Gift Shop® Plus and Stationery Trends are proud to present the gift industry’s superstars with the 40 Under 40 Awards. This program acknowledges the new generation of gift industry extraordinaires. From shop owners and managers to stationers and company founders, we’re paying homage to those under forty for their seemingly countless contributions to an industry we adore.

The Class of 2022 is being honored during a reception on Sunday, July 24 during Las Vegas Market and during the Gift + Stationery Week virtual event. In addition, watch and learn more about trend forecasts, cause marketing and issues facing retailers.

To learn more about the honorees, click on their name or photo.

For more information on Gift + Stationery 40 Under 40 Awards, please contact Caroline Feehery.


Class of 2018

Kaylyn Beaston / Michelle Trincia
bloom daily planners

Alison Bell
Merlin Entertainments Group

Zander Brekke
Mud Pie

Nneka M. Brown-Massey
Innovative Supplies Worldwide, Inc.

Kyle Cassin
Keeneland Association

Courtney Cochran
Hester & Cook

Laura Damiano
Laura Damiano Designers

Tara Dikos
Transpac

Margo Gianos
Honestly Margo

Jamie Grobecker
Sugar Paper

Mary Ellen Harden
Wall Street Greetings

Lorain Herder
Doodle Pants

Julia Higgins
Corkcicle

Joy Jansen
International Market Centers/LVMKT

Leanna John
International Market Centers

Riva Kalasho
Lace Boutique

Katy Kelly
Mud Pie

Nik Kennett
Kerusso

Beth Lawrence
Freshie & Zero

Kristen Ley
Thimblepress

Brianne MacEachran
Parcel Paper Studio

Cole Mancini
Simply Noelle

Randi Mohr
Emerald Expositions

Matt Nguyen
Jolly Awesome

Sadie Piller
Paper Source

Antonio Renteria
Airborne & Special Operations Museum Foundation

Lisa Mattison Roberts
Rock Paper Scissors

Emily Sanzone
Vera Bradley

Shelby Scott
The Red Barn of Woodbridge

Ryan Sheehy
Sisters of Providence

Kelly Shiley
Mary Square

Lesley Upson
PSA Essentials

Heather Vaught
River City Coffee + Goods

Kate Woolley
The Noble Paperie

Christina Young
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