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There's No Place Like…The HSN 2011 Awards Gala

Click play to see the video that was shown at the Gala as part of the introduction to the evening.

Each year, as part of HSN's Annual Partner Recognition Program, HSN awards the year's most remarkable Partner contributions relating to HSN's pillars of success.

For 2011, out of 1,200 eligible Partners, over 200 nominations were submitted across all categories. Each nomination was carefully reviewed by a senior selection committee, comprised of VP and SVP leaders, along with the HSN Executive Committee, to determine the finalists for each category.

At A Night in Oz: The HSN 2011 Awards Gala, held on March 8th, more than 65 Partner finalists were celebrated for their extraordinary efforts, commitment, creativity and innovation talent that contributed to the successes of 2011.

The evening was a true celebration of the great and powerful Partners of HSN, and the theme could not have been more appropriate.

"Tonight we are here to celebrate you, our partners, to recognize your accomplishments and to thank you for your contributions in helping to drive the success of HSN," said Mindy Grossman in her opening remarks, "In many ways, the story of HSN closely mirrors that of the Land of Oz. It tells a story of a search for courage, intelligence and passion and a search for true self. That was what we set out to do to reinvent HSN."

Each award category and its finalists was presented by one of the HSN Executive Committee Members and an HSN Show Host. Throughout the awards presentation, 26 Partners were commended as "winners" across 23 different categories.

The awards were handed to the winners by HSN model Kristin Black, aptly coined "Miss Oz". Winners delivered heartfelt acceptance speeches as true testaments to their enduring Partnerships with HSN.

At the half way point of the evening's festivities, Deborah Lippmann amazed the audience with a spectacular performance of a medley of songs from "The Wizard of Oz" and "Wicked", including the defining "Defying Gravity" – lyrics which truly punctuated the night's theme of Partnership:Together, we're unlimited.

"Oz is a place where magic abounds," added Grossman as she once again commended Partners on their 2011 successes. "Nowhere is that more evident than in this room tonight. You make HSN magical, and I thank you for that."

Mindy Grossman, CEO HSNi, kicks off the awards presentation with opening remarks reflecting upon the successes of 2011.
Deborah Lippmann mesmerizes guests with an enchanting medley of songs from "The Wizard of Oz" and "Wicked."
Serving as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening, Andy Sheldon, Executive Vice President of Television, Live Events and Creative, closes the show with a highlight reel of the year's most memorable bloopers.

The Night in Pictures

Pioneering Perfection: HSN Honors Skincare Industry Legend Adrien Arpel as 2011 Partner of the Year

At this year's HSN Awards Gala, Adrien Arpel was recognized as the 2011 Partner of the Year for exceeding expectations across all business metrics and key strategies.

"But, to talk about why Adrien has been named partner of the year goes beyond the numbers," said Mindy Grossman, CEO HSNi, as she prepared to present Arpel with the esteemed honor. "She is the ultimate partner, committed to our customer and to HSN."

Adrien Arpel's journey in the skincare industry began long before she came to HSN. In fact, Arpel, President and CEO of Signature Club A, has been educating women about how to care for their skin and achieve the look of a professional makeover for her entire career.

A ground-breaking entrepreneur, Arpel launched her career as a professional skincare expert at the age of 17 with $400 she had earned from babysitting. That $400 investment has since generated over $1 billion dollars in sales and created an international cosmetic empire. The truest definition of an expert in her field, Bloomingdales had already recognized Arpel as a legend in 1987!

Eventually, as the distribution landscape continued to evolve in the beauty industry, Arpel decided to challenge herself and her company by making the transition from department stores to electronic media. It was a story of legend…and she broke every known record of success on the channel.

This year, Arpel celebrated her 18-year anniversary on HSN. During her tenure, she has sold over 750 million dollars of innovative products to HSN's customers. During that time, Arpel also expanded her reach in helping to make women look and feel beautiful by launching her jewelry lines: Real Collectibles by Adrienne, and Couture Watches by Adrienne.

"Adrien has challenged me, taught me about the beauty business, helped me navigate the world of HSN, inspired me with her wit, her intelligence, her style and her passion, let me be a part of her family and, in the process, has become not just a mentor, but a true friend," said Grossman.

In 2011, through innovative product launches such as her Platinum Electrocharged line of products and the expansion of her proprietary capsule delivery system (which has sold more than 200 million units), Arpel achieved a stellar year. In addition, successful new collections in jewelry helped her reach a combined sales growth of 13 percent, while increasing both productivity and units!

Arpel and her team also exceeded all metrics in operational excellence and customer experience, and consistently maintained over a 4-star product rating with 55 percent of the company's products rated as customer picks.

