Two Great American Media Services titles win 2018 Folio awards

Two magazine titles produced by Great American Media Services have won 2018 Folio Magazine Eddie and Ozzie Awards, the publishing industry’s most prestigious and coveted honor for editorial and design excellence. The winners are Lawn & Garden Retailer for its March 2018 issue, B2B Full Issue/Retail category, and the Stationery Trends 2018 Media Kit, Media Kit/Retail category.

“We are incredibly proud to take home top honors in two categories this year, and commend the Lawn & Garden Retailer and Stationery Trends teams for their hard work and commitment to excellence,” said Great American Media Services CEO Matt McCallum. “Our team is among the best in publishing, and being recognized by industry peers as a market leader is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our editors and designers.”

Great American Media Services had a total of 10 finalists, representing seven of its titles, in the various awards categories. See the full list of Great American Media Services finalists here.

For more than 20 years, the Eddie and Ozzie Awards have celebrated excellence in magazine editorial and design across all sectors of the industry. The Eddie Awards recognize the best in print and digital editorial, while the Ozzie Awards recognize the best in magazine and website design. For the 2018 awards, a panel of more than 300 judges selected finalists from among more than 2,000 entries. Winners were announced on Oct. 9 at the 2018 Folio Show in New York.

About Great American Media Services

With more than 50 years of experience in business-to-business communications and marketing, Great American Media Services is a leading source of industry information for the agriculture, horticulture, retail and sports industries through its 15 print magazines, related digital communications and supporting industry events. In addition, Great American Media Services offers a number of additional marketing solutions for clients to engage with prospective customers on a multitude of platforms. Visit www.greatamericanmediaservices.com for additional information.

Coach & Athletic Director announces inaugural 40 Under 40 honorees

Coach and Athletic Director magazine, in partnership with the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA) has announced its inaugural 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 – a group of exemplary sports professionals nominated by their peers for the impressive accomplishments of their young careers. The Class of 2018 was honored at the NHSACA Annual Convention on Monday, June 25, 2018, and will be featured in the upcoming July/August issue of Coach and Athletic Director.

Launched this year, the Class of 2018 represents a broad spectrum of sports industry professionals, from coaches and athletic directors, to sports news reporters and industry suppliers. These young professionals are making substantial strides for their individual athletic programs and the industry as a whole.

“Our inaugural Sports 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 represents the next generation of industry leaders who will significantly evolve the industry in their respective sports and areas,” said Publisher Brian Virgona. “Their impressive accomplishments to date are reflective of their natural leadership, motivation and desire to make a difference in the lives of young athletes.”

More than 150 industry professionals gathered to celebrate the Class of 2018 during the NHSACA Annual Convention, which kicked off with a social networking event followed by the presentation of awards hosted by Virgona and Editorial Director Kevin Hoffman. The 2018 honorees are:

