Asheville man appointed to Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind Board of Directors

Press release

From Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind

Asheville, NC (Nov. 28, 2012) – Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind (WSIFB) announces the appointment of Charlie Pine of Asheville to its Board of Directors for the 2013 board year. Pine is the Chair of the IFB-Asheville Advisory Council and worked tirelessly on the capital campaign that helped fund the new Mission Low Vision Center at Industries for the Blind.

Pine retired in 2003 after 33 years as senior vice president with Belk, managing several stores in Western North Carolina. Since that time he has served the Asheville community in many ways, including serving on boards of many nonprofits. He is currently on the board of CarePartners.

“I’ve been on the Asheville IFB advisory council for about four years now and it’s one of my favorite boards, so I am honored to be appointed to the Winston-Salem board,” said Pine. “These folks are passionate about helping visually impaired and blind people lead more independent lives through with productive employment and outstanding services and they do fine work.”

“Our success in providing quality employment, training and services to people who are blind is grounded in the strength of our board, and their tireless commitment to the mission of Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind,” said David Horton, executive director of Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind. “We are thankful for Charlie’s continued service and support.”

About IFB (
Winston-Salem Industries for the Blind (IFB) is a nonprofit organization founded in 1936 that provides employment, training and services for people who are blind or visually impaired. As the largest employer of people who are blind in the United States, IFB operates facilities in Winston-Salem, Asheville and Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and employs more than 900 people. The Asheville facility has 110 employees, 54 of whom are blind or visually impaired; 75 percent of the direct labor in this facility is handled by people who are blind. These are the first jobs many of these employees have held.


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