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Live From New York: Dellas Awarded Honor

By: Nancy Jeffries
Posted: June 9, 2008, from the June 2008 issue of GCI Magazine.

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James Dellas, president of Drom Fragrances, was honored with the inaugural COFRAM Award, at Drom Fine Fragrance Studio in New York City, on April 3, 2008. On hand with accolades for Dellas–who with his wife, Katherine, established the James and Katherine Dellas Scholarship Fund for the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing program–were Joyce Brown, president of FIT, John Simone, chairperson of cosmetics and fragrance marketing, and Ferdinand Storp, CEO of Drom Fragrances.

Brown noted that Dellas contributed invaluable time as a mentor and teacher in helping students prepare for their careers, while Storp said Dellas was, “the most dedicated person in this industry.”

Dellas, in accepting the crystal award, designed by artist Wendy Yothers, said, “There is no greater honor than to be recognized by your peers, and this is an example of ‘the community.’ ” He encouraged volunteerism and mentorship, adding, “Good deeds are like boomerangs—they return. We all need to be stewards of this program and share with the students our passion.” Thanking his family and friends for their support, Dellas reiterated the value of the cosmetics and fragrance marketing program, urging its eventual development into a dedicated four-year degree program.

The COFRAM Award was created to honor outstanding individuals in the beauty industry whose dedication and stewardship have fostered excellence in higher education. Established in 1988, the department is the nation’s only bachelor of science degree program whose mission is to prepare students for entrance into management positions at leading beauty companies in the U.S. and abroad. The program awards an upper division Bachelor of Science degree to those students who have entered the program with two years of undergraduate work and who complete their second two-year span with a concentration in cosmetics and fragrance marketing. Proceeds from the COFRAM Award gala event go directly to The James and Katherine Dellas Scholarship Fund to assist cosmetics and fragrance marketing students in financial need.