ICFA Awards

The ICFA membership includes the most influential and forward-thinking individuals and companies in the casual furnishings field. As your trade organization we honor excellence and achievement every year through a comprehensive awards program acknowledging successes in each segment of our membership.

Lifetime Achievement Awards

The prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award is reserved for individuals who have made exemplary contributions to the casual furniture industry and to their individual communities.


2016 Lifetime Achievement Awards Winners

Merv Conn

Joe Watson

Apollo Awards

The most prestigious in our industry, the Apollo Awards have been presented for more than 50 years during the ICFA Awards Gala. Members nominate retailers in the single- and multi-store categories based upon innovative merchandising and marketing, sales management, annual growth, sales training program, credit history and achievement of goals.


Apollo Award Finalists Named 2016

Finalists must demonstrate outstanding accomplishments and a commitment to customer service. The ICFA membership will vote via an online ballot for a winner in each of two categories later this summer. Finalists will be honored and the winners announced at the ICFA Awards Gala on September 22 at The Field Museum during the Casual Market Chicago.

Finalists in the 2016 competition include:

Single-Store Category:

  • Kolo Collection, Atlanta
  • Outdoor Elegance, LaVerne, Calif.
  • Patios Plus, Rancho Mirage, Calif.
  • Sunnyland Furniture, Dallas
  • Village Green Home and Garden, Rockford, Ill.

Multi-Store Category:

  • ABSCO Fireplace & Patio, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Daylight Home, Lighting & Patio, San Luis Obispo, Calif.
  • Elegant Outdoor Living, Bonita Springs, Fla.
  • Great Gatherings, Annapolis, Md., and Gainesville, Va.
  • Outside in Style, Austin, Texas

The International Casual Furnishings Association, based in High Point, N.C., represents manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives and designers of outdoor furnishings plus suppliers to the industry.

Design Excellence Awards

Co-sponsored by the ICFA and Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc., the Design Excellence Awards honor the year’s best in 11 product categories based upon innovative design, marketability, color, construction and imaginative use of materials as determined by a distinguished panel of industry experts.

Two products selected from the 11 category winners are selected for Lilly Awards for Outdoor Furniture and Outdoor Accents, with one receiving top honors with the Lillian B. Winchester “Best of Show” Award.

Submit Nomination for Design Excellence Award



Category Winners:

  • Chaise Lounge: Mamagreen -  Stripe Stackable Lounger 2 Recliner
  • Complementary Casual Products: Elaine Smith - Eden Basketweave Pillow
  • Dining o Bar Chair: Gloster - Curve Stacking Chair
  • Dining or Bar Table: Gloster - Split Rectangular Dining Table
  • Fabric: Sattler Corp. Outdura - Cocoon Buff
  • Heating/Firepit: Pride Family Brands - Icon Fire Pit
  • Lounge Seating with Cushion: Gloster - Bay Lounge Chair
  • Lounge Seating without Cushion: Agio - Del Mar Lounge Chair
  • Outdoor Carpeting, Rugs and Flooring: Jaipur - Desert Rug
  • Outdoor Lighting: Gloster - Voyager Rechargeable Lantern
  • Shade Product: TUCCI - Ocean Master Max Manta Cantilever

Lillian B. Winchester Best of Show Award
The Lillian B. Winchester “Best of Show” award 

Lilly Award for Outdoor Furniture
Gloster – Bay Lounge Chair

Lilly Award for Outdoor Accents
Gloster – Voyager Rechargeable Lantern

Manufacturing Leadership and Manufacturer of the Year Awards

Each year, ICFA members select 10 companies to receive the Manufacturer Leadership Awards. Nominations are judged upon quality of manufactured goods, design, merchandising, customer service, ethics/trade relations and communications. The Manufacturer of the Year Award is given to the company receiving the most votes.


2015 Manufacturer Leadership Award Winners

Category Winner:

  • Tubular Materials Furniture: Tropitone
  • Wrought Iron/Aluminum Furniture: O.W. Lee Company
  • Rattan/Wicker/Woven Materials: Patio Renaissance
  • Wood Casual Furniture: Jensen Leisure Furniture
  • Shade Products: Treasure Garden
  • Complementary Casual Products: Elaine Smith
  • Cast Metal: Gensun Casual Furniture
  • Outdoor Carpeting/Rugs/Flooring: Surya
  • Resin/Fiberglass: Seaside Casual Furniture
  • Outdoor Lighting: Summer Classics

Manufacturer of the Year Award:
O.W. Lee Company

Sales Representative of the Year

This award recognizes an outstanding sales representative within the casual furnishing industry. Candidates were selected based on leadership, professionalism, exceptional service, communication skills, knowledge and product training expertise. The winner is selected from four finalists and determined through online voting.


Sales Representative of the Year 2015

This award recognizes an outstanding sales representative within the casual furnishing industry. Candidates were selected based on leadership, professionalism, exceptional service, communication skills, knowledge and product training expertise. 

2015 Winner is:

Mark Cannon


  • John Benner
  • Mary Geiseman
  • Judy and Ed Hamer

If you have questions about any of the awards, please contact Jackie Hirschhaut at Jackie@ICFAnet.org or (336) 881-1016.