Allen Gant III has been named Casual Market Manager for Glen Raven Custom Fabrics, responsible for the casual furniture market and specialty outdoor segment.

“Allen has been an important part of our team helping to grow the outdoor specialty segment,” said Suzie Roberts, vice president of sales for Glen Raven Custom Fabrics. “He has a proven record of innovative thinking and being able to find the white space in the marketplace. Allen’s leadership will be crucial in merchandising, marketing and product support for the outdoor furniture market.”

Gant III joined Glen Raven in 2008 and was most recently the specialty accounts manager for Custom Fabrics. Over the years, Gant III has served roles with both new business and product development, including the launch of the Sunbrella® Kiosk Program.

“My career with Glen Raven has been filled with exciting challenges,” Gant III said. “I am honored to join and lead this team of incredibly knowledgeable sales managers, but most of all, I look forward to working with and getting to know our customers in this market space.”

Gant III says innovation and creativity are more important than ever as consumer demands grow in this ever-evolving industry.

“Consumers want their outdoor space to be as beautiful and comfortable as any other room in their home. We’re committed to meet that need, not only by delivering beautiful, high-performance fabrics, but also by working with our casual furniture partners to support the innovation, design expertise and exceptional service they bring to the marketplace. There is a lot of good momentum in this industry and I’m looking forward to tapping into the potential.”

Gant III earned a bachelor’s degree from North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles and was the recipient of the Peter R. Lord Textile Engineering Design Leadership Award.