"I have received many awards during my career, but none as meaningful to me and my Signature Club A team as "Partner of the Year" from HSN," said Arpel. "There are so many outstanding partners who work with the network, and I am particularly honored to have been singled out to receive this award. HSN has been growing at an exponential rate, under the leadership of Mindy Grossman and her talented team, and I am proud and grateful to be a part of this dynamic network."

Style Icon Adrien Arpel, graciously accepts her prestigious award for 2011 Partner of the Year.
Style Icon Arpel and her husband, Ronald Newman, celebrate her win at the "Oz After Dark" After-Party.

And the Winners Are…


Partner of the Year

Exceeds expectations across all of HSN's strategies and business goals.
Winner: Adrien Arpel

HSN Legend

A person who, during their long tenure at HSN, has made significant contributions to the success of the business.
Winner: Bob Circosta

Style Icon

A person who exudes a distinct and signature sense of style that serves as an inspiration to fashion designers around the world; a creative force with an incredible eye whose lifetime of accomplishments as an influential pioneer in the fashion world deserves to be celebrated.
Winner: Iris Apfel


Best Supporting Business

A Business Partner who demonstrates strong alignment in support of one of the corporate functions (for example: Finance, IT, Logistics, HR, Legal, etc.); actively supports key strategies to deliver positive impact or results.
Nominees: Ernst & Young, UL-STR, UPS®
Winner: UPS®

Best Strategic Marketing Alliance

Creates innovative business ideas and strategies with HSN Marketing that result in a positive impact and/or change for our mutual success.
Nominees: Alliance Data Systems, Footwear News, Kraft Foods
Winner: Footwear News

Best Strategic Digital Alliance

Creates innovative business ideas and strategies with the HSN Digital Team that result in a positive impact and/or change for our mutual success.
Nominees: Arkadium, Google
Winner: Google

TV Distribution Partner of the Year

Demonstrates exemplary support of HSN Affiliate Relations' strategies.
Nominees: Comcast®, Cablevision, Verizon FiOS
Winner: Comcast®


Quality Assurance/Customer Experience

Exceeds customer expectations at every touch point; consistently delivers high quality product as defined by the customer (dotcom reviews, return rates, service calls).
Nominees: Anna Griffin®, Emerilware™, Foot Petals®, Shiseido
Winner: Emerilware™

Operational Excellence – Drop Ship or Traditional

Consistently demonstrates operational excellence by delivering on-time and accurate shipments.
Nominees: Bestco Industrial, Ltd., Fuji Film North America, Wei East
Winner: Fuji Film North America
Drop Ship
Nominees: International Marketing Group, New Age Electronics, SED International
Winner: SED International

Best Behind-the-Scenes

HSN supplier who consistently serves as a "go to Partner" in support of the business.
Nominees: Extreme Linen, Jump Apparel Co., Tiger J, LLC
Winner: Tiger J, LLC


Customer Growth

Partner has achieved significant total file growth, new customer growth, and best customer growth; Partner stays connected and engages with customers via social media, new product lines, special promotions, etc.
Nominees: Diane Gilman, Rhonda Shear, Twiggy, VuPoint Solutions
Winner: Diane Gilman

Best Brand Launch

Most successful brand launch; ignites customers' impulse to shop.
Nominees: Ferrara Bakery, Phil Keoghan NOW, The Queen Collection by Queen Latifah, Samantha Brown Luggage
Winner: The Queen Collection by Queen Latifah

Best Product

Provides a unique and exclusive product that surprises and delights customers; great value.
Nominees: Mirrotek International and Debbee, Inc. (Over-the-Door Mirrored Jewelry Armoire), Rhonda Shear (Rhonda Shear "Ahh" Bra), Fitness Quest (Spin Mop), Naeem Khan (Timeless by Naeem Khan Tissavel Collection), Wolfgang Puck (Wolfgang Puck Bistro Elite 7qt Electric Pressure Cooker)
Winner: Rhonda Shear (Rhonda Shear "Ahh" Bra)


Best Curator

Offers what is right for the customer and the brand.
Nominees: Carol Brodie (Rarities: Fine Jewelry with Carol Brodie), Deborah Lippmann (Deborah Lippmann™ Nail Lacquer), Iris Apfel and AJR Resources (Rara Avis by Iris Apfel), Laurie Feltheimer (Hot in Hollywood)
Winner: Laurie Feltheimer (Hot in Hollywood)

Best eCommerce Partner – ECO or Web Only

Actively supports HSN's expanded assortment web strategy.
Nominees: Fillpoint, Notions Marketing, SED International, Inc.
Winner: Notions Marketing
Web Only
Nominees: Conair Corporation, New Age Electronics, Skyline Furniture
Winner: New Age Electronics


