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CHA Announces Best of Industry Awards at Summer Show



ELMWOOD PARK, NJ (July 28, 2008) --The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is proud to announce the winners of the CHA industry awards including the Innovations Showcase, Golden Press Kit, Designer Press Kit, and Exhibiting with Excellence awards presented at the 2008 CHA Summer Convention & Trade Show in Rosemont, IL., on July 19, 2008.

These coveted awards represent the industry's most prestigious recognition for product innovation, trade show exhibition, and press kit design. Judged by CHA staff, consultants, members of the press and retailers, CHA member companies were recognized for their outstanding contributions to craft and hobby industry.

"At CHA, we're continually encouraging our members to use their creativity and talents to enhance the industry and develop new initiatives," explained CHA CEO Steve Berger.

"The quality and skill demonstrated by the innovative new products, incredibly designed and professionally staffed booths, and creative press materials submitted by our members helps set a high standard that motivates and spurs the industry toward excellence."

2008 INNOVATIONS SHOWCASE WINNERS

The Innovations Showcase brought together the newest ideas and most innovative products from exhibiting companies in four product categories: Art Materials & Framing, General Crafts, Fabric/Quilting/Needlecrafts, and Scrapbooking & Paper Crafts. Retailers and CHA members attending the show voted and selected the best product in each category, as well as the overall "Best of Show." Winners were:

* BEST OF SHOW - Kodomo Inc., for original designs from Japanese artist, Zigen

* ART MATERIALS & FRAMING - Paverpol USA, Inc., for its non-toxic, environmentally friendly textile hardener

* FABRIC/QUILTING/NEEDLECRAFTS - Clover Needlecraft, for its Jumbo “Quick” Yo-Yo Maker * GENERAL CRAFTS - Duncan Enterprises, for its Crafty Chica Products by Kathy Cano-Murillo

* SCRAPBOOKING & PAPER CRAFTS - Fiskars, for its Push and Print Stamp Factory

EXHIBITING WITH EXCELLENCE

The CHA Exhibiting with Excellence Awards were presented to companies whose dynamic displays, merchandising techniques and inviting staff enhance the overall atmosphere of the show floor. Voted on by members of the press, consultants, and CHA staff, the judging criteria included use of floor space, visual appeal of exhibitor booths, and overall presence and friendliness of staff. One winner was chosen in each of the following product categories:

ART MATERIALS & FRAMING -Paverpol USA, Inc.

FABRIC/QUILTING/NEEDLECRAFT- Ribbons House

GENERAL CRAFTS - FloraCraft

SCRAPBOOKING & PAPER CRAFTS - Graphic 45, LLC

PRESS KIT AWARD COMPETITION WINNERS

Several exhibiting manufacturers vied for top place in the Golden Press Kit competition, which awards the design/content, creativity and thoroughness of each company's press kit. CHA Designer members also had a chance to display their press kit innovations as part of the Designer Press Kit competition. Press members selected the following favorites:

GOLDEN PRESS KIT - FIRST PLACE - Ellison/Sizzix

SILVER PRESS KIT - SECOND PLACE - Piggy Tales

BRONZE PRESS KIT - THIRD PLACE - Anna Griffin

DESIGNER PRESS KIT - AWARD WINNER - Sara Hodsdon

2008 CHA CEO SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD

Presented to Karen Ancona

For over 20 years Karen Ancona served as the editor of Craft & Needlework Age Magazine and on numerous association committees. In a pre-Michaels, pre- A.C. Moore world, Karen helped inform a growing consumer base on the new and emerging craft products available. Her work at CNA in conjunction with consumers and HIA (now CHA) helped define the modern craft and hobby industry we know today. Her articles provided valuable insight leading to industry growth into new categories that now include segments such as rubber stamping and scrapbooking.

Steve Berger, CEO of the Craft & Hobby Association, presented Karen Ancona with the 2008 CEO Special Recognition Award for her meritorious contributions to the craft and hobby industry.

The Innovations Showcase, Exhibiting with Excellence, and Golden Press Kit awards will also be presented at the 2009 Winter Convention and Trade Show, which is scheduled to return to the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA from January 25-28, 2009. For the latest news on the Winter Show, including programs, events and exhibitor listings, visit www.chashow.org.


   







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