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.
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.