SHOP! NIGHT OF HONORS AWARDS DINNER
Join us to celebrate new inductees into the Shop! Hall of Fame, announce the Andrea Martin Volunteer of the Year and recognize Shop! Women of Distinction honorees.
This is a formal night for Shop! to recognize its own. Founding members and companies attaining new milestones, as well as outgoing committee chairs and board members will be recognized in front of their peers.
Hall of Fame Award
Each year inductees are nominated by fellow members and chosen by a Selection Committee led by the Immediate Past Chairman for Shop!. Recipients have worked in the industry for at least 25 years, have made significant contributions to the industry and their communities, and have observed ethical business practices throughout their careers.
Celebrate 2019 Hall of Fame inductees
Join your colleagues at the Shop! Night of Honors where we will celebrate the newest inductees into the Shop! Hall of Fame:
Martin Kingdon, Director General, POPAI UK & Ireland
Bio: Martin has been responsible for POPAI and its work with the display industry in the UK and Ireland since 2000. He has been involved in the display and shopper insights industries for 25 years, currently as a consultant in retail, display and digital signage for businesses around the world. Martin specializies in the effectiveness of displays and retail layouts, as well as brand and retailer attitudes towards in-store communications. As Strategy Director of a below the line agency in Cape Town, he brings his experience of shoppers to bear on the world of in-store displays in the African market.
Through these roles, he has developed an extensive program of in-store research, education and training for POPAI. He has spoken extensively around the world on many aspects of the display market and shopper insights.
Alan D. Harvill, President & CEO, EMI Industries
Bio: Alan has led the Tampa-based company since 1994 when he purchased Edwards Manufacturing. He made four additional acquisitions in both the fixture and food service industries and today, EMI Industries has 5 divisions located in Tampa, Georgia, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Texas, and approximately 350 employees in total. Alan manages all functional lines of business, the banking relationships, and all communication with his Board and Shareholders.
Previously, Alan served as a Vice President of Corporate and Commercial Finance for a large Southeastern Regional Commercial Bank. Much of his experience in Commercial Banking was focused on manufacturing and distribution companies. He has served on various industry, community and civic boards, including the YMCA, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Young Presidents Organization/World Presidents Organization and A.R.E. (Association of Retail Environments). Currently, he is on the Board of Pilot Bank in Tampa, where he serves on both the Compensation and Capital Committees.
Simon Ong, Deputy Chairman & Co-Founder, Kingsmen Creatives Ltd.
Bio: Simon is the group managing director and co-founder of Kingsmen Creatives Ltd., a leading communication design and production group with 18 offices across the Asia Pacific region and the Middle East. Under his leadership, Kingsmen has won several awards, such as the President’s Design Award, SRA Best Retail Concept Award, SFIA Hall of Fame, Promising Brand Award, A.R.E. Retail Design Award and RDI International Store Design Award USA.
Simon is actively involved in the creative industry as chairman of the design group of Manpower, the Skills & Training Council of Singapore Workforce Development Agency. Moreover, he is a member of the advisory board of the Singapore Furniture Industries Council and School of Design & Environment at the National University of Singapore, Design Business Chamber Singapore and Interior Design Confederation of Singapore.
Claude Weill, Retired
Bio: Claude was born December 19, 1926 in Paris, the son of a Jewish print shop entrepreneur. His family had to hide during the war, and at the age of 16, Claude joined the resistance as a refugee in the central mountains of France. Later, he visited his mother’s brothers in New York, and became an intern at Thomson Leeds, a printing company specializing in advertising materials. When he returned to France, he took over his departed father’s print shop and began making cardboard displays as WEILLROBERT displays.
In 1957 he was one of the founders of SNPV the French display association that later became POPAI France. Very involved in the trade, he would travel every year to the POPAI show in the U.S. In 1967, he founded a group of companies, primarily printers, to share POS ideas. Fifty years later, the group now called GLOBAL INSTORE COMMUNICATION (GIC), is a retail design alliance with affiliates in 15 countries. In 1990, Claude was chairman of POPAI France, and he helped to start other chapters in Europe, becoming president of POPAI Europe in 1992.
His interest for international trade was rewarded when the French government named him Conseiller du Commerce Extérieur de la France (French National Export Advisor). Always active in humanitarian organizations, Claude and his wife Lise were early members of Amnesty International in France. Claude also started an organization with friends to help small villages in Madagascar.
Pierre-Alain Weil, President, WR Holding Consulting
Bio: Claude’s son Pierre-Alain followed in his father’s footsteps. After his studies, Pierre-Alain went to the United States and joined Detroit Marketing Displays, where he learned about metal displays. He then worked in Australia for one year at a silkscreen company, gaining early experience with UV curing technology. In 1977 he joined WEILLROBERT, working with his father until Claude’s retirement in 1993. Pierre-Alain gradually changed the company’s focus to metal store fixture design and manufacturing. He also started other display companies, including COM & SHOP.
In 2007 Pierre-Alain became chairman of POPAI France and was the first European member of the international board in Chicago. He worked on the merger of A.R.E. and POPAI. Pierre-Alain also is the CEO of GLOBAL INSTORE COMMUNICATION, founded by his father.
