Mark Phillips to Receive ARTS Awards Academy of Achievement Honor

DALLAS – October 6, 2016 – Dallas Market Center and a nominating committee from ART, the creative home furnishings network, have selected Mark Phillips, founder and president of Phillips Collection, as this year’s ARTS Awards Academy of Achievement honoree.

“Mark and Julie Phillips have created a legendary family business reflecting their core values of generosity, innovation, skill and sophistication,” Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center said. “Their continuing success is built upon hard work but also upon a sense of connection with the world around them and with the customers they serve with style. Mark is an extremely deserving honoree.”
For more than thirty years, Phillips Collection has defined global style for the contemporary home décor market. Combining exciting concepts, talented designers, skillful producers and a dedicated support staff, Phillips Collection is a creative collaboration that mixes concept, craftsmanship and marketing to bring beautiful furnishings and accessories into sophisticated homes around the world. Today, the High Point, North Carolina-based company showcases its unique products in showrooms across the country and continues to set the pace among manufacturers for their unique designs, respected sustainability practices, and excellent customer service.
“This honor could not be extended to a more respected and generous individual,” Sharon Davis, Executive Director of ART said. “Mark and his family personify global achievement that is grounded in remarkable humility and a spirit of helping others succeed. We are pleased to present him with the industry’s highest honor.”
The Academy of Achievement honoree is selected each year by the ARTS Awards Committee in order to recognize significant contributions to the industry.  The committee serves one year and their duties include a review of the process and selecting the Academy of Achievement honoree.  The 28th ARTS Awards committee are:  Amir Loloi, Loloi; Jason Harris, The Design Network/Furnitureland South; and Russ Jones, Ivystone.  Past Academy of Achievement honorees include Robert Currey, Mac Hoak, the Cooper family, and Allan Palecek.
The ARTS Awards, presented each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, recognizes top manufacturers, retailers, product designers, interior designers and sales representatives from around the world in 23 categories as well as special categories such as Academy of Achievement and a special award this year for Legendary Leadership being presented to industry icon Connie Lineberry. The winners and special honorees will be recognized during a gala event on Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel.
Sponsors for the 28th annual ARTS Awards include enLIGHTenment, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, Giftware News, HFN, Home & Textiles Today, Home Accents Today, Interior Design Society, Lighting & Décor, Lyon Credit Services, Residential Lighting and the Sustainable Furnishings Council.
About Dallas Market Center
Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in home décor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus near downtown Dallas, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products via open-daily showrooms and from exhibitors participating in trade events held throughout the year. The Dallas Market Center website is available at
About ART
ART is the creative home furnishings network representing manufacturers, retailers, representatives and other individuals and companies interested in promoting and enhancing the market position of the home furnishings industry. Each year ART sponsors programs such as the ART conference, regional educational seminars, the ART card and the ARTS Awards. The ART website is available at
About the ARTS Awards
The ARTS Awards is the premier international awards program dedicated to the home industry. Up to 27 categories exist under the headings Manufacturer, Retailer, Product Designer, Interior Designer, Sales Representative, Rising Star, Green, Legendary Leadership and Academy of Achievement. Anyone in the industry can nominate including manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives, designers, suppliers, consultants and other industry professionals. Academy of Achievement, Rising Star and Legendary Leadership honorees are selected by an ARTS Awards committee each year. Companies that have won an ARTS Award five times are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame members are: Arteriors Home, BJ’s Home Accents, C.S. Wo & Sons, Distinctive Designs International Inc., Feizy Rugs, Fine Art Lamps, Global Views, Natural Decorations Inc., Palecek, Paragon and Schonbek Worldwide Lighting. The ARTS Awards website is available at