AFCI Recognizes 2020 Award Winners

Those acknowledged include Hall of Fame Awards, Special Recognition Awards, Industry Achievement Awards, and Retailer Awards

[Chicago, IL]—November 26, 2019 – The Association for Creative Industries (AFCI) is pleased to announce the winners of its Hall of Fame, Special Recognition, Industry Achievement, and Creative Retailer of the Year Awards, recognizing excellence in industry service and philanthropy. These individuals will be recognized at Creativation 2020, taking place January 16-20, 2019 at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix Arizona.

Hall of Fame Award Inductees

The Hall of Fame Award Inductees are pioneers who have made extraordinary contributions leading to the growth and success of their organizations and the creative arts industry. This year’s inductees are:

  • Patricia Koziol, former President & CEO of HIA and CHA
  • Carol Duvall, Television Host/Craft Celebrity
  • Mike Hartnett, former Editor of PCM magazine, Founder of Creative Leisure News
  • Milton “Mickey” Meshirer, former Founder & CEO of Beacon Adhesives

Patricia Koziol has over 25 years of senior management experience in the operation of non-profit/trade associations. Ms. Koziol served as President of PEAK Management Solutions for Associations, an association management firm that she founded in March 2003 where she managed the operations for state and national associations including the production of trade shows and educational conferences. Ms. Koziol sold her firm to Neff & Downing in 2017.

As the Queen of Crafts, Carol Duvall has delivered her crafting know-how to the small screen for decades. She spent 18 years working as everything from news anchor to co-producer, and finally, as host of her first crafting program at a Detroit television station. By the late 1980s, she regularly appeared on ABC’s Home Show, and in 1994, became the host of HGTV’s The Carol Duvall Show. With plenty of self-effacing humor and practical knowledge, Carol demonstrates clever craft projects ranging from rubber stamping to jewelry making to scrapbooking.

Mike Hartnett joined the industry in 1979 as assistant editor of Profitable Craft Merchandising. A year later he was promoted to editor where he stayed for 10 years. Then a competing magazine, Craftrends, made him an offer he couldn’t refuse, and he was editor/editorial director until 1997 when he launched Creative Leisure News, an online trade newsletter. Mike retired in 2013.

 Milton “Mickey” Meshirer, the former CEO of Beacon Adhesives, had dedicated more thank 65 years of his career to the craft industry as a chemist, business owner, and innovator. After receiving his degree in chemistry from Columbia University, Mickey joined Beacon, his family business and got to work at creating new and innovative products that have yet to be duplicated in the field due to their unique and sophisticated chemistry. Mickey is the formulator of some of crafter and DIYers favorite glues such as Fabri-Tac, Gem-Tac, Quick Grip, Zip Dry and more. Mickey has always encouraged Beacon to be involved in the AFCI and be a key part of the creative industries.

Special Recognition Award

The Special Recognition Award is given to individuals or groups for their extraordinary contributions in positively showcasing the creative products industry. This year’s recipient is:

  • Stacey Wiener, founder of S.A.C.K.  (Supporting A Community with Kindness....

In 2017, Stacy Wiener founded S.A.C.K., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization where people from all over the United States knit and crochet sacks for donation (with a bar of soap in each one) to homeless shelters, food pantries, relief efforts, social service agencies and veteran clinics.  In two years, over 45,000 soap sacks have been distributed globally. Prior to forming S.A.C.K., Stacy was an Independent College Counselor for over thirty years, where she advised high school students throughout the college application process. A graduate of Syracuse University (B.A.) and Monmouth University (M.S. Ed.), Stacy is also author of the Random House book The Other Route Into College: Alternative Admissions.