  • John Achen, Athletic Director at Palisades Charter High School in Pacific Palisades, Calif.
  • Ryan Anderson, Director of Athletics at Menomonee Falls School District in Menomonee Falls, Wis.
  • Will Baumann, Head Volleyball Coach at Clarinda Community Schools in Clarinda, Iowa
  • Luke Beach, Athletic Director at Rochester High School in Rochester Hills, Mich.
  • Thomas Brockett, Dean of Students, Athletic Director and Head Football Coach at Ansonia High School in Ansonia, Conn.
  • Bob Broderick, Co-Founder and Vice President of Sales and Marketing of XTECH Protective Equipment
  • Joe Brown, Athletic Director at Roosevelt High School in Johnstown, Colo.
  • James Bunnell, Athletic Director at Saugus High School in Saugus, Mass.
  • Vito Chiaravalloti, Athletic Director at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, NJ
  • Brian Clarke, Director of the Strength and Conditioning Program at Noblesville School System in Noblesville, Ind.
  • Ann Gaffigan, Chief Technology Officer and USA Track and Field Athletics Committee Secretary in Olathe, Kan.
  • Dan Gill, Director of Athletics at Episcopal School of Dallas in Dallas, Texas
  • David Graff, Brian Kaiser and John Wirtz, co-founders of Hudl
  • Gregg Groen, Head Girls Basketball Coach at Cedar Falls Athletics in Waverly, Iowa
  • Chris Hobbs, Associate Athletic Director and Head Basketball Coach at The King’s Academy in West Palm Beach, Fla.
  • Eric Johnson, Knights Head Baseball Coach at West Essex Regional School District in North Caldwell, NJ
  • Steve Jones, Head Football Coach at Kimberly High School in Kimberly, Wis.
  • Terra King, Varsity Volleyball Coach at Harper Creek High School in Battle Creek, Mich.
  • Micah Kurtz, Head Strength Coach at A.C. Flora High School in Columbia, SC
  • Gary Lawson, Head Women’s Soccer Coach at St. Joseph’s College in Brooklyn, NY
  • Scott Lewis, Varsity Basketball Coach at Grand Ledge High School in Grand Ledge, Mich.
  • Kevin MacCauley, CEO & Founder at Upper Hand
  • Jefferson Mason, Director of Basketball Development and Training Specialist at Dr. Dish Basketball
  • Andrea McHugh-Riche, Associate Athletics Director at Concordia University in Irvine, Calif.
  • Bryan Meagher, Associate Head Coach at Oak Hill Academy in Mouth of Wilson, Va.
  • Casey Meile, Activities Director in Sioux Falls Roosevelt High School in Sioux Falls, SD
  • Derrick Minor, Head Football Coach at Foard High School in Newton, NC
  • Eric Olson, Football Coach at Milnor-North Sergeant in Gwinner, ND, and NDHSCA President
  • Jason Parker, District Director of Athletics at Sapulpa Public Schools in Sapulpa, Okla.
  • Patrik Pistorio, Head Football Coach at South Elgin High School in South Elgin, Ill.
  • J.D. Plumlee, Head Football Coach at Fountain Lake High School in Hot Springs, Ark.
  • Michael Poploskie, Athletic Director at Mastery Charter Schools in Philadelphia, Penn.
  • Jackie Randall, Women’s Athletic Director at Elk Grove High School in Elk Grove Village, Ill.
  • Megan Salle, KTWO Sports Anchor in Buffalo, Wyo.
  • Josh Shattuck, Assistant Athletic Director and Head Football Coach and Elkhart Central High School in Elkhart, Ind.
  • Marc Sheil, VP of Sales & Marketing at Sideline Power
  • Sef Sunia, Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach at The College Preparatory School in Oakland, Calif.
  • Matt Troha, Assistant Executive Director of the Illinois High School Association in Bloomington, Ill.
  • Danielle Turner, District Athletic Director at Central Bucks School District in Doylestown, Penn.
  • Josh Vandergrift, Athletic Director at A. Crawford Mosley High School in Lynn Haven, Fla.

“We were thrilled to welcome Coach and Athletic Director and the Sports 40 Under 40 Awards to the NHSACA National Convention,” said NHSACA Executive Director Dave Dougherty. “This awards program exemplifies the best in young leadership within the sports industry and gives us incredible optimism for what the future holds.”

For more information on each member of the Sports 40 Under 40 Class of 2018, visit coachad.com/40-under-40. Nominations for the Class of 2019 will be available online, at www.coachad.com, beginning in December 2018.

About Coach and Athletic Director

Published by Great American Media Services, Coach and Athletic Director is the print, digital and online resource for interscholastic sports programs at all levels. Visit www.gpnmag.com for additional information.

About Great American Media Services

With more than 50 years of experience in business-to-business communications and marketing, Great American Media Services is a leading source of industry information for the agriculture, horticulture, retail and sports industries through its 14 print magazines, related digital communications and supporting industry events. In addition, Great American Media Services offers a number of additional marketing solutions for clients to engage with prospective customers on a multitude of platforms. Visit www.greatamericanmediaservices.com for additional information.

Seven Great American Media Services titles named finalists in 2018 Folio Awards

Seven magazine titles produced by B2B publishing company Great American Media Services have been named finalists in the 2018 Folio Magazine Eddie and Ozzie Awards, the publishing industry’s most prestigious and coveted honor for editorial and design excellence. The company’s finalists are:

