Randy Eller to receive ARTS Awards’ Academy of Achievement honor

Industry veteran to be recognized in January

Randy EllerRandy Eller will receive the Academy of Achievement award during the 29th annual ARTS Awards presentation in Dallas.
Industry veteran Randy Eller will receive the Academy of Achievement honor during the 29th annual ARTS Awards in Dallas.

Held during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, the program honors those in the home industry. The 29th annual ARTS Awards winners will be revealed during a gala event on Friday, January 19.

“In an industry full of impressive entrepreneurs, creators, and innovators, Randy Eller stands out as a true business legend,” Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center said. “His leadership and counsel have strengthened many companies and his mentorship has inspired many individuals. Randy is an extremely deserving honoree.”

Eller’s path to success began as a retailer, a position he proudly held for ten years. He next became a salesperson with Russ Berrie & Company and flourished on their team, advancing into upper sales management. He is perhaps best known for his accomplishments and leadership positions with CBK, where he was the first company employed salesperson, subsequently becoming the President and a partner in the business in 1995. He was instrumental in the many changes that brought CBK to the forefront of the industry capped by the company’s sale in 2002 to Blyth, Inc.

Currently, Eller operates Eller Enterprises, a consulting firm founded in 2004 to serve companies and individuals primarily within the home accent, furniture, and giftware industries. Eller Enterprises offers strategic company reviews of vendors, market centers, product designers, marketing, public relations, and advertising firms. The company also offers personal executive coaching, professional speaking, and mergers and acquisitions advice to clients in a variety of industries.

Eller, who is a former board member of both ART and the Gift & Home Trade Association, is also a contributing editor to Gifts & Decorative Accessories magazine and contributing writer to a number of industry publications.

“Randy’s business accomplishments and wide-ranging industry influence are matched by a special sense of personal advocacy and support for companies and entrepreneurs,” said Sharon Davis, executive director of ART. “He has worked tirelessly for decades to help others succeed and is a worthy recipient of the industry’s highest honor.”

The Academy of Achievement honoree is selected each year by the ARTS Awards Committee in order to recognize significant contributions to the industry. The committee serves one year and their duties include a review of the process and selecting the Academy of Achievement honoree. The 29th ARTS Awards committee members are: Beatriz Ball, Beatriz Ball; Monica Loving, Ivystone; Kristi Hopper, Kristi Hopper Interior Design; Eva Walsh, Dallas Market Center and Sharon Davis, ART.

Past Academy of Achievement honorees include Mark Phillips, Robert Currey, Mac Hoak, the Cooper family, and Allan Palecek.

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