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Retailers Choice Awards 2012 winners announced Print Email
Written by Felicia Abraham   
Wednesday, 18 July 2012 09:30 AM America/New_York

Retailers have chosen the winners in the 12th annual Retailers Choice Awards, sponsored by Christian Retailing magazine. Winners were selected from among the 300-plus products nominated in 41 categories.

Three companies tied for the most wins overall at six each: Baker Publishing Group, David C Cook and Zondervan. Tyndale House Publishers received five awards, while Thomas Nelson and B&H Publishing Group each had four. In gifts, Lighthouse Christian Products was the top supplier, winning two of the five categories.

The awards were presented Tuesday, July 17, during the International Christian Retail Show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Worship leader Ricardo Sanchez—author, GRAMMY nominee and Dove Award-winning songwriter—joined Christian Retailing in the presentation.

Zondervan’s Chriscynethia Floyd, who was on hand to receive the company’s multiple awards, entertained attendees when she took a hint from emcee Sanchez and “Tebowed” after receiving the award for Through My Eyes: Young Readers Edition in the Youth/Teen category.

Introduced in 2001, the Retailers Choice Awards have been increasingly acknowledged as an important way of recognizing some of the most significant new life-changing products in the Christian retail industry. Retailers were asked to judge nominations on the impact they have had on staff and customers, including their ability to speak to people’s hearts and evoke emotion; open people’s minds to new ways of thinking; and encourage and affirm Christ-like living.

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