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Sandow Media partners with AmericasMart, GHTA for Icon Honors

Second annual event set for July 14

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


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