AFCI Hall of Fame

Recognition of the Leaders of Creative Industries

Members of the AFCI Hall of Fame are industry veterans and pioneers who have made extraordinary contributions leading to the growth and success of their organizations and the creative arts industry. The inductees are chosen annually by the AFCI Hall of Fame Committee, which is comprised of AFCI Board Members and member volunteers.


The AFCI Hall of Fame

Aleene Jackson, Craftmaker's Caravan

John Laurie, Coats & Clark, Association Board Member

Andrea Grossman, Mrs. Grossman's Paper Company

Julie Stephani, Stephani Ink.

Bill Korr, Hobby Distributor

Karen Ancona, Craft & Needlework Age

Bob Gatti, Frank's, Nursery & Crafts

Ken and Barbara Griffin, Ben Franklin Stores

Bob Vogelsberg, Dee's Crafts Store

Larry Fine, Michaels, A.C. Moore & Horizon

Bob Ross, The Joy of Painting

Mike Dupey, Michaels & MJDesigns

Bruce Walthers, Model Industry Association

Mike Hartnett, former Editor of PCM magazine, Founder of Creative Leisure News

Bud Rothschild, Founder of Craft World

Milton “Mickey” Meshirer, former Founder & CEO of Beacon Adhesives

C. Boyd, Industry Pioneer, Sales

Moe Gherman, Craft Magazine Pioneer

Carl "Gus" Gustafsson, Craftmaker's Caravan

Pat Catan, Pat Catan Stores, Darice

Carol Duvall, Television Host/Craft Celebrity

Pat Depke, Pat Depke Books

Catherine Kay, Elam-Kay & Associates

Pat Desantis, ACCI Board Member

Clapper Family - John & Edna, Clapper

Patricia Koziol, former President & CEO of HIA and CHA

Dan Little aka "Mr. Bar Code", Indie Retail Pioneer

Patricia Nimocks, Society of Craft Designers

Dave Catanzarite, Pat Catan’s Arts & Crafts Stores & Darice

Priscilla Hauser, SDP Pioneer

David Cunningham, Plaid Enterprises

Randy Putnam, Randy Putnam & Associates, Inc. (RPA)

David Ladd, Walnut Hollow

Reich Family - Hilda & Berthold, Jo-Ann Stores

Duncan Family, Duncan Enterprises, iLoveToCreate

Rohrbach - Sigmund & Mathilda , Jo-Ann Stores

Emma Gebo, Ben Franklin Crafts

Sallie Strauss, Craft Industry Ambassador, Executive Vice President & CFO Activa Products, Inc

Eric Dickenson, Michaels Stores

Sandy Wilmot, 1st Female Chairwoman of the HIA Board and independent retail store owner

Ginnie Thompson, Ginnie Thompson Originals

Sbars Family, Sbars Inc.

Hazel Pearson Williams, Craftmaker's Caravan

Robert Workman, Provo Craft & Novelty, Inc, Association Board Member

Henry "Hank" Dubbs, Industry Pioneer, Sales

Ron LaRosa, President of Delta Ceramcoat Paints

Howard Hoffman, MJ Designs, Deco Art, Toner

Thompson Family – Dick & Robin, Pioneering Sales Reps

Jack Wax, PCM Magazine

Tom Yaley, Sr., Yaley Enterprises

Jane Anne Davis, Plaid Enterprises

Vincent Naccarato, Wilton Enterprises

Jerry Hacker, Image Design

Wally Raley, Delta Paints

Jim Tierney, Ben Franklin Retail Stores

William "Bill" Mangelsen, Mangelsen's, Makin's Clay

Jim Scatena, Floracraft, Wilton Enterprises, Binney & Smith, Association Board Member

William "Bill" Neu, Deco Art, Testor Corporation

John E. "Jack" Parker, A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts, Inc.