  • Coach and Athletic Director January 2018 Issue (B2B Full Issue/Education)
  • Gift Shop Summer 2017 Issue (B2B Full Issue/Retail)
  • Lawn & Garden Retailer March 2018 Issue (B2B Full Issue/Retail)
  • Stationery Trends 2018 Media Kit (Media Kit/Retail)
  • Stationery Trends (B2B Redesign/Retail)
  • Fruit Growers News December 2017 issue (B2B Full Issue/Agriculture)
  • Vegetable Growers News January 2018 issue (B2B Full Issue/Agriculture)
  • Vegetable Growers News February 2018 issue (B2B Full Issue/Agriculture)
  • Vegetable Growers News Labor Series (B2B Series/Single Article)
  • BASF Special Issue (Custom Content)

“We are incredibly honored to be named a finalist in various categories for so many outstanding issues and projects,” Great American Media Services CEO Matt McCallum said. “This recognition is a testament to the dedication, hard work and industry expertise of our entire team. We strive for the best, and it’s gratifying to be recognized by our publishing industry peers as market leaders.”

For more than 20 years, the Eddie and Ozzie Awards have celebrated excellence in magazine editorial and design across all sectors of the industry. The Eddie Awards recognize the best in print and digital editorial, while the Ozzie Awards recognize the best in magazine and website design. For the 2018 awards, a panel of more than 300 judges selected finalists from among more than 2,000 entries. Winners will be announced on October 9 at the 2018 Folio Show in New York City.

About Great American Media Services

With more than 50 years of experience in business-to-business communications and marketing, Great American Media Services is a leading source of industry information for the agriculture, horticulture, retail and sports industries through its 15 print magazines, related digital communications and supporting industry events. In addition, Great American Media Services offers a number of additional marketing solutions for clients to engage with prospective customers on a multitude of platforms. Visit www.greatamericanmediaservices.com for additional information.

Gift Shop, Stationery Trends and Museums & More announce 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

The Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Awards, presented by leading specialty retail magazines Gift Shop, Stationery Trends and Museums & More, revealed its Class of 2018 in July during a ceremony at the Las Vegas Market.

Nearly 120 young professionals were nominated this year, with 40 honorees selected by representatives of Gift Shop, Stationery Trends, Museums & More and the Gift & Home Trade Association (GHTA). Honorees represent all facets of the industry – from retailers and manufacturers, to designers and sales managers.

“The caliber of nominations this year was outstanding, and made the selection process incredibly difficult,” said Matt McCallum, CEO of Great American Media Services and Publisher of its Specialty Retail Division. “We were excited to honor the Class of 2018 during the Las Vegas Market, and look forward to seeing how they impact the industry in the coming years.”

The Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 is:

  • Kaylyn Beaston & Michelle Trincia, Co-Founders of Bloom Daily Planners
  • Alison Bell, U.S. Buyer for Merlin Entertainments Group
  • Zander Brekke, General Counsel and Director of Human Resources for Mud Pie
  • Nneka Brown-Massey, Founder and Creative Director for Innovative Supplies Worldwide
  • Kyle Cassin, Director of Retail for the Keeneland Association
  • Courtney Cochran, Design and Marketing Director for Hester & Cook
  • Laura Damiano, Designer for Laura Damiano Designs
  • Tara Dikos, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Transpac, Ever Ellis and Beachcombers
  • Margo Gianos, Owner and Developer for Honestly Margo
  • Jamie Grobecker, Founder of Sugar Paper
  • Taylor Hamilton, Founder and Illustrator for Tay Ham
  • Mary Ellen Harden, President of Wall Street Greetings
  • Victoria Rhea Harding, Show Producer and Marketing & Buyer Relations Manager for LA Mart Gift + Home + Design Center
  • Lorain Herder, CEO of Doodle Pants
  • Julia Higgins, Sales Director, U.S. Gift & Housewares, for Corkcicle
  • Joy Jansen, Leasing Director for International Market Centers
  • Leanna John, Leasing Manager for International Market Centers
  • Riva Kalasho, Part Owner for Lace Boutique
  • Katy Kelly, Catalog Manager for Mud Pie
  • Nik Kennett, Vice President of Marketing for Kerusso
  • Beth Lawrence, Owner and Jewelry Designer for Freshie & Zero
  • Kristen Ley, Owner & Founder of Thimblepress
  • Brianne MacEachran, Owner of Parcel Paper Studio
  • Cole Mancini, Creative Director and Product Development for Simple Noelle
  • Lisa Mattison Roberts, Owner and President of Rock Paper Scissors
  • Randi Mohr, Vice President and Group Show Director for Emerald Expositions
  • Matthew Nguyen, Founder and Illustrator for Jolly Awesome
  • Andrea Ouargli, Director of E-Commerce for Mud Pie
  • Christine Phan, Co-Founder of ImPaper
  • Sadie Piller, Senior Merchandise Manager for Paper Source
  • Christina Povoli, Director of Business Analytics for OneCoast
  • Antonio Renteria, Director of Sales & Community Relations for the Airborne & Special Operations Museum
  • Emily Sanzone, Top Accounts Manager for Vera Bradley
  • Shelby Scott, Store Manager for The Red Barn of Woodbridge
  • Ryan Sheehy, Manager of Linden Leaf Gifts, Sisters of Providence
  • Kelly Shiley, CEO of Mary Square
  • Lesley Upson, Graphic Designer for PSA Essentials
  • Heather Vaught, Owner of River City Coffee + Goods
  • Katelyn Woolley, Founder & Creative Director for The Noble Paperie
  • Christina Young, President & Founder of Stia Jewelry

