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.

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 2022 Apollo Award Finalists

The International Casual Furnishings Association announces the finalists for the 2021 Apollo Awards. The program recognizes retail excellence in the sales and marketing of outdoor furnishings.








Winner in the single-store category was the Southeast finalist, American Casual Living of Suwanee, Ga.







Winner in the multi-store category also was the Southeast finalist, Elegant Outdoor Living, based in Bonita Springs, Fla.

Finalists in the 2022 competition include:

Single-Store Category
Midwest Region – Village Green Home and Garden, Rockford, Ill.
Northeast Region – Gasper Home & Garden Showplace, Richboro, Pa.
Northwest Region – Daylight Home, Lighting & Patio, Paso Robles, Calif.
Southeast Region – American Casual Living, Buford, Ga.
Southwest Region – Patio Productions, San Diego, Calif.

Multi-Store Category
Midwest Region – Watson’s, Cincinnati, Ohio
Northeast Region – Patio Place at Ski Haus, Salem, N.H.
Northwest Region – Rich’s for the Home, Lynnwood, Wash.
Southeast Region – Elegant Outdoor Living, Bonita Springs, Fla.
Southwest Region – Sunnyland Outdoor Living, Dallas, Texas

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 2023

Category Winners:

  • Chaise Lounge: Brown Jordan – Oliver Adjustable Chaise – Ann Marie Vering
  • Complementary Casual Products – Accents: TUUCI – Highland Planters – Dougan Clarke
  • Complementary Casual Products – Furnishings: Bernhardt Exteriors – Milos Cyprus Table Group – Bernhardt Exteriors Design Team
  • Dining Bar Chair – Bernhardt Exteriors – Rhodes Armchair – Bernhardt Exteriors Design Team
  • Dining Bar Table: Castelle Furniture – Tulip Dining Table with Faux Marble Top – Curtis Bulleman
  • Fabric: Sunbrella – Strada Sky – Richard Frinier
  • Heating/Firepit: Ocean Rock USA – Carrara Marble Porcelain Fire Table – Ocean Rock USA Design Team
  • Lounge Seating with Cushion: Foremost Home – Ming Lounge Chair – Jim Sica
  • Lounge Seating without Cushion: Jensen Outdoor – Trellis Lounge Chair – Edi and Paolo Ciani
  • Shade: Sunvilla – Powered Market Umbrella – Sunvilla Design Team

Dudley K. Flanders Leadership Award

Dudley K. Flanders Leadership Award

Dudley Flanders, 1952-2021

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.

International Market Centers Honored As Industry Partner

Award Recognizes Industry Leadership in Advancing the Business of Outdoor Furnishings

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.

Bew White to Receive 2021 Award

Kathy Juckett Receives 2023 Lifetime Achievement Award

2023 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

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

2022 Manufacturer Leadership Award






Telescope Casual Furniture


Castelle Furniture Company
Summer Classics
Treasure Garden


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.

O’Malia’s Living Selected for 2023 Mary Fruehauf Retail Genius Award

O’Malia’s Living is the recipient of the 2023 Mary Fruehauf Retail Genius Award.

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.

2022 Sales Representative of the Year Award

The 2022 winner was Courtney Randolph.











Doug Becht, Geneva, Ill.
Joe Crandall, Marietta, Ga.
Phil Fowler, Wilmington, Del.
Rob Robinson, Birmingham, Ala.



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

2022 Unsung Hero Award

The 2022 Unsung Hero Award winner from Christy Dase of Gensun.

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