Gefen selected as 2013 IFDA Luminary
Home Accents Today Staff -- Home Accents Today, 10/24/2013 10:23:59 AM
Ellen Gefen, co-founder of Gefen Productions and a source for insightful and in-depth coverage of product and design trends, was selected to receive the 2013 Luminary Award.
The award, which is given annually to an individual in the home furnishings industry whose work has significantly furthered or improved the home or décor industries, will be presented on Wednesday, Nov. 6 during the Night of Luminaries.
Gefen has been reporting on the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point for more than 29 years. In that time, she has guided and pioneered The Home Fashion Information Network by managing a collection of print, video and Web-based programs centered on the home fashion industry.
As host and producer of her own television show, "Home Fashion Report," Gefen has interviewed high-profile designers and celebrities over the years, from Oscar de la Renta and Bob Mackie to Jaclyn Smith, Martha Stewart and Ty Pennington as well as hundreds of other top designers, manufacturers and retailers across the country.
Media production studio Gefen Productions was launched by Gefen and her husband, Mark Caudill in the early 1980s. The High Point-based firm specializes in producing television commercials, corporate videos and Web content for companies both inside and outside the home fashion arena.
Gefen has been involved in IFDA (International Furnishings & Design Association), WITHIT (Women in the Home Industries Today), Triad Leadership Network and Piedmont Entrepreneurs Network. She has also been active in her children's school PTA's and activities, is a past chair of ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens), and has also served on numerous committees for the United Way of Greater High Point and the High Point Chamber's Challenge: High Point.
In addition to the Luminary Award, Ellen has been honored by WithIt (Women in the Home Industries Today), with the WOW Award for Education and the Women in Business Award from "Triad Business News."
The Luminary Award is presented by the Carolinas Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA). Also honored at the Night of Luminaries are the industry's Rising Stars, senior-level undergraduates selected by their colleges or universities as their most outstanding home furnishings/design student. Rising Stars will have their works displayed at a special cocktail reception held in their honor just prior to the awards dinner.
The Night of Luminaries celebration dinner will be held at High Point Country Club, beginning with the Rising Star cocktail reception at 5 p.m. Reservations are required and can be made by emailing the Carolinas Chapter IFDA at CarolinasIFDA@northstate.net or through the organization's Facebook page, Facebook.com/CarolinasIFDA. Cost is $35 per person.
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