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Global Tea Community Shines the Spotlight on George & Kim Jage of World Tea Expo

Exhibitors Unite to Honor Two Passionate Tea Leaders Who Brought the Tea Community Together, Through the 10-years-strong World Tea Expo

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (June 3, 2012) - To recognize the tremendous "prosperiTEA" and milestone 10-year anniversary of World Tea Expo, as well as leadership and dedication for tea, George and Kim Jage were presented with a special World Tea Award, presented by the global tea community and the exhibitors of World Tea Expo. George Jage is the founder and director of World Tea Media, a division of F+W Media, and Kim Jage is the sales and marketing director of World Tea Media, the organizer of World Tea Expo, World Tea East, the North American Tea Championship and World Tea News. The award was presented in Las Vegas, Nev. during a special reception on the evening of June 2 at World Tea Expo --- the largest, global B2B event for the tea industry, which gathered more than 4,000 international professionals.

The World Tea Award was organized and presented by Gail Gastelu, publisher of The Tea House Times, on behalf of World Tea Expo exhibitors and tea industry friends.

"It was high time we came together to honor two wonderful people who we have all come to consider friends in the world tea community," said Gastelu. "We all wish to share our appreciation and extend our congratulations to George and Kim, through this very special honor --- the World Tea Award."

Gastelu, who worked with World Tea Expo exhibitors and key leaders to coordinate the award, added: "George and Kim work tirelessly to advance the world of tea. Their team direction, through World Tea Media, has brought numerous awards to deserving businesses through the tea championship, new product awards and much more. Their support of the industry, strong leadership, and passion does not go unnoticed by the tea community. This 10-year anniversary of World Tea Expo brought forth the ideal opportunity for the industry to thank the Jages, and to show appreciation on behalf of exhibitors and industry friends." 

In recognition of the success of World Tea Expo and dedication to the tea industry, the Jages were presented with a crystal globe statuette, quite befitting the World Tea family of events. The award featured an etching of the World Tea Expo 10-year anniversary logo and an inscription: "Congratulations, Kim and George on this tremendous milestone and for all of your accomplishments in the tea industry." 

As part of the award presentation by Gastelu, three other tea industry delegates and friends extended their best wishes, including: FaithAnn Bailes, part of the original SFG Group that organized World Tea Expo; tea industry author James Norwood Pratt; and, on behalf of the World Tea Expo Advisory Board, Beth Johnston of Teas Etc.

Johnston said, "World Tea Expo has been a catalyst for growth in the specialty tea industry, providing quality education, revolutionary programs and events specific to the specialty segment over the past 10 years. Kim and George bring unrivaled passion and innovation to specialty tea, and the industry, nor Teas Etc., would be what they are today without their dedication and hard work." 

Longtime World Tea Expo exhibitor Devan Shah, CEO of International Tea Importers Inc. and an attendee at the award presentation, noted, "World Tea Expo is the best thing that has happened to tea in the 21st century. It is a platform like none other in the world, where tea lovers, tea enthusiasts, tea merchants, growers and other tea related companies and organizations meet and learn about tea. It has also helped fuel the growth of the tea market worldwide."

Founding editor of Tea: A Magazine, Pearl Dexter, said, "George and Kim have had their pulse on the specialty tea industry in the United States. for a decade. They have contributed to the growth of many companies and individuals who have followed their passion in tea and celebrated in their success."

Rona Tison, senior vice president of corporate relations for ITO EN (North America) INC., a subsidiary of ITO EN, LTD., said, "Congratulations George and Kim on the 10-year anniversary of World Tea Expo. We salute your dedication and commitment to creating a vibrant tea community through education and communication. Your tireless efforts, to expand the spirit of tea, are appreciated by all. We're looking forward to other great 10-years, from all of us at ITO EN."

Michael Harney, vice president of Harney & Sons, said, "My father and I will never forget when, over 10 years ago, two people came by our plant in New York. George and Faith wanted to do a tea convention. Since we had done something similar, we knew they were crazy. However they have persevered and prospered over the years. So we wish to congratulate George and Kim on their hard work and success." 

Gastelu resolved, "The 10 year anniversary of World Tea Expo is a celebration of specialty tea and its growth over the past 10 years. The longevity of this tea-only trade show proves the success and profitability of specialty tea. Exhibitors, attendees, and show management together share a passion and vision that will surely bring continued growth long into the future. On this occasion, we collectively salute George and Kim for directing World Tea Expo and aiding in our success. We are all truly grateful." 

About World Tea Media

World Tea Media is an integrated media company dedicated to providing business solutions to the global tea industry. Events include the annual World Tea Expo, the largest and most prominent event for the industry, and World Tea East, the regional event for the northeast, mid-Atlantic and southeast United States. World Tea Media also produces the North American Tea Championship and World Tea News. The North American Tea Championship is the only professional and independent competition that distinguishes the highest quality and best tasting teas commercially available in the North American marketplace. World Tea News is an online portal that offers in-depth news, features and business insight for the global tea industry. World Tea Media is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev. www.worldteamedia.com.

About F+W Media, Inc.

F+W Media is a community-focused, content creator and marketer of products and services for enthusiasts. The Company offers a diversified portfolio of books, ebooks, magazines, events, competitions, ecommerce, education, video and more. F+W Media serves 20 different markets, including writing, fine art, genealogy, antiques and collectibles, design, outdoors and horticulture. Its growing portfolio includes print and online properties, free and for-fee subscription sites, educational programs, competitions and events. www.fwmedia.com.