PAVE Announces Rising Star Award for Young Professionals

Sept. 11, 2007

Hollywood, FL - In keeping with its mission of nurturing and encouraging young talented individuals to ensure the future of the retail design and visual industry, the Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) is introducing the Rising Star Award to recognize the achievements of individuals who have demonstrated talent, vision, and implementation in the retail environment.

Retailers and retail design firms are invited to nominate an individual who works in retail design, visual presentation, or contract design, and is a proven innovator and leader among his or her peers. Any retail organization or design firm can nominate up to two individuals by completing a nomination form and submitting it to PAVE no later than October 15, 2007. There is no charge to enter. Nominees must be 35 years of age or younger.

Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of PAVE member industry professionals including retailers and educators. Finalists will be contacted for a short interview. Winners will be notified by mid-November. Awards will be presented during the PAVE Gala, December 5, 2007, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City. Multiple awards may be presented. Award recipients will receive recognition at the Gala, online, through PAVE, and in the industry trade press.

The deadline for nominations is October 15, 2007. To obtain a nomination form or to learn more, go to, or contact PAVE at (954) 893-7225 ext. 4834.

About PAVE
Founded in 1992, The Planning and Visual Education Partnership's (PAVE) objective is to encourage students to study in the field of retail design and planning and visual merchandising through its annual Student Design Competition. Additionally, PAVE seeks to encourage retail management, store planners, visual merchandisers, architects, and manufacturers to interact with and support design students. This is accomplished through seminars, workshops, and PAVE's annual fundraising Gala with proceeds dedicated to financial aid and internships for qualified students. PAVE is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation administered by NASFM.

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