Who We Are

The Association For Creative Industries (AFCI)

The Association For Creative Industries (AFCI) is the premier trade association for the global creative arts products industries. AFCI is committed to its vision of a healthy, vibrant and innovative community that enriches people’s lives through crafting and other creative activities. As an organization, AFCI strives to deliver innovative high value services as we support our members who provide products and services to educate, entertain, and inspire creative consumers.

Our members comprise the $36 billion+ creative arts industries around the globe, including:

  • Manufacturers
  • Retailers
  • Distributors
  • Designers
  • Educators
  • Digital Content Providers
  • Professional Makers and DIYers

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Our Vision

AFCI's vision is a passionate creator in every home in the world. AFCI fosters interest in the global creative community by connecting, inspiring and educating industry professionals who in turn engage and enable creators. See below for our strategic plan to realize this vision. 


AFCI is led by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of members and are govered by bylaws. The 2019-2020 Board of Directors is listed below. Each Director is also part of a committee, charged with driving key initiatives forward. Learn more about each of the committees. 

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Jim Thielen, Chairman
Toronto, Ontario

Joe McClain, Vice Chair
Help Heal Veterans
Winchester, California
United States

Bradley Beck, Secretary
Design Master Color Tool, Inc.
Boulder, Colorado
United States
Chirstopher DiTullio, Director
Hudson, Ohio
United States

Brigid English, Director
The Michaels Companies
Irving, Texas
United States

Lawrence Hoffman, Director
Uchida of America Corp
Torrance, California
United States
Roseann Kermes, Director
Rosebud's Cottage
White Beark Lake, Minnesota
United States
Lisa Kiser, Director
Beacon Adhesives
Mount Vernon, New York
United States
Ursula Morgan, Director
CSS Industrial
Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania
United States
Jim Scatena, Director
Ludington, Michigan
United States
Ashley Smith, Director
Missouri Star Quilt Co
Hamilton, Missouri
United States
Greg Tipsord, Director
Spellbinders PaperArts, LLC
Phoenix, Arizona
United States
Chuck McGonigle, Director
Phoenix-Hope LLC
Hermosa Beach, California
United States


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