Scottsdale, AZ—Twelve winners of the 2015 Centurion Design Awards were announced Thursday evening during a gala dinner at the Centurion Scottsdale Show. The dinner, sponsored by Veranda magazine, also honored the 2015 Vendors’ Choice Retailer Awards, in which Centurion vendors vote for the retailers they deem most outstanding in several business areas.
The retail winners were:
Best Merchandise Presentation: Cornell's Jewelers, Rochester, NY
Most Community Engaged Retailer: Bailey's, Raleigh, NC
Savviest Buyer: Bremer Jewelry, Peoria and Bloomington, IL
Trey Bailey of Bailey's in Raleigh, NC accepts his award for Most Community Engaged Retailer from Fred Makhlouf of Eli Jewels.
Above from left: Myriam Gumuchian of Gumuchian presented the award for Savviest Buyer to Ronda Dailey, Melissa Mustain, and Justin May from Bremer Jewelers, Bloomington and Peoria, IL. Below from left: Howard Hauben, Centurion president, with David and Olivia Cornell of Cornell's Jewelers, Rochester, NY, winners of the Best Merchandise Presentation award. Looking on is Joe Carullo of KC Designs.
Best Digital Presence: Be On Park, Winter Park, FL
Janice Blumberg, left, and Matina Saltsman, right, of Be On Park in Winter Park, FL pose with Jeff Feero of Alex Sepkus, who presented their award for Best Digital Presence at the Centurion Vendor's Choice Retail Awards.
Outstanding Retail Partner of the Year: A three-way tie among Craig's Fine Jewelry, Ridgefield, CT; Diamond Vault of Troy, Troy, MI; and Bailey's, Raleigh, NC.
The award for Best Retail Partner was a three-way tie. Celebrating from left are Laura Verses and Billy Craig of Craig's Fine Jewelry at the podium; Randy Cole of Diamond Vault in center with his trophy; and Trey Bailey of Bailey's holding the secret envelope that named the winners.
Also presented during the Veranda gala dinner were the Centurion Design Awards. The Awards competition, now in its fifth year, are open to all Show exhibitors. Sponsored by Exhibit Management Corp., Chippenhook, and Jewelers Mutual, the competition features 12 categories, with entries on display at the Show and voted on by attending retailers.
The 2015 Centurion Design Awards winners in each category were:
Bridal, Beverley K, left, and Colored Stone Classic, JB Star, right:
Colored Stone Fashion, Spark Creations, left, and Contemporary Metals, Rebecca/Testi, right:
Diamond Classic, William Levine, left, and Diamond Fashion, Pleve, right:
Gold, I. Reiss, left, and Mixed Precious Metals, Armenta, right:
Pearl, Mikimoto, left, and Platinum, Michael Bondanza, right:
Sterling Silver, Charles Garnier, left, and Watches, Michele, right: