AmericasMart Announces Call For Icon Honors Award Entries

The ICON HONORS Call for Entries opens launching the 2018 competition for the home and gift industry’s most celebrated and recognized mark of achievement. Competition for ICON HONORS recognition is open to the home and gift industry at large across all categories of trade and product and service sectors, including the design community. Retailers, manufacturers, sales agencies and service providers are eligible to compete in a broad field of 16 distinct ICON HONORS categories. The 2018 Call for Entries is offered exclusively online with all submissions and nominations made at ICONHONORS.COM through April 9, 2018. ICON HONORS is produced and staged by AmericasMart® Atlanta in exclusive partnership with the Gift & Home Trade Association (GHTA) and Progressive Business Media, and in affiliation with Gift For Life. With a coterie of more than 78 Honorees named over its first eight years—from every dimension of the home and gift industry—ICON HONORS in 2018 will again recognize superior achievement from a diverse field of submissions and nominations. ICON HONORS are conferred annually in July in conjunction with The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® on what is universally recognized as the most anticipated and important night in the home and gift industry. The four ICON HONORS recognition categories, with their individual subsections, include: INNOVATION Innovation 1: Technology Innovations/Marketing; Technology Innovations/Networking; and Technology Innovations/Selling. Innovation 2: Product Innovations/New Products; Product Innovations/Redesigned Products; and Product Innovations/Licensed Products. Innovation 3: Packaging Innovations/New Designs; Packaging Innovations/New Material; and Packaging Innovations/Eco-Friendly. CONTRIBUTION Contribution 1: Community Influence/Business Development and Community Influence/Outreach. Contribution 2: Industry Influence/Leadership and Industry Influence/Cause-Related Product. BRANDING Branding/Identity: Brand Identity Development/Brand Launch; Brand Identity Development/Brand Continuity; and Brand Identity Development/Rebranding. ACHIEVEMENT Achievement 1: New Achiever. Achievement 2: Career Achiever. Honorees are selected through extensive adjudication by highly qualified experts drawn from the world of design, manufacturing and product development. ICON HONORS additionally confers special recognition through the Lifetime Achievement Honor, AmericasMart Medal of Excellence Honor and The GHTA/Gift For Life Honor of Excellence. These Honors are conferred at the sole discretion of the ICON HONORS governing board representing the partners. Those individuals and entities named as Honorees in this level of recognition include Kurt S. Adler, Inc., Chris Rosse, LEE Industries, Howard Henschel (The Norman Group), RM Innovation, Hallmark, Douglas Self (jdouglas), Barbara Bradley Baekgaard (Vera Bradley), catstudio, Century Furniture, Restoration Hardware, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Retail, Anthropologie, the Williamsburg Brand of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and...

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AmericasMart Opens ICON Call For Entries

The ICON HONORS Call for Entries opens today launching the 2017 competition for the home and gift industry’s most celebrated and recognized mark of achievement. Competition for ICON HONORS recognition is open to the home and gift industry at large across all categories of trade and product and service sectors, including the design community.  Retailers, manufacturers, sales agencies and service providers are eligible to compete in a broad field of 16 distinct ICON HONORS categories.  The 2017 Call for Entries is offered exclusively online with all submissions and nominations made at ICONHONORS.COM through March 13, 2017. “ICON HONORS marks the extraordinary achievements of those who dare to reach beyond ordinary circumstances and conditions,” notes Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., vice chairman, president and chief operating officer of AmericasMart Atlanta and ICON HONORS founding partner.  “Year after year, ICON HONORS gives voice to the dreamers, creators, achievers and change-makers who give the home and gift industry purpose and hope for the future.  That is its mission and essential contribution to the industry we love,” adds Portman. ICON HONORS is produced and staged by AmericasMart® Atlanta in exclusive partnership with the Gift & Home Trade Association (GHTA) and Progressive Business Media, and in affiliation with Gift For Life. With a coterie of more than 65 Honorees named over its first seven years—from every dimension of the home and gift industry—ICON HONORS in 2017 will again recognize superior achievement from a diverse field of submissions and nominations.  ICON HONORS are conferred annually in July in conjunction with The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® on what is universally recognized as the most anticipated and important night in the home and gift industry. The four ICON HONORS recognition categories, with their individual subsections, include: INNOVATION Innovation 1:  Technology Innovations/Marketing; Technology Innovations/Networking; and Technology Innovations/Selling. Innovation 2:  Product Innovations/New Products; Product Innovations/Redesigned Products; and Product Innovations/Licensed Products. Innovation 3:  Packaging Innovations/New Designs; Packaging Innovations/New Material; and Packaging Innovations/Eco-Friendly. CONTRIBUTION Contribution 1:  Community Influence/Business Development and Community Influence/Outreach. Contribution 2:  Industry Influence/Leadership and Industry Influence/Cause-Related Product. BRANDING Branding/Identity:  Brand Identity Development/Brand Launch; Brand Identity Development/Brand Continuity; and Brand Identity Development/Rebranding. ACHIEVEMENT Achievement 1:  New Achiever. Achievement 2:  Career Achiever. ICON HONORS additionally confers special recognition through the Lifetime Achievement Honor, AmericasMart Medal of Excellence Honor and The GHTA/Gift For Life Honor of Excellence.  These Honors are conferred at the sole discretion of the ICON HONORS governing board representing the partners. Those individuals and entities named as Honorees in this level of recognition include LEE Industries, Howard Henschel (The Norman Group), RM Innovation, Hallmark, Douglas Self of jdouglas, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard (Vera Bradley), catstudio, Century Furniture, Restoration Hardware,...

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2016 Icon Honorees Recognized At Gala Event

  The seventh-annual ICON HONORS celebrated global innovation as top achievers and superior achievements were recognized on the most anticipated and important night in the home and gift industry. Staged at Atlanta’s world-renowned Fox Theatre on July 14, ICON HONORS guests enjoyed an evening of cocktails, an elaborate buffet, the Honors presentation and a special musical performance.  Honors were conferred upon those in the industry who turned their dreams into reality – those who achieve success through ingenuity, integrity, creativity, energy and hard work. Retailers, manufacturers, sales agencies and service providers all were eligible to pursue ICON HONORS recognition in a broad field of 16 distinct categories of competition.  Honorees were selected through extensive adjudication by highly qualified experts drawn from the world of design, manufacturing and product development.   Here are the ICON HONORS 2016 Honorees: The 2016 Innovation Honors Technology Innovations Kyocera   The 2016 Innovation Honors Product Innovations in2green   The 2016 Contribution Honors Community Influence wit & whim   The 2016 Branding Honors Branding/Identity Lenox KSNY: All in Good Taste   The 2016 Branding Honors Branding/Identity Christophe Pourny Ltd.   ICON HONORS 2016 The Gift and Home Trade Association/Gift for Life Honor of Excellence Douglas Self jdouglas...

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Call For Entries Opened for Icon Honors 2016

The ICON HONORS 2016 Call for Entries has opened in a three-month run extending to all who will compete for top recognition in the home and gift industry’s highest and most celebrated mark of achievement. Retailers, manufacturers, sales agencies and service providers all are eligible to pursue ICON HONORS recognition in a broad field of 16 distinct categories of competition.  The 2016 Call for Entries is offered exclusively online with all submissions and nominations made at ICONHONORS.COM through March 14, 2016. ICON HONORS is produced and staged by AmericasMart® Atlanta in exclusive partnership with the Gift & Home Trade Association (GHTA) and Progressive Business Media, and in affiliation with Gift For Life. With a coterie of more than 60 Honorees named over its first six years—from every dimension of the home and gift industry—ICON HONORS in 2016 will again recognize the highest levels of achievement from a diverse field of submissions and nominations.  ICON HONORS are conferred annually in July in conjunction with The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market® on what is universally recognized as the most anticipated and important night in the home and gift industry. The four ICON HONORS recognition categories, with their individual subsections, include: INNOVATION Innovation 1:  Technology Innovations/Marketing; Technology Innovations/Networking; and Technology Innovations/Selling. Innovation 2:  Product Innovations/New Products; Product Innovations/Redesigned Products; and Product Innovations/Licensed Products. Innovation 3:  Packaging Innovations/New Designs; Packaging Innovations/New Material; and Packaging Innovations/Eco-Friendly. CONTRIBUTION Contribution 1:  Community Influence/Business Development and Community Influence/Outreach. Contribution 2:  Industry Influence/Leadership and Industry Influence/Cause-Related Product. BRANDING Branding/Identity:  Brand Identity Development/Brand Launch; Brand Identity Development/Brand Continuity; and Brand Identity Development/Rebranding. ACHIEVEMENT Achievement 1:  New Achiever. Achievement 2:  Career Achiever. ICON HONORS additionally confers special recognition through the Lifetime Achievement Honor, AmericasMart Medal of Excellence Honor and The GHTA/Gift For Life Honor of Excellence.  These Honors are conferred at the sole discretion of the ICON HONORS governing board representing the partners. Those individuals and entities named as Honorees in this level of recognition include LEE Industries, Howard Henschel (The Norman Group), RM Innovation, Hallmark, Barbara Bradley Baekgaard (Vera Bradley), catstudio, Century Furniture, Restoration Hardware, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) Retail, Anthropologie, the Williamsburg Brand of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and others. Honorees are selected through extensive adjudication by highly qualified experts drawn from the world of design, manufacturing and product...

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Henschel To Receive Icon Honor

Howard Henschel, president and chief executive officer of The Norman Group, will receive the celebrated ICON HONORS 2015 Lifetime Achievement Honor in ceremonies marking the sixth annual ICON HONORS scheduled for Thursday, July 9 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. The Lifetime Achievement Honor presentation traditionally caps the sequence of recognitions bestowed in the annual ICON HONORS celebration, the most anticipated and important night in the home and gift industry.  It is conferred by the ICON HONORS board of governors upon ratification by ICON HONORS founder Jeffrey L. Portman, Sr., vice chairman, president and chief operating officer of ICON sponsor AmericasMart® Atlanta. ICON HONORS is created, produced and staged exclusively by AmericasMart Atlanta in partnership with the Gift & Home Trade Association (GHTA) and Progressive Business Media. The 2015 Lifetime Achievement Honor celebrates Henschel’s four decades of leadership in the gift industry and marks the longevity and growth of Norman’s Hallmark, founded 75 years ago with a single store in Trenton, New Jersey.  Under Henschel’s direction and vision, Norman’s Hallmark has grown to become one of the largest Hallmark Gold Crown retailers in the country with 46 stores located throughout the Philadelphia area and central New Jersey. “Howard Henschel is the epitome of the American success story,” notes Portman.  “His achievements are grounded in the genius of private enterprise, which ICON HONORS has long championed.  Howard’s long and prolific career is but a precursor to what he will yet accomplish,” Portman adds. At the 2015 Ceremonies, the home and gift industry’s best and brightest will be celebrated.  Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, dinner and a live performance by legendary duo Hall & Oates in an unforgettable evening of inspiration in celebration of this year’s finalists and Honorees. Throughout the evening of July 9, at the centerpiece event of The Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market®, Honors will be presented to home and gift retailers, manufacturers, sales agents and service providers from across the industry. The ICON HONORS 2015 celebration is scheduled for Thursday, July 9 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta.  Please visit www.ICONHONORS.com for details and to purchase tickets and...

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