Industry Stars Share the Stage at the 27th Annual ARTS Awards

-Robert Verdi to serve as Master of Ceremonies-

DALLAS – January 6, 2016 – ART and Dallas Market Center, co-founder and producer of the ARTS Awards, today announced the presenters for the 27th annual ARTS Awards to be held Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas. The ARTS Awards stage will be shared by 17 industry icons including Robert Verdi, Kelli Ellis, Lori Dennis and Jeffrey Allan Marks along with designers, retailers and industry pioneers for a memorable star-studded event.

Robert Verdi will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Known for his celebrity stylings, lifestyle expertise and TV appearances, Verdi is a self-educated designer who began his interior design journey at ABC Carpet and Home in NYC. A highly regarded entertainer and design authority, Verdi has designed spaces for Sandra Bernhard, Bobby Flay and Cynthia Rowley focusing on proportion and functionality as his design trademark.

Presenters will include the following:

Kelli Ellis

Interior designer and lifelong traveler, Ellis’ style represents the epitome of livable luxury and casual international style. Ellis’ celebrity and discerning clientele base benefits from her extensive world travels, which brings pieces of exquisite furniture, dramatic artwork and unique accessories to create thoughtful havens. Ellis is also a co-creator of Design Campus Live, the world’s leading design conference.

Lori Dennis

A top interior designer, speaker and best-selling author, Dennis specializes in green, luxury and high-end interior architecture. Dennis, a multiple award winning designer, and has been profiled in magazines, websites and on television across six continents. Dennis is also a co-creator of Design Campus Live, the world’s leading design conference.

Jeffery Alan Marks

A trendsetter for over two decades, Marks is known internationally for designing and sourcing exclusive and unique elements from around the globe. Marks’ unique eye for combining subdued traditional elegance with contemporary edgy accents has earned him recognition as one of today’s most influential and important American designers.

Rebecca Robeson

CEO and lead designer for Robeson Design, Robeson is one of the most talented and creative interior designers on the West Coast. Robeson has dedicated her efforts to customizing interior finishes, furnishings, window treatments, area rugs, art, and accessories that are significant to the homeowner and inspire an experience of luxury living that becomes both intimately real and personal.

Sharrah Robeson

Director of marketing for Robeson Design, Robeson is a highly motivated social media and marketing strategist. With her keen understanding of marketing and social media, Robeson was recruited by Rebecca Robeson, her mother, to manage Robeson Design’s burgeoning social platforms and strategically guide their future marketing endeavors.

Randall Whitehead

An internationally known architectural lighting designer, Whiteheads’ work has appeared in Architectural Digest, Art & Antiques and House Beautiful. Whitehead inspires the lighting community with his humorous approach to the world of design and has regular appearances on the Discovery Channel, CNN, HGTV and Martha Stewart Living Radio. Whitehead also writes a monthly column for Residential Lighting Magazine, “Last Word in Lighting”.

Jason Harris

Playing an active role in his family founded Furnitureland South, the world’s largest furniture store in the 1960’s, Harris has grown up in the furniture industry. As one of the founders of The Design Network, Harris envisioned a network that could intimately connect the viewer, the tastemaker, and the purveyors who are leaders in the home design space.

Lois Del Negro

Founder and CFO of Global Views, Del Negro has helped establish the company as a cutting-edge purveyor of high-end goods. Del Negro has led the development of rapid growth for their hospitality division which has positioned the company as a leader in accessories, lighting and furniture.

Shay Geyer

Geyers, owner and designer at IBB Design Fine Furnishings, has a passion for interiors and interior products inspired by traveling, the arts, and her family and friends. Geyer is known for her “livable luxe” style of infusing unique elements and statement pieces that offer comfortable living. Geyer has been the design expert for WFAA’s Good Morning Texas since 2006 and her design segments can be seen on the show every Friday morning.

Doug Glassman

A former ARTS Awards recipient for “Sales Representative of the Year” in the West Coast category, Glassman, the owner of The Glassman Group and a Northern California sales representative for Fine Arts Lamps, Hubbardton Forge, Savoy House Lighting, Modern Forms and WAC, sets the industry standards for sales across the country.