 

The Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Awards are held in partnership with the Gift & Home Trade Association and hosted annually by the Las Vegas Market. Nomination details for the 2019 awards will be available online beginning January 2019, at www.giftshopmag.com, www.stationerytrendsmag.com and www.museumsandmore.com.

About the Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Awards

Launched in 2017 by Gift Shop, Stationery Trends and Museums & More magazines, the Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Awards recognize the next generation of specialty retail industry leaders. The awards are open to all segments of the industry – from retailers and manufacturers, to designers and industry associations – with honorees selected based on leadership qualities, creativity, innovative thinking and commitment to the industry. The awards are presented in partnership with the Gift & Home Trade Association (GHTA) and hosted by the Las Vegas Market.

About the Gift & Home Trade Association

The Gift and Home Trade Association (GHTA) was formed in 2000, as the gift and home industry’s non-profit professional trade association. The Association was designed to help and encourage vendors, sales agencies, industry affiliates and retailers to work together, improving relationships and making business better by providing members with the opportunity to exchange ideas and network with industry leaders. Essentially, the GHTA is a place for members to connect, to learn, and to contribute.

About the Las Vegas Market

Since its launch in the Summer of 2005, Las Vegas Market has become the most comprehensive furniture, home décor and gift market in the Western United States, presenting a unique cross-section of 4,000+ resources in an unrivaled market destination. At the Las Vegas Market you will find the only home furnishings market in the west; the fastest growing gift & home décor market in the nation; THE national bedding market, new category launches including casual/outdoor, and housewares/gourmet; and a 5 million+ square-foot, state-of-the-art venue.

GPN announces 40 Under 40 class of 2018

Greenhouse Product News (GPN) magazine has announced its seventh annual 40 Under 40 rising horticulture superstars in the May issue. The Class of 2018 members were nominated by their peers based on personal and professional accomplishments. These exemplary 24 men and 16 women also are featured online at www.gpnmag.com, and will be honored at a special reception during Cultivate’18, in Columbus, Ohio, in July.

“The 40 individuals in this year’s class represent all of the different disciplines of horticulture, but they all have one thing in common,” said GPN Editorial Director Tim Hodson. “They are the pioneers for the future of our industry.”

The members of the Class of 2018 are:

  • Tim Anderson, Walters Gardens
  • Brian Austin, Dutch Heritage Gardens
  • Anna Mary Barcus, Henry’s Farm & Greenhouses
  • Krishna Bhattarai, University of Florida
  • Sam Brown, Fiddleheads Garden Center
  • Don Caroleo, The Garden Dept.
  • Eric Clark, Greenleaf Nursery Company
  • Laurie Conlon, Olson Greenhouses
  • Garet Dinges, ColorPoint
  • Kevin Donnelly, Midwest Trading Horticultural Supplies
  • Katie Dubow, Garden Media Group
  • Mark Frey, Gulley Greenhouse
  • Dylan Fulk, Practical Software Solutions
  • Will Heeman, Heeman Greenhouses
  • Amy Hoeschel, North Creek Nurseries
  • Jordan Holtkamp, Eason Horticultural Resources, Inc.
  • Brian Jackson, North Carolina State University
  • Shelby Jackson, Carolina Native Nursery
  • Tyler Lang, OakBridge Greenhouse
  • Jordan Lutes, ColorPoint
  • Angela Martin, Metrolina Greenhouses
  • Dana Massey, Plantworks
  • Maddie Maynor, North Creek Nurseries
  • Kyle McKean, Star Roses and Plants
  • Josh Miller, Four Star Greenhouse
  • Sirekit Mol, Beekenkamp Plants
  • Andrew Myers, ProGrowTech
  • Gary Nienhuis, Spring Meadow Nursery
  • Stacey Noble, Ball Horticultural Co.
  • Christina Olivieri, Peace Tree Farm
  • Daniel Ortega, Botany Lane Greenhouse
  • Lindsay Pangborn, Dümmen Orange
  • Yujin Park, Michigan State University
  • Patrick Peterson, Bayer
  • Mike Richardson, Walla Walla Nursery
  • Matthew Ross, Longwood Gardens
  • Jennie Smith, Kemin Industries
  • Zachary Steeno, Rose Innovations
  • Christa Steenwyk, Walters Gardens
  • Franz Johann Weding, Schulte’s Greenhouse

