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Elmwood Park, NJ, USA; March 11, 2013 —The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is pleased to announce that the 2013 Nominating committee is now accepting candidate nominations for the 2014 CHA Board of Directors. Nominations are being received through May 1, 2013.

CHA members can obtain the Board Director Nomination Form on the Association website www.craftandhobby.org or by requesting a copy by contacting the CHA Member Services Department at (201) 835-1215 or ldiaz@craftandhobby.org. Any CHA member may nominate an Association member or submit themselves as a candidate to sit on the CHA Board of Directors for terms beginning January 2014.

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.

All nominations will be considered by the Nominating Committee: Riddi Kline (Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores) – Committee Chair, Mark Hill (The Thomas Kinkade Company Inc.), Sara Davies (Crafter’s Companion Limited), Georganne Bender (Kizer & Bender Speaking), Bob Ferguson (Ferguson Merchandising LLC Ben Franklin Crafts) and Alex Nielsen (Sierra Pacific Crafts). Member alternates are Cynthea Sandoval (Doodlebug Design) and Tiffany Windsor (Cool2Craft Network).

"I am pleased to have a group of experienced professionals representing a variety of CHA membership categories serving on the Nominating Committee. The work this committee does has a significant impact on the future of CHA,” says Maureen Ruth, CHA Board Chair.

Board nominations must be received by May 1, 2013 to facilitate the review process. Nominated individuals who wish to be considered will receive a Board Nominee Profile Form to complete and return by May 30, 2013. 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) 835-1215 before the May 30, 2013 deadline.

All Board Nomination Forms must be submitted within the deadline period to the Chair: Riddi Kline - 2013 Nominating Committee Chair Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores 5555 Darrow Road Hudson, Ohio 44236-4011 Fax (330) 463-6675 Email: riddi.kline@joann.com

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The 2013 Nominating Committee will review nominations and submit a slate of candidates for the 2014 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 during the Create-n-Connect Conference & Trade Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, to be held July 22-25, 2013.

ABOUT THE CRAFT & HOBBY ASSOCIATION The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is an international nonprofit trade association consisting of thousands of member companies engaged in design, manufacture, distribution and retail sales of products worldwide in the $29 billion U.S. craft and hobby industry. For more information about CHA, membership or its award-winning CHA Conferences & Trade Shows, visit www.craftandhobby.org.