Best Entertainer

Engages customer through innovative, creative and fun presentations.
Nominees: Joan Boyce, Colin Cowie, Tony Little, Wolfgang Puck
Winner: Joan Boyce

Best Event

Most successful event; significant contributions in creative development of brand marketing, production and media assets.
Nominees: Paramount Pictures (Footloose), DreamWorks Pictures (DreamWorks Pictures' The Help), Sony Music Entertainment (Tony Bennett "Duets II"), Microsoft, JVC, and Acer (Innovation Event)
Winner: DreamWorks Pictures (DreamWorks Pictures' The Help)

Best Multi-Platform Shopping Event

Most successful event at HSN across all platforms, recognizing the significant contributions in the creative development of brand marketing, product, and media assets that made the event a success.
Winners: Microsoft, JVC, and Acer (Innovation Event)


Most Innovative

Provides innovative solutions and / or technologies that are both aspirational and accessible.
Nominees: Andrew Lessman (Andrew Lessman Vitamins), GFI® Software (VIPRE® AntiVirus & AntiSpyware Software), Joy Mangano (Joy Mangano Clothes It All® TravelEase Light Luggage), Provo Craft & Novelty (Cricut), Radiancy, Inc. and MME, Inc. (No! No!), VuPoint Solutions (Magic Wand Scanner)
Winner: VuPoint Solutions (Magic Wand Scanner)


HSN Cares

Consistently demonstrates commitment to serve the community by partnering with HSN in support of charitable organizations.
Nominees: Donna Karan International (Fatigues to Fabulous™), Fossil® (Fatigues to Fabulous™)
Winners: Donna Karan International and Fossil®

Best Social Media Partner

Successfully leverages and actively uses social media to drive brand awareness (facebook, twitter, You Tube, HSN Blogs, When to Watch, etc.).
Nominees: Stefani Greenfield (Curations with Stefani Greenfield), Lisa Price (Carol's Daughter), Amedeo Scognamiglio (M+M Scognamiglio®), Kate Walsh (Boyfriend®)
Winner: Lisa Price (Carol's Daughter)

Style Icon Mindy Grossman, CEO HSNi, congratulates Iris Apfel on her win for Style Icon.
Marc Berger Marc Berger, Publisher for Footwear News, and Michael Altmore, Editorial Director for Footwear News, pair with HSN's Executive Vice President of Programming, Marketing, and Business Development, Bill Brand to celebrate their win for Strategic Marketing Alliance in front of the evening's bewitching backdrop.
Mark Locks Mark Locks, President of Tiger J, LLC, and Jeff Steinberg, Chairman of Tiger J, LLC, give their acceptance speech for their Best Behind-the-Scenes award.
Lisa Price Lisa Price, President of Carol's Daughter, wins the award for Best Social Media Partner.
Laurie Feltheimer Laurie Feltheimer, Owner of Hot in Hollywood, poses with her award for Best Curator.
Kelly Dailey Kelly Dailey, E-Commerce Account Manager for Notions Marketing, poses with her award for Best E-Commerce Partner: ECO
Julie Krueger Myron Gray, President of US Operations for UPS®, accepted the award for Best Supporting Business from presenters Kathy Wolf, HSN Showhost, and Rob Solomon, HSN's Executive Vice President of Operations.
Jennifer Gaiski Julie Krueger, Retail Industry Director for Google, hugs presenter Jill Braff, HSN's Executive Vice President of Digital Commerce, after winning the award for Strategic Digital Partner.
Bob Circosta Bob Circosta, TV's original home shopping host, is honored with the first-ever HSN Legend award.

HSN Cares Swings into Action for Big Brothers Big Sisters

On March 8th and 9th, HSN sponsored the HSN Cares 2nd Annual Partners in Charity Silent Auction and Golf Tournament in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County. As a result of the generosity of sponsors, product donors, players, and silent auction donors and participants, the events raised a total of $39,500.00 for this deserving charitable cause.

Big Brothers Big Sisters has been the nation's premier youth mentoring organization for more than 100 years and has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles), ages 6-18, in communities across the country.

The funds raised from this event have been donated directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County, which services approximately 1,500 children annually. The estimated cost to make and support a match for one year is about $1,200. By joining HSN Cares in our fundraising efforts, these generous supporters have helped to cover these costs, but more importantly, have helped to make a BIG difference in a child's life!


