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IIDA TO PRESENT 2010 INTERNATIONAL HONORS & AWARDS AT ANNUAL MEETING

June 11, 2010, Chicago, IL – The International Honors and Awards of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) will be presented at the Annual Meeting on Sunday, June 13, 2010 by Association President, Derrell Parker, FIIDA. Two awards will be given this year: the Star Award and the Titan Award.

The IIDA Star Award recognizing outstanding contributions to the interior design profession by an individual will be presented to Majora Carter, president of the green-collar economic consulting firm the Majora Carter Group, LLC. Born, raised, and continuing to live in the South Bronx, her work takes her around the world in pursuit of resources and ideas to improve the quality of life in environmentally challenged communities. While the term "green-collar jobs" gains more press and pundits daily, very few people have actually marshaled the resources to get unemployed Americans trained and placed on pathways out of poverty in this growing economic sector. Carter founded Sustainable South Bronx in 2001 and by 2003 had implemented the highly successful Bronx Environmental Stewardship Training (BEST) program – a pioneering green-collar job training and placement system – seeding communities with a skilled workforce that has both a personal & economic stake in their urban environment. Her vision, drive, and tenacity earned her a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, in addition to recognitions from Essence Magazine, the New York Post and the BBC World Service.

The IIDA Titan Award recognizes outstanding service to the interior design profession by a design-related company or organization. This year’s award will be presented to HOLLY HUNT Enterprises, which owns and operates 7 multi-line showrooms, as well as designs, produces, and markets premier selections of furniture and textiles to the interior design trade. Growing up in West Texas, Holly Hunt received her degree in literature, clothing and textiles and went on to further explore her interest in fashion design with forays into retail management, buying, and jewelry design. Hunt made the transition to furniture in 1983 when she purchased a small but high quality interior design showroom in Chicago’s Merchandise Mart. She soon established a national reputation for having beautiful point of view showrooms, featuring the best of luxury designer collections, and for discovering emerging design talent.

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The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) works to enhance quality of life through excellence in interior design and to advance interior design through knowledge, value and community.

IIDA is a professional networking and educational association of 13,000 Members in ten specialty Forums in 29 Chapters around the world. Additional information is available on IIDA’s website www.iida.org.