Gift For Life Honoree History

2019

Barbara Baekgaard of Vera Bradley – Chuck Yancey Lifetime Achievement Award

 

2018

Trevor Cohen of Giftcraft – Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award

April Cornell — GHTA/Gift for Life Honor of Excellence (at ICON HONORS)

Mitch & Seth Nash of Blue Q — Industry Achievement Awards (at REAs)

 

2017

Jan van der Lande of Kikkerland Design Inc. – Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award

Chris Rosse of Rosse and Associates – GHTA/Gift for Life Honor of Excellence (at ICON HONORS)

The Beekman Boys, Josh Kilmer Purcell and Brent Ridge – Industry Achievement Awards (at REAs)

 

2016

Suzy Batiz of Poo-Pourri – Norman Glassberg Trailblazer Award

Arun Agarwal of Nextt – Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award

Howard Henschel of The Norman Group – Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award

Douglas Self of jdouglas, – GHTA/Gift for Life Honor of Excellence (at ICON HONORS)

Julie Chavez and Joe Cerbo of Chavez for Charity – Industry Achievement Awards (at REAs)

 

2015

Susan Feldman of One Kings Lane – Norman Glassberg Trailblazer Award

Beatriz Ball – Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award

John Grob of J. Grob Associates – Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award

Caroline Kennedy – Special Recognition

Mike Turnbull of AmericasMart – Founders Award

RM Innovation – GHTA/Gift for Life Honor of Excellence (at ICON HONORS)

Tom Mirabile of Lifetime Brands – Industry Achievement Award (at REAs)

 

2014

Norman A. Glassberg (in memorium) – Trailblazer Award

Clare Brett Smith – Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award

Kurt S. Adler, Inc. – Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award

Albert David Maslia (in memorium) – GHTA/Gift for Life Honor of Excellence (at ICON HONORS)

Dave Thomas and Kevin Mundt, HomArt – Industry Achievement Awards (at REAs)

 

2013

Whereoware – Trailblazer Award

Global Views – Design for Life

Lori’s Gifts – GHTA/Gift for Life Honor of Excellence (at ICON HONORS)

Gregg Corzine and David Klass, Archipelago – Industry Achievement Awards (at REAs)

 

2012

Todd and Jannetta Litzman of Brandwise – Trailblazer Award

Jenny Hammons of Jenny Hammons Company – Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award

George Kacic of Ganz – Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award

John C. Portman, Jr. –Legend For Life Award

Les Mandelbaum and Paul Rowan of UMBRA – Industry Achievement Awards (at REAs)

 

2011

Kathy Ireland of Kathy Ireland Worldwide – Design for Life Award

David Moses of Lazy Susan USA – Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award

Marcia Miller of Mud Pie – Trailblazer Award

Michael Aram, Michael Aram – Industry Achievement Awards (at REAs)

 

2010

Randi Eller, Eller Enterprises – Industry Achievement Awards (at REAs)

 

2009

Bobbie Gottlieb, Two’s Company – Industry Achievement Award (at REAs)

 

2008

Will Little, GLM, Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award

Sheila Charton, MMPI, Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award

Paulette Cole, ABC Carpet & Home, Outstanding Industry Contribution

 

2007

Per Baekgaard, Baekgaard Ltd., Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award

Rick Ruffner, Avanti Press, Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award

Jeff Sampson, L.A. Mart, Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award

 

2006

Ron Jedlinksi, Roman Inc., Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award

Mary Engelbreit, Mary Engelbreit Enterprises, Outstanding Industry Contribution

 

2005

Raymond Waites, Raymond Waites Design, Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award

DEMDACO, Outstanding Industry Contribution

Gerry Seibel, L.A. Mart, Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award

Joan Ulrich, MMPI, Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award

 

2004

Norman Sadek, Andrea by Sadek, Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award

Warren Kimble, Kimble House, Outstanding Industry Contribution

Mike Dean, Western Exhibitors, Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award

Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award

Giftware News, Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award

 

2003

Charles Kennedy, The Kennedy Group, Outstanding Industry Contribution

Diana Park, Park Avenue Agents Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award

Cathy and Alan Steel, GLM, Founders Award

 

2002

Paul “Skip” Ungrodt, Ideation, Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award

Andrea Grossman, Mrs. Grossman’s, Outstanding Industry Contribution

Peter Schauben, Appelman Schauben, amfAR Award of Courage

AmericasMart, Special Recognition

Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc., Special Recognition

225 Fifth Avenue, Special Recognition

Dallas Market Center, Special Recognition

 

2001

Eugene Freedman, Enesco, Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award

Barbara Baekgaard, Vera Bradley, Outstanding Industry Contribution

 

2000

Bert Tonkin, Western Exhibitors, Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award

Tracy Porter, Tracy Porter Inc., Award of Distinction

 

1999

Bob Chiara, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award

Todd Figi, Figi Graphics, Outstanding Industry Contribution

 

1998

Jeff Little, GLM

Kate Shindle, Miss America 1998

 

1997

Ivana Trump, entrepreneur

Michael Ruddell, Rudell, Inc.

Chuck Yancy, Industry Consultant

 

1996

Wendi Lucas, AMC

Crist Creona, Crist Creona Designs

Donald McEvoy, Donald McEvoy Ltd.

Ed Bazinet, Department 56

Bolger Publications (Judy Rudrud accepting)

Peter Schauben, Appelman Schauben

Claire Lieberwitz, amfAR

 

1995

Jim Bass, La Papillion, Inc.

Patti Brickman, GLM

Kathy Krassner, Giftware News

Mitch Lee, Up-Designs Co., Inc.

Diana Park, Park Avenue Agents

Jane Perin and David Mowen, Perin-Mowen, Inc.

Maria Sagurton, Gift & Stationery Business

Phyllis Sweed, Gifts & Decorative Accessories