The Class of 2018 sponsors include: AmericanHort, BioWorks, Dümmen Orange, Nexus Greenhouse Systems, Nufarm and Proven Winners.

For more information on each member of GPN’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2018, visit www.gpnmag.com/40-under-40. Nomination for the Class of 2019 will be available online in November.

Lawn & Garden Retailer wins publishing award

Lawn & Garden Retailer received top honors at the Eddie and Ozzie Awards Ceremony in the B2B Full Issue category for its March 2017 issue. Presented annually by Folio Magazine, the awards celebrate excellence in magazine editorial and design across all sectors of the industry. For the 2017 awards, a panel of more than 300 judges selected finalists and winners from among 2,800 entries.

“We’re thrilled to take home the top honor in our B2B category and are incredibly proud of the Lawn & Garden Retailer team for their commitment to editorial excellence,” CEO Matt McCallum said. “The entire Great American Media Services family appreciates this recognition and looks forward to future growth and innovation as a publishing industry leader.”

For more than 20 years, the Eddie and Ozzie Awards have celebrated publishing industry success. The Eddie Awards recognize the best in print and digital editorial, while the Ozzie Awards recognize the best in magazine and website design. Winners were revealed in front of more than 200 media professionals on Oct. 11 during the 2017 Folio Show in New York City.

Other Great American Media Services titles recognized as finalists in the 2017 Eddie and Ozzie Awards are GPN Magazine, B2B Full Issue; Fruit Growers News, B2B Full Issue and Series of Articles; Stationery Trends, B2B Media Kit and Use of Typography; and Party & Paper Retailer, B2B Feature Design.

Fruit Growers News wins prestigious B2B publishing award

Fruit Growers News received top honors at the Eddie and Ozzie Awards Ceremony in the B2B Full Issue category for its April 2017 issue. Presented annually by Folio Magazine, the awards, presented Oct. 11, celebrate excellence in magazine editorial and design across all sectors of the industry. For the 2017 awards, a panel of more than 300 judges selected finalists and winners from among 2,800 entries.

“We’re thrilled to take home the top honor in our B2B category and are incredibly proud of the Fruit Growers News team for their commitment to editorial excellence,” CEO Matt McCallum said. “The entire Great American Media Services family appreciates this recognition and looks forward to future growth and innovation as a publishing industry leader.”

For more than 20 years, the Eddie and Ozzie Awards have celebrated publishing industry success. The Eddie Awards recognize the best in print and digital editorial, while the Ozzie Awards recognize the best in magazine and website design. Winners were revealed in front of more than 200 media professionals on Oct. 11 during the 2017 Folio Show in New York City.

Fruit Growers News also was a finalist in the Series of Articles category for its labor series. Other Great American Media Services titles recognized as finalists in the 2017 Eddie and Ozzie Awards are GPN Magazine, B2B Full Issue; Lawn & Garden Retailer, B2B Full Issue; Stationery Trends, B2B Media Kit and Use of Typography; and Party & Paper Retailer, B2B Feature Design.

Learn more about Fruit Growers News.

