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IPA Retailer Choice awards recognize stores, manufacturers

The International Prom Association's 8th annual Black Tie Gala and Retailers Choice Award program, held in early August during Atlanta's National Prom market, presented awards of merit to reps, stores and manufacturers in 29 categories ranging from Prom Manufacturer of the Year to Breakout Retailer of the Year.

The annual program supports the International Promise Foundation, which was created by the IPA to address some of the most pressing issues facing teen communities, including supporting the teen family members of troops, helping to promote a safer atmosphere for learning in schools, or simply bringing attention to concerns that weigh on today’s teens.

Sponsors of this year's event included: Alyce Paris, AmericasMart-Atlanta, Colette by Mon Cheri, Colors Dress, Ellie Wilde, International Prom Association, Jasz Couture, La Femme, Lore', Madison James, Rachel Allan, and Sherri Hill.

This year's recipients:

Outstanding National Ad Campaign: Sherri Hill

Best Deliveries: La Femme

Customer Service Award of Excellence:
Isabelle Fickensher, Alyce Paris
Aimee Sosa, Alyce Paris
Iris Holt, Alyce Paris
Joanne Zilbershatz, Alyce Paris
Claire Harmon, AmericasMart
Michelle Harrison, AmericasMart
Bruce Blaustein, Faviana
Jaclyn Nemmers, La Femme
Eileen Strawderman, Mon Cheri
Kylie Tedder, Rachel Allan

Best Customer Service: Alyce Paris

Industry Impact Award: The Ultimate, Peabody, MA

Best Re-Orders: Ellie Wilde

Outstanding B2B Internet Site: Madison James

Outstanding Internet Site: Sherri Hill

Best Sell Thru: Ellie Wilde

Breakout Retailer of the Year: Danielle's Bridals Clarksville, AR

Horizon Award:  Dress Galaxy League City, TX

Outstanding Social Media: Sherri Hill

Social Media Excellence:
Pure Couture Dayton, OH
Renaissance Bridals & Prom York, PA
WhatchamaCallit Dallas, TX

Best Integrated Social Media Content: Madison James

Best Dynamic Improvement: Alyce Paris

Best Quality Control: Ellie Wilde

Best Value by Design: Colors Dress

Manufacturer Representative Award of Excellence:
Bernie Kaitz, Alyce Paris
Robert Windsor, Alyce Paris
Eddie Bayouth, Blush Prom
Vance Scott, Colors
Howard Wasserman, Dave & Johnny
Tami Johnson, Ellie Wilde
Abigail Derr, Ellie Wilde
Kelli Shallers, Ellie Wilde
Penny Besmer, House of Wu
Sheri Simon, Jovani
Susan Ostrau, Jovani
Betsy Barnes Grisham, La Femme
Krystal Donaldson, La Femme
Lisa Rivera, La Femme
Diana Donahue, Madison James
Seth Kruger, Madison James
Meagan Sanders, Madison James
David Greenleaf, Madison James
Pablo Gonzalez, Madison James
Jamie Bergner, Madison James
Mike Perrett, Morilee
Scott Williams, Alyce Paris & Rachel Allan
Ann Williams, Alyce Paris & Rachel Allan
Dale Avery, Alyce Paris & Rachel Allan
Alice Huff ,Alyce Paris & Rachel Allan
Jennifer Carpenter, Sherri Hill
Jennifer Strafer Goodman, Sherri Hill

Consumer Demand Style: Sherri Hill

Quinceanera Manufacturer of the Year: Morilee by Madeline Gardner

Best Plus Size Fashion Award: Rachel Allan

Legendary Achievement in Sales and Marketing: Seth Kruger Madison James

Legendary Achievement in Manufacturing and Design: Michael Kasher La Femme

Presidential Award: Peter Grimes, Vows Magazine

Bridal Manufacturer of the Year: Morilee by Madeline Gardner

Best Tuxedo Fashion Design: Allure Men

Best Prom Trend: La Femme

Best Prom Fashion Design: Sherri Hill

Prom Manufacturer of the Year: Ellie Wilde

Leah Shipe, IPA, announcing Retailers Choice Awards.
Michael Kashner, La Femme, accepts award for Legendary Achievement in Manufacturing and Design
Heather Siegel, The Ultimate, MA, receives Industry Impact award.
Kelly Crum, Allure/Madison James, accepts award for Outstanding Internet Site. Madison James was also honored in the Best Tuxedo Fashion Design for Allure Men.
Peter Grimes, Publisher, VOWS magazine, was honored with the IPA's President award for dedication and service to the industry.
From right: Evelyn Jia, Designer, Ellie Wilde, Prom Manufacturer of the Year; Kelli Shallers, Manufacturer Rep Award of Excellence; Yang Jia
The Alyce Paris staff (including founder Jean Paul Hamm in center) was on had to receive several awards, including Best Dynamic Improvement.




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