ABOVE & BEYOND AWARD
FOUR A.R.E. | POPAI MEMBERS were named
finalists for the 2016 Merriman Above &
Beyond Award. Named in honor of former
executive director Klein Merriman, the award
recognizes members that deliver exceptional
service to retail or brand customers. This year’s
Design Fabrications (D|Fab)—Nominated by
Erica Ecker, director of visual merchandising
for Orchard Supply Hardware, with a second
nomination by Christine Sturch, Midwest
interior design and branding coordinator for
Whole Foods Market
Holiday Image—Nominated by Roe Palermo,
divisional VP for Lord & Taylor
JPMA Global—Nominated by Linda Lombardi,
head of global store design and visual merchandising for Godiva, with a second nomination by Yoshie Abe, project manager for Tumi
Nashville Display—Nominated by Jon Welker,
manager of retail experience for Nestle Purina
Attend the A.R.E. Design Awards celebration,
March 23 in Las Vegas, to find out how these
providers went above and beyond to provide
great customer service. Then look for more
coverage of these outstanding providers in
Retail Environments magazine and discover
what makes them so special.
3ways to support PAVE during GlobalShop
1Attend the keynote presentation, “The Evolving Style of Retail.” Start the show with a fireside chat with Neiman Marcus CEO Karen Katz, Wednesday, March 23, from 8: 30 to 10 a.m. Get insights on the luxury retail market as
Harry Cunningham, PAVE president, leads a discussion. All proceeds from the
session will be donated to PAVE.
2Attend the GlobalShop Opening Night Bash. Go straight from the A.R.E. Design Awards presentation to this rockin’ party, where you can continue celebrating the industry while supporting its future. (Save $40 with a dual-
ticket package.) The party starts at 8: 30 p.m. at Drai’s Beachclub • Nightclub at The
Cromwell Boutique Hotel on Wednesday, March 23. For details, visit paveinfo.org.
3See the capabilities of fresh, young talent in action. Visit the PAVE booth in the show lobby to see how today’s most promising students met the “Brands • Bricks & Mortar • Social Media” challenge. Four exhibits will be on display
for specific challenges by four brands. Tweet your vote for your fave.
Students at Dakota County
Technical College were
among those racking their
brains and tearing their
hair out to impress future
employers with their talent.
See what they and students
from FIDM, Philadelphia
University, and Dawson
College came up with.
Visit the PAVE booth in
the GlobalShop lobby and
tweet your vote for the best.