Icon Honors Accepting Submissions and Nominations

Submissions and nominations are now being accepting for Icon Honors, an awards program run by AmericasMart Atlanta and Gift + Home Trade Association in partnership with leading U.S. industry magazines.

Open to retailers, manufacturers, sales agencies and service providers around the world, the competition is divided into three broad categories: Innovation, Contribution and Achievement. Multiple awards are given in each category.

Submissions are being accepted for the following categories:

* INNOVATION 1: Innovative Technology Applications (Open to retailers, manufacturers, sales agencies and service providers) - Divisions are Marketing, Networking and Selling.
* INNOVATION 2: Innovative Product Design (For manufacturers) - Divisions are New Products, Redesigned Products and Licensed Products.
* INNOVATION 3: Innovative Product Packaging (For retailers and manufacturers) - Divisions are New Designs, New Material and Eco-Friendly.
* CONTRIBUTION 1: Community Contribution and Influence (For retailers) - Divisions are Business Development, Community Outreach and Community Quality of Life.
* CONTRIBUTION 2: Industry Contribution and Influence (For manufacturers, sales agencies and service providers) - Divisions are Leadership, Cause-Related Product and Sustainable Business Practice.

Nominations (self-nominations are not eligible) are being accepted in the following categories:

* ACHIEVEMENT 1: Top Retail/Manufacturer/Sales Agency Newcomer - Three subcategories: Retailer, Manufacturer or Sales Representative. This award honors a single individual making an industry-wide mark in the previous 24 months.
* ACHIEVEMENT 2: Individual Career Accomplishment (For retailers, manufacturers, sales agencies and service providers): Singular Achievement - Recognition of a single individual demonstrating noteworthy career achievements consistently over multiple years.
* ACHIEVEMENT 3: Life Accomplishment (For retailers, manufacturers, sales agencies and service providers) - Career Achievement - By open nomination in each category (retailer, manufacturer, sales representative, service provider) recognition of a single individual demonstrating distinguished achievement in an active career.

Home and gift industry retailers, manufacturers, sales agencies and service providers all are eligible to compete. All submissions entered in competition for Innovation and Contribution Honors must be for programs conducted and completed between January 1 and December 31, 2010. Full details, criteria and deadlines can be downloaded at http://www.americasmarticonhonors.com

Winning entries will be announced at the ICON HONORS 2011 Celebration in Atlanta on Thursday, July 14, 2011 during the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market.

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