Pierre-Alain and his wife Christine met while volunteering in humanitarian organizations. Pierre-Alain is an elected politician in the city of Paris.
Women of Distinction Award Winners
Shop! honors the professional achievements of women in the association whom are dedicated to helping other women grow and succeed in the retail industry. The finalists and honoree were selected from nominations submitted by industry colleagues. The judging panel comprised members of the Women’s League governing committee and Shop! staff.
Nancy Everhart, AIA, CDT, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, Partner & Studio Principal for Retail Service, Little
Bio: Nancy Everhart joined Little 33 years ago as an entry-level architect; today she is a Partner and Studio Principal within Little’s Retail practice, leading one of the most successful teams in the firm’s history. This success culminated in 2013 when she was named Little’s 5th female partner.
A pioneer in her field, she continues to push the boundaries. She was one of the first architects to lead the conversation around retail banking, working on some of Charlotte’s first “tellerless” retail banks.
Always showing genuine care and concern for those she works with, she has mentored many young women both in and outside of Little, including a rising star from a separate firm. She’s able to offer her own experience as a roadmap to other young women in her field for how to navigate the challenging path of working mothers.
She recently was the committee co-chair for the CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) Network’s Community Outreach group. She has worked on countless Habitat for Humanity builds, and promoted the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Only Habitat build in Charlotte.
Cindi Kato, Vice President & Director of Global Retail Business Development, CallisonRTKL
Bio: A 36-year industry veteran, Cindi is respected in the industry for her professional accomplishments, development of continuing education content, and contributions to Shop!. Serving as a role model and supporting others in the industry has been greatly important to Cindi throughout her career. She mentors young colleagues— including women—in CallisonRTKL’s Retail practice and has been instrumental in nominating many of them for industry recognition programs. She also helped create a Women’s Forum in her office.
She leads by example, currently serving as the president of the Planning and Visual Education Partnership (PAVE) as well as a board member for Shop! and the Shop! Women’s League. Her efforts have helped propel other CallisonRTKL women into regional leadership roles at associations including IIDA, RDI, and ICSC.
Cindi takes every opportunity to speak or sit on panels with groups supporting inclusion on entrepreneurial, business, and design career paths. Design:retail readers selected her as a Retail Luminary and a Retail Influencer, and she was named one of its 10 Women in Design.
Myra Vaughn, AIA, LEED AP, Principal and Shareholder, mG2
Bio: A leader at MG2, Myra’s passionate advocacy for clients, along with the mentorship she offers young professionals—especially female leaders—has greatly shaped the firm’s culture. Her actions in the area of inclusiveness have resulted in a more equitable workplace, profoundly changing the firm for the better.
A champion for equity and diversity in the architectural industry, she has worked with MG2 leadership to achieve equitable representation of women throughout the firm. She provided insights on this topic to the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Seattle Chapter of Society for Design Administration, and she served on the Survey Design Committee for the national 2018 Equity by Design Survey. At the 2018 IRDC, Myra hosted a panel conversation on the Female-Driven Economy, which she also spoke about at the 2019 RDI spring meeting.
Myra was chosen as one of only 30 professionals nationwide to pilot the 2019 AIA Intercultural Leadership Program. She also is former chair of Shop! Industry Future Council and currently serves on the Women’s League governing board and the Shop! Future of Retail Task Force.
Rachel Zsembery, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Vice President, Bergmeyer
Bio: Rachel is a mentor, coach, and empathetic leader who demonstrates the highest level of integrity daily. Through her leadership, Bergmeyer has successfully transitioned the firm to its next ownership. Her courage, determination, and ability to motivate others has helped to establish Bergmeyer as a multi-disciplinary bi-coastal design practice with the opening of its new Los Angeles office this past year.
In a profession that still has myriad challenges from a cultural and gender diversity perspective, Rachel stands out as a strong voice. She is deeply involved in the discussion on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in multiple professional organizations. She has reevaluated and revamped Bergmeyer’s human resources policies and recruitment and retention strategies to support a more equitable, flexible, and inclusive work environment, positioning the firm to be a unique outpost in the industry.
Active in the industry, she is a Shop! Board member and serves on the Industry Future Council. She has been involved with RDI, PAVE, VMSD magazine’s Editorial Advisory Board, Boston Society of Architects, American Institute of Architects, USGBC, United Way, and the Town of Arlington (MA) Redevelopment Board. She also frequently speaks and writes on the future of architectural practice and the retail design industry.
Andrea Martin Volunteer of the Year Award
This award recognized the one individual member who has contributed an outstanding amount of passion, time, and value to the association. The award is named in honor of Andrea Martin, owner of Point of $avings, Andrea Martin & Associates, a long-time active member of the industry and the association.
To view last year’s Hall of Fame, Women of Distinction and Andrea Martin Volunteer of the Year Awards:
Merriman Above & Beyond Award Winners
The Merriman Above and Beyond Award recognizes perseverance and dedication of industry suppliers to the customer experience, making it one of the best ways to reward excellent performance from an outstanding supplier. The Merriman Above & Beyond Award is named in honor of former executive director Klein Merriman.