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The Craft & Hobby Association (CHA) is pleased to announce the CHA 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees. Members of the CHA Hall of Fame are veterans of the industry honored for their extraordinary contributions to the craft industry, the Association or their company. This year’s inductees include Eric Dickenson, Michaels Stores, Inc , Priscilla Hauser, Society of Decorative Painters, and Julie Stephani, Stephani Ink.

Eric Dickenson has a 40 year history in the craft industry. Eric’s early start in the craft industry was inspired by his creative mother and his need to earn money to pay for this college tuition. He joined Michaels Stores after 25 years at Frank’s Nursery & Crafts. His contributions at Michaels Stores built a multi-million dollar business of jewelry making, summer camp, knitting, kids and apparel crafts. Eric has created winning partnerships based on integrity and well thought out strategies. His objective, knowledgeable, honest and humble nature naturally made him a mentor to many people in the craft industry and has made him one of the most influential leaders in the industry.

Priscilla Hauser contributed the initial ideas behind the development of the National Society of Tole and Decorative Painters. Her active participation in industry Associations allowed her to introduce a wider audience to tole painting. The National Society of Tole and Decorative Painters has blossomed into a dynamic organization, serving decorative painters from around the world. Priscilla continues to be an active decorative painter. She reminds us all that it is not necessarily about talent, it is about the joy of discovering our own creative spirits.

Julie Stephanie has been an active member of the industry’s trade associations, serving on the CHA Board of Directors and two terms as President of the Society of Creative Designers. She was selected as a finalist for the CNA 1994 Designer of the Year. Julie has served as a screener for the American Society of Magazine Editors and a presenter of the prestigious National Magazine Awards. She is the author of more than twenty arts and crafts books and has designed and written hundreds of articles for national magazines.

The inductees are chosen by the CHA Awards Committee which is comprised of CHA Board Members and member volunteers. More than one person will be inducted in the CHA Hall of Fame each year.

"The Hall of Fame is our opportunity to honor the great industry veterans who recently have or soon will be retiring. We are thrilled to announce this new opportunity for CHA members to take time to recognize, remember and thank these individuals for their services to our member organizations and in helping shape our association," stated David Murray, CHA Awards Committee Chair. The 2014 inductees will be honored at the CHA Foundation Gala on Sunday, January 12th at the CHA 2014 Conference & Trade Show in Anaheim, California.