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. Learn more about the award opportunities by scrolling below.

2019 Creative Retailer of the Year Nominations

The AFCI Creative Retailer of the Year Awards are intended to recognize deserving businesses in two categories, listed below. Nominations are currently closed and winners will be announced soon.

Best Creative Brick and Mortar Retailer of the Year

This award is open to independent brick and mortar retailers around the world, with or without a digital presence.

Best Creative Online Retailer of the Year

This award is open to new and established online-only retailers without a physical location. This includes e-commerce site sellers.

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 Creative Industries

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 creative industries 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.

2019 Honorees

  • Richard Brown, Chief Strategy Guy, Brown Bag Management and Consulting - Meritorious Award of Honor
  • Tammy Browning Smith, Browning-Smith P.C. - Industry Achievement Award
  • Doug Earle, CEO, H.A. Kidd and Company - Special Recognition Award

Past Winners

Meritorious Award of Honor - Service to AFCI

2017 - Mark Peters, Duncan Enterprises
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

2018 - Jill MacKay, Jill MacKay Enterprises - Special Recognition Award
2017 - Therese Hennessy, Polkadots and More, Shurtech Brands
2016 - Chip Purkey, Help Hospitalized Veterans (HHV); Spinrite's Caron United; Elena Lai Etcheverry, Charity Wings
2015 - Joann Person, Michaels
2014 - Lion Brand Yarn Co.
2013 - Mari Eriksson and the staff of Fusion Beads
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