Gift for Life, the gift and home industries’ charitable organization has named three industry leaders to be honored during its 23rd annual Party for Life, taking place on Monday, February 2 in New York City. One Kings Lane co-founder Susan Feldman, tableware company founder Beatriz Ball, and J. Grob Association’s founder John Grob will be honored.
“Our three honorees personify compassionate leadership across our industries,” said Stu Teller, chair of the Gift for Life board. “Their generous spirit and selfless support for others are what makes them worthy of recognition.”
Susan Feldman, co-founder and chief merchandising officer of One Kings Lane, is being honored with Gift for Life’s Norman Glassberg Trailblazer Award. One Kings Lane officially launched in 2009 and today has more than 11 million members. Feldman oversees all buying and merchandising for One Kings Lane.
“The global HIV/AIDS crisis continues to challenge companies, organizations and individuals to take action,” said Feldman. “Thank you to Gift for Life for your continuing efforts to raise awareness and funds for critical service and education programs.”
Beatriz Ball, is being honored with the Bert Tonkin Gift of Giving Award. Her award-winning metalware designs are featured in gift, jewelry and specialty stores throughout the United States.
“I have seen firsthand the power of helping individuals preserve a craft tradition while creating a steady income,” said Ball. “I am honored to accept this award on behalf of artisans and the larger creative business community.”
John Grob is the recipient of the Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award. J. Grob Associates has served the eastern U.S. for more than 30 years with an expanding portfolio of products including gifts, housewares, impulse items and specialty foods. Grob is a member of the Gift & Home Trade Association and the National Alliance of Sales Agents and serves as president of the International Housewares Representatives Association.
“One of the most important values upheld by our industry is care,” said Grob. “We care about business and we care about people. I have had the good fortune to receive caring support and to provide support for more than 30 years. In that spirit of care for others, I am honored to accept this award.”