April 11, 2021

About TNNA

The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) strives to advance our community of businesses by encouraging the passion and leadership for needlearts through education, industry knowledge exchange and a strong marketplace.

Our Mission

The National NeedleArts Association advances its community of businesses by encouraging the passion and leadership for needlearts through education, industry knowledge exchange and a strong marketplace.

Our Vision

The National NeedelArts Association is dedicated to the vision of successful independent businesses inspiring needleart in every community every day.

Our Bylaws

The TNNA Membership approved the bylaws and are effective as of October 1, 2019. Click Here to View the Bylaws

Our Diversity and Inclusion Standards

In Cleveland at our recent TNNA event we hosted a Diversity and Inclusion Town Hall. The live recording is now available for all our members to view. Please click here to view the recording.

Our Code of Conduct

This TNNA Code of Conduct outlines principles for all TNNA members to adhere to and uphold as well as specific types of conduct that are either required or prohibited. Violations of the TNNA Code of Conduct may result in disciplinary action. The TNNA calls upon its members to follow high ethical standards relating to integrity and respect for the rights, dignity, and diversity of others.

Although this Code of Conduct provides standards of conduct for many situations, it does not cover all possible situations that may arise. Accordingly, all members are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the spirit and letter of this Code of Conduct and to avoid even the appearance of improper behavior. This Code of Conduct may be amended at any time by majority vote of the TNNA Board of Directors.

Our Strategic Plan

In October 2017, the Board of Directors approved TNNA’s 2018 – 2021 strategic plan. The plan provides a roadmap through 2021 that creates focus in order to align TNNA’s resources for maximum impact.

Our Structure

As a membership organization, TNNA offers you, the needlearts professional, the opportunity to take an active role in shaping our industry. The association’s structure has been created to enable people from all the needlearts disciplines to come together, voice their needs, opinions and concerns, and help mold a successful future. 

TNNA Organization

  • Board of Directors
    • The Board of Directors is made up of nine Wholesale Members, the Immediate Past President, Product Segment Chairs, and Retail Council Chair.
  • Committees
    • Bylaw Committee
    • Content Committee
    • NEW – Diversity and Inclusion Committee
    • Local Yarn Store Day Committee
    • Marketing & Social Committee
    • Membership Committee
  • Media Member Sections
    • Retail (Business to Consumer) 
      • Governed by Retail Council 
    • Wholesale (Business to Business) 
      • All exhibitors 
    • AffiliatesAcademic or Museum
      • Professionals
      • Business & Creative Services
      • Manufacturer’s Representative
      • Organization
      • Publisher

Awards and Recognition

Two industry publications, Trade Show News Network (TSNN) and Trade Show Executive, honored several of TNNA’s client organizations’ trade shows for their growth in net square footage or attendance:

TSNN 2018 Top 250 Trade Shows in the United States

  • AHRMM18 (Association for Healthcare Resource & Materials Management)

The AHRMM team is led by Benjamin Rabe and included: Patricia Brayley, Danielle Pickus, and Scott Narug.

(See team above.)

  • Duty Free Show of the Americas 2018 (International Association of Airport Duty Free Stores)
    The IAADFS team is led by Executive Director Michael Payne and included: Steven Antolick, Laura Devinsky, Christina Frey, Patrick Goar, Sunny Patel, Phil Montwill, and Cooper Vinz.
  • KeHE Holiday Show 2018 (KeHE Distributors)
    The KeHE team is led by Benjamin Rabe and included: Linda Benck, Brooke Beissel, Elizabeth Bostic, Kenny Brodbeck, Susan Gilbert, Lindsey Kallai, and Crista Mulder.
  • KeHE Spring Show 2018 
    (See team above.)
  • KeHE Summer Show 2018 
    (See team above.)
  • ONS Congress 2018 (Oncology Nursing Society)
    The ONS team is led by Alexa Newman and included: Patricia Brayley, Morgan Frohling, Andrew Haigh, Jennifer Shupe, Amanda Strombeck, Jeannie Weber, and Erin Weintraub.
  • 2018 NeedleArts Summer Trade Show (The National NeedleArts Association) The TNNA team is led by Executive Director Susan Lane and included: Haley Carson, Emily Drake, Shelby Fulkerson, Kris King, Alexis Bauer Kolak, Kelsey Kwasniak, Maggie Madrigal, Emily Marxer, Amber McKnight, Trecien Schultz, Emily Sokalski, and Lauren Willett.

TSNN 2019 Top 25 Fastest-Growing Shows in Net Square Footage

Trade Show Executive Fastest 50 Trade Shows for Total Attendance

  • AAHKS Annual Meeting 2018 (American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons)
    The AAHKS team is led by Caitlin Schmierer and included: Julianne Allen and Lauren Miller.
  • NSGC Annual Conference 2018 (National Society of Genetic Counselors)
    The NSGC team is led by Executive Director Meghan Carey and included: Rebecca Baker, Scott Beitzel, Steve Biernacki, Laura Brady, Erica Bruning, Hannah Durnas, Alana Embury, Molly Giammarco, Kelsey Goggin, Michael Gould, Jennifer Kasowicz, Kelsey Kwazniak, Alexia Malamis, Catherine Perkins, John Richardson, Madeline Stanke, Katie Strang, Remy Vaudelle, Carrie Wall, and Tamara White.

How We Operate

With our members in mind, the TNNA Board of Directors steers our association, determining TNNA’s strategic goals and answering the key questions, “Where?”, “What?”, “Why?”, and “When?”. TNNA’s management and staff members drive the association’s goals forward by performing the key action items required to complete each goal. They answer the key questions, “How?”, “How much?”, and “Who?”

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