Party & Paper Retailer renamed Party & Halloween Retailer to more accurately reflect core audiences

Great American Media Services, publisher of Party & Paper Retailer, has announced it’s renaming the 31-year old magazine to Party & Halloween Retailer beginning with the November/December 2017 issue. The name change is a more accurate reflection of the direction of the industry, as well as the magazine’s core audiences, largely comprised of party stores, balloon retailers, Halloween and costume stores and haunted attractions.

“The change to Party & Halloween Retailer is a natural and necessary transition to make, as the Halloween and haunt segments of the industry are turning to this magazine and its online resources more frequently than ever,” CEO Matt McCallum said. “We’ve always had a strong focus on these categories and are excited to further solidify our commitment to addressing their needs both in print and online, while remaining committed to our party and balloon retailers.”

Founded in 1986 and purchased by Great American Media Services in 2004, Party & Halloween Retailer will continue to be devoted to helping retailers in the party, Halloween, costume and balloon industries succeed in today’s competitive retail environment. It will continue its tradition of providing timely and relevant information focused on the latest products, emerging trends, industry news and more. Additional information about Party & Halloween Retailer can be found online at www.partyandhalloween.com.

Great American Media Services announces Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Award honorees

The inaugural Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Awards, presented by leading specialty retail magazines Gift Shop, Stationery Trends and Museums & More, revealed its Class of 2017 yesterday during a ceremony at the Las Vegas Market.

Nearly 140 young professionals were nominated for the first-ever Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Awards, with 40 honorees selected by representatives of Gift Shop, Stationery Trends, Museums & More, the Gift & Home Trade Association (GHTA) and GHTA’s Young Gift Executives Program (YGE). Honorees represent all facets of the industry – from retailers and manufacturers, to designers and sales managers.

“This has been an exciting awards program to launch, with a tremendous amount of industry support from the very beginning,” said Kim Baker, COO and Specialty Retail Division Publisher of Great American Media Services. “The selection process for this first year was difficult, with so many deserving candidates among the nominations. I congratulate each honoree and look forward to seeing how they help shape the industry over the coming years.”

The Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Class of 2017 is:

  • Caitlin Abshier, Owner & Founder, Cait & Company
  • Joanna Alberti, Founder & Owner, philoSophies
  • Lisa Ball Ponder, Fourth Generation Owner, Henry B Ball West
  • Steven Broukhim, President, Brouk and Company
  • Chad Corzine, Owner, The Urban Agriculture Company
  • Paul Cosaro, Managing Partner, Picnic Time Family of Brands
  • Jessica Dean, Guest Experience Manager, Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden
  • Leslie Dickinson, Territory Sales Manager, Mud Pie Sales Division, OneCoast
  • Christa Dyer, Director of Operations, The DoSeum: San Antonio’s Museum for Kids
  • Courtney Fogarty, Account Manager, Incipio
  • Lauren Gryniewski, Owner & Creative Director, Old Tom Foolery / Modern Lore / Greater Goods
  • Molly Hatch, Designer & Potter, Molly Hatch Designs
  • Lindsay Henry, Founder & Creative Director, Inklings Paperie
  • Katie Hunt, Founder, Tradeshow Bootcamp
  • Kyle Johnson Smith, Design Manager, Coton Colors
  • Davidson Lewis, CEO, Eco Brands Group, Makers of Alchemy Goods
  • Inger McDowell-Hartye, Chief Curator, With Love from PDX
  • Lauren Miller Brekke, Vice President of Merchandising, Mud Pie
  • Carina Murray, Principal Sales Rep, Crow & Canary
  • Esther Ossei-Anto, Marketing Manager, Las Vegas Market
  • Elizabeth Olwen, Contributing Artist, Madison Park Group
  • Gina Peterson, Owner, Graphic Designer, Ginger P. Designs
  • Sarah Reed, Owner & Designer, Dodeline Design
  • Bridgette Reed, Owner, Olivia Sophia Stationery
  • Leanne Scanlon, Owner, Hardscrabble Gifts
  • Dylan Schauben, Vice President, J.Grob Associates
  • Serenity Shanklin, Store Operations Manager, Mill City Museum
  • Beth Snyder, Owner/Creative Director, 1canoe2
  • Kate Strzok, President, Broadway Paper
  • Virginia Thomas, President & CEO, Ann Page
  • Sarah Walsh & Erin Miller, Co-Owners, Haute Papier
  • Megan & Cedar Watson, Co-Owners & Operators, Paper Goat Post
  • Jessica Werner, Gift Shop Manager, Marketing & Event Coordinator, Long Island Science Center
  • Jacqueline White, Owner & General Manager, African American Art & More
  • Kristin Wilson, Designer, Grace and Serendipity
  • Kelly Wilson, Visitor Experience Assistant Manager, Mingei International Museum/The Collectors’ Gallery Museum Store
  • Christopher Wornom, Director of Business Development & Acquisitions, Evergreen Enterprises
  • Charlene Wright, Sales Manager, Emily McDowell Studio
  • Lawrence Yeh, CEO, Paper Pop Cards
  • Alaina Young, Founder & Chief Creative Officer, Q Squared

