ICON Honors presented in Atlanta
Home Accents Today Staff -- Home Accents Today, August 1, 2013
A full house was in attendance at the gala affair, hosted by Americasmart Atlanta in partnership with Progressive Business Media and Gift & Home Trade Association.
The awards are designed to honor achievement, contribution and innovation in the gift and home furnishings industries, recognizing manufacturers, retailers, sales reps and service providers.
Grammy-winning musician Peter Frampton entertained the crowd, and former CNN anchorwoman Lynne Russell helped to emcee the event alongside Americasmart President and COO Jeffrey L. Portman Sr.
The ICON Honors are sponsored by Americasmart Atlanta, along with its partners the Gift & Home Trade Association and Progressive Business Media, parent company to Home Accents Today.
The 2013 Lifetime Achievement Honor celebrated Donald J. Hall Jr., president and chief executive officer of Hallmark Cards, and his continuing contributions and leadership within the Hallmark family of companies. The honor additionally marks the Hallmark brand's iconic stature as an American enterprise of global reach and influence.
Founded in 1910 by Hall's grandfather from Nebraska with a couple of shoeboxes of postcards, Hallmark has been a family-owned business ever since. The company now employs 12,000 and offers products in 39,000 retail outlets in the United States, as well as 100 countries around the world.
Hall assumed his current role in 2002 and also serves as vice chairman of the board. He joined the company in 1971, working in multiple areas - manufacturing, product development, sales and creative among them - before being named executive vice president of strategy and development in preparation for taking over the company's top position.
Grammy-winning musician Peter Frampton entertained the crowd during the program.
The ICONs were emceed by Jeff Portman, president and COO of Americasmart.
Eric Dean of Whereoware accepts the award for innovation in technology.
"Don Hall Jr. and the Hallmark brand he leads are the very essence of American enterprise and ingenuity," Portman said. "Over more than 100 years of innovation, Hallmark and the Hall family have helped to shape how our culture expresses itself across the great range of human emotion. Hallmark's contributions are inextricably linked to our lives."
The Americasmart Medal of Excellence Honor was presented to Century Furniture of Hickory, N.C.
This award celebrates Century Furniture's long-standing role as a leading force in the American home furnishings design universe, maintaining very high levels of workmanship, craft and quality.
Century Furniture, from its 1947 founding, has pursued one goal: To be the best furniture company in the world, providing finely crafted luxury furniture with impeccable design and quality and legendary service to its customers. Now a third-generation family-owned company, Century has more than 900 employees and each one owns a stake in the company.
Jason Mulvene of Blue Ocean Traders was recognized for product.
Groovystuff’s Chris Bruning shares his acceptance speech via Facetime.
The GHTA/Gift for Life Honor of Excellence went to Kim Schuler, chief executive officer of Lori's Gifts, a hospital gift shop management firm. The mission of Lori's Gifts is to provide a professionally operated gift shop offering custom tailored merchandise and superior customer service. Other winners for the evening were:
For Innovation in Technology Applications
Whereoware, Herndon, Va.
Whereoware's extensive email campaign designed for Creative Co-Op Closeouts aims to move excess inventory in more profitable ways through a personalized approach to engage independent retailers.
For Innovative Product Design
Blue Ocean Traders, Louisville, Ky.
From its inception, Blue Ocean Traders has championed vintage and reclaimed product in its mission to offer the home furnishings industry's largest variety of such merchandise.
Jura Capresso, Closter, N.J.
Robert Currey, second from right, of Currey & Company, wins the ICON for Individual Career Accomplishment.
Debbie Jones of French Laundry Home was recognized for Industry Contribution and Influence.
Alex Shuford III accepts the ICON for Century Furniture, honored with the Americasmart Medal of Excellence.
With its Coffee à la Carte and ENA Micro 9 One Touch products, Jura Capresso embraces the popular single-cup phenomenon and brings to market the world's smallest one-touch automatic cappuccino machine in an authentic bean-to-cup experience.
Rolf Glass, Mount Pleasant, Pa.
Rolf Glass's inspired, eco-friendly Glacier Glass line gives used wine bottles new life in innovative and evocative glassware creations.
For Community Contribution and Influence
Bridgewater Candle Company, Spartanburg, S.C. Through its Light a Candle, Feed a Child mission, Bridgewater Candle Company sustains an ongoing program in which a donation is made for every jar candle sold, to date totaling more than 2.6 million meals provided for orphaned children around the world.
Bob Caldwell Jr. of Bridgewater Candle accepts the award for Community Contribution and Influence.
Rolf Poeting with Rolf Glass accepts the ICON for Innovative Product Design.
Kelley Andary, owner of Urban Ava Boutique in Tipp City, Ohio, was honored for her breast cancer fund-raising.
Urban Ava Boutique, Tipp City, Ohio With Fashion Saves Lives, fashion and accessories retailer Urban Ava Boutique creates high-profile fundraising events of widespread reach and community impact with big results.
For Industry Contribution and Influence
French Laundry Home, High Point, N.C.
Home furnishings manufacturer French Laundry Home's mission to design and produce merchandise within its North Carolina community creates local employment and economic impact while helping to lead a resurgence of U.S. textile and furniture manufacturing.
Groovystuff's not-for-profit University Hall of Innovation & Job Creation represents a breakthrough approach to the nurturing of home furnishings design talent in partnership with leading U.S. colleges and universities.
For Individual Career Accomplishment
Robert Currey, Currey & Company, Atlanta Home furnishings industry veteran Robert Currey's career encompasses a long line of notable achievements, from the creation of his highly successful Storehouse home furnishings stores to today's Currey & Company lighting and home furnishings brand.
Mary Moore, The Cook's Warehouse, Atlanta As founder and CEO of Atlanta's The Cook's Warehouse, Mary Moore has expressed her passion for cooking in a highly successful business with legions of customers and widespread acclaim within the culinary industry.
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