  • Alliance Data Systems
  • APL Logistics
  • Bank of America
  • Bob Circosta Communications
  • Diane Gilman
  • Ernst & Young
  • GFI, Inc.
  • Honeywell
  • IBM
  • Label IT
  • Lionsgate
  • Microsoft
  • MMMM
  • No! No!
  • Prai Beauty
  • SED International
  • Signature Club A
  • Tribridge
  • TZA
  • UL-STR
  • Verizon
  • VuPoint Solutions
  • WEST
  • Workplace Resource Group

Product Donors

  • Costco
  • Crown Cars
  • David's Cookies
  • Ernst & Young
  • Ferris Coffee & Nuts
  • IBM
  • Jox Sox
  • Redman Steele
  • Shiseido
  • Sylvestri
  • Tribridge
  • Verizon
  • VuPoint Solutions

Silent Auction Donors

  • American Glamour Badgley Mischka
  • Andrew Lessman
  • Bethlee McLaughlin
  • Brainstorm Logistics
  • Capital Grille
  • Carillon Hilton
  • Carol's Daughter
  • Christopher Kon
  • Clever Carriage Company
  • Colin Cowie
  • Conair Corporation
  • Cornerstone
  • Curations with Stefani Greenfield
  • D.L. & Company
  • Dyson
  • Elliott Lucca
  • Extreme Linen
  • Fitness Quest
  • Foot Petals
  • Fuji Film North America
  • Groupe SEB/Emeril's Brand
  • Harley Pasternak
  • Iris Apfel
  • Joan Boyce
  • Jeffrey Banks
  • Joy Mangano
  • JVC
  • Kate Walsh
  • Lancôme
  • Lladro
  • M+M Scognamiglio
  • Mary Fances
  • Naeem Khan
  • Nate Burkus
  • Perlier
  • Phil Keoghan
  • Provo Craft & Novelty
  • Pyrex
  • Queen Latifah
  • Rarities: Fine Jewelry with Carol Brodie
  • Renaissance Vinoy Resort & Golf Club
  • Roy's
  • Rubbermaid
  • Samantha Brown
  • Shiseido
  • Signature Club A
  • Sony
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Tampa Bay Rays
  • The Hollywood Company
  • Tony Little
  • Twiggy
  • Van Fagan & Rhonda Shear
  • Very Vollbracht
  • VuPoint Solutions
  • Wei East
  • William Dean Chocolates
  • Winspire
  • Wolfgang Puck
Lunch Sponsor Brant Williams, EVP of VuPoint Solutions (second from right), poses with Mindy Grossman, CEO HSNi, and the rest of his foursome (L-R): Chris Wulf, Associate Buyer; Matthew Scott, Associate Merchandising Planner; and Cameron Morris, Assistant Manager of Guest Coordination.
Mindy Grossman, CEO HSNi, celebrates a successful day on the course with Ken Waters, Senior Vice President of Information Technology (second from left), and Lunch Sponsors, IBM (L-R): Ray Monahan, Russ Robinson, and Jasmeet Anand.
Bob Monti, SVP – Supply Chain Operations, prepares to hit the links with Dave Gunther, UPS; Breakfast Sponsor, Evan Danner, of TZA; and Karl Ryder, UPS.
The first place team members from Verizon (L-R), Mike Henderson, Matt Beard, Bryan Barreto, Tom Lair (not pictured), celebrate their winning score: 55.
Susan LeMaitre, HSN Buyer, and the team from VF Licensing (L-R)—Tandy Little, Phil Dooley, and Steve Eaves—pose with their second place awards.
Paul Gomez, Pricewaterhouse Cooper, Randy Walford, Pricewaterhouse Cooper, Al Seibert, Dynamix Group, and Michael Caron (not pictured), VP of Internal Audit, rounded out the leader board in third place.

The Golf In Pictures

We Had to Ask: The Golf Edition

At this year's HSN Cares 2nd Annual Partners in Charity golf tournament, we asked some of the players and sponsors that graciously supported Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County to comment on their generosity, and their game!

Brant Williams
Brant Williams

(VuPoint Solutions)
What made you want to contribute to our auction?

The auction is a great place to showcase your product to other vendors, plus everyone loves the Photocube printer and Magic Wand and always asks…."where can I get one." The cause was also a huge motivator and we were proud to be part of it!

John-Erich Mantius
John-Erich Mantius

Did you enjoy your time on the course with your foursome?

We had a super great time on one of Tampa Bay's finest courses. Excellent camaraderie and team building were enjoyed by our 2 GFI Software foresomes. The entire event was well organized in nothing less than spectacular surroundings for a very important and worthwhile cause. We were very happy to support Big Brothers and Big Sisters and were pleased that HSN aligned themselves with an organization offering tremendous value to communities across the US.

Steve Nichols
Steve Nichols

(Ernst & Young)
What is your forte on the course?

Driving the cart because just about everything else in my game is a disaster!

Evan Danner
Evan Danner

Why did you decide to be our tournament breakfast sponsors?

TZA believes that the power of partnership drives results…not only in business but in our community. We are proud to be a participating Partner in the HSN Cares tournament as a way of putting our belief into action to benefit the youth mentoring programs of the Big Brother Big Sisters organization.