Apollo Awards Entry Information

For the past 60 years, the ICFA has bestowed its prestigious Apollo Award to a single-store and a multi-store retail business that represents the highest qualities of character and success among retailers of casual home furnishings. In 2021, ICFA has modified the selection process to prioritize five regional finalists in both the single-store and multi-store categories, as follows. Each region is defined by state lines, with the exception of California, which is divided horizontally at Santa Maria. International candidates should be included in the nearest domestic region.

As you consider potential nominees, please review the criteria for selection:

  • Is an active partner with their manufacturers and suppliers.
  • Is recognized as an exceptional retailer in their geographical area by industry retailer peers, manufacturers/importers, designers, sales representatives and suppliers.
  • Serves as an inspiration or role model for others within the casual furnishings industry.
  • Is an innovative marketer and merchandiser within their marketplace.
  • Maintains an outstanding credit rating with their suppliers.
  • Exemplifies exceptional customer service in their retail operations.
  • Is considered an outstanding retail model in the industry and shares their expertise with others in the casual furniture industry.
  • Encourages professional development for their staff and maintains an outstanding work environment for their employees.
  • Maintains outstanding interior and exterior presentations in their store operations.
  • Offers a wide variety of high quality product offerings in their marketplace.

Nominations for the 2021 Apollo Awards are eligible for all outdoor furnishings retailers, both ICFA members and non-members. Every ICFA member company in good standing is eligible to place one vote each for the single-store and multi-store honoree. (Yes, all ICFA retailers can both nominate and vote! However, no retailer is allowed to nominate their own business.) Please utilize the online links here for your nominations:

To cast your nomination vote in the 2021 Apollo Award single-store category, please click on the link below:

Apollo Award Nomination Form for Single-Store Category

To cast your nomination vote in the 2021 Apollo Award multi-store category, please click on the link below:

Apollo Award Nomination Form for Multi-Store Category

Please complete and submit your ballots no later than Friday, June 11. Please note that you can only nominate one retailer per region and no company can nominate or vote for their own company.

We look forward to receiving your votes on the top retailers whose outstanding accomplishments and commitment to customer service distinguish them from their peers. From your nominations, five finalists will be selected in both the single-store and multi-store categories. An open call for voting will take place prior to Casual Market Chicago, and winners will be announced at the ICFA Awards Gala on September 22 at the Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park.

For a list of stores previously honored as finalists and Apollo Award winners, please click on the link below:

http://www.icfanet.org/sites/default/files/apollofinalists2020.pdf