PITTSFIELD, Mass. — During the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market in July, the fifth annual Icon Honors celebrated the best in global innovation and superior achievements in the home and gift industry.
Annie Selke, founder and CEO of the Pittsfield-based Annie Selke Companies, was among nine honorees selected from a broad field of home-design and textile luminaries.
“Five years ago, Icon Honors premiered in pursuit of the mission for which it was created: To showcase and celebrate global innovation,” said Jeffrey L. Portman Sr., vice chairman and president of AmericasMart Atlanta, the founder and primary sponsor of Icon Honors. This year’s ceremony was the largest on record, with an audience of more than 1,000.
One of three impressive finalists, Selke was chosen as the 2014 Career Achiever for leading Pine Cone Hill through two decades of unprecedented growth with her distinctive approach to creating elegant yet down-to-earth products for the home. During the awards ceremony, Selke brought some of her colleagues in attendance onto the stage to accept the honor alongside her.
“It is truly special to be recognized among my talented peers in the home and gift industry, but I am only a small and passionate part of the spirited, creative community that has defined Pine Cone Hill over the past 20 years," she said. "I would like to share this honor with the buyers, sales representatives, showroom owners and managers, and my entire staff in Pittsfield, all of who deserve to be celebrated on this momentous occasion for the company.”
Founded in 1994 by Selke, the 2010 Massachusetts Small Business Person of the Year, Pine Cone Hill (pineconehill.com) creates fun, functional, inspired bedding, pajamas, robes, and more that put a vibrant contemporary spin on classic decor.
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