For the celebration of 100 years of Gifts & Decorative Accessories in 2017, we created the REA Century Awards to honor those who have made the greatest contributions in five disciplines in the business over the past 100 years: Retailer, Supplier, Sales Representative/Agency, Market Center/Show Organizer and Overall Influencer. The finalists were selected by a panel of industry members with long tenures in the business, as well as the editors and staff of GDA. More than 150 nominations were submitted, which were finalized to the following nominees in each of the five categories.

Retailer REA Century Award Finalists

Orange Tree Imports
San Diego Zoo
The Norman Group – WINNER

Supplier REA Century Award Finalists

Mud Pie
Vera Bradley – WINNER 

Sales Rep/Agency REA Century Award Finalists

Anne McGilvray & Co.
Charles Kennedy
OneCoast – WINNER


Market Center/Show Organizer REA Century Award Finalists

Crow Family of Dallas Market Center – WINNER
Little Family of George Little Management – WINNER
Portman Family of AmericasMart – WINNER 

Industry Influencer REA Century Award Finalists

Russ Berrie – WINNER
Randy Eller
Eugene Freedman 

Gift for Life Industry Achievement Award

The Beekman Boys were also honored with Gift for Life’s Industry Achievement Award, which recognizes overall excellence and contribution to the gift and home industry.

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