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.


2017 Lifetime Achievement Awards Winners



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.



2017 Apollo Award Finalists Named

HIGH POINT, N.C. – The International Casual Furnishings Association announces the finalists for the 2017 Apollo Awards. The program recognizes retail excellence in the sales and marketing of outdoor furnishings. The Apollo Awards recognize retail excellence in the sales and marketing of outdoor furnishings. Finalists must demonstrate outstanding accomplishments and commitment to customer service. Winners in two categories, singe store and multi-store, were selected from a group of finalists through an online ballot.    

Sunnyland Furniture, Dallas, was the single-store category winner.

Outside in Style, with two stores in Austin and one in San Antonio, was the multi-store category winner.

Finalists in the 2017 competition included:

Single-Store Category

Kolo Collection, Atlanta
Patios Plus, Rancho Mirage, Calif.
Rustic By Design Fireplace & Patio, Morgantown, W. Va.
Sunnyland Furniture, Dallas
Villa Terrazza Patio & Home, Sonoma, Calif.
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.
Outside in Style, Austin, Texas
Pacific Patio, Santa Monica, Calif.
Today’s Patio, Scottsdale, Ariz.

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.




Category Winners:

  • Chaise Lounge: Lane Venture Winterthur Estate Daybed by John Black for Winterthur
  • Complementary Casual Products: Gloster Furniture Bar Cart by Henrick Pedersen
  • Dining Bar Chair: Telescope Casual Furniture Jetset MGP Aluminum Dining Chair by William Vanderminden
  • Dining Bar Table: Barlow Tyrie Aura Narrow Dining Table by Mark Tyrie
  • Fabric: Glen Raven Sunbrella Midori Indigo by the Sunbrella Design Team
  • Heating/Firepit: Ebel Lucca Fire Table by Kai Ebel
  • Lounge Seating with Cushion: Jensen Leisure Furniture Cordial Lounge Chair by Alan Morley
  • Lounge Seating without Cushion: Gloster Furniture William Lounge Chair by Henrick Pedersen
  • Rugs and Flooring: Jaipur Living Waveny Flume Birch/Phantom by the Jaipur Living Design Team
  • Shade: TUUCI Ocean Master Max Integrated Lighting System by Dougan Clarke

Lillian B. Winchester "Best of Show" Award
TUUCI - Ocean Master Max Integrated Lighting System

"Lilly" Award for Outdoor Furniture
Jensen Leisure - Cordial Lounge Chair

"Lilly" Award for Outdoor Accents
TUUCI - Ocean Master Max Integrated Lighting System

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.



2017 Manufacturer Leadership Award

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

  • Finalists:
  • Brown Jordan
  • Castelle
  • Gensun
  • Gloster Furniture
  • Jensen Leisure Furniture
  • Lloyd Flanders
  • O.W. Lee
  • Telescope Casual Furniture
  • Treasure Garden
  • Tropitone Furniture

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 five finalists and determined through online voting.



Sales Representative of the Year Award 2017

Scott Ellis

The 2017 winner was Scott Ellis.


Dave Digirolamo, Dublin, Calif.
Andy Hamilton, Dallas
Vern Lachowitzer, Longwood, Fla.
Charlie Smith, La Quinta, Calif.

Mary Fruehauf Retail Genius Award

This award recognizes those retailers whose creativity invokes the spirit of the late industry leader's unique approach to igniting excitement and emphasizing the fun in outdoor living.


Mary Fruehauf Retail Genius Award

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