Best of Show Award Winners Announced at CHA Winter Show

CHA celebrated the best of the best in original product design and creative communication tactics judged by CHA Staff, consultants and members of the press, as part of the Innovations Showcase, Exhibiting with Excellence and Golden Press Kit award competitions held at CHA’s 2012 Winter Conference & Trade Show in Anaheim, Calif.
“At CHA, we’re always looking for ways to showcase truly innovative product designs at our trade shows that can help shape the industry and spark new trends,” says CHA CEO Andrej Suskavcevic.  “The creativity demonstrated by these winning companies in both their products and public displays helps set a standard for excellence at the show, and in the industry.”


The Innovations Showcase brings together the newest ideas and hottest products from exhibiting companies judges by CHA’s panel of celebrity judges, including Terri O, PBS-TV’s Super Simple With Terri O and CHA spokesperson; Jenn Mason, editor for CLOTH PAPER SCISSORS Magazine; Katie Hacker, T.V. host of Beads, Baubles and Jewels; Joy Macdonell, T.V. and online host of Crafting at the Spotted Canary; Julie McGuffee and Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, co-hosts of Scrapbook Soup; Candie Cooper, designer, author and host on the T.V. series Hands On; and Tina Manzer, editor, Art Materials Retailer Magazine.  Winners included:

Winner: Kodak Shoe Art Film by Shoe Attitude #2927

Runner-Up: Cool 2 Cast Fiber Plaster by Tiffany Windsor and Yaley Enterprises #1831

Honorable Mention: The Knook (Knitting Crochet Hook) by Leisure Arts #2219


CHA’s 2012 Winter Show featured the return of two press kit competitions, including the Golden Press Kit award that recognizes exhibiting manufacturers for design/content and the Designer Press Kit Award.  Members of the press reviewed an outstanding selection of press kits from both exhibitors and designers and voted for their favorites.  Winners included:


Winner: Sizzix #949

Runner-up: ScraPerfect #968

Honorable Mention: Antiquity Mosaics by Diamond Tech #1011


Kid Giddy a.k.a. Kerry Goulder



The CHA Exhibiting with Excellence awards are presented to companies whose dynamic displays and merchandising techniques enhance the overall atmosphere of the Show floor.  Voted on by members of the press, CHA staff, and Susan Friedmann (trade show coach and consultant), judging criteria included use of floor space, visual appeal of booth, overall presence and friendliness of staff.   One winner was chosen in each of the following categories:

New Exhibitor Winner: Shurtech Brands #2712

Linear Booth Winner: Action Wobble #2809

Island/Peninsula: DCWV #1139


The next Innovations Showcase, Exhibiting with Excellence and Golden Press Kit competitions will be held at CHA’s 2012 Summer Conference & Trade Show at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., from July 17-19, 2012.  For Summer Show information, including programs, events and exhibitor listings, please visit


2 thoughts on “Best of Show Award Winners Announced at CHA Winter Show

  1. A picture is worth a thousand words…I’m wondering if there are photos of the winning/runner up entries? It was fun creating the magic hat display to go along with my tag line _Magically Perfect Craft Products. Unfortunately, when I went to collect my entry–and take a photo, the magic hat filled with all our products, the hand sewn scarf, etc was gone! Quite disappointing that someone would do that, especially since I thought the room was supposed to be secure. Though I’m not looking forward to explaining to my kids why I’ve got to locate a new hat to replace the one I borrowed from them, I did chuckle as the “thief” will get a surprise when s/he tries the Best Glue Ever–I didn’t have a real one handy at the time so I filled a mock bottle with cotton balls. But I bet they won’t be too disappointed as s/he made off with quite a haul anyway. The best part was I did get a really beautiful award to display, and that was quite an honor!

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