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Hall of Fame

Members of the AFCI Hall of Fame are industry veterans and pioneers who have made extraordinary contributions leading to the growth and success of their organizations and the creative arts industry. The inductees are chosen annually by the AFCI Hall of Fame Committee, which is comprised of AFCI Board Members and member volunteers.
AFCI 2017 Hall of Fame Class
This year's inductees include:
  • Dave Catanzarite, Pat Catan’s Arts & Crafts Stores & Darice
  • Emma Gebo, Ben Franklin Crafts
  • Jerry Hacker, Image Design
  • Catherine Kay, Elam-Kay & Associates
  • Boss Ross, The Joy of Painting
The 2017 class was honored during an awards ceremony at Creativation Celebration on Saturday, January 21st, 2017 at Creativation in Phoenix, Arizona.

The AFCI Hall of Fame

Boss Ross, The Joy of Painting 
Jerry Hacker, Image DesignCatherine Kay, Elam-Kay & Associates
Dave Catanzarite, Pat Catan’s Arts & Crafts Stores & DariceEmma Gebo, Ben Franklin Crafts
Aleene Jackson, Craftmaker's Caravan Ron LaRosa, Delta Technical Coatings
Hazel Pearson Williams, Craftmaker's Caravan Dan Little aka "Mr. Bar Code", Indie Retail Pioneer
Carl "Gus" Gustafsson, Craftmaker's Caravan William "Bill" Mangelsen, Mangelsen's, Makin's Clay
Karen Ancona, Craft & Needlework Age Vincent Naccarato, Wilton Enterprises
C. Boyd, Pioneering Salesperson Patricia Nimocks, Society of Craft Designers
Pat Catan, Pat Catan Stores, Darice
William "Bill" Neu, Deco Art, Testor Corporation
John & Edna Clapper, Clapper 
John E. "Jack" Parker, A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts, Inc.
David Cunningham, Plaid Enterprises
Randy Putnam, Randy Putnam & Associates, Inc. (RPA)
Jane Anne Davis, Plaid Enterprises
Wally Raley, Delta Paints
Pat Depke, Pat Depke Books Hilda & Berthold Reich, Jo-Ann Stores
Pat Desantis, ACCI Board Member Sigmund & Mathilda Rohrbach, Jo-Ann Stores
Henry "Hank" Dubbs, Pioneering Salesperson
Bud Rothschild, Founder of Craft World
The Duncan Family, Duncan Enterprises, iLoveToCreate The Sbars Family, Sbars Inc.
Mike Dupey, Michaels & MJDesigns Julie Stephani, Stephani Ink.
Eric Dickenson, Michaels Stores
Sallie Strauss, Craft Industry Ambassador, Executive Vice President & CFO Activa Products, Inc
Larry Fine, Michaels, A.C. Moore & Horizon Jim Tierney, Ben Franklin Retail Stores
Bob Gatti, Frank's, Nursery & Crafts Dick & Robin Thompson, Pioneering Sales Reps
Moe Gherman, Craft Magazine Pioneer Ginnie Thompson, Ginnie Thompson Originals
Andrea Grossman, Mrs. Grossman's Paper Company Bob Vogelsberg, Dee's Crafts Store
Priscilla Hauser, SDP Pioneer Bruce Walthers, Model Industry Association
Howard Hoffman, MJ Designs, Deco Art, Toner Jack Wax, PCM Magazine
Bill Korr, Hobby Distributor Sandy Wilmot, 1st Female Director of HIA
David Ladd, Walnut Hollow Tom Yaley, Sr., Yaley Enterprises