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Glen Raven Custom Fabrics names Marcia Blake as merchandising manager

New position created to promote outdoor room concept at retail

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GLEN RAVEN, N.C. -- Marcia Blake, a nationally recognized authority on outdoor décor who has served as a consultant to Glen Raven and patio store retailers for the past two years, has joined Glen Raven Custom Fabrics on a full-time basis as merchandising manager.

In her new position, Blake will expand her work with retailers of outdoor living products, focusing on in-store merchandising based on the growing popularity of outdoor rooms. For the past two years, Blake has assisted Glen Raven with the development of its Sunbrella fabric kiosk program and promoted retractable Solair awnings available at retail through Glen Raven's Tri Vantage subsidiary.

"As a highly talented outdoor living specialist, Marcia has become a valued member of our decorative fabrics team, and we look forward to even greater contributions in her expanded role," said Suzie Roberts, vice president and business manager for decorative fabrics for Glen Raven.

A 1978 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Blake began her corporate career with several high-profile executive-recruiting and marketing positions, culminating with her role as vP of the Kole & Company Recruitment firm.

In 2004, she embarked on a new career path, becoming the manager and buyer for Patio Furniture & Collectibles for Roger's Gardens. Blake's career has also included service as president and creative director of Outdoor Interiors, a full-service design firm specializing in outdoor environments, and as a blogger for Casual Living magazine.

Blake will report to Roberts and continue to work from her base in California.

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