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Call Goes out for Icon Honors Entries

The call is out for entries among retailers, manufacturers, sales agencies and service providers for the 2014 Icon Honors.

Icon Honors recognizes superior achievement in the home and gift industry.

With more than 50 honorees selected through rigorous judging from among thousands of submissions and nominations recorded over its first four years, the awards recognize the highest levels of professional and personal accomplishment. Icon Honors are conferred annually in July in conjunction with the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market.

Icon Honors is produced and staged by AmericasMart Atlanta( in partnership with the Gift & Home Trade Association and Progressive Business Media, and in affiliation with Gift For Life.

For 2014, the Icon Honors categories of competition open to submissions and nominations expand with the addition of Branding, which joins the continuing Innovation, Contribution and Achievement categories to offer entrants an important new recognition celebrating pure marketing/branding achievement in three divisions: Brand Identity Development/Brand Launch; Brand Identity Development/Brand Continuity; and Brand Identity Development/Rebranding.

In addition to those Icon honorees selected through independent judging from open submissions and nominations, Icon Honors additionally confers special recognition through the Lifetime Achievement Honor, AmericasMart Medal of Excellence Honor and The GHTA/Gift For Life Honor of Excellence.

These Honors are conferred at the sole discretion of the Icon Honors governing board representing the partners.

Honorees are selected through extensive adjudication by highly qualified experts drawn from the world of design, manufacturing and product development. The 2014 call for entries continues through March 14, with adjudication immediately following. The 2014 Icon Honors celebration is set for Thursday, July 10, as the signature event of The Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market.

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