We have a saying here in Chicago about elections: Vote early and often. While the last part of that edict pays homage to our city’s unsavory political past, I have no issue with the first part. Yep, that’s me leaving the polls at 7:05 a.m., proudly wearing my “I Voted Today” sticker on my way to work. With my almost-73-year-old mother still active in the League of Women Voters, that’s just how I roll.
So although the ballots  for the 24th annual ARTS Awards  — to be presented at the January 2013 Dallas Market  — just went live recently, I see no reason to procrastinate. You are probably familiar with the ARTS Awards , which are given each year by the Accessories Resource Team  (ART) and the Dallas Market Center . Home décor retailers — including lighting showrooms — are recognized, along with manufacturers of lamps, lighting fixtures and other product categories. Additionally, there are awards for outstanding sales representatives, product designers and even a “lifetime achievement” award. And you’ve got a say in selecting the finalists for all of these awards.
Retailers, those who deserve your vote  are doing everything they can to help you sell more and better products, from providing superior designs to supporting your efforts with collateral materials and steadfast service.
Manufacturers and reps, this is a chance to honor your customers as our industry’s best front-line representatives. Retailers ensure the sell-through that keeps our circle of life turning, and the best stores inspire with an irresistible assortment and presentation.
Give credit where it’s due. Cast your vote  today to make sure your favorites are finalists this fall.