Industry Achievement Awards

The Industry Achievement Awards recognize individuals within the industry that have done great things for the community, industry and humanity. This year’s recipients are:

  • Chris Williams, Marketing Director of Education, Plaid Enterprises
  • Marsha Walling, former CEO of Fabric Editions

 Growing up in a household of DIYers, Chris Williams was exposed to crafting, thrifting, recycling, and designing at an early age. Following time studing under America’s First and Foremost Decorative Painter, Priscilla Hauser and a post-college career as Seminar Director for Priscilla’s Publications, she was then offered a position at Plaid Enterprises by founder, David A Cunningham. After many years at Plaid, Chris spent fifteen years out on her own and owning a creative retail business located in a historical home, The Strickland House, that today is 121 years old! After closing her retail business, Chris received a call from Plaid Enterprises to “come back home” and was hired as Director of Education. Today, Chris is responsible for all FolkArt One Stroke Certified Instructors teaching in all their major retail chains. 

Marsha Walling’s career in the home sewing/quilting and crafting industry began 43 years ago as a part-time sales associate in a retail fabric store. She became a self-taught sewer and crafter and has enjoyed sewing and crafting over the years, most recently adding quilting to my creative art pursuits.

 Creative Retailer of the Year Awards 

 Best Creative Brick and Mortor Retailer Award which is given to an independent brick and mortar retailers based on the overall business and performance, technology integration, customer experience, community involvement and unique characteristics that set the business apart from other brick and mortar retailers. This year’s recipients are: 

  • Craft Warehouse, Beaverton; owner Greg Williams
  • Memory Bound, owners Kelli Gould and Dawn Johnson

 When visiting Craft Warehouse, Beaverton it is apparent that the owners spend a great deal of time, consideration, effort and resources on the projects, displays and instructionally creative classes for their customers. When you walk in, you’re immediately greeted by an artful display that evolves per season and is updated frequently. It immediately feels like “home” and inspires all to pause a moment to ‘take it all in.’ Craft Warehouse Beaverton’s wonderfully talented creative team of employees have established an inspiring environment where the community feels not only welcome, but motivated to connect and create. The employees are consistent in their genuine customer service and energize visitors with noteworthy art and crafting knowledge and suggestions. It’s a unique store reminding all that getting crafty is a possibility for anyone.

Memory Bound opened its doors on October 1, 2001 and has been led for the past 18 years by Kelli Gould and Dawn Johnson. Their passion and committement for what they do, their employees, and their customers is what makes them successful. Their one-stop-shop offers amazing classes, inventory, and creative employees. They are so supportive of their competitors and the collective creative industries. Their approachable store and employees also carries over to their online presence with creative social media videos and posts, as well as a comprehensive online store. As the town of Ankeny continues to grow, Memory Bound continues to be one of the best stores to visit.

Best Creative Online Retailer Award is awarded to online-only retailers without a physical location and is based on overall business and performance, site usability, customer experience, community involvement and unique characteristics that set the business apart from online-only retailers. This year’s recipient is:

  •  Simon Says Stamp, owner Heidi Crowl

 

 Simon Says Stamp offers the best online selection of rubber stamp, altered art, scrapbooking, card making and paper crafting products in the world.  Our warehouse is located in Columbus, Ohio, where we stock close to 35,000 SKUs and have approximately 40 full-time employees.  Simon Says Stamp has been recognized as one of Central Ohio's 50 fastest growing, privately held companies for seven consecutive years and in 2019, we were recognized as one of Central Ohio's Best Places to Work. 

 AFCI congratulates all of this year’s Industry Award winners.

For more information on AFCI and this year’s award winners, please contact AFCI at info@creativeindustries.org or +1.312.321.6811.

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About the Association For Creative Industries
The Association for Creative Industries (AFCI) is the premier trade association for the global creative arts products industries. AFCI is committed to its vision of a healthy, vibrant and innovative community that enriches people’s lives through crafting and other creative activities. As an organization, AFCI strives to deliver innovative high value services as we support our Members who provide products and services to educate, entertain, and inspire creative consumers. Our Members include the manufacturers, retailers, distributors, designers, educators, digital content providers, professional makers and DIYers, and other creative professionals that comprise the $36 billion+ creative arts industries around the globe. For more information on AFCI, please visit creativeindustries.org.

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