Previous GFL Honorees

They came. They saw. They weren’t content with same-old-same-old, and decided to make a difference. Gift for Life continues to honor those who have had a positive impact on the gift and home industries over the years:

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
  • TBD – GHTA/Gift for Life Honor of Excellence (at ICON HONORS)
  • TBD – 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

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