Denise McGaha

Denise McGaha of Denise McGaha Interiors delivers fashionable, diverse, and adventurous designs, specializing in concierge-level service delivered in 90 days or less. McGaha is consistently ahead of the curve not only with influencing interior fashion, but often dictating it as well.

Rene Quintana

As president and COO of Fine Arts Lamps, a premier U.S. manufacturer of designer lighting, Quintana has overseen worldwide sales, marketing, quality, purchasing, manufacturing, product development, engineering, facilities, inventory control and shipping helping the company create a global marketplace with universal design appeal.

Michael Di Paulo

An ARTS Awards finalist and owner of Homefest in Denver, Co., a furniture company that showcases home accents and furniture, Di Paulo has reinvented the standards for home furnishings with warm, inviting and perfectly curated collections of merchandise.

Susan Andrulis

President of the ART Board of Directors and national sales manager at IMAX Corporation, Andrulis’ hands-on personable approach to sales has attributed to her success along with her passion for business driven initiatives. Andrulis continues to set the bar for sales leadership and new business opportunities.

Cindy Morris

Cindy Morris is the chief executive officer responsible for the leasing, marketing, lease administration, information technology, and human resources divisions at Dallas Market Center. Joining Market Center Management Company (MCMC) in April 1989, Morris has progressed her career as the corporate advertising account executive, advertising director for the apparel industry, and vice president of marketing for the apparel industry to become the president and CEO of Dallas Market Center.

Sharon Davis

Since 1993, Davis has served as the executive director for ARTS and has continued to help recognize leaders in the home furnishing industry and foster relationship building with her persistent support and dedication to the ARTS Awards.

ARTS Awards, developed by the non-profit ART and produced by Dallas Market Center, is the premier international awards program for the home industry – honoring designers, manufacturers, retailers and sales representatives – and is held each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market. The ARTS Awards black-tie gala is attended by nearly 700 industry leaders who are among the tens of thousands of Market attendees.

The 27th annual ARTS Awards are sponsored by enLIGHTenment, FANDECK, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Giftware News, HFN, Home Fashion Forecast, Home & Textiles Today, Home Accents Today, Lyon Credit Services, Residential Lighting and the Sustainable Furnishings Council.

About Dallas Market Center

Founded in 1957, Dallas Market Center is the world’s most complete wholesale marketplace. Within its marketplace of more than five million square feet, retailers from around the globe source products ranging from home furnishings, gifts, decorative accessories and lighting to textiles, fashion accessories and men's, western, women's and children's apparel. With more than 50 markets each year attended by more than 200,000 retail buyers from all 50 states and 85 countries, Dallas Market Center offers hundreds of events and seminars geared toward helping retailers expand business and increase profits. The Dallas Market Center website is available at dallasmarketcenter.com.

About ART

ART is the creative home furnishings network representing manufacturers, retailers, representatives and other individuals and companies interested in promoting and enhancing the market position of the home furnishings industry. Each year ART sponsors programs such as the ART conference, regional educational seminars, the ART card and the ARTS Awards. The ART website is available at www.accessoriesresourceteam.org.

About the ARTS Awards

The ARTS Awards is the premier international awards program dedicated to the home industry. Up to 27 categories exist under the headings Manufacturer, Retailer, Product Designer, Interior Designer, Sales Representative, Rising Star, Green and Academy of Achievement. Anyone in the industry can nominate including manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives, designers, suppliers, consultants and other industry officials. Academy of Achievement and Rising Star honorees are selected by an ARTS Awards committee each year. Companies that have won an ARTS Award five times are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame members are: Arteriors, BJ’s Home Accents, C.S. Wo & Sons, Distinctive Designs International Inc., Feizy Rugs, Fine Art Lamps, Global Views, Montaage, Natural Decorations Inc., Palecek, Paragon, Robb & Stucky and Schonbek Worldwide Lighting.