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Industry Awards


The Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) Industry Awards recognize individuals within the industry that have done great things for the community, industry and humanity. Industry nominations are reviewed by the AFCI Awards Committee comprised of AFCI Board members and member volunteers. These three awards will be presented at Creativation in Phoenix, AZ to be held January of 2017.

Do you know someone in the craft and hobby industry who has done great things for the community, industry or humanity and should be recognized? If so, contact Lidia Diaz at ldiaz@craftandhobby.org.


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

Industry Achievement Award – Contribution to the Craft and Hobby Industry
The Industry Achievement Award is for an AFCI 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.
 
2017 Honorees
Mark Peters, Duncan Enterprises
Therese Hennessy, Polkadots and More
Shurtech Brands 
 
Past Winners:

Meritorious Award of Honor – Service to AFCI
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