Thomas LesterComment


Thomas LesterComment

Presenters for the 30th annual ARTS Awards were announced by ART and Dallas Market Center.

The ARTS Awards, hosted annually in January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, acknowledges preeminent manufacturers, retailers, interior designers, products designers and sales representatives.

Thomas Lester and I with the fearless Libby Langdon at last year’s gala.

Thomas Lester and I with the fearless Libby Langdon at last year’s gala.

Category winners will be announced at a black tie gala on Jan. 18 at the Hilton Anatole. In addition, the Legendary Leadership Award will be presented to Sharon Davis, and the special Academy of Achievement Award will be presented to David Gebhart.

The 30th Annual ARTS Awards Presenters are:

  • Eric Bauer, owner, Eric Bauer Marketing

  • Jennifer Brassey, owner, Elume Distinctive Lighting

  • Richard Brendon, founder, Richard Brendon Design

  • Lois Del Negro, CFO, Global Views

  • Courtney Garrigan, owner, Coco & Dash

  • Shay Geyer, owner/designer, IBB Design Fine Furnishings

  • Leon Goetz, owner, Goetz Inc.

  • Caroline Hipple, president, Norwalk Furniture

  • Susan Inglis, executive director, Sustainable Furnishings Council

  • Eric Jacobson, president and CEO, American Lighting Association

  • Barrie Livingstone, owner and interior designer, Barrie Livingstone

  • John Loecke, co-founder, Madcap Cottage

  • Cindy Morris, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center

  • Jason Oliver Nixon, co-founder, Madcap Cottage

  • Mark Vaughan, vice president, Domain XCIV

  • Georgina Weddell, principal, In-Detail, Inc.

  • Wynne White, sales representative, Summer Classics and Gabby


Thomas Lester is Business Editor for Home Accents Today. As business editor, Lester covers all aspects of business in the home accents world, from the latest news from manufacturers to successful retail strategies and business analysis.

NOTE: Photos were added by Jane Dagmi. All photos are from Libby Langdon’s blog, and they are taken by MaryAnn Luedtke Photography. The intro blog photo features Michelle Workman and Libby Langdon in front of the step-and-repeat. Friends in real life, this capture is the result of two designers with acting backgrounds up for the same award in Product Design.

Thomas Lester covers rugs, top-of-bed and a variety of other topics for Designers Today. In addition, he covers these subjects for several of Progressive Business Media’s properties, including Furniture/Today, Home Accents Today and Kids Today. He’s been a professional journalist since 2000, covering everything from local and major collegiate sports to local government, schools, crime and courts.


When he’s not working, Lester enjoys spending time with his wife and son, running, reading, watching football and baseball and playing music. He’s a decent enough bass guitarist and he’s starting to get the hang of the six string.