative for LaFrance Industries in 1977, rising to the role of vice president of Sales and Marketing before moving on to Doblin Fabrics in 1986. Shelton joined Valdese Weavers in 1988 and served as vice president of Sales and Marketing before being named president and CEO in 1995.


“I have thoroughly enjoyed my 44 years in the textile industry, and especially the privilege of serving as president and CEO of Valdese Weavers,” Shelton said. “The industry that exists today bears a faint resemblance of what existed when I began my career in 1977. I am proud of the fact that Valdese Weavers has not only survived, but has indeed thrived during the tumultuous period of evolution in our industry, dictated by globalization.”


He added: “Thank you to all of the wonderful people I have come to know in our industry, along with my friends who were also incredible customers and suppliers. I especially want to express my sincere gratitude to all of the associates at Valdese Weavers that I have been honored to work with over the years. We had a great ride together, didn’t we!”


Source: Valdese Weavers

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