Retailer Excellence Awards

GDA REA awardsEach year, Gifts and Decorative Accessories hosts the Retailer Excellence Awards in August, during NY NOW. The ceremony takes places at the beautiful waterfront venue, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, in New York, NY. In 2017, for the 66th annual REAs, we celebrated the past, present and future with our first-ever REA Century Awards, which was open to the entire gift industry--not just retailers. The cocktail party, strolling dinner and awards presentation was a bubbling, high-energy affair.
See videos from the night below.

 

 

 

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  • REA Century Awards

    REA Century Awards Recap

    REA Century Awards Recap

    Gifts and Decorative Accessories presented its first-ever REA Century Awards Sunday, Aug. 20, in honor of its 100th anniversary. Relive the celebration and award ceremony, which was hosted at the beautiful waterfront venue, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers, in New York, NY. Russ Berrie and other industry greats were recognized for their life’s work.

    Added August 30, 2017 | Permalink

  • Beekman Boys at REAS

    The Beekman Boys Share How They Turned Their Business Into A Lifestyle Brand

    The Beekman Boys Share How They Turned Their Business Into A Lifestyle Brand

    The Beekman Boys—the 2017 winners of the Gift for Life Industry Achievement Award—speak at the 66th annual REAs about how they became a success as a retailer and manufacturer, and how to be “sticky.” Hear how they grew from goat farmers to retailers to suppliers and beyond.

    Added August 28, 2017 | Permalink

  • Liane McAllister REAs

    GDA Founding Family Reminisces the Good Times and Bad Times

    GDA Founding Family Reminisces the Good Times and Bad Times

    Liane McAllister, granddaughter of Peter McAllister, who co-founded GDA in 1917, reflects on her father’s legacy (Donald McAllister, Sr.) and how he got through the great depression without letting a single team member go.

    Added August 28, 2017 | Permalink

  • REA Awards Warren Shoulberg

    REA Awards 2017: Matt Slaine honors Warren Shoulberg for his years of service.

    REA Awards 2017: Matt Slaine honors Warren Shoulberg for his years of service.

    Industry Icon Warren Shoulberg honored at the 2017 Gifts & Decorative Accessories REA Awards for 44 years of service to the home textiles & gift industries.

    Added August 24, 2017 | Permalink