ICMAD Cosmetic Innovators 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 Innovators of The Year program annually honors and promotes the most creative new products, package designs and marketing programs in our industry.
In 2014, ICMAD’s expert judges had the difficult task of reviewing more than 90 entries before selecting the finalists in 15 categories, from Color Cosmetics to Grass Roots Marketing. The winners were announced at ICMAD’s 41st Annual Meeting.
From left-right, the 2015 moderator, Harlan Kirschner, The Kirschner Group, Pam Busiek, President & CEO, ICMAD, Dr. Robb Akridge, Clarisonic and the keynote speakers, Beth Minardi, Minardi Color and George W. Schaeffer, Aloxxi International.