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.




Gary McCray Receives 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award

2020 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Gary McCray


Apollo Awards

The most prestigious in our industry, the Apollo Awards have been presented for more than 60 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.


ICFA Announces 2021 Apollo Award Finalists

Finalists in the 2021 competition include:

Single-Store Category

Midwest Region - Village Green Home and Garden, Rockford, Ill.
Northeast Region - Gasper Home & Garden Showplace, Richboro, Pa.
Northwest Region - Villa Terrazza Patio & Home, Sonoma, Calif.
Southeast Region – American Casual Living, Buford, Ga.              
Southwest Region - Patios Plus, Rancho Mirage, Calif.                           

Multi-Store Category

Midwest Region – Watson’s, Cincinnati, Ohio
Northeast Region – Porch & Patio Casual Living, Warwick, R.I.
Northwest Region – Rich’s for the Home, Lynnwood, Wash.
Southeast Region - The Fire House Casual Living Store, Charlotte, N.C.
Southwest Region - 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.


Design Excellence Awards 2021

Category Winners:

  • Chaise Lounge: Gensun Jayne Daybed – Chris Panichella and Jonathan Panichella
  • Complementary Casual Products – Accents: Elaine Smith Mandala Lapis Pillow – Elaine Smith Design Team
  • Complementary Casual Products – Furnishings: Jensen Outdoor Mix Square Coffee Table – Seth Alguire
  • Dining Bar Chair: Brown Jordan H Arm Chair – Toan Nguyen
  • Dining Bar Table: Alfresco Home Jasper Lightweight Concrete Dining Table – Sako Wijma
  • Fabric: Glen Raven Reward Smoke from the Sunbrella ReCycle Collection—Glen Raven Design Team
  • Heating/Firepit: Ebel Inc. Bellino Fire Pit – Ebel Design Team
  • Lounge Seating with Cushion: Bernhardt Exteriors Madura Sofa – Bernhardt Exteriors Design Team
  • Lounge Seating without Cushion: Seaside Casual Furniture Hip Club Chair – Seaside Casual Design Team
  • Rugs and Flooring: Summer Classics Raised Ikat Dove – Summer Classics Design Team
  • Shade: Woodline Shade Solutions Easilift Umbrella – Fritz Walter and Tim Yates

Manufacturing Leadership and Manufacturer of the Year Awards

Each year, ICFA members select five 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


Casual Industry Names Manufacturer Leadership Award Finalists

This year’s honorees include:

  • Castelle by Tropitone
  • Lloyd Flanders
  • Summer Classics
  • Telescope Casual Furniture
  • Treasure Garden

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.


2021 Sales Rep of the Year Finalists Named

Finalists include:

Paul Bentley, Birmingham, Ala.

Joe Crandall, Marietta, Ga.,

Billy Markowitz, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.,

Courtney Randolph, Irvine, Calif.

Richie Weyershausen, Houston

Industry Partner Award

Eligible suppliers are required to have served on a board, council or committee and demonstrated an elevated level of participation in association work.


Richard Frinier Honored As Industry Partner

Industry icon Richard Frinier received ICFA's 2020 Industry Partner Award.

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.


Fire House Casual Living Store Selected for 2020 Mary Fruehauf Retail Genius Award

The Fire House Casual Living Store is the recipient of the 2020 Mary Fruehauf Retail Genius Award.

Unsung Hero Award

This award pays tribute to the manufacturers’ employees who serve as company liaisons with dealers and sales representatives. Nominations are based on tactics for innovative problem solving, excellent communications, professionalism and actions befitting a brand ambassador. ICFA retail and sales representative members invited to complete and submit this form


2020 Unsung Hero Award

The 2020 Unsung Hero winner was the late Mia Nault of Ebel, Inc.








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