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Craft and Hobby Blog

Membership: Industry Awards


The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) Industry Awards recognize individuals within the industry that have done great things for the community, industry and humanity. Industry nominations are reviewed by the CHA Awards Committee comprised of CHA Board members and member volunteers.

The following three awards are presented annually:

Meritorious Award of Honor – Service to CHA
The Meritorious Award of Honor is the highest award of recognition that CHA can bestow upon an individual member, past or present. This award recognizes an individual who has made a significant contribution to CHA.

Industry Achievement Award – Contribution to Craft and Hobby Industry
The Industry Achievement Award is for a CHA member (individual, group and/or company) that has made a significant contribution to the growth and vitality of the craft and hobby industry as a whole.

Special Recognition Award(s) – Good Deeds
The Special Recognition Award is presented to a person, group and/or company for their extraordinary contribution in an activity that showcases the craft and hobby industry in a positive way. Award recipient(s) need not be a member(s) of the Association.

Past Winners:

Meritorious Award of Honor – Service to CHA
2016 – Larry Olliges, Dee's Crafts
2015 – Herb Lantinga, Notions Marketing
2014 – Gail Czech, The Creative Network
2013 – Mike Hartnett, Creative Leisure News

Industry Achievement Award – Contribution to Craft and Hobby Industry
2016 – Katherine (Kathie) Stull, KS Productions
2015 – LaDorna and Robert Eichenberg, Ellison®
2014 – Georganne Bender and Rich Kizer, KIZER & BENDER Speaking!

Special Recognition Award(s) – Good Deeds
2016 – Chip Purkey, Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV); Spinrite's Caron United; Elena Lai Etcheverry, Charity Wings
2015 – Joann Pearson, Michaels
2014 – Lion Brand Yarn Co.
2013 – Mari Eriksson and the staff of Fusion Beads