CHA Celebrates Innovation at the 2013 Winter Show

The CHA 2013 Winter Conference & Trade Show drew 3336 buyers and 928 networkers, totaling  4264 attendees; of which 790 were international, joining us from 56 countries including Canada, Japan, Australia, the United Kingdom, Mexico and Germany.


While the temperature was down, the energy was up. Despite the unusual California weather being as low as some 30 degrees, exhibitors and attendees were all in good spirits yielding positive results. For some, this Show was the most successful it’s been in years.


“We’ve been exhibiting at the Winter Show for the entire life of our company – seven years that is – and 2013 was our best Show ever! Our booth was busy literally the whole time. We’ve always seen the Show as – primarily – a way to build brand awareness and network with distribution partners. But this year we worked with a lot of independent retailers and wrote a lot of orders. We did more international business than ever before, picking up new distributors and retailers in Australia, South America, Europe, and Far East.” Sara Davies – Sales Director, Crafters Companion

“This year’s CHA Show was the best in years for us. Not only was it a great forum to see many of our current customers in one place, but it also presented an opportunity to meet new buyers from the international community.”  Ryan Newell – President, Spinrite LP.


“The CHA Conference & Trade Show is the only event on the planet where we can greet hundreds of customers in three days. We cannot imagine choosing not to be there. The 2013 CHA Winter show was our best show ever; the quantity of customers, the quantity of leads and the sales dollars written were all record numbers. The CHA Winter Show was a great start for a new year!” Bobbie Medema – Marketing Director, Notions Marketing

Another key contributing factor to the positive momentum was the launch of the CRE8TIME industry consumer awareness campaign and the new website.  CRE8TIME is a movement funded by the CHA Foundation, designed to encourage creativity by getting participants to pledge 8 hours per month to doing something creative. serves as the hub of the CRE8TIME social movement. It is a community where “CRE8ERS” share their crafts, pledge their hours, get inspired, stay informed and learn how to reclaim 8 hours a month.


“The positive energy from both exhibitors and attendees is very encouraging and speaks volumes to the vibrancy and momentum building for the industry. We look forward to carrying that excitement forward with all the new programs we are launching in 2013.” Andrej SuskavcevicCAE, President and CEO, Craft & Hobby Association.

Every year CHA gives out awards to select exhibitors for outstanding work in product innovation.  Those receiving awards for their products include: Innovative Product Award – Katy Sue Designs/Flower SoftSilicone Molds (; Attendee Choice Award – Spellbinders Paper ArtsImperial Gold (; and two Honorable Mention Innovative Product Awards – June TailorT-shirt Transformation Ruler Center ( and We R Memory KeepersEnvelope Punch Board (

CHA accepts nominations annually from members throughout the industry with the purpose of identifying individuals and companies making significant contributions to humanity, the industry, and the Association. This year Creative Leisure News’ Mike Hartnett was the recipient of the Meritorious Award of Honor. This is the highest award recognition the Craft & Hobby Association can bestow upon an individual past or present member, and is given for significant contributions made to the Association. The Special Recognition Award went to Mari Eriksson and the staff of Fusion Beads, a retail store in Seattle Washington. This award is presented to a person, group and/or company for their extraordinary contribution in an activity showcasing the craft and hobby industry in a positive way.

In 2014 the CHA Winter Conference & Trade Show will return to Anaheim, California January 10-14 to celebrate the 73rd edition of the Show.


CHA Board of Directors Nominations

CHA Board of Directors Nominations

The CHA Nominating Committee call for 2012 Board of Directors Nominations will be closing on June 1, 2011.  There is still time to nominate a CHA member for the Board of Directors.  See the complete press release for details on how to nominate a CHA member for volunteer board service.



ELMWOOD PARK, NJ (March 02, 2011) The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is pleased to announce that the 2011 Nominating Committee is now accepting candidate nominations for the 2012 CHA Board of Directors. Nominations are being received through June 1, 2011.

CHA members can obtain the Board Director Nomination Form on the home page of the Association website or by requesting a copy by contacting the CHA Member Services Department at (201) 835-1206 or Any CHA member may nominate an Association member or self-nominate candidates to sit on the CHA Board of Directors, the Associations’ governing body for terms beginning January 2012.

The CHA Board of Directors consists of individuals representing the various sections of the CHA membership. Members of the CHA Board of Directors serve a three-year term in which they meet quarterly to address the needs of the industry from a strategic viewpoint, strengthen the ties between CHA members and the Association, and guide the focus of CHA to provide member value. Members of the CHA Board of Directors serve on a voluntary basis, through which they establish networking and business opportunities, advance their careers through industry leadership, and contribute their voice as advocates for CHA members.
“With technology accelerating the speed, method and reach of business, CHA needs savvy, industry professionals to help guide and direct the Association and the craft and hobby industry forward,” explained 2011 Nominating Committee Chair, Mark Peters (iLoveToCreate).  “If you or someone you know is qualified and an advocate for the industry and Association, then please submit a nomination.”

All nominations will be considered by the committee. Board nominations must be received by the June 1, 2011 deadline to facilitate the review process. Nominated individuals who wish to be considered will receive a Board Nominee Profile Form to complete and return by June 15th.  If a Nomination Form was submitted and the nominee does not receive the Board Nominee Profile Form to complete within a few days, please contact CHA Member Services at (201) 835-1206 before the June 15, 2011 deadline.

All Board Nomination Forms and Board Nominee Profile Forms (for those who have been nominated) must be submitted within the deadline period to the chair:

Mark Peters, 2011 Nominating Committee Chair
iLoveToCreate, a Duncan Enterprises Company

5673 E Shields Ave

Fresno, CA 93727-7819

Fax: (559) 294-4310


The 2011 Nominating Committee will review nominations and submit a slate of candidates for the 2012 Board of Directors to the membership. The membership will be notified in advance of the Annual Business Meeting to submit their proxy ballot as outlined in the Association Bylaws.

Nominees should reserve time for an in-person interview by the Nominating Committee on Monday, July 18, 2011, one day before the opening of the CHA 2011 Summer Conference & Trade Show. The Summer Show will be held July 19-21, 2011 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.
In addition to the 2011Nominating Committee Chair Mark Peters, Board committee members are: Richard Brown (Brown Bag Management & Consulting) and Sara Davies (Crafter’s Companion Ltd) with Board alternates Chuck McGonigle (Colorbök, Inc.) and Paul Laplante (Stix2-KoolTak). To complete this committee, the CHA membership elected members-at-large Gail Czech (The Creative Network, Inc.), Jane Anne Davis (Blumenthal Lansing Co) and Jim Scatena (FloraCraft Corporation); member alternates are Ted Hesemann (Herrschner’s) and Julianna Hudgins (Julianna Hudgins LLC).