First Retail Chairman Doug Sanicola Aims High

Whether it was building his insurance company from 11 to 514 employees, changing careers to open Outdoor Elegance Patio Design Center as the casual furniture shopping destination for the stars and the rest of upscale Southern California, or becoming the first retail Chairman of the Board of the International Casual Furnishings Association, Doug Sanicola always goes big. His aspirations for his legacy as the head of our trade organization are equally lofty. “I am pledging to reach out to all retailers to join us.

ICFA Inks Strategic Alliance with Nationwide Marketing Group

HIGH POINT – The International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA) has entered into a strategic alliance with Nationwide Marketing Group (NMG) in a move intended to provide an extensive program of significant new benefits for ICFA’s retail members.


Casual Industry Names Manufacturer Leadership Award Finalists

The 10 companies were selected after online voting in August among ICFA’s retail, designer and supplier membership. The finalists include: Brown Jordan, Castelle, Gloster Furniture, Jensen Leisure Furniture, Lloyd Flanders, O.W. Lee, Patio Renaissance, Telescope Casual Furniture, Treasure Garden and Tropitone Furniture.

ICFA Announces Design Excellence Category Winners

From among the 11 category winners in ICFA’s Design Excellence competition, two products will be selected for the Lilly Award for Outdoor Furniture and Outdoor Accents, and one product will be honored with the Lillian B. Winchester “Best of Show” Award. These honors will be announced at the ICFA Awards Gala on Thursday, September 22, at the Field Museum in Chicago.

The Design Excellence category winners announced this week include: