Augustine Tantillo — President & CEO: Auggie has worked in government service or government relations in Washington, D.C. since 1981. Most recently he served as Executive Director of the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, a trade association dedicated to furthering the interests of U.S. manufacturing. At earlier points in his career, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Textiles & Apparel at the U.S. Department of Commerce under President George H. W. Bush, and Chief of Staff to U. S. Senator Strom Thurmond of South Carolina. Auggie earned a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Clemson University.
Sara Beatty — Senior Vice President, NCTO Secretary: Sara has worked in government relations advocating for domestic textile industry since 2003. In 2013, Sara formed Whitehaven Trade Advisors, providing government consulting services and trade analysis to U.S. manufacturers and associations. She previously held the position of Vice President of International Trade at the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition. Sara graduated with a B.A. degree in English and Economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Hardy Poole — Vice President, Regulatory and Technical Affairs: Hardy has worked in the textile sector since 1971. A retired Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Army, Hardy served on active duty at the U.S. Army Natick Research, Development, and Engineering Center where most Department of Defense research and development on textiles and materials is conducted and as a reservist at the Defense Logistics Agency in Philadelphia. In 1976, Hardy joined the American Textile Manufacturers Institute where he worked for 27 years as the trade association’s senior technical representative. In 2003, Hardy formed Engineered Solutions, PLLC, a consulting company that works with industry, government, law firms and others on government relations and technical matters. He also has served as Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs for the National Textile Association and currently holds the same position with National Council of Textile Organizations. Hardy holds an M.S. degree and B.S. degree in Textiles from North Carolina State University.
Todd Ethington — Director of Government Affairs: Todd joined NCTO in 2012 after serving for nearly five years as an aide in both the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate, including as a staffer on the House Veteran’s Affairs Committee. He has firsthand experience working with Members of Congress and their staff, and in-depth knowledge of the legislative process. Todd received his Master’s degree in History from the University of Oxford, and his undergraduate degree in Political Science and Communication from the University of Utah.
Robin Haynes — Director of Finance and Administration, NCTO Treasurer: Robin joined NCTO as Director of Finance and Administration in 2004 shortly after the organization was formed and was named treasurer in March 2014. Prior to that, she worked for the American Yarn Spinners Association from 1980 to 2004. Robin is responsible for all administrative activities and finance functions associated with the day-to-day operation of NCTO. She also serves as treasurer of the TextilePAC and organizes NCTO meetings.
Rebecca Tantillo — Digital Projects Manager: Rebecca is responsible for the development and implementation of the Association’s web and social media programs and content, along with writing, researching and editing responsibilities for various policy and organizational materials. Rebecca holds a M.A. in Communication, Culture & Technology from Georgetown University and a B.S. in Business Operations with a minor in Italian from Clemson University.