ICMAD COSMETIC INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR (CITY) AWARDS HISTORY
In 1995, ICMAD created a recognition program to honor outstanding and innovative entrepreneurs for their achievements in the cosmetics and personal care industry. The first “Cosmetic Entrepreneur of the Year” was presented at the 1996 ICMAD Annual Meeting at The Museum Club in New York City.
The program was expanded in 2000 to honor both established entrepreneurs, who were active in the industry for more than five years, and to recognize emerging manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers in business for less than five years. Six “Cosmetic Entrepreneur Awards for Leadership” were presented at the ICMAD Annual Meeting in New York City and featured guest celebrity presenter Phyllis George, who announced the six winning companies.
In 2004, ICMAD revised the competition to present awards for the results of the innovative talents of independent entrepreneurs in the beauty industry. The Cosmetic Innovator of The Year program annually honors and promotes the most creative new products, package designs, and marketing programs in our industry.
In 2016, ICMAD’s expert judges had the difficult task of reviewing more than 120 entries before selecting the finalists in 14 categories, from Color Cosmetics to Innovative Launch Campaign. The winners were announced at ICMAD’s 43rd Annual Meeting.
From left-right, ICMAD Chairman Dr. Robb Akridge, Clarisonic, the 2016 Keynote Speakers Tish & Snooky Bellomo, Manic Panic NYC, Pam Busiek, President & CEO, ICMAD, and Master of Ceremonies, Harlan Kirschner, The Kirschner Group.
2017 has seen the addition of new categories. Under the category for Product Innovation an Organic category has been added. In addition, the category of Industry Contributor has been added to include: Innovative Company of the Year, Most Valuable Person (MVP) of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Charitable Company of the Year and Best All-Around Indie Retailer of the Year.