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Call for Nominations: The 16th Annual PAVE Global Rising Star Award

PAVE Global is excited to announce it's time to nominate and honor the brilliant visionaries who are shaping the future of retail with our 16th Annual Rising Star Award! Traditionally, participation in the nomination process is open exclusively to retailers, designers, and industry suppliers for recognizing an individual's extraordinary contributions and talented mindset as innovators and leaders among their peers. This year for the first time, PAVE is opening up nominations to allow individuals to self-nominate as well.

"We invite you to join us by recognizing the game changers, trendsetters, and design pioneers who have transformed the retail landscape with their unparalleled creativity," said the award's creator Nancy Jackson, Chief Creative Officer, ASI/Architectural Systems, Inc.

2022 PAVE Rising Star Matthew Almendarez, Associate, MBH Architects (center) with ASI/Architectural Systems, Inc.'s President, Andrew Cooper (left) and Managing Director, Rachel Cooper (right)

Reflecting on the blended channels that comprise a brand today, you can shine a spotlight on your nominee with a prestigious accolade that will be a testament to their visionary influence and inspiration throughout their career! Nominations are free and easy — just complete the electronic nomination form found online at by Friday, October 27, 2023, by 11:59 pm Eastern/8:59 PM Pacific. Nominations will be reviewed by a panel of industry professionals. All finalists will be recognized on Thursday, December 7, 2023, at the PAVE Gala in New York City, where the 2023 PAVE Rising Star Honoree will be announced.


About PAVE,

Founded in 1992, the Planning and Visual Education Partnership's (PAVE) objective is to encourage students to study in the field of retail design and planning and visual merchandising. Additionally, PAVE seeks to encourage retail management, store planners, visual merchandisers, architects, and manufacturers to interact with and support design students. These objectives are accomplished through competitions, projects, seminars, workshops, and grants and scholarships funded by the annual Gala and other fundraising activities. PAVE is a 501(c)(3) educational foundation.

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