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Celebrating the 2018 NEWH ICON of Industry

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ach year, NEWH receives nominations from industry professionals
representing who they feel is worthy of the ICON of Industry title. The
criteria is very straightforward: Be a leader in hospitality, for a minimum of
30 years. During those 30 years, nominees must have dedicated time and efforts
to their community and/or the hospitality industry through outreach, education,
corporate giving, and making a difference-in our world and in people's lives.
The 2018 ICON of Industry, Esther Cohen, wasn't always an art aficionado, nor
was she always in the hospitality industry. She began her professional life as a
school teacher, but after marrying and having three boys of her own, she decided
to change careers and do something she simply enjoyed doing-working with
art. Her love for art, and a strong entrepreneurial spirit, led her to spend her life's
savings to invest in her next chapter, and in 1976, she opened Posters International.
Early on, Cohen had an epiphany: She realized that hotels needed art for all
of their properties and that poster art was a way for her to gain entry into the
brands and their properties. This notion catapulted her Toronto-based company
into a position as a hospitality industry leader with clients and projects worldwide.
Respected by her colleagues and competitors alike, Cohen became the first person
in Canada to wholesale art posters, exporting open editions worldwide, while
always staying ahead of the trends.

Esther Cohen, 2018 NEWH ICON of Industry

2018

A positive outlook and a strong sense of humor are trademark Cohen attributes,
both of which have kept her cheery demeanor intact for more than 30 years in the
business world. "Humor is extremely important in one's life. There is plenty of time
to be serious and I prefer being happy to being morose," she says. That attitude has
opened doors for her in her personal and business life.
Posters International initial poster works led to the addition of limited editions
and ultimately, original art. The company later changed its name to PI to reflect its
expansion of services. Today, with her sons, Richie and Andrew, now at the helm
of the business, PI Fine Art and PI Creative Art form one of the largest vertically
integrated art companies in North America. Still based in Toronto, the company
has a 70,000-square-foot facility and employs more than 130 staff. Specializing
in art, custom wallcovering, mirrors, and alternative wall décor, PI manages every
step within the art-development and supply-chain process-from art consulting to
publishing and manufacturing.
Cohen now concentrates on PI's investment gallery, the Esther Cohen Gallery.
Over the 42 years she has been collecting fine art, Cohen has been fortunate to
visit iconic artists such as Andy Warhol, Alex Katz, and Sam Francis in their homes
and studios. "Truly, when I received the call announcing my ICON award, I felt as
though I had just won the lottery," she says. "I feel honored and humbled and totally
in awe because I am being rewarded for just being myself and doing something
that I love to do." Cohen has been an active member of NEWH even prior to the
existence of a Canadian chapter. In the early NEWH years, she would go into New
York to participate in chapter meetings.
When she's not discovering a new artist or further expanding PI offerings, Esther
enjoys spending time with family and friends and being involved in the lives of her
six grandchildren.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of NEWH - Fall 2018

NEWH - Fall 2018
Contents
Guest Perspective
Who’s Who
News
Conference Roundup
Have You Seen?
Scholarships
Sustainability
Premium Business Members
Q&A Alex Jones
Q&A Kacey Sharp
Q&A Ron McDaniel
Cover Story: Next Generation
PROJECT: Detroit Foundation Hotel
PROJECT: Sugarcane
PROJECT: Hotel Leveque
Chapter Highlights
Save the Date
New Members
Partner Profiles
Ad Index
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NEWH - Fall 2018 - Cover Story: Next Generation
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