Dr. Byoungho “Ellie” Jin (Source: NCSU)
Dr. Byoungho “Ellie” Jin, the first president of the International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA) who was not born in the USA, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to the position. She has studied various markets and has earned numerous best research paper awards, published more than 134 refereed papers and secured approx. US$1.6 million in research grants from prestigious sponsors such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Education and the National Research Foundation of Korea. Jin, an Albert Myers Distinguished Professor in Textile Economics and Management in the Department of Textile and Apparel, Technology and Management (TATM) at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC/USA, whose term closes on December 31, 2021, at which time she will be elevated to counselor of the ITAA Council, has been active in the association since 1993. She served on numerous committees before being nominated for its council.
The International Textile and Apparel Association (ITAA), Cary, NC/USA, is a professional, educational association composed of scholars, educators and students in the textile, apparel, and merchandising disciplines in higher education. The organization hosted its 2021 Virtual Annual Conference November 3-6, 2021 during which time it was announced that Jin and her co-authors won a Paper of Distinction honor for their work, “Consumer religiosity, cosmopolitanism and ethnocentrism in Indonesia: Their impact on global brand preference and purchase intention toward Korean cosmetics.” The paper is a partial result of a research project funded by the National Research Foundation of Korea. She is a multiple-time recipient of the ITAA’s Paper of Distinction.