Sandow Media partners with AmericasMart, GHTA for Icon Honors
Casual Living Staff -- Casual Living, December 8, 2010
The Sandow Media Retail Group, including Casual Living, is
the new media partner for the 2011 Icon Honors, co-produced
by Americasmart Atlanta and the Gift and Home Trade
GHTA and AmericasMart Atlanta, in continuing alliance, will
produce the event in exclusive partnership with a new media
consortium integrating five of the most prominent and
respected magazines in the gift and home arena: Home Accents
Today, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Home Textiles Today,
Furniture Today and Casual Living, all published by Sandow
Media Retail Group.
The awards were created to celebrate superior achievement,
contribution and innovation across the home and gift industry
The 2011 charge accelerates and advances the spirit,
creativity, energy and vitality in which Icon Honors was
conceived and born, according to Jeffrey L. Portman Sr.,
AmericasMart Atlanta president and chief operating officer.
"Icon Honors emerges as both a dream realized and the promise
of a resurging, renewing vision for 2011 and beyond," Portman
said. "To capture the exuberance and passion of the inaugural
year in pursuit of an even richer, more relevant and exciting
2011 program is our collective conviction, now made stronger
through the Sandow Media partnership."
Introduced in September 2009 for its July 2010 premiere, Icon
Honors was created to be and continues as the first
international program fully embracing the gift and home
categories in an independent recognition of exemplary
achievement across the industry spectrum: retailing, product
manufacturing, product sales and service provision, according
to a press release about the event.
The 2010 inaugural event, staged in Atlanta on July 17 before
a sold-out audience of more than 1,000, conferred Icon
recognitions upon 12 retailers, manufacturers, product
designers and sales representatives selected by a panel of
independent judges from a field of more than 1,000
applications, nominations and submissions.
"In Icon Honors 2010, we saw an industry in search of new
direction come together in one voice, on one spectacular
night, to witness and applaud its magnificence," said George
Kacic, GHTA executive committee chairman and vice president
of Ganz USA. "We expect the 2011 edition to be all of that,
and much more."
The Icon Honors 2011 event is scheduled for Thursday, July
14, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis. Dates and deadlines for
submissions and nominations, and for event ticket
reservations and sales, will be published in early January