December 22nd, 2014Industry Stars Share the Stage at the 26th Annual ARTS Awards
ART and Dallas Market Center, co-founder and producer of the ARTS Awards, today announced the presenters for the 26th annual ARTS Awards held Friday, January 16, 2015 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. For the first time ever, the ARTS Awards stage will be shared by more than 15 icons including celebrities Donny Osmond and Mad Men actor Bryan Batt, along with designers, retailers and industry pioneers for a memorable star-studded special event.
Donny Osmond will serve as master of ceremonies for the night. Widely recognized for his long and varied career in the entertainment industry, Osmond has starred in the Donnie & Marie Show, hosted two internationally syndicated radio shows, co-hosted entertainment programs including The Insider, Entertainment Tonight, Miss USA and America’s Favorite Mom and in 2009, took home the trophy on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars. After 50 years of entertaining, Osmond made his mark on home industry excellence when he launched Donny Osmond Home with wife Debbie Osmond.
Presenting Sales Representatives
Charles Kennedy is a retired sales representative who founded The Kennedy Group and was an innovator in the industry and a pioneer in the rep group concept.
Lisa Robison is an interior designer and founder of the non-profit organization Dwell with Dignity that has inspired the industry with its philanthropic mission to help families escape poverty and homelessness through design.
Presenting Retail Categories
Susan Gravely is the founder of Vietri, the largest importer of handcrafted Italian tableware, home décor and garden products since 1983. Gravely is a 3 time ARTS Awards recipient of the Top Tabletop Manufacturer Award at the 17th,18th and 22nd annual ARTS Awards.
Beatriz Ball is the founder and main creative designer of the Beatriz Ball Collection, which specializes in creating updated and innovative designs to fine handmade metalware. Ball is a 3 time ARTS Awards recipient of the Top Tabletop Manufacturer Award at the 21st, 23rd and 24th annual ARTS Awards.
Mark Phillips is founder of the award-winning home furnishings company The Phillips Collection, a prime resource for retailers and interior designers in both the residential and commercial markets. Phillips is a 5 time ARTS Awards recipient that includes being named Top Accent Furniture Manufacturer at the 22nd, 23rd and 25th annual ARTS Awards and Home Accents Manufacturer of the Year at the 19th and 20th annual ARTS Awards.
Rick Seidman is president and CEO of Quoizel, a leading national lighting company founded in 1930 that creates timeless and functional pieces. Seidman was the recipient of Residential Lighting’s 2008 Industry Leadership Award and continues to be an instrumental, charismatic innovator.
Presenting Manufacturer Categories
Hazelnut co-owner, Bryan Batt, has won two Screen Actors Guild Awards for his portrayal of Salvatore Romano on the critically acclaimed, multi award-winning dramatic series Mad Men. His store, Hazelnut, has been featured in prestigious publications including The New York Times, House Beautiful, Architectural Digest and People Magazine and has quickly become a top destination offering a stylish eclectic blend of fine gifts and elegant home accessories.
Tom Cianfichi, co-owner of Hazelnut, had a career in show business acting, directing and casting when an opportunity in New York City opened the door to a decade in management, buying and visuals at one of Madison Avenue’s most exclusive gift and home accessories stores. In 2003, Tom and Bryan joined creative forces and founded Hazelnut on historic Magazine Street in New Orleans.
Richard Condanti is a seasoned retailer and owner of Bella Casa, a premier furniture, accessories and home décor store and showroom. Condanti is a 3 time Home Accent Store ARTS Awards recipient during the 17th, 18th and 22nd annual ARTS Awards and is committed to searching the world for the finest and most unique home furnishings and accessories.
Dorian Sims is the president of the award-winning, family-owned Stacy Furniture & Design. Since 1991, Stacy Furniture has experienced unprecedented growth as a leading home furnishing store.
Rawlins Gilliland is a retail expert that has served as director of sales & product for luxury retailer Neiman Marcus. Since 1999, Gilliland has been a consultant to the wholesale and retail industry, specializing in market buying and sourcing for specialty stores and small businesses.
Denise McGaha of Denise McGaha Interiors delivers fashionable, diverse, and adventurous designs, specializing in concierge-level service delivered in 90 days or less. McGaha is consistently ahead of the curve not just influencing interior fashion, but often dictating it.
Award-winning product designer of furniture and lighting, Sergio Orozco, established Sergio Orozco Design in 1989 and has attracted national and international clients with a variety of products manufactured around the world. Orozco was the first ever recipient of the Product Designer of the Year Award during the 11th annual ARTS Awards.
Since establishing her design firm more than 15 years ago, Tobi Fairley’s projects have spanned the nation, and her award-winning designs for high-profile and celebrity clients have been featured on television and top publications around the globe.
ARTS Awards, developed by the non-profit ART and produced by Dallas Market Center, is the premier international awards program for the home industry – honoring designers, manufacturers, retailers and sales representatives – and is held each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market. The ARTS Awards black-tie gala is attended by nearly 700 industry leaders who are among the tens of thousands of Market attendees.
The 26th annual ARTS Awards are sponsored by enLIGHTenment, FANDECK, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Giftware News, HFN, Home Accents Today, Home Fashion Forecast, Home & Textiles Today, Residential Lighting and the Sustainable Furnishings Council.
About Dallas Market Center
Founded in 1957, Dallas Market Center is the world’s most complete wholesale marketplace. Within its marketplace of more than five million square feet, retailers from around the globe source products ranging from home furnishings, gifts, decorative accessories and lighting to textiles, fashion accessories and men’s, western, women’s and children’s apparel. With more than 50 markets each year attended by more than 200,000 retail buyers from all 50 states and 85 countries, Dallas Market Center offers hundreds of events and seminars geared toward helping retailers expand business and increase profits. The Dallas Market Center website is available at dallasmarketcenter.com.
ART is the creative home furnishings network representing manufacturers, retailers, representatives and other individuals and companies interested in promoting and enhancing the market position of the home furnishings industry. Each year ART sponsors programs such as the ART conference, regional educational seminars, the ART card and the ARTS Awards. The ART website is available at www.accessoriesresourceteam.org.
About the ARTS Awards
The ARTS Awards is the premier international awards program dedicated to the home industry. Up to 27 categories exist under the headings Manufacturer, Retailer, Product Designer, Interior Designer, Sales Representative, Rising Star, Green and Academy of Achievement. Anyone in the industry can nominate including manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives, designers, suppliers, consultants and other industry officials. Academy of Achievement and Rising Star honorees are selected by an ARTS Awards committee each year. Companies that have won an ARTS Award five times are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame members are: BJ’s Home Accents, C.S. Wo & Sons, Distinctive Designs International Inc., Feizy Rugs, Fine Art Lamps, Global Views, Montaage, Natural Decorations Inc., Palecek, Paragon, Robb & Stucky and Schonbek Worldwide Lighting.