“The Gift & Home Trade Association wants to extend its warmest congratulations to the 40 Under 40 Class of 2017,” said Allison Barrows, president of GHTA’s Board of Directors. “We are dedicated to fostering the growth of our industry and are proud to be a part of this program.”

The Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Awards were sponsored by Mud Pie, held in partnership with the Gift & Home Trade Association and its Young Gift Executives Program, and hosted by the Las Vegas Market. Nomination details for the 2018 awards will be available online beginning January 2018, at www.giftshopmag.com, www.stationerytrendsmag.com and www.museumsandmore.com.

About the Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Awards

Launched in 2017 by Gift Shop, Stationery Trends and Museums & More magazines, the Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Awards recognize the next generation of specialty retail industry leaders. The awards are open to all segments of the industry – from retailers and manufacturers, to designers and industry associations – with honorees selected based on leadership qualities, creativity, innovative thinking and commitment to the industry. The awards are presented in partnership with the Gift & Home Trade Association (GHTA) and its Young Gift Executives Program, and hosted by the Las Vegas Market.

About MudPie

Founded in 1988 by current CEO Marcia Miller, Mud Pie is an award-winning manufacturer of innovatively designed and affordably priced gifts. Based in Stone Mountain, GA, the company is comprised of three divisions – Mud Pie Baby, Mud Pie Living and Mud Pie Fashion. Mud Pie is a favorite brand of style-conscious consumers and is available in over 16,000 specialty retailers and department stores around the world.

About the Gift & Home Trade Association

The Gift and Home Trade Association (GHTA) was formed in 2000, as the gift and home industry’s non-profit professional trade association. The Association was designed to help and encourage vendors, sales agencies, industry affiliates and retailers to work together, improving relationships and making business better by providing members with the opportunity to exchange ideas and network with industry leaders. Essentially, the GHTA is a place for members to connect, to learn, and to contribute.

About the Las Vegas Market

Since its launch in the Summer of 2005, Las Vegas Market has become the most comprehensive furniture, home décor and gift market in the Western United States, presenting a unique cross-section of 4,000-plus resources in an unrivaled market destination. At the Las Vegas Market you will find the only home furnishings market in the west; the fastest growing gift & home décor market in the nation; THE national bedding market, new category launches including casual/outdoor, and housewares/gourmet; and a 5 million-plus square-foot, state-of-the-art venue.

GPN Magazine Announces 40 Under 40 Class of 2017

GPN (Greenhouse Product News) magazine has announced its 40 Under 40 Class of 2017, a group of exemplary horticulture professionals nominated by their peers for the impressive accomplishments of their young careers. The 13 women and 27 men who comprise the Class of 2017 are featured in the May issue of GPN, online at www.gpnmag.com, and will be honored at a special reception during Cultivate ’17 in Columbus, Ohio.

This year’s multi-faceted class represents a wide spectrum of the horticulture industry, growers, breeders, garden center retailers, educators, scientists, technology developers and so much more. These young professionals are making great strides for their individual businesses and the industry as a whole.

“This year’s class is made up of 40 young men and women who are the rising stars who shine in their careers as well as their personal lives. These down-to-Earth superstars have established themselves as current and future industry leaders,” say Tim Hodson, GPN’s editorial director

“It is a diverse and distinguished class. These men and women represent the future of the horticulture industry,” Hodson adds. “And the future is bright!”

For more information on each member of GPN’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2017, visit www.gpnmag.com/40-under-40. Nomination forms for the Class of 2018 will be available online in November.

Published by Great American Media Services, GPN is the print, digital and online resource for commercial growers, with a 100 percent requested subscription base of 19,000. Visit www.gpnmag.com for additional information.